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

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Car tax and registration in Costa Rica

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All cars in Costa Rica must pay an annual registration/tax called Marchamo. It is due by Dec. 31 and payments are collected starting in November. Many insurance companies or banks accept Marchamo payments and can issue your certificate on the spot. You can also pay it online for a small fee and have the certificate delivered to your postal box. (Continue Reading)

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Real Estate

Tips on Making Offers on Costa Rican Real Estate

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This tip assumes you've done your due diligence about your property and the area as covered in a previous tip. Once you are ready to make an offer here is some advice to help you get the best price with the least hassle. - Low-ball the seller. It's more or less expected and most property for sale by Ticos is way overpriced anyway, but 2 or 3 times. Do it with a smile. (Continue Reading)

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Expat Safety & Crime

Be Careful Driving in Costa Rica

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Driving in Costa Rica can be very dangerous. Even on paved highways, keep an eye out for axle-breaking potholes. Additionally, be extra cautious when approaching curves as many drivers pass on blind curves. (Continue Reading)

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Living Overseas

A couple of differences in Costa Rican Spanish

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I once read Lonely Planet's Costa Rican Spanish book and it is a waste of time. The only thing Costa Rican they have in there is "Pura Vida". Ticos have a lot of subtle differences, but a couple you are sure to hear are the uses of ocupar and costar. (Continue Reading)

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Living Overseas

Two Beaches to Choose From in Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica

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Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's most popular national parks. It features primary forest, monkeys, sloths and two nice beaches. One beach is smaller like a cove and further from the entrance. The other is large and has no undertow so it is excellent for swimming. (Continue Reading)

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