Category: Blog

Jun 26 2011

Newsletter – June 2011

Welcome to the June 2011 issue of our RetireForLessInCostaRica.com Monthly Newsletter! In this month’s issue: So, what’s up with the Yeatmans? Our monthly update to answer the #1 question people ask us, “What do you DO all day?” Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Taking the Bus Feature Article:  Investing in …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/newsletter-june-2011/

Jun 22 2011

My Experience Using the Costa Rica Medical System (the “Caja”)

When we decided to write about how the Costa Rica National Health Care System (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social – “Caja” for short) works, I didn’t realize that I would have an opportunity to write about my own personal experience.  It’s  really scary to be facing a medical problem while living in another country, one …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/using-the-costa-rica-medical-system-part-the-caja/

Jun 22 2011

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: The Truth About Crime in Costa Rica

(Updated July 31, 2015) So first, the good…I feel safer traveling around Costa Rica, and in our town of San Ramon, that I did in downtown Baltimore, or even at the local Mall at Christmas time when we lived back in the States.  In 2009, there was only one murder in the entire canton (county) of …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/truth-about-crime-in-costa-rica/

May 23 2011

Community Action Alliance Costa Rica

One of the things I learned was important to me was the sense of community I experience living here.  About four months after moving to Costa Rica, we starting attending monthly “mixers” of a newly formed group made up of mostly gringos here in San Ramon.  The idea was to learn from each other, sharing …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/community-action-alliance-costa-rica/

May 23 2011

But Do I HAVE to Learn Spanish?

One question we often get from people thinking about moving to Costa Rica concerns Spanish.  Do you need to learn Spanish?  The answer is not black and white.  You can certainly exist in Costa Rica without learning Spanish, and we know many Expats who do.  Many young Costa Ricans are bilingual, and there is also …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/but-do-i-have-to-learn-spanish/

May 23 2011

Newsletter – May 2011

Welcome to the May 2011 issue of our RetireForLessInCostaRica.com Monthly Newsletter! In this month’s issue: So, what’s up with the Yeatmans? Our monthly update to answer the #1 question people ask us, “What do you DO all day?” Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: $1 Lunch at the Central Market Feature …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/newsletter-may-2011/

May 23 2011

Update on Our Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Instead of trying to explain the cost of living hypothetically, I thought I would instead explain our cost of living as it actually is for us. At this point, we have been in Costa Rica a little more than two years, and living/renting in “the cabinas” for two full years, so we have a pretty …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/update-our-cost-of-living-in-costa-rica/

May 22 2011

Renewing our Costa Rica Drivers’ Licenses

We’ve been living in Costa Rica full-time for more than two years now, and our Costa Rica drivers licenses came up for renewal on May 15th.  We both got our drivers licenses a month or so after we moved here in April 2009, using our U.S. Passports and Maryland Drivers Licenses for identification, and were …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/renewing-our-costa-rica-drivers-licenses/

May 15 2011

Playa Doña Ana

Some months ago, I (Paul) complained to Gloria that we should go to the beach more often…at least 2 times per month, I said.  We were always so busy, but I stuck to my guns.  After all, we live in Costa Rica!  It’s true that we live at 3,900’ elevation, but it’s only 45 minutes …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/playa-dona-ana/

Apr 01 2011

Newsletter – April 2011

Welcome to the first issue of our RetireForLessInCostaRica.com Monthly Newsletter! We are sending you this newsletter because you are either a registered user on our website, a past tour guest, a friend, family member, or someone else who we have communicated with over the last two years.  If you would like to continue receiving this …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/newsletter-april-2011/