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Tips from expats and experts about moving to Costa Rica and living in Costa Rica.

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Using a SatNav device in Costa Rica

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Rental car companies in Costa Rica often use the EZFind GPS map from NavSat. Others use Garmin. In either case, make sure the installed map covers more than just the Central Valley if you plan to explore Costa Rica's other areas. (Continue Reading)

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Cost of Living

Over 65? Use Your Cédula for Discounts

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Starting about 2 years ago in Costa Rica, new residents received a new version of the residency cédula (ID card) that is called DIMEX. In the lower right corner in red letters are the words: Documento de Identidad Migratorio para Extranjeros. (Continue Reading)

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Getting Discounts in Costa Rica

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When purchasing anything in Costa Rica, even new items, always ask the shop if they can give you a discount. This is a common request from Ticos who are watching every penny so vendors are used to it. (Continue Reading)

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Expat Safety & Crime

Be Careful Swimming in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

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Unlike the serene waters of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, the Pacific side can be treacherous. Today, there was an article in the WSJ about a NY teacher and his wife who drowned near Quepos. Always check with locals about the undertow conditions on a particular beach. (Continue Reading)

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Vigia (parking attendant) lifting car lock

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Vigias are the watchmen on the block in Costa Rican towns that help you park for a small tip. Most are honest, but becareful if you don't know your vigia, especially if they help you out of the car. (Continue Reading)

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