Category: COSTA RICA LIFESTYLE

Costa Rica Frequently Asked Questions

  COSTA RICA FAQ Entering Costa Rica Are Passports Required to Enter Costa Rica? Yes, passports are required. A 90 day tourist visa is automatically granted upon arrival. Also, there is a $29 exit fee which must be …

Costa Rica Among Cheapest Countries to Retire: Travel & Leisure

Arenal Volcano and surrounding area !  It is well known that once you retire, living outside of the U.S. can be one of the best ways of reducing your cost of living without sacrificing your quality of life …

Guanacaste, Costa Rica: 10 Interesting Facts and Things to Do

Thanks to  Sarah Jordan of the Ticotimes August 2, 2022 Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica  Best known for its sprawling Cordillera de Guanacaste mountain range volcanoes and paradise beaches, Guanacaste has made its presence known in Costa Rica …

Costa Rican Healthcare: Public (CCSS/Caja), Private, and Mixed Medicine

  Published on April 18, 2022 – excellent article from Rebecca Clower of Blue Water Properties – a fellow realtor from the Flamingo area.  One of the most important considerations before moving abroad is your health: your wellbeing, …

Costa Rica Weather: When the Rain Comes

From Special Places and Karl Kahler Living in the dry tropical forest of Guanacaste during months with names like January, February and March, you begin to wonder if it will ever rain again. Skies are blue, cows are …

Snowbirds in Paradise

This article will appear in the June edition of Howler Magazine.  Candy and I will be famous 🙂  Snowbirds in Paradise After spending all our lives enduring the cold Canadian winters of western Canada, my wife Donna and …

Tips for Tipping in Costa Rica: Gratuity Etiquette 101

Published on March 30, 2022 by Paul Pitura  A big question many North American tourists have when they travel to Costa Rica is how much they should tip. It’s a natural question, especially for Canadians and Americans who …

Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Ocotal is a wonderfully peaceful place to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing in the sun. Scenic hills and cliffs hem in the beach, and the Catalina Islands sit just offshore. The quaint village of Playa Ocotal is …

Monkey Business: Where to Find the Fab Four Primate Species in Costa Rica

Published on February 23, 2022 by Dana Kaleta The four monkey species in Costa Rica The four species of monkeys native to Costa Rica are the white-faced capuchin (mono cariblanco), spider monkey (mono colorado or mono araña), the squirrel monkey (mono …

THE MAKING OF LAKE ARENAL

The Making of Lake Arenal: Life-Changing Upheaval for Two Small Communities. Forty years ago, Costa Rica inaugurated the largest public works project in its history — damming a river and flooding a valley to create the second-largest lake in Central America …