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Moving to Costa Rica vs: Colombia: We compare the two popular expat destinations in 2024.

Many Americans, Canadians and Europeans looking at moving out of their countries consider moving to Costa Rica and Colombia. For us, we chose Costa Rica, but in this video, we compare and contrast the two popular expat havens, talk about why we chose Costa Rica and why you might chose Colombia over Costa Rica.

Did you decide to move to Colombia — perhaps Bogota, Medellin or Cartagena — and not Costa Rica? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Answering Your Questions About Life in Costa Rica: April 2024 Edition

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Adapting to Life in Costa Rica: Things We Still Can’t Understand Yet!

After many years in Costa Rica, we still don’t understand a few things about life here. (Spoiler: the way Ticos drive is a big one!). But we know that we have to adapt to life here, and not the other way around.

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Grecia, Costa Rica: Expat Living in this Charming and Picturesque Central Valley Gem

Grecia, Costa Rica, is a charming and picturesque town located in the Central Valley, surrounded by rolling hills, waterfalls and beautiful sugar cane plantations. The town’s mild climate and well-maintained central park make it a perfect destination for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful getaway. Across from the park is town’s most famous attraction the Iglesia de la Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, a unique church made entirely of pre-fabricated steel plates painted red that and shipped in from Belgium in the late 19th century.

Conveniently located near Alajuela and San José, Grecia is a more laidback lifestyle compared to the big city. It’s also situated near other smaller towns like Atenas and La Garita.

Grecia is surrounded by natural beauty including nearby Poas Volcano and many coffee farms. It’s no wonder that Grecia is a popular destination for expats seeking a more relaxed lifestyle in a small town setting.

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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If you’re serious about moving to Costa Rica… don’t explore like a tourist!

So often, families come to Costa Rica on vacation to see if Costa Rica is the right place to move to.

This is the wrong approach.

Instead of coming on a vacation, come to Costa Rica and explore like you actually live here. Spend your week days working remotely, shopping and exploring the town you’re staying in. And then on your weekends, take a day trip or go explore another region of Costa Rica.

In this video, we describe how to successfully explore moving to Costa and how Your Pura Vida can help you scout the right places for you and your family.

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Answering Your Questions About Life in Costa Rica: February 2024 Edition

Pura vida to all of you who have watched our videos and commented or emailed in questions about moving to and living in Costa Rica. Each month we’re going to answer some of your questions. This month, we answer the following questions. Keep them coming!

1:28 Question 1: In terms of buying real estate for residency purposes, (as in it has to be worth $150k) how do you avoid overpaying for a property? For instance, I might see a property online for a certain price, but it might not appraise that way and could then fall short of what is needed for residency. Q: How do we avoid being Gringo priced for property? I am from the States but that doesn’t mean I am made of money. My mom plans to retire here, but she doesn’t want to spend all of her savings on a house and then have nothing to live on comfortably.

8:08 Question 2: I do HVAC for a living (fix/install anything heating and air conditioning) is finding work easy over there?

9:45 Question 3: For the investment visa, do I have to stay there for a full 180 days? Or can I come there every 5 months for one or two days and do that for 2 years until I get citizenship?

10:54 Question 4: What if you work remotely? Is that considered “working” on Costa Rica?

11:30 Question 5: Is it possible to open a bank account with only a tourist visa? You said it was hard to do. Is it impossible or do you just have to know what banks?

12:10 Question 6: Aaron and Patrick, your videos are by far the most comprehensive yet easy-going on YouTube. One thing I find missing in general, is good information about families relocating from North America to Costa Rica. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a family of six. My wife and I +4 daughters. Ages one year to 11 years old. I don’t see much of anything on YouTube that addresses the cost of a large family moving to or living in CR. Schools, rentals/purchase, five-six bedroom homes, etc. Do you have plans on covering these issues or topics? Even if you don’t, you have the best information so far. Thank you!!!

16:44 Question 7: Can US doctors transfer prescriptions to Costa Rican pharmacies?”

18:03 Question 8: What do you guys think about home dehumidifiers for those humid areas? Here in Texas, it gets hot and humid, so a dehumidifier is great for keeping the air inside comfortable and also helps us save money with lower AC bills. Can you find those out there or should I add that to the list of must-brings?

19:00 Question 9: I am wondering about shipping a couple of guns down there. I know some people don’t like this idea, and I’m not saying I would but as an option I’d like to know. In the little bit of time spent looking it seems its possible to do?

20:40 Question 10: How do you rate the internet and cell phone service? I am trying to decide between the two places and my top five priorities in order are: safety; cost of living; internet access/speed; residency requirements; and ease getting to/from the Eastern USA

23:15 Question 11: I’m going to take a wild guess and say that you guys do not speak spanish and only get your news from the english news sources here, because if you read the local news you would see that the violence is EVERYWHERE in the country, including the tiny little town I live in. Yes, most of the murders are related to drugs, but a lot of murders are also related to loansharking(drug money is loaned to people who can’t get loans from a bank). And when shootings take place, they happen in public and there is usually innocent people who get caught in the crossfire, including children. The main cause of all of this is that the judicial system here does not punish criminals, instead they play catch and release and let them back on the street within a few hours after being arrested. It’s not uncommon to see someone arrested who has been convicted multiple times for homicide, and then let loose again because the judge determined there was not enough evidence for them to remain in jail until their next court date.

27:00 Question 12: I’m female going to Costa Rica with my teen daughter 2/19 to 2/26- potentially investigating relocating over there- we travel often, but suddenly I’m very afraid of Costa Rica with the recent reports of crime- as solo females- we are flying into San Jose and moving on to Tamarindo- Im from NYC and pretty streetwise but any advice would be appreciated!

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Aaron’s Trip to the Emergency Room in Costa Rica: Did he live to tell the story?

Aaron ended up in the emergency room at Hospital CIMA in Escazú, Costa Rica for some pain in his side (no, it wasn’t from Patrick’s bad jokes). In this video, Aaron discusses his emergency room visit; how long it took from arriving to diagnosis; what it cost for a visit, x-ray and ultrasound; and if the nurses and doctors spoke English.

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Shipping to Costa Rica: Should I move in a shipping container or suitcases?

How can I ship my household belongings to Costa Rica? We get this question numerous times each week. Most people think that they should hire a professional mover, pack up their stuff in a shipping container and move it to Costa Rica. While that’s the right scenario for some people, it’s not ideal for most people. It’s costly and many things you own won’t fare well in Costa Rica.

In this video, we discuss your options for moving your stuff to Costa Rica.

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Questions about areas of focus we didn’t get into? Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Top Destinations Expats are Moving to in 2024: Let’s review the lists!

We know Costa Rica isn’t for everyone. Each country has their advantages and drawbacks and it’s up to you and your family to decide where you belong. So we thought it might be a good idea to review four lists of top destinations where expats are moving in 2024:

1️⃣ https://www.internations.org/expat-insider/2023/best-and-worst-places-for-expats-40353
2️⃣ https://www.internationalfamilylife.com/international-living/best-and-worst-countries-for-expats
3️⃣ https://expatra.com/articles/retire/best-countries-to-retire/
4️⃣ https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-countries-for-american-expats

Find us:
📬 Email us your questions: hola@yourpuravida.com
🤔 Are you ready to move to Costa Rica? Take our 60-second assessment: https://www.yourpuravida.com/ready
💻 Blog posts and other resources about moving and living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/links
🧭 Questions about areas of focus we didn’t get into? Get our help to move to Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/explorer
🏠 On-the-ground support for living in Costa Rica: https://www.yourpuravida.com/membership/

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Caribbean, Costa Rica: Expat Living in Puerto Viejo, Punta Uva and other Limon Province beaches.

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica (Limón Province) is characterized by its natural beauty and lesser development compared to the Pacific side. The vibrant Caribbean culture, influenced by Afro-Caribbean heritage, infuses the region with a reggae-Rasta vibe. Multiple languages, including Spanish and Limón Creole, are spoken in the area. The province’s cuisine is influenced by its Caribbean island ties, with dishes like rice and beans being ubiquitous. The music scene embraces reggae, calypso, and soca genres, adding to the vibrant cultural tapestry of the region.

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Tico Time and Other Expectations of Living in Costa Rica. Can you adapt to these ways?

Let’s talk about some uniquely Costa Rican customs, things that Ticos do and things they don’t. We’ll discuss some customs and expectations we’ve noticed living in Costa Rica. How can we better adapt our ways to fit in with locals. And we talk about Tico Time — a somewhat affectionate reference to the Costa Rican habit of arriving late for appointments, dates and dinners, and even business meetings.

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Heredia, Costa Rica: Expat Living in Costa Rica’s City of Flowers

Heredia, Costa Rica, is affectionately known as the “City of Flowers,” owing to its breathtaking landscapes and stunning gardens that adorn the foothills of Barva Volcano. As a vibrant and dynamic suburb of greater San José, Heredia is an integral part of the larger Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), which encompasses many of the Central Valley’s most densely populated communities.

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