Links endorses the following sites as we have personally used their services and feel confident about recommending them to others.

  • Visual Link Spanish – Free Spanish Lessons!! I (Gloria) started learning Spanish with Visual Link Spanish and was surprised at how quickly I was able to speak in full sentences! You can read Paul’s review here.
  • Cabina Rentals in San Ramon – This is where Paul and I lived for our first four years in Costa Rica.  If you will be visiting the Central Valley and are looking for a great place to stay with more features than a standard hotel room, this is the place!  Each picturesque cabin is approximately 550 sq ft (51 sq m), ideal for a small family. Each cabin features one of the following 2 bedroom arrangements: both with queen beds, or one with queen bed and one with queen/single bunk set. Other features include a large living room, eat-in kitchen, hot water, satellite television, all utilities (including electricity), and wireless internet access.  Someone on the property around the clock, weekly housekeeping service and a full-time gardener are also provided.  Laundry facilities are available at no cost, and both bus (about $.26 one way) and taxi service (about $4.25 one way) into town are readily available. Contact the bilingual property manager, Cesar, to  receive more information.

Organizations that deal with important issues
for Expats in Costa Rica.

  • Community Action Alliance Costa Rica – We are proud to serve on the Steering Committee for this organization.  The Community Action Alliance is a community based, action oriented organization focused on resolving issues and improving the lives of all residents of Costa Rica.  Our focus is in several primary areas: Citizen Security, Economic Development, Environmental, and Education.  We accomplish this through identifying clear and credible resources and bringing people together to develop solutions.  Be a part of the solution!

Be sure to also check out the following websites which
follow our basic philosophy of retiring for less.

  • Simply Living in Costa Rica – We are often asked our impressions of the town San Isidro de El General in the southern zone but, I’m sorry to say, we have not yet visited this area of Costa Rica. While it is on our list of places to go, watercolor artist Jan Hart has chosen this area to settle in. She writes about it in her blog, and she and her husband, Frank, share their corner of this beautiful country with tour guests during their “Simply Living in Costa Rica” tour. You can find more information on her website.
  • – Affordable and eco-friendly homes made from shipping containers
  • Container Home Plans – for plans and info about how to get started with your shipping container home
  • Paul & Marilyn’s Retirement Adventure – Paul and Marilyn Stevens’ blog about retiring in Costa Rica.

Animal rescue centers that need our support.

  • MEET YOUR DOG! Helene Wirt’s dog rescue, adoption and boarding program and facility.  Her Spanish language website is QUERIDOS PERROS.  Sponsors and volunteers are always welcomed!

And here are some of our
favorite places to visit.

Costa Rica Tourism Sites

What’s Happening in San Ramon
(our “corner” of Costa Rica)

Costa Rica Discussion Forums & Blogs

Costa Rica Online English-Language Newspapers

Some Helpful Site for Retirees


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