Living in Costa Rica or Panama?April 26, 2011 – Before I decided to leave the United States to enjoy a tropical retirement I traveled to several other countries around the world before deciding to live in Costa Rica

I had traveled to Spain, Germany, Thailand and Panama because according to several expat retirement websites. In the end, it was a choice between living in Costa Rica or Panama.

How I made my choice was based on several criteria where I will list the main ones here:

April 20, 2011 – Not all expats in Costa Rica are of retirement age and even if they are, some of them may want to work a part-time job just to kill boredom or to meet jobs in Costa Ricanew people.

Of course, to work in Costa Rica legally you do need to have a permit to work in most cases but some industries are more lenient or can help you acquire a working permit.

Yes, some of the jobs mentioned may require special skills like learning to speak Spanish but they can be fun and adventuresome.

ALearn Spanish in Costa RIcapril 7, 2011 - Now that you made the move to Costa Rica, have bought your Costa Rica property and are settling into your new home, it’s time to think about how you will interact with the locals.

Even though Ticos (the name for someone from Costa Rica) are an educated people and a good percentage of them speak some degree of English, Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica and when in Rome…

Sure, some people will say that only knowing a few phrases like “how are you”,” where are the bathrooms” and so on is enough because all of the utility companies and even fast food delivery services have English speaking operators is enough but learning Spanish can and will make your living abroad experience a lot better.

ATin Jo Restaurant in Costa Ricapril 11, 2011 - I have been living in Costa Rica on and off for about 4 years now and one thing that I love doing in Costa Rica besides enjoying the company of the people, its culture and the great climate is the food.

Oddly enough, when I was looking at property for sale in Costa Rica, part of the reason for my choice in location was based in part due to its proximity to some of my favorite restaurants in Costa Rica.

Here is my list of top restaurants in Costa Ricathat I have had the pleasure of my repeated visits.

Costa Rica - A Retirement ParadiseMarch 31, 2011 - Costa Rica is a small country in Central America located between Nicaragua and Panama that is known as the Switzerland of Latin America because of its climate, stability and peacefulness. This country that is the size of West Virginia is home to not just Costaricenses (better known as Ticos) but also to a large number of expats from around the world.

Due to its proximity to the United States, with a simple 3 hour flight from Miami, FL; Costa Rica is the ideal location for Americans wanting to retire in a country that enjoys 80 degree temperatures year round and cheaper cost of living while enjoying most of the amenities from home.