I’ve Completely Changed My Mind About Costa Rica

“America is no place to get old.”

So says Gloria Yeatman. “There’s just a lack of civility in general.”

So she and her husband, Paul, looked for better options. They wanted fun and adventure in their retirement.

“And no more snow,” she laughs, showing a photo of their snowed-in home back in Baltimore. “Plus, retirees like us just can’t afford to live in the States these days.”

Paul and Gloria turned their backs on all these annoyances. They moved to Costa Rica, where, they say, “we absolutely love our lives.”

They live in a cozy cabin in a flower-filled meadow. The town they live in, in the Central Valley, is a “real Tico town,” they say. It’s close to San Jose and the airport, but not too close… The town has a good hospital and a university that offers lots of free cultural activities.

And it’s just 45 minutes from the “best monkey beach,” Paul says, while Gloria gently inserts that the monkeys play in the nearby trees and not actually on the beach…

Best of all, it never snows in Costa Rica, they say. In fact, the climate is so perfect where they live that they don’t need heat or air conditioning.

“That keeps our costs low.”

Paul and Gloria keep good records of their expenses—details that they shared with about 215 of us today.

I’m Suzan Haskins, reporting from the Fast-Track Costa Rica: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica.

For the next couple of days, I’ll forward everything that’s going on here at the conference. There are dozens of experts lined up who are sharing their insider experience and hard-won advice about retiring to, living in, and doing business in Costa Rica.

High Quality of Life at Affordable Costs

So how much does it cost Paul and Gloria to live in Costa Rica, where—they say—they’re loving life and have made some of the best relationships ever? Their June expenses totaled $1,379.89. (Like I said, they track expenses down to the penny.)

In September, some unexpected costs (car insurance, a new car radiator, new eyeglasses) bumped their expenses up to $2,411.57.

“Our goal was to retire on $2,000 a month or less,” they say. “And you can see we’re doing just that.”

I have to tell you…I always thought Costa Rica was one of the more expensive retirement options in Latin America. But that opinion was completely dashed today…

Jason Holland, for example, confirmed what Paul and Gloria said. He’s International Living’s special correspondent for Costa Rica, and he knows firsthand about the Costa Rican medical system and its costs.

He’d lost his job (and health insurance) in South Florida. He and his wife had a young son and another on the way. They had loved traveling in Costa Rica and knew—like Paul and Gloria—they’d also love living here.

Six months ago, little Wesley was born in Costa Rica. “He’s a ‘Tico’—a Costa Rican citizen,” Jason says proudly. “And his birth here—in one of the country’s best, most modern hospitals—cost $12,000 to $17,000 less than it would have in the States.”

Why Costa Ricans Are the Happiest People on Earth…

If that doesn’t convince you to at least consider a move to Costa Rica, here’s more you should know….

This is the most information-packed seminar we’ve ever held in Costa Rica. Today, in fact, even I got in on the act…

After more 15 years spent traveling in the country (my husband and I were married in Costa Rica eons ago), I was honored to speak about the culture of Costa Rica. In many ways it’s very similar to North American culture. But there are some dos and don’ts and ins and outs to be aware of. What’s most important to Ticos…more so, even than money or home? Who to tip…how much to tip…when to tip and when not to…where and why men should never wear shorts…how to be perceived as more ‘local’ than ‘foreign’…and why that should matter…

It was my pleasure to introduce the audience today to “my” Costa Rica, a welcoming land where people are free, for the most part, to be who they are and do what they want.

As Jason mentioned before me, the easygoing lifestyle is one of the reasons why as many as 11,000 expats live full time in Costa Rica. Here’s what they enjoy most about Costa Rica:

  • There’s a built-in community of English-speaking locals and expats – While it’s always best to learn some Spanish, you’ll find locals who “speak your language” (in more ways than one) in even the tiniest town in Costa Rica.
  • It’s healthy…as one of the ‘greenest, cleanest’ countries in the world with little pollution and lots of clean water and fresh air. (The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” where locals have the longest life expectancy of anyone in the world. One reason for this is the slower pace of living and the warm, welcoming climate in Costa Rica. And, of course, the fresh, healthy foods…without preservatives and chemicals.)
  • And if you need it, Costa Rica’s health care system is rated as even better than the U.S. by the World Health Organization!
  • A staggering 99% of the country’s energy comes from renewable sources. You can imagine what that means in terms of dollars…and sense!
  • Adult literacy is practically 100%. People are well-educated and well-informed. (Many international companies have established international offices, factories, and call centers here for this reason—contributing to a strong and stable economy.)
  • Costa Ricans are the happiest people on the planet. This is according to the scientists from the renowned Happy Planet Index. It’s fun to be here!
  • One more point about health care: residents of Costa Rica are required to participate in the world-class public health care system. And at an average cost of $50 per month per couple, all your health care needs….doctor’s visits, lab tests, hospitalization, medications…everything…is covered.
  • If that doesn’t have you thinking about packing up and starting a new life in Costa Rica, I don’t know what will. In fact, there’s so much that Costa Rica has to offer that it should certainly be at or near the top of your list.

Your No-Risk Way to Learn What We’ve Learned This Week

There’s so much more I’d like to share with you. But there’s just far too much information to put into an e-mail. (And there’s more to come tomorrow and the next day.) But… there’s a way that you can get every bit of the important information from the International Living Fast-Track Costa Rica Conference…

The next best thing to being here.

You can have all the most important information and benefits from this event … All of the things we’re learning here… how to navigate residency issues, where the country’s most temperate climates are found, how to structure a real estate purchase here—and importantly, what the going prices are now, thanks to market corrections due to the worldwide recession.

You’ll learn what to look for and what to look out for when appraising Costa Rican real estate investments… You’ll learn where to find the best doctors, lawyers and other service providers… If you move here or buy property here you’ll learn what your tax obligations will be—both in Costa Rica and at home…

…and so much more. This seminar is providing countless pointers, tips and contact info that you can use right away…

So how can you learn what we’re learning?

We’re putting together a complete package of nearly everything that’s happening at this event. We’re making audio recordings of all 34 of the presentations.

You can have all of it… everything we’re learning here… including how to find a rental… a true real estate bargain… what to look for in a local attorney… how to protect your nest egg though tax planning… and for a fraction of what the folks here in person spent to be in this room with us in Costa Rica…

You’ll hear, too, about the legal details. Today, for example, we also heard from Costa Rican attorney Roger Petersen. (If this guy’s not in your offshore rolodex he should be.)

Roger shared LOTS of information today (with more to come tomorrow). Today his topic was residency visas.

What’s the difference between a pensionado and a rentista visa? And how do you know which visa is best for you? “Go for the easiest one,” he said. And he explained exactly how to do this in such easy-to-understand terms, yet with all the details—the documents you need, how they must be qualified, and how much it costs…

(By the way, don’t confuse residency with citizenship—you needn’t give up your home citizenship to live legally in Costa Rica.) And yes you can get Costa Rican citizenship. And it’s easy to do. Roger offered up all the details.

If you’ve ever thought about coming to live in Costa Rica full- or part-time, you’ll want to get your hands on the package from this event.

In addition to the audio recordings, we’re also making copies of the handouts, PowerPoint and visual presentations. And you get the complete dossier (with bios and contact info) we give to each attendee when they showed up here at The Marriott Hotel in San Jose for the Fast-Track Costa Rica Conference.

We’ll send you everything from the conference, in fact, but a nice cold Imperial Beer. (And if we could figure out how to send you that, we would!)

We call it our 2012 Fast Track Costa Rica Package. And we guarantee it will help you fast track your plans of moving to… or investing in… Costa Rica.

Reserve the 2012 Fast Track Costa Rica Package at the lowest price available.

The full price to attend this sold-out event was $1,095—but you can secure yourself a copy of the 2012 Fast Track Costa Rica Package for only $199… a mere fraction of what attendees paid to join us here in San Jose, Costa Rica.

And to sweeten the deal, we’re throwing in a $100 voucher toward International Living’s next conference. Use it to attend next year’s live program (or any future conference you may be interested in).

But, this is a limited time offer only.

Once the 2012 Fast Track Costa Rica Package is available for download and the initial orders have been placed, we’ll increase the price to $349.

The discounted price includes:

∗ Audio recordings of all our Costa Rica experts’ presentations

∗ Copies of all hand-outs and slideshows

∗ Plus a special bonus report, titled: Costa Rica On Your Terms: High Style on a Low Budget. (This report is only available to conference attendees and to you…when you order the Fast-Track Costa Rica Package.)

∗ And a $100 voucher toward any of our future conferences anywhere, any time. There is no expiration date on this voucher!

Reserve your copy today by completing our secure online form and save $150 on the 2012 Fast-Track Costa Rica Package.

But remember, we’ll only offer this low price until we have the recordings ready to deliver to you. At that point… we’ll charge the full price of $349.

Point is: there won’t be a more affordable time to reserve your copy. This special conference discount is only available until we’re ready to deliver the recordings to you.
After that, we’ll charge the regular price.

I’ll send the information about how to obtain your 2012 Fast-Track Costa Rica Package as soon as we’re finished uploading all of the recordings, the handouts, the PowerPoint presentations, etc.

If This Information… These Tips and Secrets…Don’t Work, You Pay Nothing

This is your best chance to fulfill your dreams in Costa Rica, whether it’s to:

  • Enjoy a comfortable, secure (and utterly relaxing) retirement
  • Own a second home on the beach, or in Costa Rica’s glorious countryside
  • Start that business you’ve been dreaming about, or
  • Successfully invest in one of the world’s most sought after retirement markets…

As I mentioned earlier, we guarantee that the information in our 2012 Fast-Track Costa Rica Package will help you make your Costa Rica dreams come true…whatever they are. If you don’t agree, we’ll return every penny you paid.

You have nothing to lose: You can call us within 30 days of receiving the 2012 Fast-Track Costa Rica Package and tell us the information didn’t help you. (Or don’t tell us anything. Just ask for your money back.) We’ll give you back your $199. And your $100 voucher, good toward any future event, is still yours to keep.

So if you’re serious about tapping into the opportunities still available in this well established retirement destination,I urge you to reserve your 2012 Fast-Track Costa Rica Package now.


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