“We were paying $1,800/month for health insurance…and we’re not sickly people. So essentially we paid $1,800 every month and the only thing we got in return was an occasional doctor’s visit.”
Andy and Fran began intently searching for fairness in an unfair world. Luckily, they found it.
Three years ago, Andy and Fran (then in their late 50s) did something extraordinary—which turned out to be exactly the right thing for them to do.
They sold out of the U.S. and moved to Costa Rica. They’re happy here. And not only that, but they’ve reduced their annual expenses by 65%. Their cost of living in Costa Rica (and Fran keeps impeccable budget records) is just $2,500 per month. And that includes their health insurance and health care costs!
How did they do it? And why did they choose Costa Rica? We discovered all those details and more today during Day 1 of International Living’s Live and Invest in Costa Rica Seminar 2011.
I’m Suzan Haskins and I’m your Conference Insider, reporting to you from San Jose, Costa Rica. I wish you were here, too—we’re learning why this country makes so much sense for those who….like Andy and Fran Browne…are looking to find a way to stretch their modest incomes yet enjoy the same top quality of life as if they were still working.
Andy and Fran are definitely enjoying life and spending less to do so in Costa Rica. They’re hanging out on boogie boards instead of in board rooms and are playing with their two dogs on the beach instead of coming home dog-tired after a day at office.
“We’re living better, feeling better and having a kick-ass time,” Andy reports enthusiastically as Fran adds: “We live in a two-bedroom, two-bath house with pool, a fenced yard for our dogs, and it’s a five-minute walk to the beach where I go every day. And we pay $1,000 a month for it. We couldn’t do that in the States.
“If we turned 65 today, would we go back home? No way. We’re having too much fun.”
Lower Costs and Less Stress in Costa Rica
Andy and Fran shared their monthly budget and their strategy for stretching their money as far as possible (and simplifying their lives as much as possible).
They also shared their #1 tip for success in Costa Rica. Makes sense to me and it will to you, too, when you learn what it is. Follow their lead and your life will cost far less and cause you much less stress indeed.
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), including that you can live infinitum in Costa Rica as a perpetual tourist. He knows a guy, in fact, who has been here 10 years on a tourist visa.
But just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should…
Roger says that if you want to live in Costa Rica, the best plan of attack is to get residency status. (Don’t confuse this with citizenship—you needn’t give up your home citizenship to live legally in Costa Rica.)
What’s the difference between a pensionado and a rentista visa? Roger explained. How do you know which visa is best for you? “Go for the easiest one,” he said. And he did all of this is such easy-to-understand terms…
By the way, yes you can get Costa Rican citizenship. And it’s easy to do. How? Roger offered up all the details about this, too.
Perfect Weather, Excellent Health Care, Great Value
There’s a lot more to share…and more to come in the next couple of days. This is the most information-packed seminar we’ve ever held in Costa Rica. Today, in fact, even I got in on the act…
I have a special connection to Costa Rica, you see. Almost 15 years ago, my best friend (and fellow International Living editor Dan Prescher) and I were married in Costa Rica. We spent two weeks driving around the country without an itinerary…something that, I didn’t know at the time, drove my new husband crazy.
Some would say I’ve been driving Dan crazy ever since. But I prefer to think that I’ve introduced him to the thrill of spontaneity and adventure.
In any case, Dan and I have spent a LOT of time in Costa Rica over the last 15 years…and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it. So it was my pleasure to be able 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.
This 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 it:
- There’s a built-in community of English-speaking locals and expats – I have firsthand experience with this. 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 scientists have proven that locals have the longest life expectancy of anyone in the world, regularly living well into their 90s. Arguably, one reason for this is the slower pace of living and the warm, welcoming climate in Costa Rica. And, of course, you’ll eat healthy, fresh foods…without preservatives and chemicals in them.)
- A staggering 99% of its energy comes from renewable sources. I don’t have to tell you 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.)
- Sociologists say Costa Ricans are the happiest people on the planet. This is according to the scientists from the renowned Happy Planet Index.
Importantly: residents of Costa Rica are not only encouraged to participate in the world-class public health care system, but they’re required to do so. And at an average cost of $50 per month per couple, all your health care needs….doctor’s visits, lab tests, hospitalization, medications…everything…are covered.
In fact, the World Health Organization has ranked Costa Rica’s health care system as better than the United States!
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.
We’re learning all about Costa Rica’s many attributes and we want you to have all the insider intelligence we’re getting here—especially if you’re considering this beautiful little country as a place to live or retire.
How to Learn What We’ve Learned in Costa Rica
There’s so much more I’d like to share with you. But there’s just far too much information to put here.
But… there’s a way that you can get every bit of the important information from the International Living Live and Invest in Costa Rica Seminar…
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 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.
We’re also making copies of the handouts, PowerPoint and visual presentations. And you get the complete dossier we give to each attendee when they showed up here at The Marriott Hotel for the Live and Invest in Costa Rica Seminar.
You’ll get everything but a nice cold Imperial Beer. (And if we could figure out how to send you that, we would!)
We call it our 2011 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 2011 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 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 the next Live and Invest seminar. Use it to attend next year’s live program (or any future event or seminar you may be interested in).
But, this is a limited time offer only.
Once the 2011 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 2011 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.