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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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Apr 21 2013

Reinventing Yourself in Retirement

(Updated October 28, 2015) A couple of years ago, we received an email from Rob, who was considering the idea of retiring in Costa Rica. He wrote, “After the finances, my biggest worry is how I will spend my time.  I have read about male expats who spend a lot of time at the bar because they …

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Feb 10 2013

Five Good Reasons to Consider Retiring Abroad

Updated 11/20/15. See our RFL notes, in green, throughout the article. (“Five Good Reasons to Consider Retiring Abroad” was originally published by The Costa Rica News, January 13, 2013) Even in the best of times saving for retirement is often a monumental and difficult task, now with middle class opportunity shrinking, economic “cliffs” and austerity …

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Jan 24 2013

Types of Costa Rica Residencies, Requirements, and Benefits

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 have to …

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Jan 24 2013

Reflections on Five Years Living in Costa Rica

by Connie Sandlin After visiting Costa Rica several times since 2006, Connie and Dick Sandlin made the move to try living here for 2 ½ months in mid-May 2008…and they never looked back. The March before their move, they wrote an email to family and friends to share their big news. Now, nearly 5 years later, …

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Dec 04 2012

America is No Place to Get Old In

“America is no place to get old in.” Gloria uttered these words over five years ago. And this would evolve into one of the main reasons we decided to retire overseas, specifically, Costa Rica. There were other reasons to be sure, but “America’s no place to get old in” got us started and is related …

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Dec 04 2012

The Bunkers’ Road to Costa Rica

  by Tom Bunker My name is Tom Bunker and I was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1948. I met and married Marcia there in 1973. She was born at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi and had moved around a lot because her father was a career Army officer. A veteran of WWII and …

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Nov 30 2012

Costa Rica Isn’t for Everyone?

(Updated October 27, 2015) Jackie, one of our readers wrote, “I have read in your newsletter that Costa Rica is not for everyone. (Others) say the same thing… My question is, just what is it about Costa Rica that is not for everyone? In your opinion, other than the language difference, what are the three …

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Oct 20 2012

Costa Rica Snow-Birds with a Twist – Aboard the “Dragon’s Wing”

Most “snow-birds” come to Costa Rica during the dry season (normally December through April) and go back home during the rainy season (normally May through November). But Gayle and Paul Sommers have a unique twist on the concept. Read about it below. We have been sailing for most of our married life and have owned …

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Oct 20 2012

Another Reason We Chose Costa Rica – the People

We always knew this one and could kick ourselves for not adding it to our “Why we chose Costa Rica” list earlier. The longer we’re here, the more we’ve come to realize just how amazing the people are. They have welcomed us from the start. They’ve been civil, courteous, and warm. In some other countries …

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