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Thinking of Starting a Business in Paradise? Read on!

So it is 10pm.  I just got back from a walk with the dogs and I should be sleeping.  Especially after a day like today.  More to follow on that.  But my creative juices are flowing and I feel the need to share the possibilities/life/hurdles involved with living overseas.  The intent is not to scare […]

Going to the dogs in Costa RIca

Let’s start this story out saying that my girlfriend Kristie and I are dog lovers.  Real dog lovers.  She has a degree in Veterinary Science and I worked 16 years in Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales calling on vet clinics.  We both have always had dogs and we flew 2 of them to Costa Rica to be […]

Perpetual Tourist It Is

The new President of Costa Rica addressed his nation recently from of all places, New York City, and announced his proposed reforms to increase revenue. The first of which is a new and improved version of the regular 13% sales tax into a Value Added Tax (VAT). OK, no big deal, as the average expat […]

Flying to Costa Rica with a Large Dog

We had done our research. We had put boots on the ground by traveling to Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Riviera Maya. I’d already spent 5 months in Belize then moved to the Southern Zone of Costa Rica for 5 months. Now I had finally convinced Kristie that this was the place and this […]

Costa Rica Beer Scene

I just got back from a trip to my home in Michigan for 11 days to take care of some home affairs and pack up my girlfriend and dogs for the full time move to Southern Costa Rica.  Mission accomplished on the business end and the move.  In some of my down time I of […]

Communication in Costa Rica

I see all sorts of questions from people that are either going to visit Costa Rica or are testing the waters looking for living options about what to do about a cell phone.  There are a number of options just like in the US and Canada and Europe.  But there just aren’t as many and […]

One of my favorite compliments

  As I went to visit a new friend tonight for (what I thought would be) a short conversation and short “business” meeting, I received a wonderful compliment.  I was meeting with Ricardo to talk about Kristie and I taking over the marketing of his little cabina and the final couple little details I had […]

Back to the Beach

This is just a quick observation and opinion.  As I moved to Uvita to be active and a part of a growing community, I am finding it difficult to understand all of my expatriate compatriots and the need to build a castle on the mountain.  I totally understand the beauty and that it is a […]

5 Months in two different countries – A perspective

This week is a big week for me.  In my head that is.  I have now been in Costa Rica for 5 months.  The exact same time I was in Belize.  Time sure does fly.  So why does it seem like I have only been in Costa Rica like half as long as I was […]

Are people insane to keep coming here?

Very few of the people “in the know” on moving overseas recommend Costa Rica anymore. International Living has only a little interest while the group at Live and Invest Overseas downright say it is not the place to go right now. And the reasoning is good. Costa Rica banks are compliant with US regulations, the […]