for starters, you become addicted to watching five year
old reruns of House Hunters International. That
leads to incessant surfing on the internet, where in
turn you blindly seek that
magic bullet that will cure all your problems. And
then in a flash you have it... We're going to sell
everything and move to Costa Rica.
your zeal to do your due diligence, you come across
numerous websites, most of which extol the virtues of living the
Pura Vida, the pure
life, and they all are all saying the same thing...
"Live like royalty on just your Social
"Buy a home for a fraction of what you would
pay in the States"
"Easily afford a live-in house keeper and
"The best medical care anywhere."
remember that these websites and television shows all
have one thing in common... they make money convincing
you to move to and invest in Costa Rica.
While many realtors,
builders, land developers can provide valuable
information regarding a possible move offshore, remember that it is only
one data point. I've said this before and
I'll keep saying it... don't be
swayed by slick sales pitches. Think with your
head and not with your heart. And the same holds
true for Boomers Offshore. Our videos and
newsletters represent our opinions based on our
observations. Yes, they can be flawed. But take it for what it's
worth... it is only ONE DATA POINT in your overall decision making process.
day, Fran and I talk to and meet
people who are considering moving to Costa Rica.
All are filled with enthusiasm and excitement about
starting a new life abroad. Unfortunately, the
majority of those seeking a better life seem to be
convinced that Costa Rica is the answer. Many come
to this conclusion without ever even visiting the
urge you to consider everything before you make the big
step. Analyze your reasons for wanting to make the
move. Make a list of the pros and cons. If
time and budget permit, you should seriously plan an
extended stay before making the big jump. Three to
six months with just a few suitcases should be
sufficient. Try out several areas like the Central
Valley, Lake Arenal region, Guanacaste (my area) and the
Southern Zone. A month or so in each area will
give you ample opportunity to try out Costa Rica and see
if it is right for you.
after six months you find that maybe living the expat
life is not what you expected, then no harm - no foul.
You pack you bags and go home. However, if you
feel that you can make a go of it, then pick a spot and
go for it.
luck. If you take away nothing from this article
then this next statement, I will feel very satisfied.
TRUST BUT VERIFY!