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Buying & Owning a Car in Costa Rica: What to Expect (Including the Costs)

buying a car in Costa Rica considerations

If you’re thinking about buying a car in Costa Rica, then you’re probably also wondering about the costs, required paperwork, maintenance, and other requirements of owning a car. Believe it or not, this is one of the more straightforward and easily accomplished tasks in your new life. That said, most people fall into either the dread-it…

Beach Guide to Guanacaste: From Playa Flamingo to Playa Avellanas

aerial view of Playa Flamingo Beach in Guanacaste

If you’re here, then you’re one of us – the beach-combers, beach-strollers, beach-goers, and beach-lovers of the world. And now, you’re looking for a beach guide to Guanacaste to point you in the right direction. Or a direction, since almost any which way (except inland) is sure to lead to a sandy slice of paradise….

Costa Rican Spanish 101: Deciphering 21 Useful (Sometimes, Head-Scratching) Phrases You’ll Hear [Almost] Every Day

Monte Bello gated community

There are lots and lots of posts out there that cover basic Spanish before moving to Costa Rica, from the biggest need-to-knows to the smallest mannerisms. We’ll assume that if you’re here, you’ve probably also been there, too. And so here, we won’t repeat what they’re already done there. Instead of trying to cover it…

Gated Communities in Costa Rica: 10 Mountain, Ocean-View, & Beachfront Communities You’ll Love (Guanacaste/Tamarindo Edition)

9 gated communities in Tamarindo Guanacaste Costa Ric

As you browse the many properties of Costa Rica, you’re more than likely overwhelmed: The options are many, the prices incredibly varied ($100K to $1M+), and the communities… well, you haven’t got a clue. Or much of one, at least. Why would you choose X Community over Y Community? Do you even want to live…

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