Links to other relevant sites
There is a wealth of information on the internet about Costa Rica.
Here are links to sites we are aware of.
If you would like to add to our links, send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Sites with news and information about Costa Rica
Guide to Buying a Property in Costa Rica This online resource originates in Tamarindo but we found it had some really good general advice about buying property here. http://www.coldwellbankertamarindo.com/buying-property-in-costa-rica.html
Traffic Laws: http://www.yourtravelmap.com/costarica/traffic-laws/
GREAT article with links to APPS to make living in Costa Rica more comfortable. Thanks to Ivo and Brooke for putting together this great info!
Local website about Grecia - Conozca Grecia.
In Spanish, a complete site where you can find important info about Grecia. Very well organized, easy to navigate. Good core info about Grecia, but may not be totally up to date. http://conozcagrecia.com/
GAM Cultural keeps track of cultural events happening in San Jose. Their site is in Spanish but it's pretty easy to navigate - film, theatre, dance, exhibits, workshops - events are listed with locations and cost of event. A GREAT resource!! http://www.gamcultural.com
This link goes to the Pedregal Conference Center event calendar. Pedregal hosts home improvement shows, concerts, conferences and other events. http://www.eventospedregal.com/calendario.html
Daily weather forecast including tide info and a host of other useful info can be found (in Spanish) at http://www.imn.ac.cr/IMN/MainAdmin.aspx?__EVENTTARGET=PronosticoTiempo
Legal information for those living in Costa Rica or considering a move to Costa Rica.
The most important rules when hiring domestic help in Costa Rica: http://godutchrealty.com/blog/13-important-rules-when-hiring-a-maid-or-caretaker-in-costa-rica.html
Excel spreadsheet for calculating employee Christmas bonuses: http://american-european.net/obligatory-christmas-bonus-to-all-employees-in-costa-rica
Official Costa Rican rules for paying vacation days and holidays: http://american-european.net/official-vacation-days-and-holidays-in-costa-rica
Tico Times, www.ticotimes.net/
English language on line newspaper.
La Nación, www.nacion.com
On line version of Spanish language newspaper.
Inside Costa Rica, http://insidecostarica.com
English language Costa Rican news source.
The Costa Rican Times, www.costaricantimes.com
English language Costa Rican news source.
Spanish language Costa Rican news source.
Spanish language Costa Rican news source.
A.M. Costa Rica, www.amcostarica.com
English language Costa Rican news source.
The Association of Residents of Costa Rica, www.arcr.net
Membership organization assisting those living or retiring in Costa Rica, as well as those considering moving to Costa Rica.
Scott Oliver's on line magazine devoted to retirement living in Costa Rica; discussion forum.
Atenas Today, www.atenascatuca.com/En/atenastoday.html
Free English language e.magazine for residents and potential residents of Atenas. There is a separate site for back issues, please visit www.scomari.com
Puriscal Times, www.puriscaltimes.com
Site for residents and future residents of Puriscal.
Gringo Central San Ramon, http://gringocentral.org
Provides opportunities to its members (Gringos, Ticos, and visitors from all over the world) to attend
events, join in activities, etc.
George Lundquist's tours for the "not so rich" considering retirement in Costa Rica.
If you own a corporation in Costa Rica, you can view taxes owed on your corporation on the web site of the National Registry, www.rnpdigital.com.
Costa Rica news and more, English language, http://qcostarica.com/
Expat Focus.com - Costa Rica group http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-costa-rica
Links to key official Costa Rican business Facebook pages
Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)
Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica (Fire Department)
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR)
Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Social Security Administration)
Cruz Roja Costarricense
Direccion General de Migracion y ExtranjerÌa Costa Rica (Immigration)
Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA)
Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (MIDES-INJU)
Instituto Nacional de Seguros
Instituto Meteorologico Nacional Costa Rica (Weather Institute)
Ministerio de Obras P™blicas y Transportes (Transportation Ministry)
Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (Labor Ministry)
Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ)
Policia de Transito de Costa Rica (Traffic police)
Municipalidad de San José
Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI)
DefensorÌa de los Habitantes (ombudsman)
The Social Security Administration (SSA) Foreign Services Post in Costa Rica is located at the US Embassy in San Jose. This office is best known as Federal Benefits Unit, as it also provides services for other agencies such as the Veterans Administration and the Office of Personnel Management. If this is your closet point of contact for these agencies, please find below a detail of contact information. The embassy now operates on an appointment only system, you can find details on their site.
Federal Benefits Unit (FBU)
U.S. Embassy San Jose
Phone number (506) 2519-2228
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m.
Email address: FBU.CostaRica@ssa.gov to set up an appointment.
Qué Pasa Subscriber Websites
Gringos in Paradise: Paul & Marilyn's Retirement Adventure. Documenting the joys and challenges of being retired expats in Costa Rica. Paul and Marilyn moved to Grecia in October 2012. http://paulandmarilynretire.blogspot.com
Dave and Marcia Murray's website - http://enjoycostarica.co - is primarily intended to promote their one-bedroom guest house rental, but they have included some other information and links that they think folks, especially newcomers, may find useful.
Su Spacio is the Atenas Dance Studio and Community Center, which is involved in multiple community service projects. They are at suespacio.org or suespacioatenas.blogspot.com (which is updated more frequently).
Ivo's blog http://godutchrealty.com/blog.html is a blog-site that will help you understand the intricacies of living Costa Rica. Topics like adjusting to a new culture and language, taxes, health and medical services, how to get a bank account and residency issues are part of the due diligence before moving to Costa Rica are published on Ivo’s blog every Sunday. You will love TicoNuevo guest blogger’s articles, too.
Easy Times The Easy Times publishes every Tuesday and is a real estate oriented blog by the American European Real Estate Group with over 30 affiliate agents from coast to coast. On this blog, you will not only find articles about the different communities in Costa Rica but also about golf courses, beaches, moving to Costa Rica related blogs, residency issues, banking issues as well as living in Costa Rica related blogs. http://american-european.net/blog.html
Grecia Church - Sol de Justicia, a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church, is located in Barrio Latino, Grecia and offers English services every Sunday at 8:30 -9:30. www.facebook.com/greciachurch
Joe and GeeGee Beatty's sites promote their new turnkey estate and the rental of their 2/2 guest house and estate in San Miguel de Grecia. The sites also have information about Costa Rica and Joe's experiences building in Costa Rica. www.CostaRicaMountainHomes.com and
Paul & Gloria Yeatman have a website that has been active for more than five years and has a lot of useful information about retiring in Costa Rica. Here is a link: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/
Judith Bliss has a website www.zaguatesrosario.com, to assist street dogs and poorer pet owners in Rosario, which is near Sarchi and Naranjo.
Lilliana and Luis Castro host a website with information on beautiful Finca Vibran, their family-owned BnB and Party Venue located in San Francisco de San Ysidro. website: http://www.fincavibranbb.com/ Please see our Resources page for more info.
Laurel's Originals - Laurel Anderson's website for hand painted custom art for interior decor. The home page is a blog about creating custom canvas rugs as well as many other interior design ideas. There is a design gallery for canvas rugs as well as place mats and information on design. As well, a link to sign up for painting classes! http://laurelsoriginals.com
Tres Cabras, a fabulous new restaurant in El Castillo above Lake Arenal, is working on its website at www.facebook.com/trescabras.cr. Click on the Trip Advisor Reviews section to read all about it. Operated by Rebecca Luscombe and Ryan Malcolm, its proximity to the equally nice Nepenthe Bed & Breakfast and Blue Moon Spa means there is almost no reason to leave and explore the area.
B&B Garden Grecia - Ronald Alfaro and his wife operate a wonderful B and B that will make you feel at home immediately. Located in Santa Gertrudis Norte, about 15 minutes from central Grecia. bandbgardengrecia.com/
Authored by a personal vacation planner, the website www.costaricalearn.com, which includes a blog section, offers interesting and educational information on traveling in Costa Rica, in addition to other articles related to Costa Rican culture and history. Ann Cabezas Creed.
Original Subsciber Jeane Brennan and her husband are living in Sierpe for 2 years starting up a fishing business. She has created a web page regarding the town of Sierpe, hopefully to promote the various businesses and activities. http://www.sierpecostarica.net/
Jeane has also offers another site that focuses on people helping each other. http://www.themangotelegraph.com/
Subscriber Joe Cahill has a new site - www.ticoytica.com with all manner of interesting information.
Facebook Pages & Groups of Interest to ExPats
This resource provides information for anyone interested in undertaking an online cooking course to improve their basic cooking abilities, through to gaining full-on professional kitchen experience. http://www.onlinecoursesreview.org/culinary_arts/.
Families with Kids in Grecia - https://www.facebook.com/groups/670999939732769/
Swip~Swap Atenas-Grecia - https://facebook.com/groups/422564551189294
Atenas Costa Rica Info - https://facebook.com/groups/AtenasCostaRicaInfo
Atenas Costa Rica - https://facebook.com/SomosAtenasCostaRica
Life in Grecia Costa Rica - https://facebook.com/LifeInGreciaCR
Expatriates in Costa Rica https://facebook.com/groups/127573880603797
Blooms Costa Rica - https://facebook.com/groups/BloomsCostaRica
Where to Buy in Costa Rica/Donde comprar en Costa Rica - https://www.facebook.com/groups/459901040692513/
Periódico Mi Tierra - newspaper of Grecia - https://www.facebook.com/periodicomitierra
Costa Rica Uncensored, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1445782332334457/
Boomers in Costa Rica, https://www.facebook.com/groups/BoomersinCostaRica/
North Americans Living in Costa Rica, https://www.facebook.com/groups/139594309424287/
Costa Rica entrepreneurs & Execs, https://www.facebook.com/groups/177391445698663/
Costa Rica Group - https://facebook.com/groups/113577342016309
North Americans in Costa Rica - Free your Mind - https://facebook.com/groups/NorthAmericansinCostaRicaFreeyourMinds
Costa Rica Friends - https://www.facebook.com/groups/mikeyanddiana/
Gringo Expats in Costa Rica, https://www.facebook.com/groups/57769307059
Subcultura Atenas https://www.facebook.com/groups/subculturatenas
Buy/Sell Costa Rica Expats, English Only. https://www.facebook.com/groups/338713766289196/
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Local author Lenny Karpman has an excellent blog with restaurant recommendations by ethnic category and region for you when you are hungry and traveling farther afield throughout Costa Rica.
Irina and Jim Just's personal and very subjective occasional blog about life, fun and interesting experiences living in el Cajón de Grecia, Costa Rica - Just Costa Rica | Living la pura vida
A relatively complete list of other blogs pertaining to life in Costa Rica may be found at http://livinglifeincostarica.blogspot.com
Costa Rica Living - http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CostaRicaLiving
Costa Rica Central Valley Living - http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CostaRicaCentralValleyLiving
Seniors in Costa Rica - http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SeniorCostaRica
CR Realists - http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CRRealists
Costa Rica Conscious Community http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Costa_Rica_Conscious_Community
Costa Rica Classifieds - http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CostaRicaClassifieds/info
Escazu News - https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/escazunews/info
Costa Rica Affordable Living groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CostaRicaAffordableLiving/info
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