There are several options for health care for expats in Costa Rica. First there is the CAJA which is required for all legal residents to pay into. The CAJA as it is called, is basically Costa Rica’s National Health Care plan and it’s pretty good and covers all your health care needs. However the CAJA…

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What I call Costa Rica Army Ants are actually more like National Guard or Peace Corp ants or something along those lines. They’re smaller than the army ants of Africa, but they’re very aggressive and have a bite that hurts a lot – I’ve been told. But aside from their aggressive nature, they are helpful…

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After I woke up yesterday morning, I went out to my front porch to see what the day was like and see if there are any visitors waiting for me there. (Sometimes there are amazing visitors like a 12 inch long walking stick or a huge praying mantis, or maybe a toucan in a nearby…

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Retiring in Costa Rica was my choice because I was sick and tired of big city life and Costa Rica gave me an opportunity to  live out in the country or “campo”. Here we have birds, monkeys, exotic insects, beautiful sunsets and all that goes with living the “country life” instead of horns honking and…

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The Costa Rica Residency Waiting Room at Migracion We had been notified by our Costa Rica residency attorney of the date of our Costa Rica residency final appointment. Finally the day came – the day we’d been waiting for since we got here last year! So the day of our final appointment finally came, and…

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Today we experienced a Costa Rica hurricane or something very close to it! All I know is, it was pretty much a disaster and we had to jump into emergency mode to deal with it before everything in our house got wet! So we were out working on the drainage ditch next to our driveway…

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I always say “Living in Costa Rica is always an adventure”, and so  this is yet another Living in Costa Rica adventure! We started out the morning waking up… (yeah sure, we all start the day that way!) … but to the sight of this snake (picture below) when we opened the kitchen curtains: How’s…

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The last stop at the end of the Costa Rica Immigration Process Costa Rica immigration is not hard but it does take some time and some money and some work on your part (not much work, really, if you hire a good attorney). There are various types of Immigration to Costa Rica, and although you…

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People often ask, when considering moving to Costa Rica, “What about the Costa Rica insects? Are they a problem? Are there a lot more than where we live now?” and so on. The basic answer is that it depends on where you live in Costa Rica and where you live now. Costa Rica insects can…

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This post is a question to all my readers: WHY are some things SO expensive in Costa Rica??? We all understand that Costa Rica is far from the USA, Japan, Colombia, Europe and other places where quality items might be imported to Costa Rica. And so importing those things might cost a bit more. So…

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