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.Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week
This book is author, Nadine Pisani’s humorous account of quitting her job and starting a new life in Costa Rica. Of course, the dream is far from perfect and along the way there are problems with utilities, unavoidable neighbors and tons of red tape. But for the author, risking it all for the dream of a happier life pays off. The sunny and peaceful nation is known to be one of the happiest places on earth. The book will especially resonate with those who are fed up with the daily routine of life and desire a refreshing change. This is by no means a sugarcoated account of beginning a new life in an exotic land, but it still carries a worthwhile message that life is much more than earning high salaries and spending most of it on material things.
Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica
Arden Rembert Brink, along with her husband and parents, moved from Maine to Costa Rica. This personal account is also filled with helpful practical details for those considering moving to the tropical destination. In addition to the author’s own story, the book also includes experiences of other expats, including stories of some who returned to the United States for their own reasons. This highlights the fact that the move may not be suited for everyone, but you can increase your chances of success by doing the research.
Moon Living Abroad in Costa Rica
Author Erin Van Rheenen, who moved to Costa Rica herself, provides her own insight and firsthand tips on exploring and adjusting to the Cost Rican language and culture. There is even information about obtaining visas, organizing finances, finding employment, choosing schools and setting up daily life. The book serves as an efficient and straightforward guide that helps makes the stressful process of moving to another country more manageable. There’s also advice on renting or buying a home according to your budget. Included in the book are photographs, illustrations and maps. Moon Living Abroad in Costa Rica serves as a helpful aid for working individuals, students, couples, families and retirees who are thinking about relocating to Costa Rica.
Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica
A guide to moving, living and working in Costa Rica, this book by Shannon Enete has valuable tips on how to save money on ATM and currency transaction fees and details about finding employment and choosing a school for your children. It also provides advice to expats moving with their families and pets. There are step-by-step instructions on each process of getting settled in Costa Rica. The author provides clear and practical advice that comes from her own experience of living in different parts of Costa Rica for many years. Great for newbie expats, the book is comprehensive but still easy-to-read. There are also external resources provided that serves as a tool for furthering your own research on the subject.
Retirement in Costa Rica: Discover Why, How and What You Need to Live in Costa Rica
This book is for those who want to visit, live or retire in Costa Rica. The country is a great retirement destination because of its laidback lifestyle. Retirement in Costa Rica is a guide that tells you how to make the most of your retirement years living the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle that is an intrinsic part of Costa Rica. Many important topics are covered such as living costs, safety and security, common diseases to look out for, and how to make the most of your time.