Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

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January 21, 2021

For decades Costa Rica has been among the world’s premier retirement destinations. It still is. You’ll find established and welcoming expat communities all across the country. It’s easy to make friends to explore the jungle with, or to share an ice-cold, two-buck Pilsen beer while watching the sun set from a beach.

Safety in Costa Rica

Safety in Costa Rica

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January 10, 2021

We often receive queries about safety in Costa Rica. Since it is a worldwide issue, I would like to dispel some of those rumors and arm you with a little information to make your experiences of traveling and living in Costa Rica a bit more stress-free...

The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2021

The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2021

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January 1, 2021

If you’re considering retirement abroad, you need information, and you need lots of it. But more than that, you need guidance on how to interpret that information. That’s what we’re here for, and that’s why we’ve compiled the 2021 Annual Global Retirement Index: to help you with the exciting business of choosing where in the world...

Going Solo: How and Where to Enjoy Life Abroad as a Single

Going Solo: How and Where to Enjoy Life Abroad as a Single

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October 12, 2020

There is no hard data on the number of singles abroad—for that matter, the U.S. doesn’t know how many of its citizens live abroad, period. But at International Living, we hear from our worldwide network of correspondents (of whom I am one), who tell us who’s coming and going in their countries.

In Photos: The Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica

In Photos: The Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica

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April 27, 2020

When you dream of a vacation (or living) in the tropics, often the first thing you imagine is the coastline. Long sandy stretches of palms swaying in the sea breezes. The waves gently lapping the shore. Playing in the surf or donning a mask and exploring the colorful submerged world. Yes, it is easy to talk about beaches, but it is...

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

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April 11, 2020

I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

How to Learn Spanish

How to Learn Spanish

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April 8, 2020

The very best way to enjoy the culture of any country is by being able to speak the language. And fortunately, Spanish is one of the easiest languages to quickly pick up. You don't have to be fluent. You don't need to be perfect every single time. But you do need to master a few basics...