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First Steps For Relocating to Costa Rica

Pair of beach loungers on the deserted coast sea at sunrise.

If You are Thinking About Relocating to Costa Rica, You May Want to do a Scouting Expedition First.

As with any contemplated move abroad, Costa Rica should receive a good, thorough scouting expedition before you sell your stuff, pack up that shipping container and join the many expatriates who have made Costa Rica their new home.

When it comes to possible locations for the adventurous of heart to consider, Costa Rica can’t be beat.

Close enough to the United States to boast direct flights provided by over a dozen major airlines, Costa Rica is just a 3 to 7 hour flight from home so it is easy to get back to visit family and friends. In fact, its not much different from moving from one end of the United States to the other, except that you’d be moving to an entirely different country and all the benefits that come with that.

If you are on your way to becoming a Costa Rica expat, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

Launch a major scouting expedition

Any contemplated move to any country in the world should be preceded by a good long experience in the country of choice. If you can, you should try to visit more than one and definitely spend a few months getting to know the culture, the area, the language and more. One weeklong vacation in Costa Rica does not serve to tell you whether or not you can live here. You need to experience the place from the perspective of a resident.

Study Your Spanish

Once you’ve decided that indeed Costa Rica is the one for you, you should make an effort to start learning Spanish. Just the basics will do at first, and you can load an application on your smart phone or carry around a small translation dictionary to get around, but everyone who chooses to relocate to another country should make an effort to learn the language of their host country. Don’t expect others to figure it out for you. Let go of the “Ugly American” stereotypical expectation that others should speak English; part of the adventure is total emersion.

Reach out to Other Expats for Advice

There are a number of forums, blogs, and websites that are by expatriates and for expatriates. Among them are Internations, Expat Focus,  and others; you can also check out the Tico Times, which is the “gringo” paper in CR. On these you will find plenty of information, advice and guidance for your adventurous move abroad. Others who have gone before you can answer important questions you may have about banking, health care, shopping, real estates, taxes, and more. Reach out, get social and don’t be shy; when you join the conversation and bring yourself authentically to the table, you will find there are plenty of those out there who want to help you.

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Vacation Home Los Suenos Costa Rica

I Bought a Vacation Home in Los Sueños, Costa Rica and I Love My 2nd Home!

by Michelle S.

I had been looking for a vacation home that had adventure and luxury on the water; I found those things, and so much more, when I purchased my second home in Costa Rica. Los Sueños Resort and Marina are simply amazing. This is my own little piece of paradise and I am so excited to have it. In the future I hope to retire here on Hurradurra Bay’s soft sand beaches. In the meantime, the luxury villa I purchased can be rented out, offsetting its cost. Renting it out for a week or a month at a time allows me to pay for its upkeep and use it throughout the year for myself, my parents, or close friends and family.

Los Sueños Resort offers so much to see and do. I am an avid traveler and golfer and I have yet to experience anything like the golf course here. La Iguana Golf Course is an 18 hole, 72 par, Championship golf course that was designed by Ted Robinson! Not only that, but there are 150 unique species of animals just hanging around on the course. The caddies here are trained to point them out. It’s not uncommon to see playful monkeys, scarlet macaws, colorful toucans, and even three-toed sloths. And because I own a home here, this amazing course is just a short walk from my residence. My property management team HRG Properties and Rentals even offers discount golf vacation packages that I am sure to tell all of my friends about.

Golfing isn’t the only sport here. If you’re a more adventurous person, you can take advantage of the sport fishing or surfing. My sons love the beach that is right nearby. Playa Hermosa, just down the road by about 10 minutes, is actually one of the best-known surfing beaches in Costa Rica. Eco-adventure is really big here too. Much of the wildlife and terrain are relatively untouched. It’s an amazing place to stay green and have fun and I could go on and on about the national perks here.

My new selection of fine dining establishments includes food prepared by international chefs. A few examples of the cuisine offered here are Asian, Italian, and of course Latin American. In addition to the fine dining, I love the sports bars with big screen TVs and tropical drinks set right on the bay; it just doesn’t get much better than this.

Getting here is a breeze. Los Sueños Resort and Marina is located a little over an hour from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose’, Costa Rica. A lot of major US cities offer easy, close and inexpensive flights here including Chicago, New York, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas and Miami, just to name a few.

If you have been looking for a second home, I suggest that you consider buying a Costa Rica vacation home here at Los Sueños.