Costa Rica Blog

Top Five Reasons to live in a Foreign Country like Costa Rica

Posted by Steve Linder on Sat, Nov, 08, 2014

 People often ask me why I recommend living in Costa Rica, or any foreign country for that matter. There are a lot of Americans living in Costa Rica, both working there for multinational companies as well as a large retirement contingent.  Living in a foreign country, whether in Costa Rica or elsewhere offers some serious advantages that many people don't even know about.

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Tags: cost of living, Abroad, Americans in Costa Rica, americans living outside the US, Costa Rica

Cosmic Bowling in the Osa Region of Costa Rica and a Real Estate Boom

Posted by Steve Linder on Fri, Dec, 13, 2013

People have been getting quite a surprise when driving down the coast in southern Costa Rica.  There among the toucans, sloths and macaws is another rare bird in this area, a cosmic bowling alley.  The Costa Ballena region has been amazing people with its bio diversity for years.  But recently some new inhabitants have appeared, causing a migration of a different sort. 

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Tags: San Isidro, Eco Tourism, Dominical, Ojochal, Costa Rica real estate, Real estate in Costa Rica, Expats, Caldera Highway, Costanera Highway, Playa Bellena, Costa Rica property, Baxter bowling, international living, Pacific Lots, Baby boomers, Costa Ballena, Chontales, buying property in Costa Rica, Sloth, Ballena national park, Sustainable living, Travel and Leisure magazine. Pura Vida, olive riddley turtles, Costa Rica

Why Westerners Retire in Asia - Compared to Costa Rica

Posted by Steve Linder on Tue, Jan, 29, 2013

As I scour the internet for retirement options for baby boomers, I like to share what I have found.  I'm sure many of you are aware that Kristina and I have traveled over much of the planet looking at living, investment, rental and retirement options for ourselves as well as our readers.  We like to provide cost/benefit analysis for north Americans, mostly baby boomers, looking to diversify their savings and investment as well as searching for  quality of life, life experience, lower cost of living in a healthy and safe environment.  Our travels have taken us to some pretty unpalatable places but along the way we have also visited some places that left wonderful memories and many where I would have loved to own a home.  Many places offer excellent adventure travel opportunities but would not be a place I would want to call home.   

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Tags: Living Abroad, retirees, adventure travel, Baby boomers, Asia, Thailand, Phillippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Nepal, Cambodia, Orient Express, foreign earned income exclusion, Costa Rica

NEW 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH HOME PACKAGES FOR NORTH AMERICAN EXPAT MARKET

Posted by Steve Linder on Sun, Dec, 02, 2012

Chontales, Puntarenas Costa Rica  - Pacific Lots of Costa Rica recently unveiled a new community development of 2 bedroom 2 bath model homes priced from $140,000 to $210,000 complete.  The project, one of 17 built in Costa Rica by the developer, includes a community pool and gazebo style club house. This project is located in the incredibly stunning southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, just a few miles from the ocean.  Homes feature granite counters, AC in both bedrooms, landscape and all site work.  See www.PacificLots.com/Land-Home-Deal      

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Tags: retirees, international living, international living, Pacific Lots, Baby boomers, Chontales, AARP, expats living in Costa Rica, vacation in Costa Rica, second home Costa Rica, Escape Artist, Boomers, Costa Rica

Building a Custom Home in Costa Rica in Pacific Lots Development

Posted by Steve Linder on Fri, Jun, 22, 2012

Building a custom home might seem like a lot of work for many of you.  The time, effort and stress make many people want to just buy a house off the shelf.  However taking the time to build a custom home lets you get the house of your dreams.  The process does not take as long as you think and we make it easy. 

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Tags: Living Abroad, Americans in Costa Rica, international living, Pacific Lots, Pacific Lots of Costa Rica, covintec, expats in Costa Rica, Chontales, custom homes Costa Rica, Ventana del Pacifico, Buiding a custom home, Canadians in Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Show season, Panama, Canada & Dominican Republic selling Costa Rica

Posted by Steve Linder on Tue, Apr, 10, 2012

 

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Tags: Panama, international living, Pacific Lots, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica

Belly Dancers in the Jungles of Costa Rica Invade Ojochal

Posted by Steve Linder on Mon, Feb, 20, 2012

Twice in the past month belly dancers have performed in the village of Ojochal to an international audience of both expats and locals.  The venue is an amazing restaurant that one would not expect to find in this small village, a classy place called Citrus Restaurant.  Estelle Zaghloul is the lead dancer in the group and I believe was a national champion belly dancer in Lebanon. There were three dancers in all and their repoirtore included fan dances, traditional belly dances and some tribal dances. The show lasted nearly 2 hours with great rhythmic music, fire dancing and hard to imagine movements. The dancers captivated the audience with their hypnotic motions.  With every seat full, every door and window also had standing room only crowds crooning their necks to see the performance.  The audience for the show reside mostly in the developments by Pacific Lots of Costa Rica located along the Costa Ballena area in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica. This area is one of the most pristine locations in Costa Rica and has been recently made more accessible with the completion of the Costanera highway extension connecting Quepos and Manuel Antionio to Dominical and points further south.

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Tags: Pacific Lots, Belly Dancing, Costa Ballena, expats in Costa Rica, Citrus Restaurant, Costa Rica

The Tortoise and the Hares - Costa Rica Real Estate and Property

Posted by Steve Linder on Mon, Dec, 26, 2011

About 3 hours south of San Jose Costa Rica, just above the coastal highway around Ojochal is the largest residential expat development in the entire county.   Without the aid of a real estate office, highway signs or office in San Jose, this project has been one of the best kept secrets while being the most successful.   While many other developers in Costa Rica have come and gone, this firm has grown slowly and steadily. The company is represented under the name Pacific Lots of Costa Rica and sales to North Americans from both the US and Canada have been brisk even as most other real estate projects in Costa Rica struggle to survive.  With 22 years developing land and building custom homes, a primary reason of the success of the company has been its conservative approach and the decision to build a residential community, not a tourist attraction. 

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Tags: Costa Rica real estate, Real estate in Costa Rica, Caldera Highway, international living, foreclosed homes costsa rica, Pacific Lots, Costa Rica retirement, Property in Costa Rica, Costa Rica development, baby boomers offshore, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Homes - More Companies using Innovative Green Materials

Posted by Steve Linder on Wed, May, 25, 2011

New Construction Methods in Use in Costa Rica:

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Tags: Costa Rica real estate, covintec, green construction, home building, environmentally friendly, green building products, Costa Rica

Panama as an Expat Retirement Option to compare to Costa Rica

Posted by Steve Linder on Fri, Apr, 22, 2011

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Tags: Panama, Boquete, Bocas del Toro, Costa Rica