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FAQ’s & Answers When Relocating to Costa Rica

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Costa Rica has many attractions and not we’re nHammockot just talking about zip-lining above the cloud forest of Monteverde. There are so many reasons to relocate to this beautiful, paradise-filled country. Considering Costa Rica runs off of renewable resources, is extremely eco-friendly, has tendencies towards healthy living and obtains an abundance of the world’s most friendly people, it is not only a wonderful place in which to vacation but it is also top of the list in terms of retirement destinations. Due to the low cost of living, the versatile and luxuriant different landscapes, slow pace of life and year-round beautiful weather, it is truly a tranquil place to rebuild your life. A lot of expats and foreigners from all over the world come to this country to experience the “Pura Vida” lifestyle. However, before you decide to make a permanent move, it is best to test the waters. There is certainly no shortage of vacation homes, rentals and villas available so before you decide to completely relocate, you may have some questions that require realistic answers. Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions when making the decision to move to paradise; we hope you find the answers to be accommodating to all your needs.

  1. When considering retirement, where should one think of relocating?

If you’re searching for cooler, spring-like weather, which makes the need for air conditioning obsolete, you may want to consider Northern to Central Costa Rica. Grecia, Escauzu,or Santa Ana and other regions such as La Fortuna or Arenal are not only beautiful but comfortable due to the refreshing climate. You will find that each town has its own charms and no two cities are alike. You will also learn quickly that there is a large difference between a city and a town when you relocate down here. Some people like the small town feel while others prefer to be in the bustle of the city, near crowds of people and closer to the comforts of home that can be harder to find when you choose a beach town like Jaco, Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio. The smaller beach towns are usually located in the South, either along the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean side of Costa Rica where the weather is much warmer. Either way, there is a place for everyone. You can find a perfectly quaint suburb in the city of San Jose or something more exotic in a renowned beach town, perfect for surfing like Puerto Viejo. No matter where you land, you can still find modern amenities and an abundance of housing options for whatever your comfort level may be.

  1. Is it easy to obtain residency?

Whether attempting to obtain permanent residency or temporary residency you are most likely going to need the assistance of an efficient and skilled immigration lawyer. To be on the safe side, it is best to find someone that understands the four different types of residency that most foreigners can acquire. These four include: “un pensionado” or retiree, “una rentisa” or one with an income or annuity, “una inversionista” more commonly known as an investor or those that obtain special work-related skills like executives or scientists. The fourth is a temporary residency that is one safeguarded to those that are married to a Costa Rican citizen, have a child in the country with a Costa Rican citizen or is expecting a child on the way.

  1. How accessible is healthcare?San-Jose-City-Costa-Rica

Costa Rica has an extremely affordable healthcare system and is rated to be one of the best in Latin American countries. Residents and tourists alike have access to some of the finest and most popular public and private hospitals. All those that are looking to relocate to Costa Rica should look into international health insurance but even without, often times healthcare is affordable and obtainable. Some of the more common hospitals have skilled staff members with bilingual specialists. The names of these hospitals include: CIMA, Clinica Biblica, and Clinica Catolica. They are the three that are affiliated with U.S. facilities and for the most part cost ½ of what healthcare costs in the United States. These top-notch facilities are mostly located in or near the city of San Jose so if you are injured further away in a secluded beach town or jungle-area there is no need to panic. These facilities often times have specialty helicopters to get you into their care as quickly and safely as possible.

  1. How long can I stay on a tourist visa?Map of Costa Rica

If you’re visiting Costa Rica from the United States or Canada, a tourist visa will run for up to 90 days. After 90 days within Costa Rica, you have a couple of options. In order to obtain another 90 day visa on your passport to stay in Costa Rica, you must temporarily leave the country for 2-3 days. This might be a trip back to your hometown in the United States or Canada or you can simply take a long weekend and vacation in the north towards Nicaragua or down south in Panama. If you’re thinking of making Costa Rica your home and want to avoid the hassle of obtaining a tourist visa every three months, you should seriously invest some time and money into temporary residency. After three years as a temporary resident, you will automatically qualify for permanent residency and can move forward towards creating a new home in this beautiful country.

  1. Which is wiser; bringing my personal possessions from home or buying new things?

Although there are companies that will gladly ship your possessions down to your new home in Costa Rica, it can often times be costly and a lengthy experience. This is truly a personal decision for each person. Depending on your attachment to sentimental possessions and your attachment to possessions in general, you may feel it is best to bring what is important to you and simply leave the rest behind. There are places to buy new appliances, mattresses, and household furnishings and you might even find that you like your new home to be freshly decorated with native, Costa Rican knack.

Manuel Antonio Welcomes Back the Ceviche Festival This November

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Ceviche-Costa-RicaThere is quite a celebration to schedule on your calendars that all the locals and the tourists of Manuel Antonio and Quepos will be attending. November 13th through the 15th is the weekend of our second annual Ceviche Festival. Locals and tourists alike will all come together and create a fiesta like no other as we revel in the many different flavors, varieties and different forms of ceviche that will be made available for tasting. We are hosting this year’s Ceviche Festival at the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. All are encouraged to come by for the incredible food as well as a host of other family-oriented activities that will be going on that weekend.

Anticipation and Excitement Surrounding Our Annual Ceviche Festival

The locals and tourists of Manuel Antonio and Quepos are looking forward to hosting this event for the second time. We enjoy extending the tradition of bringing cultural individuality to others through some of our typical foods, such as ceviche, to help celebrate Costa Rican cuisine and the history of this area. This Central Pacific area is home to some of Costa Rica’s most famous fish ports and is overflowing with fresh seafood. This festival was stemmed from the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports and the Travel Expo Show. We wish to continue on the success from last year’s event!

Highlights and Abundant Seafood at Our Ceviche Festivalceviche-ingredients

Ceviche can seem like quite a revelation to those that are not native or local to our Manuel Antonio or Quepos area. It can be made from several different types of fresh fish, including fish that is caught and sold locally. Some of the main sources most commonly used are Snook, Mahi Mahi, Seabass, and other forms of white, meaty fish. Alternative forms of ceviche can be made from shrimp, octopus or even squid for the more adventurous culinary types. It is typically a light and refreshing dish that you can find around town on various restaurant menus or even at local events like La Feria or ceviche trucks parked on the side of the road. Whatever seafood you choose to cook with is marinated in citric lime juice for several hours and actually cooks the meat. Chefs from all over can get creative as once the seafood has been cooked, it is usually served with red bell pepper, cilantro, onions, and a wide range of spices. For a little cultural variety, some chefs like to add ginger, hot chili peppers, tabasco or other forms of home-made hot sauce to their ceviche. There is truly something for everyone.

Inventive New Ceviche Ingredients and Creationsceviche-Manuel-Antonio

For those that like to be super creative and extend their culinary genius, our event will also feature ceviche dishes that have ingredients included such as, mangos, peaches, bananas, and other vegetarian-friendly ingredients. The variety of ceviche dishes only adds to the fun as this ceviche event is also a tournament to be mediated by a selected panel of judges that will have the pleasure of distinguishing a winner and awarding them one by one in a variety of categories. Don’t be shy to tell us what you think! Bring your adventurous spirits, appetites, family and friends down to the Marina Pez Vela and enjoy an afternoon of culinary adventure and family fun. Help us make the Ceviche Festival an annual tradition!

Traditional Ceviche Recipe

When making your own ceviche at home, test out this traditional recipe and don’t be shy when making your own substitutions or changes according to taste.

1 pound of white fish (examples: Seabass (Corvina), Mahi Mahi, Snook
1 cup of freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 small white onion, diced
½ bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 handful of cilantro, chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste
(optional – 1/4 cup ginger ale )

1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and let fish marinate/cook for at least 2 hours. Tip – the longer the fish “cooks” in citric acid, the more intense the flavor will be.
2. After approximately marinating/cooking for 2 hours, serve cold on a bed of shredded lettuce with tortilla chips or crackers on the side. Additional garnishes include cucumber or avocado slices.


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