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Costa Rica Winds (Video)

By Paul & Gloria in Blog Summer in Costa Rica brings many things on the Pacific side of the country — blue skies, day after day of no rain (as opposed to the Caribbean side of the country where it rains year-round), tourists, and snow birds. It also brings the wind. Usually a sign of the change over from the rainy season […]

In the Mailbag: Tourist Visas, Driving in Costa Rica, and Cost of Living

By Paul & Gloria in Blog Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Tourist Visas From Phil: I was wondering if you know of any way someone could stay long term or longer at least then the 90 days without leaving. We are […]

Info About New License Plates in Costa Rica

By Gloria in Blog As often happens when new laws are enacted in Costa Rica (and, I am sure, elsewhere in the world), there is a lot of confusion about the details. The issue of new “mandatory” license plates is no exception. The Tico Times recently published an article that explains that the new plates are NOT mandatory […]

11.75% Colones CDs: Answering Your Questions

By Paul & Gloria in Blog, Resources Many people have written to us asking questions about our local investments at Coopenae, so we thought we would follow up and try to answer some of the most common questions. Usually they have to do with why we chose to invest there and whether or not it’s safe. We met with Marco Ramírez […]

17 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Move to Costa Rica

By Paul in Blog Facts updated February 25, 2018 Recently, after one of our 5-hour San Ramon tours, our client, Steve F. said that we were not balanced enough, that we tried to sell Costa Rica and San Ramón. Granted, it wasn’t our usual tour since the only time they had available was a Sunday, so almost everything […]

Types of Costa Rica Residencies, Requirements, and Benefits

By Paul & Gloria in Blog Originally published by the Costa Rican Times, December 2, 2013 Costa Rica News – There are many people that are thinking about applying for Costa Rican residency. Getting residency can make life in Costa Rica a little more easy to deal with and get rid of some of the red tape that you […]

How Much Insurance Coverage Does the Annual Marchamo Include?

By Paul & Gloria in Blog Updated 11/22/15 The Marchamo is Costa Rica’s mandatory annual vehicle registration and it includes, among other things, compulsory car insurance. It is payable as of November 15th every year and must be paid before the end of December. According to the INS website: All vehicle owners should have the Compulsory Insurance for Motor Vehicles (SOA), […]

The Adventure Inn-Our “Go-To Hotel”

By Paul & Gloria in Blog The Adventure Inn has been our “go to hotel” for the last 4 years. It’s where we pick up our Healthcare Tour guests. We recommend it for anyone coming to Costa Rica, especially if you want a hotel convenient to the San Jose airport. You can get an inexpensive tour right at the hotel […]

Paul & Gloria in Mexico: Oaxaca’s Guelaguetza Extravaganza

By Paul & Gloria in Blog If you’ve been reading our newsletter for a while, you know that we have been traveling to Mexico each year for the past several years. This is the first year we visited in July and were able to experience the month-long festival of the Guelaguetza, Oaxaca’s celebration of the culture, traditional dancing, crafts, and […]

How do you define happiness?

By Paul & Gloria in Blog Happiness can be different things to different people, but what is it really? One definition is that it is a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Another says that “Happiness is thought of as the good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure.” And “Martin Seligman, one of the […]