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UPDATES TO INFASTRUCTURE

Costa Rica InfastructureOscar Arias and the Costa Rican government were smart enough to know that tourism dollars are the number one source of revenue for this country, surpassing even the tax revenue. Besides the improvements in the roads, the biggest news for the future of tourism and development in the beach areas of Guanacaste are several projects that revolve around and include Grupo Do It, the well known developers behind the Do It Center in Liberia. Their project, Hospital Cima, broke ground on November 2nd after many delays. The $160 million dollar project includes 42 spaces for private clinics and other retail outlets and a grand total of 220,000 square meters that will be developed in stages over a period of several years. The hospital will be located at the entrance of a housing development called Pacific Plaza, adjacent to the Do-it Center, and is designed to be a place that specializes in integrated health services that cater to a retirement community.

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HEALTHY LIFE IN COSTA RICA

Healthy Life Style in Costa RicaWith the declining US Real Estate Market and the desire for a healthier lifestyle has many people flocking to Costa Rica. Costa Rica has much to offer:

  • Strong buying for power for US citizens
  • Quality properties at a great prices
  • The oldest democracy in Central America
  • A policy of preserving peace and the environment
  • The ability to live naturally and orgainically
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International Business Times ranked their, “Top 10 Most Popular Adventure Travel Destinations,” and Costa Rica topped their list at number one.

Costa Rica offers extensive adventure travel experience ranging from white water rafting, canyoning, hiking, biking and more.

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TIPS FOR MOVING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY

Live Abroad in Costa RicaMoving to, retiring in, or even buying investment real estate in another country can change your future and help you live the lifestyle you have always dreamed of but it can also feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you with the beginning stages of the process.

Know Where You Want to Live
Narrowing your home preference location down to one country, or better yet, one region within a country, can help make your property search as painless as possible. Before thinking about real estate agents and legal paperwork, you have to determine where you want to buy. Aside from all the benefits and opportunities a home abroad can offer you, it is most important to find a place that you truly love.

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EVENTS AND CARNIVALS IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica Real Estate CarnivalThroughout the year Costa Rica celebrates its diverse history and rich culture with a variety of festivals. Plan a trip now to celebrate with Costa Rica's locals.

March 3-6, 2011 (5 Days / 4 nights)
ENVISION FESTIVAL in Playa Dominical (Central Pacific Coast)
With David Starfire, The Human Experience, etc.
$150 USD for Festival Ticket - Includes Tent camping space and access to all Envision Festival shows, performances, parties and activities happening within the festival grounds. Accommodations in Dominical range from $30 - $120 per night (Double Occupancy)
More info: www.envisionfestival.com

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Retire in Costa Rica
Story from: CNBC.com
Posted By: Cindy Perman | CNBC.com Staff Writer

Retiring in another country used to be a foreign concept to most Americans but it’s becoming more common thanks to two main factors: the Internet and the economy.

The Internet has provided some much-needed connectivity to family, friends and access to important things like bank accounts and retirement accounts.

And, while saving money has always been important to retirees, the recession and subsequent hit to retirement accounts, plus rising taxes and health-care costs, have made it a necessity for many. So when retirees get priced out of warm-weather cities in the U.S., cheaper alternatives in other countries become more attractive.

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THE BACHELOR GOES TO COSTA RICA

The Bachelor Visits Costa RicaThe popular reality show, The Bachelor, traveled to Costa Rica for a romantic backdrop for their destination date. The episode will feature a special group date at the Spring Resort and Spa, fronting Costa Rica's famous Arenal
Volcano, using the property's riverfront rainforest preserve and mineral pools as a backdrop for one on one dates with the newest Bachelor Brad Womack. The episode was filmed last October when Womack and six bachelorettes traveled to Costa Rica's La Fortuna and Arenal.

The Costa Rica Bachelor episode is expected to feature Brad and the women zip lining through the jungle, marveling and the active Arenal Volcano, touring the jungle, rappelling down a waterfall, cave exploring, flying over Costa Rica in a helicopter, and relaxing in hot springs.

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INCREASED TOURISM TO COSTA RICA

Costa Rica TourismOver two million tourists visited Costa Rica in 2010 which is a 9.2% increase over 2009. During tough economic times this is a true victory for Costa Rica and a testament to how popular the country is among tourists from all over the world.

Some travel to Costa Rica for the unprecedented beauty, others as part of eco-tourism groups, and others for the affordable medical care. This combination of assets for Costa Rica is helping the Country thrive.

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COSTA RICA RETIREMENT: LOWER COSTS, HIGHER LIFESTYLE

Retirement should be something you get excited about but for many Americans who have seen the value of their pensions shrink and savings dwindle retirement may not look so bright.  For Baby Boomers facing the end of regular earnings, the ability to make a retirement income stretch seems impossible. With limited savings, reduced home equity and an average Social Security benefit of around $1200 per month for an individual and $1750 for a couple, most retirees will have to cut expenses.  

Retirement can bring unique opportunities to even those on a budget. Once you retire you can simplify, downsize, re-prioritize and do some of the things that full-time work has prevented you from doing.

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GREEN HOTELS IN COSTA RICA

Green Costa Rica HotelsTravelocity has bestowed its coveted eco-friendly leaf to Costa Rican hotels who achieved the highest levels of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program. The CST is a product of the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and the program is designed to differentiate businesses of the tourism sector based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.

Costa Rica prides itself on setting high sustainability and eco-friendly standards to so many hotels throughout the country.  Unlike some travel sites, Travelocity does not accept “self-certified” hotels for the Green Hotel Directory. The company awards its eco-friendly hotel leaf to resorts that have been certified by second- or third-party green hotel certification programs whose standards closely align with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC), and that have had an independent audit.

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