there’s no substitute for an in-person visit. And that’s why we’ve ensured that Ivan and his team can be the ideal resource for planning those trips. You’ll get a good idea of which regions you want to visit. And you’ll know where to stay, who to talk to, and everything else as you explore.

We can keep the information on these post as up-to-date and reliable as possible. It also allows us to get this information in your hands as quickly as possible.

Don’t miss the other issues of this newsletter, where you will learn:

  • A complete rundown of the taxes you still have to pay and those you can throw out the window—in Costa Rica and at home

  • How to start a business—and the best spots for starting up your dream beach bar, restaurant, sport fishing charter, or whatever you want

  • The inside scoop on the best beachfront communities… local favorites…expat enclaves…cool weather mountain towns…and where to buy your own finca, or farm

  • The best way to scout property for sale—and what you should never do when looking at a lot or a home

There’s no need for you to be a “pioneer” when it comes to moving to Costa Rica.

English is widely spoken…by plumbers…mechanics…doctors…real estate agents…shopkeepers…and more. You’ll have all the modern conveniences you’re used to like cable and satellite TV (with many channels in English), high-speed internet, smartphones, and American foods and other products in stores and restaurants.

And you’ll also find plenty of communities full of fellow expats where friendships come fast thanks to the common bond of moving overseas. That means you’ll have a very active social life—and don’t forget all your new local friends too. Costa Ricans are very friendly people—in fact, a new study from the World Economic Forum found Costa Rica to be one of the most welcoming countries in the world to foreigners.

The bottom line is that Costa Rica and its people are used to “gringos” and you will be a welcome addition to any community. And your transition will be much easier here than if you moved to many other countries. In Costa Rica, you’ll quickly discover—and appreciate:

Don’t miss the other issues of these posts here, where you will learn:

  • What household goods to bring from home—and what to leave behind

  • How to negotiate a fair price for building your own home, how to find reliable contractors, and how to manage the building process if you’re still in North America

Plus, you’ll get a Rolodex of contacts throughout Costa Rica-all of whom speak English-in fact, many are from the U.S. or Canada. You’ll have these resources on speed-dial:

  • Lawyers experienced in immigration

  • Trusted real estate agents

  • Shipping brokers who know how to deal with Customs

  • Expat groups from coast to coast, from the American Legion to community theater

  • Insurance companies who will cover you in Costa Rica

  • Phone numbers for the major public and private hospitals—including the emergency lines

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.