Links to Relevant Sites

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There is a wealth of information on the internet about Costa Rica.
Here are links to sites we are aware of.
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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.

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!

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!!

This link goes to the Pedregal Conference Center event calendar. Pedregal hosts home improvement shows, concerts, conferences and other events.

Daily weather forecast including tide info and a host of other useful info can be found (in Spanish) at,
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:

Excel spreadsheet for calculating employee Christmas bonuses:

Official Costa Rican rules for paying vacation days and holidays:

Tico Times,
English language on line newspaper.

La Nación,
On line version of Spanish language newspaper.

Inside Costa Rica,
English language Costa Rican news source.

The Costa Rican Times,
English language Costa Rican news source.,
Spanish language Costa Rican news source.

Spanish language Costa Rican news source.

A.M. Costa Rica,
English language Costa Rican news source.

The Association of Residents of Costa Rica,
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,
Free English language e.magazine for residents and potential residents of Atenas. There is a separate site for back issues, please visit

Puriscal Times,
Site for residents and future residents of Puriscal.

Gringo Central San Ramon,
Provides opportunities to its members (Gringos, Ticos, and visitors from all over the world) to attend
events, join in activities, etc.

Craig's List Costa Rica,
Classified ads.

The Costa Rica Star,
English language Costa Rican news source.
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,

Costa Rica news and more, English language,

Expat  -  Costa Rica group

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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
(Red Cross)

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
(National Insurance Administration)

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
(San José Municipality)

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: to set up an appointment.

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Qué Pasa Subscriber Websites

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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.

Dave and Marcia Murray's website - - 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 or (which is updated more frequently).

Ivo's blog 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.

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.

CRMH logoJoe and GeeGee Beatty's sites have information about Costa Rica and Joe's experiences building in Costa Rica. 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:

Judith Bliss has a website, 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:  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!

Tres Cabras, a fabulous new restaurant in El Castillo above Lake Arenal, is working on its website at  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. 

Authored by a personal vacation planner, the website, 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.

Jeane has also offers another site that focuses on people helping each other.

Subscriber Joe Cahill has a new site -  with all manner of interesting information.

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Facebook Pages & Groups of Interest to ExPats

Costa Rica Crime Watch page. Sharing crime facts with an eye to making CR a safer place to live.  

Sarchi Resources:


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.

Families with Kids in Grecia -

Swip~Swap Atenas-Grecia -

Atenas Costa Rica Info -

Atenas Costa Rica  -

Life in Grecia Costa Rica -

Expatriates in Costa Rica

Blooms Costa Rica -

Where to Buy in Costa Rica/Donde comprar en Costa Rica -

Periódico Mi Tierra - newspaper of Grecia -

Costa Rica Uncensored,

Boomers in Costa Rica,

Pura Vida

North Americans Living in Costa Rica,,

Costa Rica entrepreneurs & Execs,

Costa Rica Group -

North Americans in Costa Rica - Free your Mind  -

Costa Rica Friends -

Gringo Expats in Costa Rica,

Subcultura Atenas

Buy/Sell Costa Rica Expats, English Only.

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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

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Yahoo Groups

Costa Rica Living  -

Costa Rica Central Valley Living  -

Seniors in Costa Rica -

CR Realists  -

Costa Rica Conscious Community

Costa Rica Classifieds -

Escazu News -

Costa Rica Affordable Living

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