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11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easierLooking for free apps you can use in Costa Rica? If you’re a tourist or an English speaking resident, this blog should interest you!

You’ll be surprised how much assistance these free apps can give you in Costa Rica. Many of us now live with our phone in hand, all day long. Even a lot of us who live in Costa Rica. Some fanatics even do so at night.

When you are retired, your phone stops being important to you, or it’s supposed to. Your desktop or your laptop gives you all the necessary connections to your family back home, right?

Facebook is one example of technology, which stopped being technology to many. My 83-year-old mom is on Facebook, all day long. That is because it’s her connection to the world, her kids and grandkids who all live in other countries. Her friends and cousins live in Spain, Australia, Belgium, France, the US, Canada, England, Germany, and Costa Rica.

Isn’t it cool to have 115 friends from all over the world that you can stay in touch with when you are 83 years old? Yeah, my mom is very international and if you are living in Costa Rica, I’m sure you are too. Or you might be as soon as you move away from your family, looking for a better, warmer and exciting life in Costa Rica.

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

So most of us know about Facebook. Soon, everything you do inside your home will be managed by the internet & technology and you’ll find smart homes everywhere; it’s in the future of real estate too.

You’d like to get used to all that technology by using smart free apps? Don’t be afraid, these 11 free apps are really helpful to anybody living in Costa Rica.

Watching Channel 7 news, the newsreader told us about a new app. I think it’s a great one. When I am with clients, they always ask “what is that kind of tree”? Well, I never know because I’m a real estate agent, not an arborist or biologist. I have no clue about trees. And that is what “Ojeadores” or “Arboles Mágicos” is all about.

1. Arboles Mágicos (Magic trees)

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

If you download the free Apple app (Ojeadores) and install it, it will tell you in English (because my phone is in English) to identify the species of a tree by selecting the color of the flowers. Click on it and you get a rainbow of colors where you can make your selection. Each color will give you the tree’s name, it’s origin, when it flowers, the days of flowering, the flower’s dimensions, the average tree height, the main seed disperser and the native region of the tree.

Please make a donation to help to plant more than the 9,000 native trees that were already planted by the creators of this wonderful app. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Download Google Play app here. This app gave me the idea to look for more interesting apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier.

2. Qué Comemos? (What to Eat)

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Uber Eats is an app that will give you Express food from over 350 restaurants in Costa Rica. Download Apple app and find Choice of Wings | American | Smoothies | Coffee | Meat | Chinese | Empanadas | Burgers | International | Seafood | Mexican | Pasta | Peruvian | Pizza | Chicken | Dessert | Healthy | Sandwich | Sushi | Tacos | Typical | Japanese. Available in English for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Download Google Play app here.

3. Up for a cuddle?

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Who doesn’t need a cuddle once in a while? Feeling lonely? But please ask your spouse for permission first if you’d like to be cuddled by someone else. Download Apple App Cuddle Connect, the #1 location-based social-meeting app for cuddling to find someone near you who also needs to be cuddled. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Download Google Play app here.

4. Bird sounds Costa Rica

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Bird sounds Costa Rica lite offers a free download with a collection of 166 songs and calls of 30 bird species of Costa Rica Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Upgrade available for $19,99.  Download Google Play app here.

5. Uber

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Uber is a ridesharing free app for fast, reliable rides in minutes—day or night. There’s no need to park or wait for a taxi or bus. With Uber, you just tap to request a ride, and it’s easy to pay with credit or cash in select cities. Download now on the Apple Store. Uber is still illegal in Costa Rica but much more used than taxis and everybody uses it. I do too! Uber is not available countrywide but mostly in the Central Valley. Download Google Play app here.

6. Duolingo

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Join over 300 million learners on Duolingo, the most popular way to learn languages! It’s free, fun and effective. Download now on the Apple Store. The secret? Duolingo feels like a game and makes sure you stay motivated. Over 30 languages to choose from – all completely free! Download now on Google Play.

7. In Costa Rica

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

In Costa Rica, an all-in-one app, download from Apple store. InCostaRica is a collection of popular & off-the-beaten-path recommendations from savvy residents in 50 communities throughout Costa Rica. Explore local attractions, places to eat, drink, shop, and vacation rentals. Organized by proximity to your current location in Costa Rica. Find the best sightseeing spots, hidden beaches, free tours, local celebrations, community events and more. Download Google Play app here.

8. Pets in Costa Rica

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Online Pet, Virbac is an application, download now, with which you can track the health of your pet, you can also be in contact with your veterinarian in a practical and novel way.

Get to know the news, tips, and promotions that Virbac has for you. Download on Google Play here.

9. Travel Planner Costa Rica

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Exploring Costa Rica just got easier with Google Trips, download now on Apple Store. Get activity suggestions based on what’s nearby, customizable day plans, and your travel reservations from Gmail. Google Trips is even available offline, so you’ll always have your info when you need it. Download Google Play app here.

10. Voice Translator

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Voice translator allows you to translate what you say in more than 50 languages (Speech to text), dictate text instead of typing it and listen to the translation (speech). Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Download Google Play app here.

11. Waze

11 Free Apps that will make living in Costa Rica easier

Last but not least. This is probably one of the best free apps you will find. Always know what’s happening on the road with Waze, download here on Apple Store. Even if you know the way, Waze tells you instantly about traffic, construction, police, crashes, & more. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time. Download Google Play app here.

If you have any other free apps that will help others living in Costa Rica, feel free to contact me and I’ll check them out and share it with others on this blog.

Although the GoDutch Realty website is mobile friendly (you can use it on your tablet or phone), we have not deemed it necessary yet to get an app for your Costa Rica property searches. If we can assist you in your Costa Rica real estate needs, feel free to contact us now.


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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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