Hotels and Resorts

Cristal Ballena:

Hotel Mariposa (Manuel Antonio):

Travel and Visitor Information

U.S. Embassy/Costa Rica, San Jose:

The Original Canopy Tour:

Wali Tours: He provides tours and driving services, has good minivans, and is safe and a good value. Plus, he speaks some English—enough to get by. Warner Hidalgo Hidalgo, email:; tel +(506)8399-7789

Real Estate

See: (IL’s preferred real estate advertiser) for information on real estate in Costa Rica.

Other Useful Contacts

Association of Residents of Costa Rica, Box 1191-1007 Centro Colón, San José; tel. +(506) 4052-4052; email:; website: There’s hardly an expat in the country who doesn’t know of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica. The ARCR is a non-profit arm of Casa Canada, a company that sells a wide range of services to foreigners who live in Costa Rica or who are considering a move to the country.

Canadian Club of Costa Rica (AsociaciónCanadiense de Costa Rica); email:; website; This group emphasizes networking, social activities, and charitable works. Among the activities are monthly luncheons and periodic parties like the ones on Christmas and Canada’s Thanksgiving Day (the second Monday of October).

Newcomers Club of Costa Rica; tel. +506 2416-1111; email:; website: This is a small women’s group. It’s an organization that can put members in touch with local residents, both Costa Rican and expats. The Newcomers Club sponsors many kinds of activities, including shopping trips, cooking lessons, lunches and dinners, tropical gardening lessons, and Spanish book clubs.

Try our new Facebook page dedicated to retiring, investing and living in Costa Rica. This is a great place to meet other like-minded, Costa Rica-bound expats and get advice.

Embassies and Consulates

American Embassy: at the intersection of Avenida Central and Calle 120 in the Pavas Section of San José; tel. (506)2519-2000 and for emergencies at +(506)519-2280,+(506)519-2279 and +(506)220-3127; website: The embassy website has a link to a directory of attorneys in Costa Rica.


Editor’s Note: This is just a partial list of International Living’s contacts in Costa Rica, provided to you free of charge. We have included many more contacts in IL’s Escape to Costa Rica: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less. See here for more information.

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