Ecuador expats are more vulnerable to crime in small towns and rural areas than in larger cities, study shows

By Liam Higgins,

A graduate school research project indicates that expats living in small towns and rural areas of Ecuador are more vulnerable to serious crime than those living in cities.

The research, by University of Edinburgh doctoral student Kelly Fowler, focuses on expats in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Spain.

“What we found […]

The 5 Best Places To Move To If You Don’t Like The Election Results

Amy Schumer said she’d move to Spain. Bryan Cranston said he’d move to Canada. Jon Stewart said he’ll move to another planet. At last count, 23 celebrities have claimed they’ll leave the country if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the presidential election….

Celebrities—and anybody else who’s found themselves saying, “I’m outta here”—take note: […]

8 Countries Where $200K in Retirement Savings Will Last 30 Years

By Investopedia Staff,

A list, along with short summary of cost of living in each country.

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Zoo Ave in Costa Rica

Zoo Ave is a “must see” for anyone visiting Costa Rica.

Cage Smashing Festival

History Dennis Janik came to Costa Rica in 1990 to pursue his passion to help and protect wildlife. He stumbled upon a rundown roadside zoo, in miserable condition, in Alajuela built in the 1960s called Zoo Ave. Although not a […]

The Price of Dental Care in Costa Rica Compared to Dental Pricing in the USA


Equal Quality with a Different Cost

If you’re from the USA and you’re visiting this website, you’ve probably discovered that dental care is outrageously expensive in the USA. As a dentist from the USA, I had my doubts about the quality of care in Costa Rica. I did my homework. Here’s what I […]

Medical Care and Options in Costa Rica

From The REAL Costa Rica Blog

Medical care in Costa Rica is of interest to not only ex-pats living here or wannabe ex-pats with plans to live here… but to the many thousands of tourists who visit Costa Rica every year for what is known as medical tourism. Medical tourism we can define as people […]

Becoming a Naturalized Citizen of Costa Rica

According to statistics reported by the Civil Registry of Costa Rica, less than 69,000 naturalized citizens were properly registered in 2014. When considering the number of foreigners living in Costa Rica under various legal statuses such as temporary residents, permanent residents and perpetual tourists, those who chose the naturalization path are the minority.


The hidden Cabécar people of Costa Rica

(Note: This article originally published in 2008) One long hike out of the 21st century In one of the most remote villages in Costa Rica even the toothbrush is an innovation. Children cough themselves to sleep because the house has no chimney, just an open fire pit. Despite the high literacy rate in Costa Rica, many of these Cabécar Indians cannot read nor write. Spanish is a foreign language. To get there you need to hike five hours and brave an uninspected zip line over a raging river. Reporter Helen Thompson made the grueling hike to the small community in the company of volunteers who are trying to improve living conditions. […]

Costa Rica, Living Outside the U.S.

Thinking of moving to Costa Rica? This interview is of Charlene, who has lived in Costa Rica for 28+ years. She is originally from Brooklyn and can be safely described as being past the “honeymoon stage” of living abroad. (Thanks, Robert, for sharing)