Dec 28 2014

Misconception #1: Where on the island of Costa Rica do you live?

“What are some common misconceptions people have when they hear you are retired in Costa Rica?”

We’ve been living in Costa Rica for almost six years and have to admit, there are a few misconceptions some folks have about our lives here.

Misconception #1: Where on the island do you live?

One of the most basic misconceptions of many is where Costa Rica is located geographically.  Some people get it confused with Puerto Rico, which is an island. First of all, Costa Rica is not an island. It is located in Central America, about 9 degrees — a distance of less than 900 miles —north of the equator. It is due north of Panama and south of Nicaragua. Costa Rica has over 800 miles of coastline, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. The entire country is about the size of West Virginia. We live in San Ramón de Alajuela, in the western Central Valley of Costa Rica.

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