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Why Moving To Costa Rica Will Probably Make You Happier

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017 (08:13:15)
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Costa Rica is one of the most sought-after destinations for travelers. The country is a small one, geographically speaking, but it is big on tourism, thanks at least in part to its incredible diversity.

Divided into six regions – the Caribbean Region, the Central Pacific Region, the Central Valley Region, the North Pacific Region, the Northern Weather Region, and the South Pacific Region – Costa Rica offers a plethora of choices for all kinds of travelers visiting it.   more ...

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Starting A New Business In Costa Rica - A Guide For Expats

Posted on Monday April 17, 2017 (09:54:13)
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It may not be the first destination to roll off an entrepreneurial expat's tongue, but starting a new business in Costa Rica has a lot to recommend it.

It is not only an increasingly popular destination for tourists, but expats are also gravitating to the country, no doubt attracted by its reputation as being one of the happiest places in the world for expats to live.

That's the finding from the Happy Planet index, and the friendly people there will often say that the country exemplifies 'pura vida', or pure life.   more ...

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A Healthcare Guide For Expat Retirees In Costa Rica

Posted on Monday April 03, 2017 (08:24:18)
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Not only is public healthcare relatively cheap but the standard of living for expats there is also very good.

Costa Rica has some of the best medical facilities to be found in Latin America the country has two healthcare systems that they can access.

Among the surveys placing Costa Rica as a great place for expat retirees is the magazine International Living, which places the country regularly in its top 10 and in its latest survey it came fourth in the world.   more ...

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Costa Rica - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Tuesday February 28, 2017 (09:26:27)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Costa Rica and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

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Setting Up Your Own Business In Costa Rica? Here's What You Need To Know

Posted on Tuesday February 14, 2017 (10:43:47)
Costa Rica in Central America is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations in the world. A democratic country, it has always enjoyed peace and has not had an army since 1949. Costa Rica is a small country, spanning just 0.03 percent of the earth’s surface. But it is home to 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, and 25.58 percent of the country’s area is made up of conservation and natural protected territory.   more ...

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Costa Rica - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Sunday October 16, 2016 (15:45:02)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Costa Rica and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.   more ...

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Interview With Casey Bahr, American expat blogger in Costa Rica

Posted on Monday November 16, 2015 (08:27:37)
Expat Focus: So Casey, you’re currently living in Costa Rica. Could you tell us a bit about the culture and what it’s like to live there?

Casey: Well, it’s like any other Latin American country, in that it’s fundamentally a Latin culture, and Catholic. And what that means is that there’s a little less emphasis on time and more emphasis on relationships.   more ...

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The Dark Side Of Expat Life In Costa Rica

Posted on Tuesday June 23, 2015 (10:36:21)
Image ©  Kurt Bauschardt
Costa Rica is regarded as a paradise by tourists from around the world because of its pristine beaches, scenic beauty, rich culture and vibrant nightlife. Each year, this country sees more than 1.5 million tourists. In addition to having one of the highest rates of wealth and literacy in the region, Costa Rica has been ranked among the top countries in Latin America for human development.

In terms of environmental performance and sustainability, it ranks third in the world and first in the Americas. Travelers have rated it the second most peaceful place in Latin America. So it’s hardly surprising to see expats, especially from the US, moving to Costa Rica: some for a few years, and some permanently.   more ...

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Costa Rica – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Monday June 15, 2015 (12:47:05)
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Costa Rica and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Costa Rica Bargain Hunter
http://www.costaricabargainhunter.com/

After retiring from the US Air Force, Dolores moved to Costa Rica and now blogs about her life there. As the title suggests, the site features articles about how to live on a budget – the average Costa Rican income is below $10,000 US per year, and although you might not be looking to decrease your spending that much, it's certainly prudent to cut costs where you can.   more ...

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A Guide To Office Culture In Costa Rica

Posted on Tuesday April 14, 2015 (19:36:56)
You will often hear the term “pura vida” in connection with Costa Rica. It means pure life and is used by the locals as a form of greeting, to express gratitude and even to refer to a person who is friendly. It is reflective of the relaxed Costa Rican lifestyle and is an ideal description of how the locals experience life – as something to be enjoyed and cherished.

Expats are not likely to face much of a culture shock in the business and office environment in Costa Rica, as most places follow western standards. However expats should be aware of some unique cultural mannerisms.   more ...