Aug 042018
 
Learning Spanish: Make as Many Mistakes as You Can

Helpful information for those wishing to learn Spanish. Our innate desire to not make mistakes works against us in our efforts to learn Spanish. I have found that studying Spanish can actually be overdone. Some of us students of Spanish focus on the academic over the practical. Frankly, the academic or “memorize” approach can get prohibitively boring. Jump in and get involved with the language. This article expounds on this.

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Oct 152017
 
Understanding Real Estate in Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Zone Part 1

I’d say that about 1/10th of my time spent with people looking to buy property in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific zone is spent in the actual buying/selling of property. The other 9/10ths is a mix of conversations regarding what’s involved with living here, as well as discussing the business of real estate in Costa Rica. At its core, the lack of an actual MLS (Multiple

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About Bugs & Chilis

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Jan 312017
 
About Bugs & Chilis

My first three weeks in Costa Rica (1999) my legs were red and itchy from the knees down. After those three weeks, it’s been smooth sailing. My legs cleared up, and aside from the occasional bloom, bugs have not been a problem.

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Nov 172016
 
What to Bring When You Move to Costa Rica

This article is a copy and paste from an e-mail with a couple that have purchased a property here in Uvita. They are moving from Canada and are going to build a primary home for their own full-time residence. Plus, they are going to build at least 3 rental cabinas that they will run as a business to support themselves. They asked a series of

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Dec 032015
 
The Magic of Costa Rica - Rainy Season versus Dry

Before moving to Costa Rica in 1999, my family and I had lived in Colorado for the previous 20 years. We lived in the gorgeous Aspen valley. There was one busy season there at that time: winter. Aspen was known as a ski town and that was why people went there. Us locals didn’t really understand why summers there were the “low” season. Summer there

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Nov 222015
 
A Morning in "The Zone"

At this writing, we are in the later stages of the rainy season here in the zone. Its a bit of a paradox why the rainy season here is called the “low” season. For those of us that live here, it is one of the nicest times of the year. There are flowers out like crazy, the climate is only perfect AND, there aren’t that

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Feb 122015
 
Vegan Lifestyle in the Zone - Question From Reader

Preamble:┬áthis article is my response to question I received from one of this blog’s readers. Its a bit unusual, but I see it as demonstrating a growing interest in The Zone – wellness – in its many forms. This one is specifically “vegan”, but the principles apply to all aspects of wellness. Tinamastes is mentioned quite a bit. This is a high-altitude (relative to Costa

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Aug 262014
 
Should I Buy or Build a House in Costa Rica?

Construction, that is to say, building a house in Costa Rica, is a project for the adventurous relocator, and for those that are looking to optimize a real estate investment strategy. Whereas the following did not use to be true, times have changed; building a house in Costa Rica is entirely do-able, money-saving and potentially lucrative if you are a real estate investor. There are

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Aug 202014
 
The Costa Rica Expat Scene

“Myopic” would probably best describe this post. The vantage that I have of the Costa Rica expat scene will be purely autobiographical, what I have seen and some of what I have heard in my 16+ years of living full time in Costa Rica both as a father of a family of 5, an Internet marketer and a realtor. When we made the move to

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Interested in Costa Rica real estate as an investment. They primarily live somewhere else, but they own property in Costa Rica for the asset appreciation potential as well as possible rental income. Some just buy and hold (land-bank). For developed properties, the investor has a vacation home to visit as desired.

Migrators spend a regular amount of time in Costa Rica during each year.

Re-locators are those that are looking to move to Costa Rica from wherever they are. They will live full-time in Costa Rica.