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A Guide To Office Culture In Costa Rica

Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2015 (00:36:56)

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 ...

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5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Costa Rica

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015 (13:20:43)

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 ...

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

Posted on Tuesday December 16, 2014 (22:56:22)

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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Using The Healthcare System In Costa Rica - A Short Guide For Expats

Posted on Sunday November 23, 2014 (20:48:14)

Costa Rica is known to have one of the best healthcare systems in Latin America and the life expectancy of the population is among the highest in the world. Both public and private healthcare is undergoing continuous modernization with new equipment, new techniques and improved training. The best part is that the costs still remain low when compared to the United States and European Union countries. Here are some highlights of the healthcare system in Costa Rica.

Government-run healthcare

Under Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system, every citizen is eligible for health coverage through the public system. This is funded by employee income tax amounting to 9 percent. There is also employer contribution, which is variable. Public healthcare is available to citizens regardless of pre-existing health issues and the extent of the medical care required.   more ...

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Legal Aspects To Consider When Relocating To Costa Rica

Posted on Friday November 14, 2014 (06:22:09)
Federico Altamura Arce
by Federico Altamura Arce
Alpha Legal


Over the past decade Costa Rica has attracted thousand of expatriates that are enchanted by its natural wonders and by the relaxed lifestyle of our people. I share the same amusement and truly think that we are very fortunate, living in the happiest country in the planet with no army, abundant biodiversity, political stability and universal healthcare.

However, I have had the opportunity to provide legal counsel to foreigners that come in search of the Central American dream, and have realized that without proper guidance, relocation hurdles can rapidly turn the fantasy into a nightmare.   more ...

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5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Costa Rica (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 (02:28:59)

Costa Rica has become one of the most popular destinations in the world for expats and retirees. If you’re thinking about moving to this tropical paradise, here are 5 points that may help you decide.

Expat community

Relocating to a country where there is already an established expat community is a big advantage for expats. Costa Rica is one such place where an expat community has grown and developed over the years. These communities not only provide support and practical assistance to new expats, but are also involved in other activities like setting up schools, markets, health clubs and restaurants.   more ...

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Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Costa Rica

Posted on Monday October 06, 2014 (02:31:16)

Costa Rica has a lot to offer to expats who move there. The cost of living is low enabling expats to live better for less. The healthcare system provides good medical care to citizens and permanent residents. The country has a literacy rate of 95% and most Costa Ricans speak Spanish, as well as English. Life in Costa Rica is also much simpler and the culture is family-oriented. Another advantage of living in this tropical paradise is the healthy lifestyle, with a low obesity rate and longer life expectancy. Here is some recommended reading that will provide helpful insights and information about moving to Costa Rica.   more ...

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A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Costa Rica

Posted on Saturday August 23, 2014 (17:29:21)

Driving in Costa Rica is considerably different from driving the US and the UK – the roads are not particularly well-developed, and people have a tendency to treat the traffic rules very lightly, which can be unnerving for an expat. Most people in Costa Rica don’t own a private vehicle because of how expensive cars are. Moreover, the Public Transport system in the cities is fairly good, and a majority of the local population travels by buses. It is mainly people living in remote areas who find it necessary to travel by car. Many tourists and expats who need cars prefer renting to buying one. The minimum age for driving in this country is 18 years. However, the minimum age for renting a car is 23 years (and 25 years in some places).   more ...

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5 Great Golf Courses For Expats In Costa Rica

Posted on Wednesday August 20, 2014 (04:19:53)

Ever since Costa Rica witnessed a tourist boom in the early 1990s, the construction of golf courses has increased rapidly. Many reputed golf architects have lent their expertise in creating some top quality courses over the years. Today Costa Rica is considered to be among the popular golfing destinations in the world. Here are five of the best golf courses in Costa Rica.

Melia Cariari Golf Course

Located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport, this championship golf course is a private member club only.   more ...

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Where Do Expats Choose To Live In Costa Rica? An Overview Of Popular Locations

Posted on Saturday August 02, 2014 (01:39:52)

For most people, the mention of Costa Rica brings to mind the picture of a typically tropical paradise – beaches, warm weather, friendly, easygoing people. While these elements are certainly an important part of Costa Rica, there’s a lot more to the country, in terms of weather, terrain, lifestyle, and more. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica offers a great deal of variety, and there are several different locations that are popular among expats, for a number of different reasons. Here are some of the popular locations in the various regions of Costa Rica.

The Central Valley   more ...