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Why is Costa Rica so attractive with inflation and high housing prices in the US?

In many areas of the U.S., the real estate market is red hot. A good number of those who sell their homes are making...

The Measure of a Costa Rica Expat: How Many ‘varas’ in a Mile?

Our rental-car GPS started speaking in that cryptic language from the outskirts of reason: the U.S. system of measurement. In this week's "Please Send Coffee!" column, Raquel Chanto explores the confusing process of adjusting to her adopted country's non-metric quirks.

Costa Rica Cultural Quirks of Romance: Going out on a ‘un date’

While it should be obvious by now that I am not an expert on dating, in any language, I have nonetheless learned a thing or two about romantic idiosyncrasies. Even with some level of convergence, dating in Costa Rica and the United States is a game with slightly different rules.

How to: Driver’s Licenses in Costa Rica

The Tico Times has experience with some of the less publicized aspects of living in Costa Rica: the laws, the social intricacies and the cultural norms beyond learning to say, “Pura Vida, mae.”

Did You Inherit a Property in Costa Rica?

Inheriting a property in Costa Rica may sound like a great deal. However, if you are the executor, you’ll now be in charge of what can be a bit of a puzzle.

Moving your family to Costa Rica? Here’s the first question to ask

Education options abound, but it's important to learn their pros and cons.

Immigration to charge $100 per month for overstaying visa in Costa Rica

People who do not pay the fee will be denied reentry to Costa Rica for a term equivalent to three times the period of time he or she spent in the country without a permit.

Costa Rica, The Quiz: Part II

Did you excel at our "Costa Rica: The Quiz"? Here's another round of questions to test your inner Tico.

The truth about real estate appraisals in Costa Rica

Real estate values change all the time; finding fresh data requires an enormous effort. So what do appraisers in Costa Rica do to find the necessary data to do their job?

UPDATED – Reversing a vasectomy in Costa Rica: I’ll try anything once

"When one changes his mind about kids at 42, after swearing for years that 'People who want to have kids should have kids, but those who don’t should not,' that man needs some quiet time."

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