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COST OF LIVING IN COSTA RICA

Many wonder what the cost of living in Costa Rica is. The easy answer is; whatever you want it to cost! You can spend very little and live comfortably or you can spend more and live in luxury. Expats interested in simple living should budget about $1500 or less monthly. This budget allows for bus rides and the occasional taxi, big trips to the farmer’s market and a few restaurant meals each month. Others choose to live in relative luxury, employing full-time housekeepers, commuting by car, eating out on a regular basis and consuming imported goods. Such lifestyles in Costa Rica can amount to $3000 - $4000 per month depending on how extravagant you want to live.

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COSTA RICA, THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

Costa Rica is giving Disneyland a run for their money as the, “Happiest place on earth.” According to multiple independent research groups, Costa Rica is the happiest country.

Costa Rica Ranks #1

The Happy Planet Index, the New Economics Foundation, and the World Database of Happiness, all rank Costa Rica as the happiest country. All of these indexes have varying ways of collecting data but they all come to the same conclusion. Costa Rica has a culture of happiness.

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MAKING MONEY IN COSTA RICA

Moving to Costa Rica and making money is an opportunity for just about everyone. There are two main options for sources of income in Costa Rica; you can work at established business or open your own business. For those with the entrepreneurial spirit, Costa Rica allows you to run a business with low overhead, less taxation, and bigger profits. Best of all you’ll be surrounded by exotic nature, ocean breezes, and a rich culture

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MEDICAL TOURISM IN COSTA RICA

“Medical Tourism” was unknown phrase just a decade ago. Now millions of American’s are flocking to foreign nations for medical treatments. Experts in the field say as many as 150,000 U.S. citizens underwent medical treatment abroad in 2006 and that number more than quadrupled in 2007 to 750,000. A projected six million Americans will cross the boarder by 2010 to get everything from face lifts to heart bypasses to fertility treatments.

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LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN COSTA RICA

Our last blog post focused on how you can get your adrenaline fix in Costa Rica. If you prefer the slower way of life or if you are looking for a way to unwind after a day of action this blog will focus on the tranquil side of Costa Rica. Nature always provides us with ways to nurture our needs and Costa Rica’s nature preserves and abundant wildlife are no exception.

Sandy Beaches of Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s sandy beaches are great for lounging on. Nothing is more relaxing than a good book with the sound of the ocean in the background. The vast Caribbean lowlands extend inland, providing habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals. Skip the crowded beaches and commercial tourism on the Pacific side for pristine quite beaches on the Caribbean side. Visit beaches with white sand, golden shore beaches, and beaches with sand as black as night all on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

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REAL ESTATE DEALS ON COSTA RICA'S CARIBBEAN COAST

Getting the most from your hard earned money means making smart investments and seizing great opportunities. Invest in something more than unpredictable stocks and declining 401Ks, invest in a lifestyle that surrounds you with exotic nature and sandy beaches.

Affordable investment opportunities like this are a rare find but can still be found on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

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COSTA RICA BY HORSEBACK

Horseback tours allow travelers to experience several spectacular places within the course of a few hours or a few days. Imagine galloping along the sandy beach while experiencing complete freedom. Then enjoy a jaunt through a misty rainforest, cross a tranquil stream then stroll across the country side. Horseback rides allow for a unique perspective and close encounters with monkeys, tree frogs, lizards, butterflies, orchids and countless other fascinating flora and fauna depending on where your journey takes you. The journey is, of course, part of the adventure and will allow you to experience more of Costa Rica.

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ADVENTURE IN COSTA RICA

Canopy Tour in Costa Rica’s Jungles

Experience the richness and diversity of the jungle close-up. Zip line adventures let you fly through the tree tops like one of Costa Rica’s exotic birds. Most of these tours start with a hike into the jungle where you’ll get some background on the exotic plant and animal life of Costa Rica’s jungles. Once you arrive at the starting platform you experience your first exhilarating zip through the jungle trees. Don’t be disappointed when your first ride is over because there will be more to follow. Most tours will take you through 8 or so zip lines. Costa Rica canopy tour adventures will satisfy your need for adventure.

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RETIRE IN COSTA RICA

 

Beyond Costa Rica’s exotic beauty and affordable property rates a nearly non-exsistent violent crime rate, a low-cost socialized health care system, endless amounts of activities, cable and DirectTV, and a numerous amount of business opportunities also contribute to Costa Rica’s reputation as a desirable place to live and retire.

Weather in Costa Rica

With temperatures between 70º and 80º year round it’s always a good time to be Costa Rica. Costa Rica doesn’t have dreadfully cold winters or scorching hot summers to endure so you can enjoy every day of your retirement.

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COSTA RICA'S CARIBBEAN SIDE...THE NEXT BOOM

Because the stereotypes can be slow to die despite the changing times, holding the prices down until word gets out to the mainstream that things are different. This is the case with the Costa Rica Caribbean Coast. The truth is that it's now less than 2.5 hours from the capital of San José on a new, modern highway. The international airport re-opened in 2006. Serious investors are buying coastal land, and the first luxury resorts and residential developments are springing up. The Caribbean town of Limón is fast becoming a boomtown. 

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