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The solution to Costa Rica’s high product prices

On April 8, 2015 the Costa Rica News published a real interesting article titled “The real reason behind Costa Rica’s high product prices”, about the fact that Costarican produced products are cheaper in neighboring countries than in Costa Rica itself, even though there is a high cost of transport.  This article explains that commercial protectionism […]

Low cost of labor makes it affordable in Costa Rica

In this blog, I will cover some specific examples of shopping for items and services that are inexpensive by comparison between Costa Rica and North America. Pretty much every inexpensive good or service mentioned in this blog is a result of Costa Rica having such a low cost of labor. There are many more solutions […]

Dining in Costa Rica While Keeping an Eye on Expenses

While the country isn’t renowned for its own cuisine (there are some really great exceptions), you will find a multitude of international restaurants in addition to well-known restaurant chains (if you yearn for a taste of home, but then, why bother coming to Costa Rica in the first place). In our estimate during our visit […]

Costa Rica – Open Markets and Mom – Pop Stores

I remember when I was a youngster (long time ago) and my grandfather would take me to the corner store and buy me a coke and candy. I thought it was the greatest. Those stores in the states were usually family owned and there was a feel of community.   Clothes, hardware, restaurants and grocery stores all gave […]