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Costa Rica

Costa Rica - From jungles and volcanoes to stunning coastlines, lovely Costa Rica has it all. Nature lovers will be enchanted by the wealth of wildlife, with toucans and tree frogs just the beginning. Everyday life is relaxed and inexpensive in this sunny land.

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Expat Focus Columnists - Costa Rica
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  The Dark Side Of Expat Life In Costa Rica


Articles - Costa Rica

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 ...

  Costa Rica – Five Recommended Expat Blogs


Articles - Costa Rica

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 ...

  A Guide To Office Culture In Costa Rica


Articles - Costa Rica

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 ...

  5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Costa Rica


Articles - Costa Rica

Travelling to Costa Rica on a vacation is quite different from moving to the country as an expat, so don’t form your expectations based on your Costa Rican beach holiday! Moving to a new country always presents its fair share of challenges and Costa Rica is no exception. There are various aspects of life and services that will affect your move, so it’s important that you give all of them due consideration before you actually relocate. Whether you are pondering a move to Costa Rica or already have your bags packed, take some time to learn about the differences not just in culture, but also in the standard of living, quality of essential services, cost of living, public transport and so on.   more ...

  Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Costa Rica - Some Tips For Expats


Articles - Costa Rica

Communication is invariably a problem when moving to a new country, and this is especially true for most Latin American countries because of the huge cultural differences that shape and dictate the norms of socially acceptable behavior and communication. Costa Rica’s history has left it with a population demographic that may make it seem more European than South American, but the country is as Latino as it gets! Communication isn’t an insurmountable barrier that an expat needs to be too worried about, but don’t take for granted that it’s going to be easy simply because of the primarily European-descent population and because the English language is widely understood.   more ...

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