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    Date: February 8th, 2009 by AHC


    Now, why are we at ALTERNATIVE HEALTH COMMUNITY talking about relocating or moving to Costa Rica?

    Very simple! : ) Costa Rica is a very special and beautiful country that offers a number health benefits and lifestyle-change opportunities.

    For someone whose life is filled with stress and who feels overwhelmed by the everyday rat race of life, a change in pace might just be the key to regaining joy, happiness, peace and contentment.

    Now, there are many countries, and even locales within one’s own country that can offer the same benefits as lovely, idyllic Costa Rica.

    However, our post is about this particular stunning country; after all, Costa Rica is the land of “pura vida,” or “pure life.”

    There is alot to learn from this little tropical jewel in the lower heart of Central America.


    Once we have decided that relocating to Costa Rica or another location just as sweet may be the answer, the question arises: “How Do We Move To Costa Rica?” What is the process? How difficult is it? What will we need?

    There are many places online, and we know of several websites that are particularly helpful and chock full of the best information. But we also have some excellent ideas to consider before visiting these other sites…

    Important points when moving to Costa Rica:

    1. Visit FIRST.
    VISIT Costa Rica before you decide to move there. Plan on staying at least a month, even longer. You might even consider staying a full year so that you can experience the various seasons. This will familiarize yourself with the climate changes so that you can be sure you will find them acceptable.

    2. Organize…
    Whenever considering moving, take care of home business. Be organized and your travels will be easy and comfortable.

    3. Have International Banking Accounts
    Make sure your bank has relationships in the country or location of your choice.

    4. Use Traveller’s Checks

    These can be handy in banks, exchange parlors, many restaurants, stores and hotels.

    5. Cash and Valuables
    Carry your cash and valuables in a travel pouch around your waist or underneath your clothing.

    6. Travel Light
    Try to carry as little as possible. For the cheapest airfare, some places give a discount if you only have one carry on. Make it count. You can have extras shipped down via International Courier services if you like. But the lighter you travel, the happier you’ll be.

    7. Learn the Language
    You won’t need to be completely fluent at first. But, the more familiar you are with the culture and the language, the more likely you are to find real satisfaction in your stay. You will meet nice friends and have a warm, happy interplay of associates. This will help your move, should you decide to stay.

    8. Be Knowledgeable About Customs and Regulations
    It’s easy to get the basics on what you must do to get a visa, to comply with the laws of Costa Rica. We have an excellent list of resources below.

    9. Have Someone Watching Your Homefront
    There are a number of clever ways to keep your home secure and safe when you leave it to travel abroad. See our resources below.

    10. Know Your Desination Hotel
    Have a place ready when you arrive in Costa Rica. There are a number of excellent hotels and hostelries that will offer you lovely accommodations and be welcoming when you arrive.

    11. Make Friends
    Once in Costa Rica, socialize with other people from your home country. There are many expatriats in Costa Rica who will give you sage advice and help you experience the country fully and gratifyingly. They have gone through the ropes and are often very willing to share their bounty of information.

    12. Be Humble and Friendly

    Don’t flash your cash. Have a ready smile and a pleasant attitude. If you respect others, they are much more likely to treat you well, too. Those who are pushy and rude are more likely to experience unpleasant adventures abroad.

    13. Take Care of Your Health
    The healthier you are, the happier you will be. When in a foreign country, especially such bountifully food rich country such as Costa Rica, eat wisely with moderation so that you will have plenty of energy and stamina to enjoy the sights and experience the lifestyle.

    14. Talk To Real Estate Agents
    We will have a nice list of folks that have great reputations with Americans, Europeans and Australians. If you are from other countries, we will try and have good references as well. Meanwhile, go online and do a little investigating. Check our current resources below.

    15. Watch Videos
    Go on Youtube and watch videos to get a feel for Costa Rica. Does it feel right for you? Have you checked out the good and the bad, from your perspective?

    16. Once You Decide…
    If you decide to move to Costa Rica, understand that you may have several options on how to become a resident, none of which are suitable for you. In that case, know that you can stay in Costa Rica indefinitely if every 3 months, you take a little vacation outside of Costa Rica (South Nicaragua or lovely Panama below) every 3 months or so. Many expats do this quite happily. Otherwise, if you make a large property purchase ($250,000) or local business investment, or if you can prove a minimum outside income of $2,500 a month, residency can be yours. Another option is to give birth to a baby in Costa Rica, or marry a native Costa Rican. They are an especially beautiful and lovely people, and you’re likely to fall in love for all the RIGHT reasons totally irregardless of residency issues.



    The Real Costa Rica
    This is a very popular website that offers much advice from Tim, a Costa Rican resident of many years. He has generously provided much information through the years and has a number of helpful pages that go into many details of Costa Rican lifestyle.

    International Living Magazine
    International Living offers tremendous value to those searching for idyllic places to retire to, or just visit long term. Every month, they send out a small but very descriptive and informative magazine to their subscribers. They have a comprehensive website with videos, interviews, forums and more. There is a subscription fee for the site, but it is very well worth it.


    Remax, Costa Rica
    Tamarindo, Playa Hermosa (Hermosa Beach), Playa Panama (Four Seasons Papagayo) and in San Jose (the scenic Central Valley)

    Emerald Forest Properties
    an Jose, Escazu, Alajuela and Heredia areas of the Central Valley

    Century 21 Coastal Estates
    Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Langosta, Playa Conchal, Playa Brasilito, Playa Flamingo, Playa Avellanas, Playa Negra, the Papagayo Gulf, Playa Herradura in the central Pacific, and San Jose, as well as many other “secret spots” located along the Pacific coast


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