Category: Blog

Nov 25 2018

So, a Ham and a Clown are on a Bus…

When we are in Mexico, we don’t have a car. Buses and cabs are plentiful and inexpensive. You never know what you will see on a bus — indigenous women with native dress and braided hair, a guy with a guitar playing and singing for tips, an evangelist preaching the gospel, or even a clown. …

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Nov 25 2018

Costa Rica’s Current Economic  Situation

We have lived in Costa Rica for almost 10 years and we have seen the value of the colon both rise and fall against the U.S. dollar. When we first started investing in certificates of deposit in colones (the national currency of Costa Rica), the rate of exchange was about 500 colones to the dollar. …

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Nov 23 2018

Jackson’s Care-A Cost Effective Option for Private Healthcare in Costa Rica-UPDATED!

Original article: In addition to MediSmart, Hospital Metropolitano’s discount healthcare plan, there is now another option. Jackson’s Care is a brand new plan offered by Jackson Memorial Medical Center. We have been meeting with them over the last two months to understand and document the plan in English for our readers. Jackson’s Care provides a …

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Nov 22 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – November 23, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Costa Rica’s Current Economic  Situation So, a Ham and a Clown are on a Bus… My 2018 Healthcare Update, by Rob Evans Oaxaca Day of the Dead Scenes 2018 Update to Our Article About the Jackson’s Care Plan Relaxing with Odin Featured …

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Nov 05 2018

Caja Payment Exemptions for Snowbirds, Rainbirds, and Other Part-time Residents

In anticipation of our planned three-month visit to Mexico this year, we asked a friend to explain to us, and to our readers, how a part-time legal resident of Costa Rica can avoid having to pay for the Caja during the months one is out of the country. Most of these folks are “snowbirds,” as …

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Nov 05 2018

Our 2018 Oaxaca, Mexico Trip in Pictures

Many of you know that we travel to Mexico for several months every year to escape the worst of the rainy season in Costa Rica. If we are “friends” on Facebook, then you have been getting a steady diet of our pictures and we hope that you have been enjoying them. But for everyone else, …

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Nov 05 2018

Our September 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Our plan was to spend September in Oaxaca, Mexico as we do most years, but Paul’s surgery to remove his right kidney in August caused us to delay our plans. We spent the month in Costa Rica as Paul recuperated and began to get his strength back. Transportation – $389.36 Our expenses for gasoline and …

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Oct 28 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – October 28, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our September 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living Caja Payment Exemptions for Snowbirds, Rainbirds, and Other Part-time Residents Our Oaxaca, Mexico Trip in Pictures Featured Property in San Ramon: Furnished Studio Cabin for Sale or Rent Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide …

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Oct 26 2018

What Are the Countries With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care?

Bloomberg just published it’s article, “These Are the Economies With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care,” stating that “The U.S. will cost you the most for treatment, both in absolute terms and relative to average incomes, while life expectancy of Americans — about 79 years — was exceeded by more than 25 countries and territories, …

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Oct 26 2018

Our August 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Since Paul was in the hospital for the first part of the month (until the 13th of August when he was released), our spending in several categories was not typical. Transportation – $159.50 We live in San Ramón and Paul was in Hospital San Rafaél in Alajuela, about 45 minutes away by car. Though we …

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