Tag: QualityofLife

Apr 26 2019

Costa Rica’s Successful Reforestation Efforts in a Graphic

To celebrate Earth Day, we thought we would share this graphic with you which shows Costa Rica’s success in reforestation. The graphic was prepared by Costa Rica’s Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento Forestal (Fonafifo). The goal of the National Forestry Financing Fund is to finance “small and medium producers of forest goods and services, managing and …

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Mar 07 2019

Costa Rica: One of the World’s Happiest Countries

Costa Rica has recently received more acknowledgement for what it’s doing right, this time from the World Economic Forum, in it’s January 31, 2019 article, “Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries. Here’s what it does differently.” In the article, Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, is quoted as saying, “Seventy years ago, …

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Feb 17 2019

Costa Rica’s Farewell to Arms: A Bold Peace

In December, Costa Rica and those of us who live here celebrated an important anniversary — the 70th anniversary of the abolition of  Costa Rica’s military. “On December 1, 1948, President José Figueres Ferrer of Costa Rica abolished the military of Costa Rica after victory in the civil war that year. In a ceremony in the Cuartel …

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May 27 2018

10 Tips on How to Thrive as an Expat in Costa Rica

Starting a new life in a different country is certainly challenging, initially it may all seem exciting and romantic, like a long vacation, but as time goes by you start falling into the realization that this is your new reality, and adapting to it might not be simple, even if you speak the language and …

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Mar 14 2017

If You Could Move Overseas Tomorrow for a Better Life…Would You? by Dan Prescher

Playa Dona Ana

By Dan Prescher (Originally published by International Living, February 6, 2017. Used with permission.) On a recent visit back to the U.S., I met some new friends at a party who wanted to know why my wife and I have been living outside the country for the past 15 years. I often get this question, …

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Nov 20 2016

Costa Rica – A Small Country with Big Ideas

TED Talks: A Small Country with Big Ideas to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example of positive action on environmental protection and renewables, climate advocate Monica Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors. …

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Aug 02 2016

In the Mailbag: Consumer Spending, Healthcare, & Pet Transport

After our big annual cost of living issue (Our Annual Cost of Living in Costa Rica Issue for 2015), we got lots of responses and questions from readers. Here are a few: Marc D. wrote: YOUR BEST NEWSLETTER WORK YET! Thank you Paul and Gloria … keep it coming! So much empathy with this consumer spending …

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Dec 27 2013

What’s Past is Past: Choosing Happiness in Costa Rica

by Ana Rodriguez Del Valle, written March 17, 2013 It has been one year since I moved to “paradise.” For a long time before we came to Costa Rica, it was pretty much all my husband and I could talk about. In the States I complained about the traffic, the long commute to work and back, …

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May 11 2013

Our Four Year Review of Living in Costa Rica

On April 1, 2013, we celebrated four years of living in Costa Rica. In reflecting on our experience, I thought I’d encapsulate my thoughts about our Costa Rican adventure in the following 11 areas. The People This is my favorite one. The people are so much more wonderful than I originally expected. It’s the main …

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May 11 2013

10 Ways to Fit In When You Retire in Costa Rica

by Tom Bunker My wife, Marcia, and I have lived in Costa Rica for almost 3 years. We have made many friends and are well-known by most of the community. We moved here from Southern California where our lives were very different. We lived in a nice house in a nice neighborhood and I can …

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