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Watch out for this old trick in San Jose Costa Rica

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A favorite trick for thieves near the San Jose airport is to look for obvious tourist rental cars heading to town. Anywhere that traffic slows or there is a stop light, the thieves will position their car next to yours and someone will reach out and put a hole in your rear tire with an ice pick. (Continue Reading)

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Living Overseas

A Secret Hotel near San Isidro de El General

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A few miles outside of the main city of San Isidro de El General is a hotel nestled in the community of San Ramon Sur. It is not in a commercial zone, has river frontage, a large pool and an excellent open air restaurant. (Continue Reading)

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Cost of Living

Shop Luferz for Gringo Groceries in Perez Zeledon

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In San Isidro de El General there is a new supermarket called Luferz, right across from the McDonald's that has many of those rarely seen items and more. Expensive? Yes. (Continue Reading)

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Exit tax in Costa Rica for non-flyers

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The exit tax at Juan Santamaria International Airport has been around for many years and is well known. Starting in November last year, however, there is a new tax for land travelers leaving Costa Rica. The "roadway" tax is $5 but there was a catch. (Continue Reading)

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Real Estate

Standard Rental Terms in Costa Rica

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Many expats prefer to rent than own a house in Costa Rica as it allows more flexibility and the option to "test drive" a particular area before deciding if it's a place where they want to stay permanently. (Continue Reading)

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