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Costa Rica is NOT Puerto Rico

Seems like every Gringo in the United States and Canada was sleeping or home sick during geography class. With the recent devastation of Puerto Rico, many expats living in Costa Rica have friends and family asking them if everything is ok. We are here to tell you that yes, Costa Rica is safe. Costa Rica is not Puerto Rico. Take a look at this map: Costa Rica hasn’t had a hurricane hit it’s coast since Thanksgiving last year, and it…

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Installing a Security System in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful destination to move to or retire in, expats that relocate here are among the happiest in the world, although it is one most safeties places in Central America in general, it has more unsafe places than others, if you live in the city or fast-growing locations on the cost it is recommendable to install a security system with cameras. An easy way to tell if a location requires more safety than others…

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U.S. State Department issues travel warning for Puerto Escondido, Baja, and Veracruz

The U.S. State Department just issued new guidelines for visitors to Mexico warning them about violence, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery. The new warning included several tourist spots like Puerto Escondido and Baja. Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations and has engaged in an extensive effort to counter criminal organizations that engage…

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Esplendor Tamarindo Hotel Review

The Esplendor Hotel in Tamarindo is one of the best value hotels in the Tamarindo area. Prices for rooms average around $100 night and include a free breakfast buffet. One of the best things about the Esplendor is that every room has an ocean view. The hotel is located on a hill-top location overlooking the Tamarindo bay. Fortunately for those traveling in Costa Rica without a rental car, the Esplendor offers a free shuttle from the hotel to downtown Tamarindo…

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Outkast visits Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Big Boi and Andre 3000 along with several members of their entourage recently visited Tamarindo, Costa Rica for a bit of rest and relaxation. Unlike the Kardashian’s visit to Costa Rica, the duo and their crew were welcomed with open arms to Costa Rica, except for one monkey who decided to piss on a member of the entourage: The group took a tour of the Tamarindo estuary as well… Managed to snag a fish off the Catalina Islands… And took…

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Walmart Liberia Costa Rica: Review, Prices, and Hours

Walmart is now open in Liberia, Costa Rica, just a few minutes south of the city center. Walmart is open Monday through Sunday from 8am to 10pm, and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Prices on the majority of items are about 10-15% less than what you would find at Automercado and SuperCompro. Here are a few samples of the lower prices we saw on everyday items:   The one are we did not see much savings was in…

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Lufthansa announces non-stop service from Germany to Costa Rica

Good news for fans of Germany living in Costa Rica. Lufthansa will include the Frankfurt – San José connection in their summer 2018 flight schedule. From March 29, 2018, a non-stop Lufthansa flight will take off every Thursday and Saturday from Frankfurt to the capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose. The connection is the second connection offered non-stop by the company from Frankfurt to Central America- the first being the flight from Frankfurt to Panama. Both connections complement each other. You…

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Margaritaville Resorts set to open in Flamingo, Costa Rica

Margaritaville Holdings and Driftwood Acquisitions & Development announced the rebranding of the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Costa Rica. The Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa will join Margaritaville’s portfolio of hotels and resorts, effective immediately. Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Guanacaste, Costa Rica Surrounded by the white sand beaches of Flamingo Beach on the northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa is an oceanfront resort. The resort offers 120 guestrooms and suites, along with a full range of…

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6 reasons why Costa Rica’s rainy season is the best season

Costa Rica has two seasons, rainy season and dry season, or as the locals call it winter and summer. The rainy season is also referred to as the green season because of the effect of all the rain on the plants. It can rain a lot during the “winter” here in Costa Rica, but there are some good reasons to visit the country during the rainy season. 1. Less tourists The rainy season sees significantly less tourists than the dry…

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The Difference Between Contractors in the USA vs Costa Rica

Whether you’re getting work done in the United States for the first time after living in Costa Rica, or you’re moving to Costa Rica and having work by a contractor done there after getting used to the United States, there are some very real differences that you should be aware of between the contractors. While contractors in general are very like one another, even between countries, contractors in Costa Rica do some things differently than those in the United States.…

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