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Costa Rica > Health

Costa Rica

Moving To Costa Rica? Here’s What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

Monday August 19, 2019 (16:51:54)

As colourful as its currency and its national flower – a stunning orchid called a purple country girl – Costa Rica is a magical place to live. From the rugged volcanic rainforest terrain to its stunning protected coastlines and beaches, this truly beautiful country has so much to offer local people and expats alike.   more ...

Costa Rica > Living

Costa Rica

Decreasing Costa Rican Crime Rates Make It A Popular Expat Destination

Monday August 12, 2019 (11:30:23)

For the first time since 2012, Costa Rica recently ended a year with a decrease in homicides, coinciding with a country-wide decrease in crime. To further decrease the rate of homicides in particular, the government intends to reform laws around gun control. This is positive news for all concerned and is especially encouraging for expats looking to move to the country, who may previously have been put off by high rates of crime.   more ...

Costa Rica > Education

Costa Rica

Homeschooling In Costa Rica: A Realistic Option For Expats?

Thursday August 08, 2019 (10:57:29)

Homeschooling is popular within expat communities and travelling families due to the flexibility it affords them. Whether you have moved to a new country or are passing through, homeschooling your children gives you options that traditional schooling, whether public or private, does not.   more ...

Costa Rica > Living

Costa Rica

Sustainable Costa Rica: Eco Initiatives And Fiscal Funding

Tuesday June 25, 2019 (14:54:11)

If you’re concerned about the environment, are interested in the ecology and are thinking about moving to a country which has a commitment to sustainability, then it’s likely that Costa Rica will be one of your first choices. It’s a fascinating place in its own right; one of the go-to countries for studying nature conservation and high-altitude cloud forests, Costa Rica has an ethos of ecotourism which is genuinely established and does its best to avoid ‘greenwashing.’ Despite having a tiny 0.035 of the world’s landmass, the country contains 5% of its biodiversity, meaning that the mangrove forests, volcanoes, rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica are like a microcosm of our planet. Both public and private initiatives in the nation lead the way towards increased sustainability   more ...

Costa Rica > Financial

Costa Rica

How To Make Sure Your Costa Rican Property Taxes Are Up To Date

Monday June 17, 2019 (14:45:57)

Costa Rica is somewhat of a haven for those looking to buy houses, as the property taxes are low compared to many other countries. However, some find the system confusing and are not sure how to go about registering all the necessary details or checking that their taxes are up to date. While there are many agencies in Costa Rica that can handle all of this for you, if you want to avoid those additional fees, you can do it yourself.   more ...

Costa Rica > Working

Costa Rica

Will Costa Rica Be The Next Digital Nomad Hotspot?

Monday June 10, 2019 (18:04:22)

Costa Rica is on a fast track to become one of Latin America’s best destinations for digital nomads. Remote workers flock to this idyllic country for an average of three to six months. Becoming a digital nomad is an option for anyone who can earn a living over the internet: remote yoga instructors, foreign language tutors, travel writers, translators and freelancers from all walks of life.   more ...

Costa Rica > Living

Costa Rica

How To Start A Non-Profit Organisation In Costa Rica

Monday May 27, 2019 (08:13:23)

Costa Rica is a popular destination among expats for many reasons, not least the beautiful scenery, pleasant climate and laid-back pura vida lifestyle. It enjoys a degree of political stability as well as a high standard of education. The country also has one of South America’s highest levels of foreign investment, due in part to its attitude towards gambling; it’s a global centre for online wagering. This isn’t the nation’s only draw, of course. It also offers a stable economy and anonymity for ownership of offshore corporations. The latter, however, will be changing from later this year, as the government is drawing up a register of corporate ownership to combat tax fraud.   more ...

Costa Rica > Health

Costa Rica

What Costa Rica's Measles Case Tells Us About Not Vaccinating Our Children

Monday May 20, 2019 (09:22:54)

Two unvaccinated American children have fallen ill with measles in Costa Rica’s first native outbreak since 2006. The airborne virus is highly contagious and is spread by an infected person coughing or sneezing. It is thought that the children contracted the disease from an American woman who had visited the family earlier in March.   more ...

Costa Rica > Property

Costa Rica

Can Expats Buy Land In Costa Rica?

Monday March 25, 2019 (18:53:08)

Buying a property or land in any country, even the land where you were born, can be confusing. When it comes to living abroad, things can get even more complicated. In many countries, expats and migrants face a lot of difficulties when trying to make such purchases.   more ...

Costa Rica > Moving

Costa Rica

How To Obtain Residency In Costa Rica

Thursday December 20, 2018 (20:16:29)

Costa Rica is an increasingly popular destination for expats. With spectacular tropical landscapes gliding down into two oceans, this isthmus state offers sun, sea and a peaceful pace of life.   more ...