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Product Details

  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Costa Rica Books; 16 edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881233669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881233664
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris is the EXPERT on relocating to Costa Rica that is clear within a few minutes of reading his book or spending any time with him. For someone with his BOUNDLESS knowledge and experience, he is also incredibly down to earth. For the neophyte, he really boils things down and takes care in answering your questions and introducing you to every major facet of life in this beautiful country. There is NO better way to get introduced, settled and assimilated in Costa Rica than to have Chris as your point man. --Peronet Despeignes, Fortune Magazine

We highly RECOMMEND this guidebook to ALL of our members and to anyone thinking of living in Costa Rica. It is by far the BEST and most COMPLETE source of information on the subject. We have observed that people who read this book before coming here actually know MORE about Costa Rica than many long-term residents. Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) --Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR)

Reading this book is like having lived in Costa Rica. Mr. Howard brings his readers a book that will become a CLASSIC. --Mary Ellen Botter, Travel Editor, Denver Post

About the Author

Christopher Howard has resided in Costa Rica for over thirty years. He has an extensive foreign language background, having earned a B.A in Latin American studies and a Masters degree in Spanish from the University of California. Chris is considered by many to be a pioneer and innovator in Central America. During the time he has lived there he has written more than 10 books on living retiring and investing in several of the countries in the region. It is not surprising that he has first-hand knowledge and insight into all aspect of Costa Rica's culture, economy, language and its people. Because of his expertise, he is a frequent lecturer at investment and retirement seminars, has been a paid consultant for National Geographic, and has been interviewed on the NBC Today Show, CNBC World News, Good Morning America and in Newsweek Magazine. At present, the author writes columns titled Learning the Language for the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) magazine El Residente, is a contributor to the news group Costa Rica Living and posts information about living in Costa Rica daily on his popular blogs at liveincostarica.com and costaricaspanish.net

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Christopher Howard has resided in Costa Rica for over 30 years and is Costa Rican citizen. During this time, he has had the opportunity to gather a plethora of information about living, retiring and investing in Costa Rica. It is not surprising that he has first-hand knowledge and insight into all aspects of Costa Rica's culture and its people. Because of his expertise, he is a frequent lecturer at numerous retirement and investment seminars. He has also appeared on the NBC Today Show and CNBC World Business News and was interviewed for Good Morning America.

Mr. Howard has extensive foreign language background, having earned a B.A in Latin American studies and a Masters degree in Spanish from the University of California. The author writes columns titled "Learning the Language" for the Association of Residents of Costa Rica's magazine La Voz, "Short Cuts for Learning Spanish" for the newspapers AM Costa Rica and Inside Costa Rica and the Costa Rica Living News Group.

Christopher has written 14 language and travel guidebooks about Latin America including 16 editions of the perennial bestselling "New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica", "Official Guide to Costa Rica Spanish" and the one-of-a-kind "Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica."

Due to a multitude of requests from the readers of his guidebooks, Christopher Howard began to offer monthly relocation and retirement tours to Costa Rica starting in 1997. Since then he has personally helped thousands of people move to Costa Rica successfully through his one-of-a-kind licensed tours, seminars and private consultation services. Please see www.liveincostarica.com for more information about his unique tours.

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Buy this instead of his real estate book, its much the same.
Griff
I have read all of the other books about making the move and Mr. Howard seems to have a BETTER FEEL for the country than any of the other authors.
Annie Drake
This guide is a valuable tool for anyone interested in living in Costa Rica.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tom North on January 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Costa Rica is a diverse and beautiful country with a beautiful culture. It is a wonderful place to consider for retirement and this is a very thorough book covering nearly all aspects of that important decision. My wife and I took Mr. Howard's Central Valley and Pacific tour 6 years ago and bought a charming but very simple house in the little town of Ojochal (mentioned in the book). I now have his latest revision and am amazed at the level of detailed information. This is not a book of sweeping statements. It has that as an introduction but it soon drills down to taxi fares, shipping services and rates, medical operations and costs/locations, residency requirements, and even a few recipes (Gallo Pinto - my wife's favorite - vegetarian).

The forward is a great introduction to "Why live in Costa Rica?". It introduces the options for climate (65º F days - mountain valleys verses 85º days coastal year round), economics, safety, alternative countries (not comparable), activities, medical, and US similarities that Costa Rica offers.

The first chapter of the book introduces the overall geography, culture (Pura Vida), government (4 branches - long standing democracy), and economics. This is followed by a chapter covering the 6 climate zones Costa Rica offers. Each section gives concrete examples of housing styles and costs, availability of services, a little history, and generally communicates the lifestyle advantages and disadvantages of each. Plaza Izcazu sort of a US yuppie set, Avenida Ezcazu CR's version of LA's Rodeo Drive ($$$). On the other side of San Jose but still in the very populace central valley is San Pedro, offering more of a college town atmosphere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Irama Morales on April 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
The 16th edition of this guide stands out high above the other books on the same subject. It answered all of my question about living in Costa Rica and left NO stone unturned. I would go so far as to call it the "bible" for expats in Costa Rica. I found it to be packed with really good advice and tips the author gathered from living in the country for more than 30 years. The book is a balanced treatment of the subject in that it contains anecdotes by people who have actually relocated to Costa Rica so that readers can get other views of the country aside from the opinions of author. I liked the fact that Christopher Howard seems to be a straight shooter and doesn't try to sugar coat anything. There is a section of ads in the book for business which cater to expats. I actually contacted a moving company and doctor and both sources proved to be very helpful. Nowadays there is a lot of inaccurate information posted on the Internet about Costa Rica by unqualified individuals lacking experience. The Golden Door is a reliable source of information and is written by someone who does know a thing or two about the country.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rex on April 4, 2011
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five stars The Golden Door is worth its weight in Gold

I have lived in Costa Rica for almost 20 years. This guide is a valuable tool for anyone interested in living in Costa Rica. The problem is that with all of the incorrect information on the Internet and many books which have been written about the subject, potential residents can suffer an information overload and become even more confused than before they started to do their research. What Mr. Howard has done is write a book based on thirty years of experience living here that is full of practical advice. It contains hundreds of useful tips, contacts and insider information which will save you time, money, costly mistakes and help you make the move successfully. Howard understands the inner workings of the country and has incredible "street smarts" which are reflected throughout his book. He has also been a successful entrepreneur which can been seen in the chapters on real estate and business. I strongly disagree with the review posted on March 31, 2011 by melping. Howard's book is not a compilation of "cut and paste" as the reviewer suggests. The new 680-page edition has over two-hundred pages of new and updated material. Furthermore, the few pages of advertising are a valuable resource with time-tested businesses all of which cater to foreign residents. I am annoyed by the same reviewer's comments about a lack of information on the Caribbean area. The book does contain several pages dedicated to the subject with a detailed map of the area. Very few retirees settle on the Caribbean side of the country because it is not as exotic as it sounds, receives the most rainfall, is the poorest province with a lack of infrastructure and adequate medical care for foreigners.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Branscum on January 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Chris Howard is by far the world's greatest expert on retirement and living in beautiful Costa Rica. Whether you are someone who is looking for a new incredible life in a very exciting country, or the President of that country, Chris has that quiet and unique ease of friendship and professionalism to ensure that everyone feels right at home. I have learned so much about Costa Rica real estate, investing, security, and every day lifestyle planning, that this book has paid for itself more a thousand times over. I have personally traveled this fantastic country with Chris Howard and the experiences were eye opening and incredible. Investing in this incredible guide will help guarantee you the best chance of having a successful experience in acheiving your dream at the price you can afford. Just read the table of contents to discover for yourself why Chris Howard's guide is the one "must have" book. Please consider combining this book with joining Chris on one of his world famous relocation and retirement tours. They are so carefully planned to meet his customer's needs, you will thank me many times over for reccomending both so highly. Thanks Chris for your friendship, guidance, and for introducing so many happily satisfied people to one of the most magnificant countries in the world, Costa Rica!
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