Don't Believe Everything You See and Hear...


You are fed up with life back home.  The economy is in the tank.  The caustic political scene is making you feel disenchanted.  Your retirement funds are being eaten alive with new taxes for which you derive no direct benefit. 

So... racked with insomnia, what do you do?

Well 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.

In 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 Security"

"Buy a home for a fraction of what you would pay in the States"

"Easily afford a live-in house keeper and full-time gardener"

"The best medical care anywhere."

Just 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.

Every 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 country. 

We 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.

If 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.

Good luck.  If you take away nothing from this article then this next statement, I will feel very satisfied.   TRUST BUT VERIFY! 


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