By far the most popular place crowded with expats is the Central Valley. And with all the advantages I’m about to share, it’s not hard to understand why. No wonder AARP once named the Central Valley one of the top 10 places to retire in the whole world.

There are many testimonials of Expats, like Rick and Peggy from USA, that found great friends, warm weather, a relaxed lifestyle, their dream home with a view for the right price, and a low cost of living in Costa Rica. And the transition—with so many welcoming locals and expats—was easy…

Another expat testimonial that is famous is this: Sharon H.,Heredia, Central Valley

“After living in Las Vegas for almost 40 years it wasn’t easy to leave. But we knew if we waited much longer we would never do it. We wanted our dollars to stretch, and we wanted affordable medical care. And Heredia suits our needs perfectly.

“The weather is very mild year-round. No need for heat or air conditioning in our home. There are two beautiful shopping centers: Price Smart (like Costco) and Walmart. We pay approximately $100 per month for electricity, water, cable, internet, a neighborhood guard, and maid service.”

The Costa Rica people have enjoyed a stable Government for over a century.

there is no army. The clear presence of many multi-national interests helps to unsure that the sovereignty of Costa Rica will be protected, so there is no perceived need for one.

Multi-national corporations have enjoyed the benefits of this environment for many years and now the international investment community eyes Costa Rica as a wise place to diversify.

Recently, a new tropical Silicon Valley is emerging in Costa Rica

Intel Corp. and other overseas high-technology firms have already established a presence here. The economy is moving away from traditional exports toward high-technology and making Costa Rica the largest exporter of such equipement per capita in Latin America.

North American and European interests are developing hotels, commercial, and residential properties throughout the country.

The obvious tax benefits of Costa Rica provide a welcome relief for the

chance to conduct business in an atmosphere that rewards rather than stifles the entrepreneurial spirit. This provides for both “new start” and retirement for foreign citizens.




Written by 

Ivan Madrigal #exitosoivan #ticomagnate a costarican, meaning that I live in Costa Rica. Graduated as an industrial engineer and later worked for my father businesses before having the great opportunity to have a small internship in England, at the company Vinten Broadcast that manufactures equipment for the broadcasting industry. After that I decided to learn another language and tried French. However the unstable labor market here forced me to try other career paths like sales and marketing, which I now self-study or implement. Also developed more experience in Customer Service at several Call centers like at IBM Business Transformation, working as Payroll manager for a company that downsized me, named Dana Corporation... later at Fujitsu, where its big account BellSouth, moved to other country.. and finally Hewlett Packard within their biggest account: Pfizer. Because I didn't want to miss my experience at UK dealing with broadcasting, I studied this career at INA which graduates high level technicians for Central America. Nevertheless, I am trying to make multinational companies recognize my degrees, and get in a position were I can be more productive and creative. But the truth, the best way to show my potential is by owning my business and create presence by networking with people. That´s why I am here, because I need to move on, leave my country for many years, and challenge my skills using new languages that I can learn gradually. There seems to be many obstacles for me to achieve this, but I will deal with this using time management and other tools. I wonder, when will be the time when I recover completly from my motorcycle accident and win the trial, before walking normally with a cane and finally dance... dance with the wolves. The wolves that are in MySpace and Facebook, for example, where I am profiled.