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A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Costa Rica

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

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

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 ...

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Starting A Business In Costa Rica: Perrovida Craft Beer

Sunday November 24, 2013 (03:48:15)
Perrovida Craft Beer
Shannon Enete interviews Kyle Kersey, Perrovida Craft Beer

Who are you? Tell me a little bit about your family.

I’m Kyle Kersey from Washington D.C. area. I grew up there. My wife and I went to high school together. We joke that our relationship is a homecoming dance that never ended because our first date was sophomore year’s homecoming. We got married our freshman year of college and moved to the subburbs, where we had 3 sons back to back to back. This year we will be celebrating our 15 years anniversary. We spent about 10 years in rural Virginia where I established myself as a government IT worker just in time to be bitten by the bug to move to Costa Rica.   more ...

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Tis’ The Season To Be Bitten In Costa Rica

Friday November 22, 2013 (20:06:26)
Pit Viper
3 Steps to Keep You Safe

The green season could also be called the slithering season due to the increase of snake sightings. The rain brings the snakes closer to residences, because of this fact, you should know a few things about them. Out of 139 species of snakes in Costa Rica, only 22 of them are venomous.

Some species spend their time on the ground, camouflaging in foliage or puddles, while others live amongst the trees. Costa Rica is host to two venomous snakes per hector of land. While they may be neighbors, no two venoms are alike. Pit Vipers carry hemotoxin, which affect the blood and muscles. The Ferde-Lance or Terciopelo, as the locals refer to it, is part of the Pit Viper family and is responsible for more deaths than any other snake in Costa Rica.   more ...

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Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica

Saturday May 11, 2013 (23:42:21)

Costa Rica is a land of sunshine, educated and friendly Ticos (as the Costa Ricans are called), and affordable prices for real estate and cost of living. The country offers its residents 23 distinct climates to choose from, one of the highest standards of living in Latin America, and an amazing natural exuberance which includes: 1) more bird species than the US and Canada combined, 2) beautiful tropical plants littered about the land, 3) exotic tropical wildlife popping up when you least expect it, and 4) incredible sunset, ocean and mountain views around every corner.

All of these attributes have led many businesses, retirees and professionals to relocate here and enjoy the 'pura vida' (pure life) that Costa Rica offers. If you are considering relocating overseas or investing in real estate in a foreign country, here are some steps you can take to make your purchase a success and to avoid the most common traps.   more ...

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A Little Known Factor That Could Affect Your Chance of Finding A Great International Real Estate Deal

Saturday June 30, 2012 (01:29:12)
Claudia Gonella
by Claudia Gonella, co-founder of Reveal Real Estate

Imagine you are looking for a house to buy in an overseas market. Let's pick a country like Costa Rica or Panama, where there is no comprehensive Multiple Listing Service and the market is relatively un-regulated. You meet with a real estate agent and she shows you a few houses.

One of them looks great and you begin to formulate an offer.

But there's something holding you back. You've got this niggling feeling that there are properties for sale that you're not being shown. You start to wonder: Does your real estate agent have access to all the listing on the market?   more ...