Where to Go in Panama for a Visa Run Vacation from Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is conveniently located between two beautiful countries, Nicaragua and Panama. Both countries are easy to access from Costa Rica, either by air or land. We’ve already shared with you a bit about crossing over into Nicaragua to renew your 90-day visa. This week we are spotlighting Panama. From Playa Grande, it is obviously quicker to go to Nicaragua, …

Five Places to Spend Your Perpetual Tourist Visa Trip in Nicaragua

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If you are living in Costa Rica and you aren’t a resident, you will need to leave the country every 90 days to renew your visa stamp. For those living in Guanacaste, the easiest way to do this is to cross over into Nicaragua. While many people just make a day trip, it is actually quite lovely to make a …

The Basics of Being a Perpetual Tourist in Costa Rica

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Applying and obtaining temporary or permanent residency in Costa Rica is possible, but not necessarily necessary. To qualify for residency, you either must marry a Costa Rican citizen or permanent resident, give birth to a child in-country, invest a minimum of $200,000, or be able to prove that you receive a pension every month. While there are several other ways, …

The 5 Best Apps for Learning and Improving Your Spanish

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While the official language in Costa Rica is Spanish, many Costa Ricans speak impressively impeccable English. The ability to communicate proficiently in English opens up a lot of doors for local Costa Ricans, especially in the thriving tourism industry. Locals have long learned the English language to facilitate English-speaking tourists and even expats better. But, when foreigners make an effort …

What’s So Amazing About Las Ventanas de Playa Grande?

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It is not uncommon to hear a story about an individual, a couple, or a family who traveled to Playa Grande, Costa Rica for the first time only to fall in love with it and decide to continue to return year after year. A considerable portion of the local population in Playa Grande is made up of seasonal locals who …

Why Playa Grande is a Great Community to Invest In

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If you’ve ever spent time in Playa Grande, you already know why this beach and surf community is so alluring. If you haven’t, though, let us share with you why Playa Grande is such a great community to invest in from a non-financial perspective. Away from it all, but close enough The main entrances to Playa Grande are a curvy …

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The Difference Between El Niño and La Niña, and What that Means for Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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We are in the midst of an El Niño event, and it is predicted to last through June, July, and August and maybe beyond. You’ve probably heard the terms “El Niño” and “La Niño” on the weather report before or during small talk conversations where the weather is commonly brought up. But, do you know what the difference between the …

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The Real Dangers of Rainy Season in Costa Rica

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The rainy season varies from region to region in Costa Rica. On the Pacific slope and coast though, it typically ranges from May to November. The further south you go, the longer and rainier it is and the further north you go the shorter and drier it is. While you might not be wishing for rain on your vacation, this …

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Six Life Lessons You Can Learn from Living in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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There is a lot you can learn from living in or spending a substantial amount of time in Playa Grande. Life lessons are all around us! Less is more  We live in an era of extreme consumerism. Through commercials, print ads, movies, television shows, and social media, we are regularly exposed to this idea that material wealth is a sign …

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Three Award-Winning Golf Courses in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Did you know that the best golf courses in all of Costa Rica are in Guanacaste? Did you also know that there are three award-winning golf courses within an easy drive from Playa Grande? If you are interested in hitting the links while you are in Guanacaste, we highly recommend you check out these courses!  Reserva Conchal Golf Club  Robert …