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Facts about Social Security for US Expats in Costa Rica

Here are 5 lesser-known facts about US Social Security the every Ex-Pat should know.

Social Security is often the foundation of retirement plans but many Americans have been paying into the system for years without knowing how the system actually works – especially when they retire abroad. Here are 5 lesser-known facts about Social Security that any retiring ex-pat needs to know.

Green Season 2023: Heat Wave and El Niño

El Niño is definitely having an effect on the weather in Costa Rica, but not for long…

May usually brings about the first rains here in the Guanacaste region. But this year, at the beginning of May, Playas del Coco experienced a heat wave instead. Temperatures reached 39 degrees celsius or 102° degrees fahrenheit! The occurrence of this prolonged heat wave in Playas del Coco is tied to the phenomenon known as El Niño.

Exports of Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what Costa Rica’s main exports are? The moment you start driving from the Liberia International Airport towards Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa, you see fields and fields of crops growing. You often see sugar cane being harvested, cattle grazing, or melons being tended to. The statistics are quite fascinating and very impressive!

Flying like a bird in Costa Rica

One of the things I love about living in Costa Rica is the beautiful array of wild life, especially the vast variety of birds. I remember when I was a kid about 5 years old, I used to look up in the sky when I heard the screech of a hawk and watched as he was soaring on the thermal drafts barely flapping a wing and thought to myself, boy I would love to be able to do that, how cool would it be to fly like a bird.

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