Category: Resources

May 25 2008

About Costa Rica: Fast Facts

Costa Rica is in Central America, bordered on the north by Nicaragua and on the south by Panama. To the east is the Caribbean coast and to the west is the Pacific Ocean. This small country measures just under 20,000 square miles and is in the Central Time Zone. The telephone area code for the …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette, by Claire Wallerstein

One of the strengths of this book is that it covers not only living in Costa Rica, but doing business there as well. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon.com: “CultureShock! Costa Rica is an indispensable companion for anyone who wishes to live and work amongst Central America’s famously friendly people. Life in Costa Rica often turns …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica, by Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz

To learn about the people of Costa Rican, otherwise known as “Ticos,” The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica can’t be beat. Here is a great review from the Amazon.com Web site: “When I was researching Costa Rica as a candidate place for retirement, despite some effort, I was unable to find much …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: Insight Guides Costa Rica, by Paul Murphy

If you want to get a sense for how visually beautiful Costa Rica is, this is THE book you want. It is by far our favorite book for its photos, as well as for a good overview of the country, its people and customs, biodiversity, and more. The publisher describes it this way: “Insight Guides …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: Choose Costa Rica for Retirement

It all didn’t start with this book, but rather Choose Mexico for Retirement. I went to college in Mexico, graduating in 1977, and also spent 16 days there in December 2003/January 2004 on our honeymoon. My first inclination was to retire in Mexico. My wife, Gloria, spent a few days in Costa Rica back in …

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Mar 03 2008

Learning the language, and free Spanish lessons

We at Retire for Less in Costa Rica highly recommend Visual Link Spanish. In my younger years, I learned Spanish while attending University in Mexico. Later in life, I taught high school Spanish, so I have been both a learner and a teacher of Spanish. In looking at available Spanish language courses on the market, …

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