Paul Yeatman

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Feb 10 2013

Our Weather in San Ramón, Atenas, & Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica–2013

Paul’s Monthly Weather Report – January 2013 Micro-climates in Costa Rica are due to altitude and topography. The micro-climate you choose depends on what you like or what you get used to. This became especially apparent to us two months ago when we moved 1,000 feet lower and about 1 mile away.  January was our first …

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Dec 22 2012

Bugs in Costa Rica

Bugs. I have never liked bugs and it was one of my main concerns about moving to the tropics, to Costa Rica. I’m here to tell you that the bug scare was just a false alarm. I had nothing to fear. Bugs, it turned out, were a non-issue for me. If I can live with …

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Dec 04 2012

America is No Place to Get Old In

“America is no place to get old in.” Gloria uttered these words over five years ago. And this would evolve into one of the main reasons we decided to retire overseas, specifically, Costa Rica. There were other reasons to be sure, but “America’s no place to get old in” got us started and is related …

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Dec 04 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Live Where You Don’t Need Heat or Air-Conditioning

Updated April 20, 2015 This is a no-brainer; you can save an easy $200/month. One of the biggest reasons we came to Costa Rica was to “live outside.” This meant no need for air-conditioning or heat. We lived in Baltimore, Maryland before moving here and had high heating and air conditioning bills (over $300 per …

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Nov 30 2012

Raising Your Standard of Living

I’ve always been somewhat confused about the term, “raising your standard of living.” It seems to me that it’s based more on material things than it should be. The dictionary defines standard of living as a “level of material comfort as measured by the goods, services, and luxuries available to, enjoyed by, or aspired to …

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Nov 30 2012

The Central Valley Town of Grecia

Grecia is our 2nd favorite town in El Occidente, the western Central Valley. If we didn’t live in San Ramon, we’d probably live in Grecia. The cantón (county) of Grecia is located in Alajuela province. The town of Grecia is the capital city of the cantón and one its eight districts. According to the latest …

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Nov 15 2012

All-Inclusive, or Not?

When patronizing an “all-inclusive” resort, generally you could be anywhere and you would hardly know the difference. Why come to Costa Rica at all if you’re going to stay at an all-inclusive resort? While there are certainly exceptions, many all-inclusives are rip-offs. Not only are they expensive, but you get a sanitized version of the …

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Nov 15 2012

Investing and Residency

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It is my suggestion that, if you intent to move to Costa Rica, you should become a legal resident. It’s the right thing to do. And doing so has its advantages. As of October 1, 2012, to open a bank account or invest in Certificates of Deposits at any Costa Rican bank, one must be …

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Nov 15 2012

Live and Learn at CPI Immersion Spanish School’s Student Residences

We are continuing our Spanish lessons at CPI, which for us is a one-hour drive each week to San Joaquin de Heredia, for four hours of Spanish immersion. We love our class and have enjoyed our teacher, Kenji, but we will be getting a different instructor as of Monday, November 5th. Part of CPI’s immersion …

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Nov 15 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica – Take Advantage of Free and Inexpensive Classes and Events

People always ask us, “What do you do all day” — hence, our monthly “What’s Up with the Yeatmans?”  There is so much available to do – there are yoga and exercise classes, dancing, entertainment, art classes and exhibits, music classes, everything at low prices, like $10 for a whole 10-week session. In San Ramon, we …

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