Fast Track Costa Rica 2021

Sharon and Wes Puckett live in the “perfect climate” mountains of Southern Costa Rica.

“Our total expenses have been about $1,700 a month, which includes our rent, utilities, you name it… We have the best of everything, and we’re just minutes from the beach.”

“We love Costa Rica so much I’m excited to say we just bought a three-bedroom home with a huge pool. Now that we’ll no longer pay rent, our expenses should be close to $1,200 a month—can you believe it? We are truly living the ‘Pura Vida’ life.”

You, Too, Can Easily Live the Good Life in Costa Rica. Here’s How…

Costa Rica Conference

Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference July 22-24, 2021 Real InterContinental, San Jose, Costa Rica

Dear Reader, “It was a good time for a new adventure,” say Sharon and Wes Puckett who found themselves at a fork in the road back in 2014. Living in Colorado, Sharon says, “I’d been working for over 30 years as a library employee and Wes had been retired for over a year and was growing weary of the cold weather. We were in good health and we had worked hard and raised our family when our peers were out exploring (we married young).” As they faced retirement and the prospect of living on a fixed income, “We pulled the ripcord on daily life as we knew it, and started our retirement research.” Friends had decided to retire to Costa Rica, and Wes and Sharon went with them on a vacation to check it out. “We rented a car and traveled through the beautiful countryside to small, out-of-the-way places in the mountains and visited the Pacific Ocean. Wes and I fell in love with Costa Rica. It had the climate Wes wanted and the mountains I loved. “So we sold our empty nest in Colorado, and everything in it, and set off on our retirement journey.” They were certain they were making the right decision, but they were somewhat unprepared for the reaction from family and friends. “How can two people, who have lived their entire lives in Colorado, move so far away?” their friends asked. Today, Wes and Sharon have a ready answer for that. “For the last five years, we’ve felt like we are living in an oasis…away from the real world, yet also so close to it.” After all, Costa Rica is less than a three-hour flight from the U.S.—less time than it takes to fly from Denver to Miami, for instance…
Howler Monkey
Who needs an alarm clock when you have howler monkeys as neighbors?
As Sharon explains, “At dawn I wake to the sounds of toucans and howler monkeys. As I drink my morning coffee, and look out across the yard, the clouds quickly moving towards me, my wild imagination has me thinking this is what heaven looks like…misty clouds surrounding an incredibly beautiful garden paradise; that abounds with small animals, birds, and butterflies. “Yes, sometimes I do pinch myself to make sure that’s it’s real… I truly love it here: the people, the relaxed approach to life, and the spectacular natural beauty.” And where in the U.S. these days, she asks, can you enjoy a comfortable retirement (and a million-dollar view) on just $1,200 a month? The last two years, Sharon and Wes say, “Our total living expenses have been approximately $1,700 a month. The rent and utilities for our two-bedroom, two-bath home on three acres of land averages around $490 per month. “Our health insurance (the CAJA national health program) cost for both of us is $101 per month. We own our car outright and have purchased extra full-coverage car insurance for $1,200 a year.” And, Sharon adds, “If we feel the need for some “vitamin sea,” we jump in our car and are at the beach within 25 minutes. I feel relaxed after an afternoon in the warm, tropical climate of Playa Dominical with no agenda other than to walk the beach with my husband and enjoy each other’s company. “I can honestly say that we have the best of everything: The beautiful mountain life, yet just minutes from the city or the beach. In our golden years, Wes and I are truly living the Costa Rican ‘pura vida’ life.”

Don’t Put Your Retirement on Hold. You, Too, Can Live “Pura Vida” in Costa Rica.

You may be at a similar fork in the road as Wes and Sharon were in 2014…just a few short years ago. Maybe you’re wondering what the best path is…especially when you’re thinking about retirement. Should you downsize? Should you move to another community where the cost of living is lower? And when the world around you is also uncertain, your instincts may be to put off the decision making altogether… But as a good friend of mine says, “I’ve worked all my life to get to this point…where I don’t have to work the rest of my life. Now, it’s my turn. I’m going to enjoy every minute and do all the things I’ve always wanted to do…whenever and wherever I want to do them.”

This is the time to check out Costa Rica: Where retirement dreams come true.

We’ll help You Map Your Retirement

Get the whole picture, not just the fluff. Taxes, insurance, and visas are not the fun part of being an expat. But you need to know this part of the story before you take your next step in Costa Rica. Our trusted professionals will deliver the information you need. To discover the real Costa Rica, you need to hear from people like yourself—those who have gone before you. At this Fast Track Costa Rica Conference, we’ve invited an unprecedented number of expats who have bought second homes, retired, or started a business in Costa Rica. Just a short time ago, they were in the same position that you are today. Here are just a few of the people who make up our staff for this groundbreaking seminar. Remember: they’re not just presenting their topics. One of the primary seminar benefits is that they’ll be available to spend time one-on-one discussing your own situation. International Living’s Dan Prescher will be your emcee for this conference. As special projects director and media director for International Living, no one is more qualified to talk about living overseas than Dan. He’s traveled all over Latin America researching and writing about everything from deserted beaches to bustling world-class cities where life is good and costs are low. He and his wife, Suzan Haskins, are four-country expats.
   Suzan Haskins, IL senior editor. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more savvy, seasoned expat than Suzan, having lived overseas with her husband Dan Prescher for nearly two decades now—in multiple countries and several communities in each. She’ll be on hand to lead many of our how-to sessions and discussions. She’ll hand you proven strategies for narrowing down your just-right options abroad in an effective, stepwise way. She’ll help you focus on how to get your financial world in order before you head overseas. And she’ll give you a roadmap to what comes next—how, practically speaking, you get from the end of our live event to actually enjoying a new, more international life.
  John Michael Arthur, IL Costa Rica Central Valley correspondent. For three decades before moving to Costa Rica, John practiced medicine outside of Dallas as a family practitioner and he and his partner raised their five kids. Today, he’s a “gentleman farmer,” on a three-and-a-half-acre farm complete with a river in the Orosi Valley. He’ll bring with him his own story to share, plus a whole basket full of opportunities for you: great-value destinations…good-living options…real-world intelligence…and Costa Rica secrets you won’t hear about anywhere else. Plus he’ll share his picks for the best coastal deals…the interior, cool-weather towns he likes best…and more…  

Roger Petersen, legal counsel. When it comes to residency, tax law, corporations, trusts, banking, and real estate, there is no better authority in Costa Rica. Educated in the U.S., Roger has been practicing law in Costa Rica since 1992. He’ll bring you up to speed with the practical information you need to know if you’re planning to retire, buy a property, or start up business. His firm, Petersen & Philips, is one of the leading law firms in Costa Rica when it comes to expat issues and more.

 
Margaret Summerfield of Real Estate Trend Alert and Pangea, International Living’s preferred real estate advertiser, will be on hand. From Margaret you’ll get the important insider guidance (and cautions) on buying in Costa Rica—whether you’re interested in a full-time escape or an income-producing property you could visit once or twice a year…
 
Kathleen Evans IL Costa Rica correspondent. Since moving to Costa Rica, Kathleen has written a novel, hosted a local expat radio show, and traveled extensively through the country. She’ll share her story, plus a whole basket full of opportunities for you…
  Winton Churchill, founder of Barefoot Consultants, will be on hand to show you how you could add to your retirement funds—and even bankroll your life overseas—with an income you take with you wherever you decide to go. You may not think you have a “portable” skill, but don’t be so sure. Earning into your retirement years can have positive benefits beyond the bottom line, keeping your mind sharp, your social interactions strong, and increasing your quality of life. Plus, you gain the benefit of flexibility in the ways (and the places) you can cash in. And that’s just for starters. The speaker list for this Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference goes on…with local attorneys joining us…developers…local expats…real estate agents… ** Please note, the times, schedule, and speakers are subject to change – though these topics will all be discussed.

We’ll Stay in Luxury with Gorgeous Surrounds

We’ll be hosting this three-day program at the lovely Real InterContinental, San Jose, Costa Rica. It gets great reviews from those who have stayed there. It’s ideally positioned in the heart of popular Escazú, adjacent to the city’s most prestigious shopping mall with 365 stores, bars and restaurants and more. This hotel features the hottest concepts in entertainment and dining, including two outdoor pools in landscaped gardens, the largest urban spa in Central America and four unique concept restaurants—there are many more great restaurants in walking distance. We can guarantee you won’t go hungry! We’ve negotiated a special discounted rate of $149 per night for a single or double room. This rate includes a full buffet breakfast, internet access, and complimentary use of the health club. If you’d like to arrive early or stay longer, the hotel has agreed to honor the rate for three days before and after the event, depending on availability. If you have questions or would like to reserve your place, call our events team now at 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040 (direct).

Register Early—NOW—and You Save $200 Per Person

Please understand that attendance is limited by the size of the conference space we’ve booked. And we expect this event—being held in a lovely spot in Costa Rica—to sell out, just as so many of our live programs have for the last 5 years. Even so, it helps us to have a rough headcount earlier rather than later as we can better plan for staffing and printing materials and so on. So that’s why, in exchange for reserving your place now and letting us know to save a seat in your name, we’ll take a full $200 off the price of your admission (and an additional $200 off your companion’s ticket as well). That means you attend the event for $1,245 $1,045 and your companion joins you for just $845 $645. But that price is only available until midnight on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In fact, you may well be eligible for additional savings as well. The $200 off for your Early Bird sign up is a discount ON TOP OF any others you qualify for. There won’t be a better-value time to sign on. And I should say, too, that while the price goes up at midnight on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, I cannot guarantee we’ll actually still have seats available at that point. We may well sell out ahead of that date. So don’t wait and miss out. If you’re at all interested in joining us, please let us know sooner rather than later to save a seat in your name. Register by calling our events team at Opportunity Travel now at 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040 (direct).

Save $200 with the Early Bird Discount Today… PLUS Save Even More!

Save another $50 no matter when you register if you are an International Living Magazine subscriber. (Register by June 23, 2021 and you pay just $1,195 $995.) Save another $150 no matter when you register if you are a member of IL’s Lifetime Society.  (Register by June 23, 2021, and you pay just $1,095 $895.) Save another $200 no matter when you register if you are a member of IL’s Publisher’s Roundtable, Real Estate Trend Alert, or IL’s Platinum Circle. (Register by June 23, 2021, and you pay just $1,045 $845.) Admittance is FREE if you are a member of IL’s World Club or Explorer’s Club.

Interactive, Useful, Personalized

This Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference is geared entirely to helping you—in your individual situation—to find the spot that’s right for you. Everybody’s path is going to look different. After all, what would make you happy might drive your neighbor nuts. We all have our own preferences, our own interests, our own lists of “must-haves” and “can’t stands,” our own budgets. That’s why this special 3-day Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference is going to be super-interactive. So, frankly, if all you want to do is sit back and listen to lectures, well…this might not be the forum for you. But if you’re ready for roundtable discussions, for answers…ready to pinpoint the spot that’s right for you…ready to get an actionable plan to follow from where you are now…to your ideal retirement locale in good-value Costa Rica… Then I hope you’ll join us… Reserve your place by calling our events team now at 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040. We’ll show you how and where—step-by-clear-step—you can embrace the life you want to have in a place that’s perfect for you in the best-value locales. To register, call our events team now at 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040. I look forward to seeing you in July 2021.

To Register, Call Our Events Team Now 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040

Sincerely, Jackie Flynn Publisher, International Living

Special Add-On Workshop

How to Fund Your Life Overseas

with Winton Churchill

Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 8 am-3pm at the Real InterContinental, San Jose, Costa Rica

In addition to this special Fast Track Costa Rica program, we’re running a special add-on workshop geared to give you an extra overseas jump start. If you like the idea of having an income you could earn from anywhere—and take with you (whether you plan a full-time or a part-time escape), then this program could be perfect for you… Winton will show you how—by combining your experience, interests, and skills with today’s mobile technology—you could earn an income from anywhere in the world. ** When you sign on for IL’s Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference, we’ll send you more details about this add-on workshop.

To Register, Call Our Events Team Now 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040

P.S. When you sign on to attend our Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference, we’ll give you something extra, too, at no charge… We’ll be recording this program—capturing all the advice, guidance, and recommendations from every expert in every session. And we’ll sell the recordings to readers who couldn’t be with us in San Jose in person. But for attendees, access to the recordings is $249 FREE. They’re our gift to you, a special thank you for attending in person. And I know you’ll find them invaluable. Because it means you can listen in again to any of the sessions you’d like. Again, this is a $249 value that’s yours, FREE, when you reserve your place in Costa Rica for International Living’s Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference today.

To Register, Call Our Events Team Now 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040

Day-by-Day Snapshot

International Living’s

Fast Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference

July 22-24, 2021 – Real InterContinental, San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 1 – Thursday, July 22 2:30 pm-7:30 pm (register 2:30-4:00 pm) A country-focused afternoon followed by an opening cocktail party. Day 2 – Friday, July 23 8:30 am-5:30 pm A morning of sessions focused on choosing a place, navigating healthcare, buying, renting, and more. Followed by an afternoon of roundtable discussions and expert presentations. Day 3 – Saturday, July 24 8:30 am-6:00 pm A morning of sessions focused on earning overseas, house sitting, nuts-and-bolts for getting settled, and more. Followed by an afternoon of roundtable discussions and expert presentations. We’ll end the program with an evening cocktail party. ** Please note, the times, schedule, and speakers are subject to change – though these topics will all be discussed.

To Register, Call Our Events Team Now 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040

Airfare Bargains—Book Your Travel Soon!

Of course, flight prices and availability change by the day, but a quick search revealed some very good round-trip deals on offer right now for a week’s travel surrounding this conference. The point is: Don’t wait to make your travel arrangements. The earlier you book, the better the deal you’ll likely get.

To Register, Call Our Events Team Now 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040