Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Last Boom Towns Could Make You Rich

Costa Rica is a beautiful country, with long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches…dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife…towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes and rivers…

Not only that, but the country offers a great climate, neighborly atmosphere, a low cost of living, excellent health care, and a stable democracy.

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Fast Facts About Costa Rica

Costa Rica
  • Population: 4,695,942
  • Capital City: San Jose
  • Climate: Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
  • Time Zone: GMT-6
  • Language: Spanish (official), English
  • Country Code: 506
  • Coastline: 1,290km

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Fishing, Cigars, and Tranquil Lake Life

Fishing, Cigars, and Tranquil Lake Life

“Fish don’t live in ugly places” is Captain Ron Saunders’ motto. And that’s certainly true of his home of seven years, Lake Arenal, in the highlands three hours west of Costa Rica’s capital, San José. The 50-year-old former custom cabinet-maker from Las Vegas is living his dream here. A lifelong fisherman, he turned his passion into a business—charter fishing—that allows him to do what he loves each and every day.

Micro Brewing in Costa Rica

Micro Brewing in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is well known for its beautiful beaches, lush, wildlife-filled jungles, and ideal climate, not to mention low cost of living, bargain real estate, and low-cost medical care. “There was only one problem with Costa Rica,” says California native Joe Walsh. “No pale ale.”

Unlock the "Cut-Price" Caribbean

Unlock the “Cut-Price” Caribbean

Placencia in southern Belize boasts 16 miles of natural soft sand beach, a lagoon fringed with mangroves, and access to the Belize Barrier Reef and hundreds of tiny islands. Twenty dive sites…little marinas…a technicolor reef that’s a giant private aquarium…This place is a water-lover’s dream.

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FLASH ALERT: Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast (SOLD OUT)

One member of our little group has the opportunity to lock down a 1.47-acre lot for only $42,000 in the best-in-class project on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. The lot listed for $78,000. Now the owner is in a bind back home. He needs to sell fast. The developer has agreed to help facilitate him. That’s why I’m sending you this Flash Alert today.

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Learning to Surf in Costa Rica

I’m in Tamarindo, Costa Rica learning how to surf. I’ve hired a local, Ricardo, who we met on the beach a few days ago. Two hours on the water—just $20. It’s a great deal compared to the many surf schools in town. My five-year-old son is on the water, too. And he’s already an expert, riding wave after wave all the way to the shore. I’m wiping out more than anything…but having a great time.

Revealed: How to Buy Costa Rica for $556 a Month

Revealed: How to Buy Costa Rica for $556 a Month

There’s a special place on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast where bright, thick, green jungle canopy rolls down to a stretch of sandy beaches and rocky points. It’s truly stunning. While prices in places you’ll see in glossy magazines soared…prices here stayed low. It was difficult to get to. But a new smoothly paved coastal highway has changed that. And it’s nicer here.

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Retiree Discounts in Costa Rica

Bob Lux sold his business at 62 and retired. But he soon found that Social Security and the small pension he drew from a job in his younger days wasn’t cutting it in the U.S. His wife Stacy went back to work full-time, he was working three days a week, and they could barely make ends meet. “I found I could move down to Costa Rica with my Social Security and pension and live very comfortably…

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Retirement Rescue: An Insider Real Estate Deal for Life-Changing Profits

Real Estate Trend Alert is dedicated to giving you the best investment opportunities in the world before most people are even aware of them…and below you will find information on just one of the many opportunities you’ll hear about from me as a RETA member. In this report I’ll tell you all about this great deal in Costa Rica.

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An Insider, Off-Market Real Estate Deal in Costa Rica

This week, 14 of your fellow members gathered at the Pacific Lots project in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone. They had two price lists: one for all the inventory at the project; the other, a list of special pricing for our little group on 14 handpicked lots.

A Costa Rican Secret

A Costa Rican Secret

The morning’s fresh ceviche is sharp and fragrant with coriander. Fifty minutes up the highway we passed a North American style service station. My contact convinced me to resist my strong coffee urges and hold off for fast food Costa Rica style. So, I ended up sitting under a palm tree, sand between my toes, eating $1.50 ceviche from a local vendor. There’s not much action on the beach.

Flowers, Wife-Carrying, and Asian Fishing

Flowers, Wife-Carrying, and Asian Fishing

Any weekend from August 4 to September 16, head to the Parc Floral near the Château de Vincennes in Paris for the Festival Classique au Vert (Classical Festival on the Green). This year, performers will set the words of famous poets and authors to classical music. Bring a picnic and blanket: It’s a gorgeous park.

Volcanoes, Tropical Beaches... and a Trip to the Dentist?

Volcanoes, Tropical Beaches… and a Trip to the Dentist?

It was the most spectacular view I have ever seen. One entire wall of the room opened onto a direct view of the Arenal volcano, framed by the lushest vegetation imaginable. I gasped in delight when I saw the hot tub on the terrace, and I’d never seen anything like my shower: a rock wall with plants in the crevices and water pouring out from a basin at the top. And this was just my hotel room!

Find Your Dream Retirement

Find Your Dream Retirement

If money were no object, what would your dream retirement look like? This fall, we’ll show you where you can easily make that dream your reality…for $800 or less a month. Your own cottage on a quiet beach…an apartment in a city vibrant with concerts and cafés…a mountain villa where the air is crisp…

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica: Fishing Village Life

I’m in Playa Samara, on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. I’m enjoying a beer by the pool with Bill Root, the owner of the small beachfront Fenix Hotel, as he tells me the history of the town. He says it’s much more “crowded” since he and his wife, Phyllis, arrived here 14 years ago. But all I see is a laid-back beach town. His perspective is a bit different, I guess, as a long-time resident.

Costa Rica Weather: This Tropical Country is Full of Surprises

Costa Rica Weather: This Tropical Country is Full of Surprises

Of all the reasons expats and tourists are attracted to Costa Rica, the weather is definitely one of the main ones. The entire country enjoys a warm climate year-round, as you would expect from a tropical destination. But even in this small country, about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire put together, there are a great variety of climates in Costa Rica.

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A Little Oasis in Costa Rica

When my family and I were looking at rentals before our move to Costa Rica, we really had only one solid requirement: Our home had to be within quick driving distance of the hospital in San Jose where my wife was going have our baby. But we didn’t want to be in San Jose—it’s awfully crowded and you should see rush hour.

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How to Make Friends in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, you’ll find plenty of expat hangouts throughout the country. It’s usually a restaurant, café, or bar, often owned by an expat, that acts as a gathering place and meeting spot for clubs and groups. Saturday morning coffee and breakfast might be the big time… or Friday night dinner, it really depends on the place.

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How to Travel With Pets to Costa Rica

I’d never traveled with a celebrity before. When we arrived at the airport in Costa Rica, it was a madhouse. People kept coming up to take pictures with my companion. Customs officials rushed us through the line after a cursory check of our documents. Baggage handlers competed to grab our luggage.

News and Notes from Around the World

News and Notes from Around the World

On the Cover This Month… Chile’s Lake District is a wonderland of sparkling freshwater lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, and green forests, often with the towering Andes as a backdrop. With all this natural, unspoiled beauty, it can feel like the last perfect place on earth. And today, more and more expats are choosing to live here. […]

Try Arenal, Costa Rica, For Lake Views And A Tranquil Life

Try Arenal, Costa Rica, for Lake Views and a Tranquil Life

When driving the road that rings Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s biggest lake, keep your eyes on the road. Driving 101, right? But it’s hard not to get distracted.

Blue morpho butterflies flit across the road, troops of raccoon-like coatis scamper on the shoulder, howler monkeys lounge in the high branches, and bright tropical birds wing it from tree to tree.

Properties that Earn their Keep

Properties that Earn their Keep

Every month we take a look at some of the properties available around the world. This time out, we’re highlighting properties that not only provide you with a roof over your head, but an income to boot. Escape to Ecuador’s Yunguilla Valley and surround yourself with blossoming fruit trees and fresh fish on your own tropical property.

Living by the Beach in Costa Rica

Living by the Beach in Costa Rica

We’re close enough to the town of Playas del Coco to take a 10-minute bike ride for necessities, but far enough away to enjoy our privacy. The best feature of the house we rent is the view of the Pacific and the amazing sunsets we enjoy nightly. We’ve adjusted well to the slower pace of life. We’re still working—the Internet means we can work from anywhere.

Video: Fishing on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Video: Fishing on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a worldwide reputation for sport fishing on its Pacific Coast. But in the highlands about three hours from the capital, San Jose, you’ll find Captain Ron Saunders on the waters of Lake Arenal. This former custom cabinet maker from Last Vegas and lifelong fisherman has spent the last seven years here as a fishing guide for locals, tourists, and expats.

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Making a New Life in Costa Rica

But things started looking up first thing in the morning. Out the window, I spotted a hummingbird circling a cactus flower. And soon a brilliant blue tanager perched on a branch nearby. Sun shining, blue skies, a light breeze, and a temperature in the mid-70s F.

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Hunting for Property in Costa Rica

If you’re looking for affordable property in Costa Rica, Lake Arenal certainly warrants a closer look. The 1,200-square-foot villa that has the lake view in the photo above is $195,000.

The Real Fantasy Island

The Real Fantasy Island

What if I could show you how (and where) to buy your dream home on an island like this one, with palm-tree rimmed. white-sand beaches washed clean by clear, warm Caribbean waters… or on a lush jungle cliff-top with a mega-mile view of the blue Pacific stretching out before you…

Costa Rica Video: Save Your Dollars by Shopping Like a Local at a “Feria”

Costa Rica Video: Save Your Dollars by Shopping Like a Local at a “Feria”

In the video below, Costa Rica correspondent Jason Holland shows us his local Feria in Grecia, a small town in the Central Valley of Costa Rica located about an hour northwest of the capital, San Jose. A great way to cut down on your cost of living in Costa Rica is to go to the Feria, the weekly farmers’ market, for fresh fruits and vegetables. In the U.S., this healthy habit can cost a fortune.

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Trip to Costa Rica for 13 Members Only…

Along Costa Rica’s Southern Zone, the bright, thick, green jungle canopy rolls down to a coast of sandy beaches and rocky points. It’s truly stunning. One project along this coast stands out as the gold standard. It’s here that members of our group can buy with a down payment of $20,000 and interest-free monthly payments of $556. And where a small group (strictly limited to 13) of Real Estate Trend Alert members will gather this July 19-22.

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Teaching English in Costa Rica’s Central Valley

I’m sitting poolside as I write this, enjoying a cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee and a scrumptious plate of fresh tropical fruit. A kaleidoscope of tropical flowers, the sweet singsong of birds, and the colorful flash of hummingbirds buzzing from flower to flower surround me. This is an average day in my Costa Rican paradise.

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News & Notes from Around the World

On the Cover This Month… Loja is one of Ecuador’s finest colonial cities. Its famous gates are modeled on the image portrayed on the city’s 16th century coat of arms. In the gatehouse are four galleries displaying contemporary art. Loja is known as “the Musical and Cultural Capital of Ecuador,” and the town is home […]

Settling in Overseas: Making a New Life in Costa Rica’s Central Valley

Settling in Overseas: Making a New Life in Costa Rica’s Central Valley

A delayed flight meant we got in late to San José. Our luggage barely fit into our rental car—I could have sworn roof racks were standard on Mitsubishi Monteros. And after taking the wrong turn out of the airport, we were hopelessly lost until we spotted a taxi stand and asked the way to the town of Grecia, where our rental house is. Not a great introduction to our new life as expats in Costa Rica’s Central Valley.

Happier and Healthier Down South

Happier and Healthier Down South

When Les and Linda Clark bought a house in Mexico’s Baja California Sur, they never imagined it would be the start of a life split between California wine country and a natural wonderland south of the border.

Video: A Beautiful Property with Lake Views in Arenal, Costa Rica for $195,000

Video: A Beautiful Property with Lake Views in Arenal, Costa Rica for $195,000

In the video, you’ll see a beautiful property for sale on the lake in Arenal, Costa Rica. The views from the back porch are of the lake and the volcano at Arenal. Lake Arenal has an ideal climate—no AC needed, even on the hottest days. And it has a close-knit community of expats from all over the world (about 400 according to an informal survey by one resident).

Video: Playa Herradura, Costa Rica: A Great Weekend Getaway on the Pacific Coast

Video: Playa Herradura, Costa Rica: A Great Weekend Getaway on the Pacific Coast

Just four miles north of the bustling surf and sport fishing town of Jaco on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast is tranquil Playa Herradura. In this video, IL correspondent Jason Holland gives a short overview of the beach, including the picturesque view across the cove and the casual beach bars and restaurants that line the access road – bare feet and swimsuits encouraged.

Costa Rica Travel, All Expenses Paid

Costa Rica Travel, All Expenses Paid

The best thing about being a freelance writer is that you can work from anywhere—so I packed up and moved to Costa Rica. It might seem like a brave move, but it was also a sensible one. The cost of living is low here—so paychecks go a long way. Plus, my family gets to experience another culture.

How to Save $48,000 on Costa Rican Real Estate

How to Save $48,000 on Costa Rican Real Estate

If you think real estate in Costa Rica is for the Wall Street and Hollywood jet set, think again. In fact, Costa Rica is one of more than a dozen markets we’ll run the rule over this June 7-9 for our International Real Estate Investment Forum. And the discounts will be substantial—a savings of $48,000, just on the three deals I outline below.

A New Opportunity in Costa Rica

A New Opportunity in Costa Rica

On Friday I told you about the opportunity to buy a lot perched above the shores of Lake Arenal…with a down payment of $2,500 and monthly payments of $187.50. This lot is in a project called The Preserve. Just below The Preserve and on the shores of the lake you’ll find one of Arenal’s most established projects: Turtle Cove.

Lake View Costa Rica for $188 a Month

Lake View Costa Rica for $188 a Month

In January I told you about the opportunity we have in Costa Rica’s (formerly) undiscovered lake country of Arenal. It’s in a project called The Preserve. Guess what? The market in Arenal there has taken off. The early-in window of opportunity is closing. The best lots are being snapped up and prices are rising. For now we can buy a lake view lot “off market,” perched above the boat dock, with a down payment of $2,500 and monthly payment of $187.50.

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2011 Live and Invest Overseas Conference Package

2011 Live and Invest Overseas Conference Package
Las Vegas, NV – October 2011

In the Live and Invest Overseas Conference Package, we’ll show you how you can make that dream your reality… for as little as $697 a month. Maybe you long for your own cottage on a quiet beach… a grand apartment in a city vibrant with concerts and cafes… a mountain villa where the air is crisp… or even your own vineyard amid gently rolling hills. Whatever you fantasize about… come with that idea in mind. We’ll show you the places in the world today where you can live your dream, for a small fraction of what you’d pay for a comparable life at home.

Buy Costa Rica for $188 a Month

Buy Costa Rica for $188 a Month

At Arenal you will find a mirror-flat lake with a dark green, tree-lined shore rising steeply to the cone of a towering volcano. This place is hidden, secret…yet you have safe and stable Costa Rica amenities and attractions on your doorstep. And, the world’s most bio-diverse country all around.

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