Costa Rica Retirement

Get your financial act together before moving to Costa Rica

by guest blogger TicoNuevo

Get your financial act together before moving to Costa RicaBack home, before I tackled the financial flowchart, we were dealing with a number of banks, and credit card and financial institutions; some of whom we felt either we would not need, whose fees would be too expensive to use when moving to Costa Rica or would not be easy to access via the Internet from down here. We planned to dump most of them and simplify. That, as it turns out, would have been a big mistake. Do your due diligence investigation.

We discovered that our requirements would be different than we imagined and our costs would also be different. We wound up rearranging our financial institution portfolio prioritized on perceived need, transaction costs and international accessibility before moving to Costa Rica.

Blooms ladies club in Costa Rica

by Ivo Henfling

Blooms Ladies Club Costa RicaI love following Irina and Jim Just’s blog, called “Just Costa Rica, living la pura vida” because they both always have interesting things to say in their blog.  In all my years selling Costa Rica real estate, I hardly ever saw a couple retire in Costa Rica one day and feel totally comfortable with their new home country the next day. Few expats are able to “mingle” so easily in their new environment as Irina and Jim and I’d like you to learn from them.

With Irina Just’s permission, I am publishing her last blog about the Blooms in Costa Rica, another way Irina found to meet new people and to enjoy her retirement in Costa Rica. FYI, Blooms is not an old ladies club, they’re just a bunch of women enjoying themselves. Thanks Irina for allowing me to use your blog to show newcomers another way of mingling and enjoy living in Costa Rica.

Building an Information Database on Costa Rica

by guestblogger Ticonuevo

Once you are committed to moving to Costa Rica, you build a databaseOnce you are committed to moving to Costa Rica, there is a huge amount of information to read and absorb. So, my advice again: be detailed, be methodical (even if it’s hard for you to do). I can’t emphasize strongly enough how important and helpful it proved to be to have built a database of Costa Rican resources, research and contacts.

Your vacation visit(s) will give you a snapshot of Costa Rica. Just remember you’re seeing the country in its most-perfect light, as a tourist. It’s different than actually living in Costa Rica day after day and dealing with the mundane issues of daily life and the bureaucracy. Your research will help to fill in the blanks and demystify Costa Rica. So, it’s very important to build contacts, read (discriminatingly) and record and file the details you collect from your visit and online.  

When moving to Costa Rica Spousal Compromise and Family Commitment is recommended

by guest blogger TicoNuevo

When moving to Costa Rica Spousal Compromise and Family Commitment is recommendedThe object of recounting specifics of our family communication is not to bore you with details that don’t relate to your planned move to Costa Rica. My purpose is show that there are possible surprises and unknowns harbored by all parties involved in your move.

The success of your move to Costa Rica will be measured by how well you have openly addressed all of the inner details and emotions involved. It’s incumbent upon you, your partner and other individuals that are part of your decision to come clean and their discuss concerns and desires.

Upon our return from our due diligence trip to Costa Rica, my wife and I agreed to remain silent for a few days about any decisions or inclinations we may have formed independently of the other during or after our working vacation.

What do Costa Rica expats want?

by Ivo Henfling

What do Costa Rica expats want?Jay Brodell, editor of AM Costa Rica, published an article last April titled “What do expats want? Well, here are suggestions”.  Jay is a great journalist and probably one of the best informed gringos living in Costa Rica, never afraid of publishing anything that might not be received well by either the expat community in Costa Rica or the Costarican government.

The suggestions are some great ones though I'm not sure the Costarican government will listen to the suggestions.

Since our company sells and rents Costa Rica real estate, I am of course all for the idea of having thousands of foreigners move to Costa Rica, but that's beside the point here. Jays’ article proposes some ideas of what needs to be done for the expat community in Costa Rica to improve their conditions as foreign residents of Costa Rica.

Why Potential Costa Rica Expats Fail to Make the Transition

by guest blogger TicoNuevo

Why Potential Costa Rica Expats Fail to Make the TransitionHere’s something to think about: a significant number of all of the expats attempting to settle in Costa Rica return home within one year. I have some ideas about why this happens, and how to avoid becoming a statistic. I’ll discuss the most prominent reasons for failure here.

A big reason influencing an early departure, I think, is a lack of preparation before potential expats arrive. Changing your country of residence requires an enormous, well-coordinated effort—lots of pre-planning. Unless you have changed countries of residence before, you have no concept of the volume and benefit of pre-planning your move.

Tied to lack of preparation is a lack of commitment. So, become committed. For all of our major decisions, my wife and I have always set very specific and realistic timeframe goals and objectives.

The retired gringo and the fisherman in Costa Rica

by Ivo Henfling

The retired gringo and the fisherman in Costa RicaIn the beginning of the 80’s, I heard this great story that helped me understand the mindset of the Costaricans and adjust better to the culture and the way of life in Costa Rica. I was curious if I could find the original writer of this story on Google. I found a certain Mark Albion who claims to have written the story that he calls “The businessman and the fisherman” in 1999. His story is a North American version to the tropical version that I heard in the 80’s.  

I also found a reference to a short story written by Heinrich Böll in 1963 with the title “Anecdote concerning the Lowering of Productivity”. Heinrich Böll, I’m sure, has never been on a beach in Costa Rica but he understood the tropics as well as George Orwell knew in 1949 how the world would look like after 1984. I’d like to share this great story with you and give you another reason to move to Costa Rica soon.

Costa Rica Retirement Vacation Properties and bird watching

by Ivo Henfling

Peter Boyer's birdwatching in Costa Rica photosCosta Rica retirement vacation properties and bird watching go together well, the reason so many have decided to retire or buy a vacation home in Costa Rica. When you retire to a country like Costa Rica, you must love nature and in particular birds. If you don’t, why even bother moving to Costa Rica.

The best part is that no matter if you buy your Costa Rica retirement or vacation property in a town like Atenas, you get the birding for free. Just make sure you bring a camera that can take high resolution photos just like our client Peter Boyer did and you’re up for a good time and a better lifestyle than you had ever imagened.

Thanks Peter, for finding such a great hobby and sharing it with us. Your photos say so much more about the beauty of Costa Rica than any text that I can write.

Another reason to retire in Atenas

by Ivo Henfling

Birds in Costa RicaMany found another reason to retire in Atenas and in other locations in Costa Rica after my post a couple of weeks ago with pictures takes by our expat and I’ve received a lot of emails from readers asking for more quality photos of birdlife and views in Paradise.

In February this year I already posted a blog with photos from Peter Boyer taken in Desmonte – Atenas, where he moved recently with his wife Edie.  After receiving Peter’s photos, I asked Cyndi Mayer in Santa Ana to help identify some of the birds, so thank you Cyndi! 

Not only is the climate in Atenas perfect, Atenas offers you a laid back lifestyle and at the same time availability of all you need as well as having th eposibility of making friends fast!

Peter has been able to take incredible photos of a Keel-billed Toucan, a Yellow Warbler, a Dusky-capped Flycatcher, a Baltimore Oriole and of course the world famous Hummingbird that is found anywhere in the Central Valley.

Costa Rica blogs by expats who have retired in Costa Rica

by Ivo Henfling
Arrival in Costa Rica for retirementI decided to create a blog page so you can easily find great blogs about moving to Costa Rica and retire in Costa Rica written by people who are going through the experience of becoming and being an expat in Costa Rica.  
Just last week, at a party, I heard newcomers say that there is so much information around now, they don’t know which one is right and which one is wrong. 
Nothing in life is perfect and moving to Costa Rica won’t make it perfect either unless you work really hard at it. Doing your due diligence and reading about mistakes others have made will make you less a possible victim to the same mistakes. Not only are my own blogs full of information, real stories and up to date information, I’d like to share these real interesting blogs from people who write them to be shared.