For my husband, Michael, and me, living in Costa Rica is pretty much like being on a perpetual vacation. Don’t get me wrong here; full-time living requires some things you don’t have to deal with when you’re on holiday. On a two-week vacation, you don’t have to wash the car or weed the flower beds. You don’t have to pay the bills. And someone else does your dishes and folds the laundry. But it’s not those things that make up our vacation-life in Costa Rica.
One of the most important questions expats need to ask themselves, especially someone nearing or having reached retirement age, is: “Can I be happy with the healthcare in my new country?” I can answer “yes” when it comes to Costa Rica, after living here for nearly 11 years.
The area's growing population, increased tourism, and the fact that erratic weather patterns are the earth's "new normal," have all led savvy developers to seek a solution.
Rodeos take place all over Costa Rica, depending on the season. The biggest ones are in San José during the Christmas holidays and Liberia in late July, to celebrate the annexation of Guanacaste. Indeed, rodeos are especially popular in this particular province. After all, Guanacaste is cowboy country!
Although only the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica offers you a lot of choice when it comes to places to live in terms of landscape, climate, amenities, and lifestyle.
What does a person want in a little beach town? If you’ve ever taken the time to make a list of answers to that question, you’re welcome to compare it to this abbreviated version of mine.
I think my life as an immigrant is fairly different from other expats’. First off, I live in the mountains instead of on the beach. I live in the Orosi Valley of Costa Rica—not the Central Valley. My husband Michael and I are the only “gringos” (not a pejorative word in Costa Rica) in our entire town of 4,000 people. And we “live” in Spanish.
A majority of the expats I know have at least one corporation registered in Costa Rica. Everyone has their own reasons, but two of the most common are for starting a business and opening a bank account.
The town of San Ramón is a perfect little grid, its church spires towering above the surrounding buildings. It has many of the amenities you’d expect from a proper city, including a cultural center and a few small museums and galleries. There are events a-plenty, including concerts, exhibits, plays, and festivals.
Once you get to know the local systems and "secrets," you can find all the modern equipment you need at any store… But the way of doing business hails from a time that's now gone by in North America. It requires some adjustment from the expat. That's why I'm here to help…