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Costa Rica, Land Border Tax, So Typical
Costa Rica has recently passed and started enforcing a new exit tax of $5 (USD) on people leaving Costa Rica at both its northern and southern borders. While the fee is very minimal and is a common practice at many border crossings through out the world, Read More...
The rains may have finally come to end in Guanacaste!
Well this past week we had a passing thunderstorm that lasted about 20 minutes in Playa Hermosa. A total of .2 of an inch was recorded and I feel this will be the last measurable rain this season. The total amount received was 54.8 inches of rain this Read More...
Hidden Cash Crop of Costa Rica and it is not Drugs
Juicy and delicious oranges that could rival those grown in California, Florida, Brazil, ad Spain are being grown right here in Costa Rica, particularly in certain coffee farms in Guanacaste where citrus trees are being introduced to break up the monoculture Read More...
Guanacaste Rainy Season Still Going
Guanacaste Rainy Season Still Going Well here we are the beginning of the second week of November and the 2013 Costa Rica rainy season is still chugging along. In past years the rains had stopped in the end of October with just an occasional thunderstorm Read More...
Going golfing for a good cause at Costa Rica’s luxurious Four Seasons
I found this article on www.TicoTimes.net web site. What a great idea, I am going to have to round up some of the hackers I know here and played golf with in the past, and play in this tournament. Normally it would cost about the same amount for a non-member Read More...
Insurance in Costa Rica
There are many types of Insurance available in Costa Rica from Home Owners, Liability, Car, Health and Life, Since the enactment of CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which was enacted in in 2008, the country of Costa Rica was required Read More...
The Costa Rica Rainy Season is in Full Force
In the past I wrote about the weather on a daily basis, and as I also have written that I bite off a bit too much. See I don’t sit at home every day, I have to make a living to. Although I would like nothing more to retire for good I guess I am Read More...
Costa Rica Beach Front Property Getting a Tax Break
Expats and Costa Ricans alike that have a concession property in the maritime zone (this is the area of beach front land starting from the 50 meter, or 54.68 yards, median high tide mark going inland 200 meters or 218.7 yards) may be getting a tax break. Read More...
Happy Independence Day Costa Rica!
This Sunday, Septemebr 15 th is Independence Day in Costa Rica. Costa Rica along with Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, all received their independence by signed “La Acta de Independencia,” which asserted their freedom from the Read More...
Costa Rica electric rates going down?
I read this article this morning and thought I would be good to share with you, especially if you already own property here in Costa Rica or are thinking of purchasing. The nation's price regulating agency has submitted for public discussion big cuts Read More...
Playa Hermosa Rainy Season so far not that bad!
Last year I had started doing the daily weather and realized I must have been nuts to take that on, so I have been just doing some month updates of the rain amount we have received so far this year. As of yesterday September 4, 2013, I have measured a Read More...
Gas Prices Going Up
I was reading the local papers after being in the US for a week, and completely out of touch with everything, I found an article about the price of gas and diesel going up in September here in Costa Rica. A lot of people get freaked out when they ask Read More...
Are you breaking the Law in Costa Rica,
I found this great article in the Tico Times on line paper and thought I would share it with you. If you happen to own a property in Costa Rica and you rent it out when you are not here, are you abiding by the law and collecting the 13% hospitality tax? Read More...
Mothers’ Day in Costa Rica
Well today being August 15, here in Costa It is the official Dia de madre, or mothers’ day. Unlike in the US where it always falls on a Sunday in May, here in Costa Rica no matter what day of the week the 15th of August is it is Mother’s day. Read More...
Half Way Done with the Rainy Reason!
Well I have been pretty lax with writing about the weather, been busy, but I still record the rain fall we received here in Playa Hermosa as this hobby of mine will never end. As you may or may not know the rainy season can start sometime in late April Read More...
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