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Costa Rican Games: Expect Peculiar Rules and ‘Superkings’

Newcomers to Costa Rica encounter many challenges: A language barrier for non-Spanish speakers, cultural differences, dietary adjustments to name just a few. And for...

When Costa Rica Temporarily Changed Time Zones

The recent turning back of the clocks in North America reminded me that when I first arrived in Costa Rica, the country was experimenting...

Expat Living: The Misery of Costa Rica’s Industrial Strength Flu

It's that time of year. The afternoons are overcast and rainy, darkness falls before 6 pm, and everywhere you go, you hear the sounds...

Costa Rica Bank Theft: Where Have We Heard This Before?

In case you missed it, last week’s biggest story came from the vaults of Banco Nacional. In one of those, ‘Haven’t we heard this...

My Minor Brushes With Crime in 30 Years Living in Costa Rica

Maybe I have been lucky or maybe I have been smart, but in over 30 years of living in Costa Rica, the worst thing...

Is Costa Rica Expensive? An Expats Point of View

The most common question I am asked by people thinking of visiting or moving here is, “How expensive is Costa Rica?” My stock answer...

Noisy Neighbors or Noisy Jungle? Costa Rica’s Battle of Decibels

Peace and quiet can be elusive within the borders of our paradise. Neighborhood noises such as vehicles, construction, loud music, and barking dogs frequently...

Expat Living: The Cash Only Economy in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica we have a sizeable class of people that live primarily on coins and the red (1000 colon), blue (2000 colon), and...

Costa Rica Expat Living: My Time in a Traditional Tico House

I once lived in a traditional rural Tico house. There are not as many around as there once were, but they remain a cheap...

Costa Rica’s Red Tape Challenges One Expat’s Bakery Dreams

Every year thousands of expats arrive for the first time to Costa Rica, fall in love with the country and its people, and decide...

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