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Want it All? Get it, on Costa RicaAug 14, 2014 | Want it All? Get it, on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula We’re taught from an early age to accept that we can’t have everything we want… that we have to share or compromise. Thankfully, now that you’re an adult, and you’re considering a property purchase abroad, these ‘rules’ don’t apply.

DonApr 24, 2014 | Don't Just Spend Money... Make Money! We frequently refer to Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula as a ‘hidden gem’. Naturally, those already owning and/or living in this tropical oasis would prefer it stays that way…

Religion in Costa Rica - Take It or Leave ItMar 07, 2014 | Religion in Costa Rica - Take It or Leave It Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, especially the southern area, is still unknown to most people looking to vacation in this country. Stretches of uninterrupted beaches, charming towns and… affordable real estate?

To Work, or Not to Work; Redefining Retirement in Costa Rica...Feb 12, 2014 | To Work, or Not to Work; Redefining Retirement in Costa Rica... ‘The times, they are a’changin…’ Actually, scratch that… ‘The times, they have a’changed…’

Costa RicaJan 24, 2014 | Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula... Maintain Your Sanity, Naturally The Nicoya Peninsula is a beautiful, biologically diverse area of Costa Rica. Well… who are we kidding… these are terms that could easily describe the entire country!

Yes, Costa Rica Has Snakes and Spiders. Get Over it...Jan 07, 2014 | Yes, Costa Rica Has Snakes and Spiders. Get Over it... Just like any other country in the world, Costa Rica has its share of pros and cons. But what it comes down to is how you face and embrace both the good and the bad.

Dec 06, 2013 | 'Jaco-Pulco' - Can I Really Live Here? Restaurants? Check. Nightlife? Check. Grocery stores? Check. Beautiful beaches, towering, lush mountains and breathtakingly majestic sunsets? Check, check and check!

Why Is Everyone Leaving Costa Rica?Nov 26, 2013 | Why Is Everyone Leaving Costa Rica? Costa Rica gets a bad rep… ‘Its overpriced!’, ‘All the developers are scammers!’, ‘It’s dangerous!’ And so on and so forth…

The Cost of Living on Costa RicaNov 08, 2013 | The Cost of Living on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula Downsizing, saving more, spending less and stretching your income or pension are among the top reasons why people consider a move abroad.

WhatOct 25, 2013 | What's Drawing Canadians to Costa Rica? You may be thinking to yourself, “of course Canadians are moving to Costa Rica! They need to get away from their igloos and killer polar bears!” Well… that’s part of it.

Not All Developers in Costa Rica are Cut From the Same Cloth...Oct 08, 2013 | Not All Developers in Costa Rica are Cut From the Same Cloth... Whether you’re surfing the internet, perusing a travel magazine or reading your local newspaper, you’ve likely seen a variety of attention-grabbing tag-lines; ‘Costa Rica’s most successful condo project!’ or ‘buy now for the best deal on Costa Rica real estate!’

Is Costa Rica Still a Sep 16, 2013 | Is Costa Rica Still a 'Good Deal'? So you’re considering a move abroad, either for retirement, to live full-time or to have a tropical escape to call your own during cold, damp winters… excellent!

Costa RicaAug 28, 2013 | Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula - An Ideal Destination for the Young and the Young at Heart As soon as the first frost hits the ground and those dreaded white flakes start to fall, many folks living in the Northern Hemisphere hit the pavement planning their winter getaways.

Live Your Dream Lifestyle in Costa RicaAug 21, 2013 | Live Your Dream Lifestyle in Costa Rica's Southern Zone! Lush jungles cascading down to warm ocean waters gently lapping at soft, endless beaches… charming villages abuzz with activity. This is Costa Rica’s southern zone, and it truly is quintessential Costa Rica.

Organic Agriculture in Costa RicaAug 12, 2013 | Organic Agriculture in Costa Rica The catchphrase ‘No Artificial Ingredients’ is commonly seen on the Costa Rica tourism website and in other various Costa Rican marketing pieces. But it’s not just another ‘slogan’ to describe the pure beauty of this country…

Costa RicaJul 30, 2013 | Costa Rica's 'Blue Zone' - Where Age is Relative Living in a part of the world that has anything and everything at your fingertips, North Americans love the idea of stopping the aging process. And when they either can’t stop it, or can’t afford to stop it, they give up.

Fire Your Boss! And Become Your Own in Costa RicaJul 12, 2013 | Fire Your Boss! And Become Your Own in Costa Rica It’s a tempting thought, isn’t it? To actually fire your boss? It’s certainly not the norm in the world of job hierarchy; but firing your boss and going to work for yourself in one of the world’s most beautiful countries doesn’t put you in the ‘norm’ category...

Small Town Living in Costa RicaJul 10, 2013 | Small Town Living in Costa Rica Do you love sitting in a sea of freeway traffic? Do you get giddy when the weather report says that there’s a ‘smog alert’… for the fifth day in a row? What about being woken up on a nightly basis to sirens screaming by your house? Or perhaps you’re used to them and don’t even wake up anymore…

Questions About Costa Rica? We Have Answers!Jul 02, 2013 | Questions About Costa Rica? We Have Answers! As far as retirement or second home destinations go, Costa Rica is at the top of the list… and continues to maintain it’s place as an ideal country for expats from around the world.

Moving to Costa Rica – It’s All About You!Jun 03, 2013 | Moving to Costa Rica – It’s All About You! Making the decision to live in another country is a big one, and not one that should be taken lightly. But, once that decision is made, it’s hard to stop the ball from rolling! Choosing when to break the news to family and friends, isn’t quite as monumental, but it can be a pretty big deal on it’s own.

Our Obsession With WaterMay 29, 2013 | Our Obsession With Water Obsession may be a strong word. Necessity may be more relevant… but is almost more daunting. The bottom line – water is a worldwide requirement that is taken for granted in the majority of the developed world.

Costa RicaMay 27, 2013 | Costa Rica's Southern Zone - So Much For So Little! Costa Rica’s southern zone is a lush, dramatically landscaped oasis for people looking to visit or purchase a retirement or second home.

Firearms in Costa RicaMay 24, 2013 | Firearms in Costa Rica Lush and fertile tropical jungles, warm Pacific waters, hundreds of exotic birds and wildlife… Costa Rica is almost always synonymous with paradise on earth.

Costa RicaMay 10, 2013 | Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula - Just Waiting for YOU! The adage in Costa Rica is Pura Vida... Pure Life. If you’ve already been lucky enough to visit this beautiful country, you’re well versed with this ‘motto’ – everyone says it and everyone lives by it.

Making Memories in Costa RicaMay 06, 2013 | Making Memories in Costa Rica If you have a family (or even if you don’t) you’re no doubt familiar with the term ‘making memories’. I think there’s even a television commercial that refers to this, showing a mother making cookies with her children…

Costa RicaMay 03, 2013 | Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula - The Real Deal When you think of purchasing a retirement or vacation home, Costa Rica may be on your list, but have you put it on the back-burner?

Costa Rica\Apr 24, 2013 | Costa Rica's Wild Side It ranks number one on the Happy Planet Happiness Index. Quality of life and personal well being are revered and respected.

Costa RicaApr 17, 2013 | Costa Rica's Fight Against GMO's Regardless of whether you’ve been to Costa Rica or not, just the country’s name conjures up images of ripe, juicy fruit such as mangos, pineapples and papaya.

A Hidden Gem in Costa RicaApr 15, 2013 | A Hidden Gem in Costa Rica Recently, a couple of us from Where International were doing some recon work in Costa Rica in preparation for an upcoming Discovery Weekend with Mike and Judy at Pacific Blue in Playa Tambor.

Retiring in Costa RicaApr 10, 2013 | Retiring in Costa Rica's Southern Zone Costa Rica is a gorgeous, safe and affordable destination for a retirement or second home… if you know where to go.

Eating Like a Local in Costa RicaApr 02, 2013 | Eating Like a Local in Costa Rica Dear WI reader, I consider myself a ‘foodie’… and that doesn’t just include eating food, I also enjoy cooking and experimenting with new ingredients and recipes.

You Could Cut Costa Rica From the Rest of the World and it Would Still SurviveMar 27, 2013 | You Could Cut Costa Rica From the Rest of the World and it Would Still Survive Buy why would you want to?! Costa Rica has so much to offer the rest of the world! And that’s just it… the rest of the world may miss having Costa Rica more then Costa Rica would miss the world…

Global Warming (or not?) and Costa RicaMar 22, 2013 | Global Warming (or not?) and Costa Rica Global warming is a very real and very palpable challenge facing our world today.

Unexpected Indulgences in Costa RicaMar 18, 2013 | Unexpected Indulgences in Costa Rica's Southern Zone As the morning sun peeks over the trees and mountains, the familiar sights and sounds of another glorious Costa Rican morning greet you. But it's the smell of fresh-baked bread that may ultimately bring you into the town of Ojochal.

Owning Your Own Business in Costa RicaMar 12, 2013 | Owning Your Own Business in Costa Rica Imagine that you enjoy waking up early. Perhaps you don't even need an alarm clock thanks to the howler monkeys in the trees outside your window.

So You Like To Fish...Mar 07, 2013 | So You Like To Fish... Playa Tambor, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is a beautiful, distinctive, special place.

Discover Costa RicaFeb 19, 2013 | Discover Costa Rica's Southern Zone Six or seven years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find someone to take you to Costa Rica's Southern Zone in the South Pacific.

Playa Tambor, Costa Rica - A Great Place to Raise Your FamilyFeb 15, 2013 | Playa Tambor, Costa Rica - A Great Place to Raise Your Family We tend to talk a lot about building your dream vacation home or retirement home in Costa Rica, and we absolutely will continue to! However, it’s important to know that if you’re looking for a more laid-back lifestyle that allows you to spend more time with your family, Costa Rica should be on your radar…

Turning a Dream into Reality in Costa RicaFeb 13, 2013 | Turning a Dream into Reality in Costa Rica Jackie P. had only been to Costa Rica once before, and it was a whirlwind trip with one of her daughters. She really hadn’t done much travelling in the past two decades due to her farm in Canada requiring 24/7 attention.

Residency in Costa Rica? Read This First!Feb 07, 2013 | Residency in Costa Rica? Read This First! Spending a couple of weeks or even a couple of months in a foreign country is a wonderful way to experience a new culture and – lets face it – escape the cold and snow that a lot of the northern hemisphere lives in for 5 months of the year.

Feb 05, 2013 | Why Costa Rica Should be on Your 'Hit List' Costa Rica is no stranger to visitors and expatriates from around the world, whether it be for a holiday or to live full time.

Discover Costa RicaJan 28, 2013 | Discover Costa Rica's Southern Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica's southern Nicoya Peninsula is an area that is in high demand for those looking for lush, wildlife filled rainforest matched with quaint towns and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Moving to Costa Rica - A Brief OverviewDec 05, 2012 | Moving to Costa Rica - A Brief Overview Are you thinking of moving to Costa Rica? Before taking the huge step of moving to any new country.

Why Just Vacation in Costa Rica When You Can Live There!Dec 04, 2012 | Why Just Vacation in Costa Rica When You Can Live There! Imagine yourself on an amazing tropical beach, bathing in the sunlight, with gentle waves lapping against your toes.

Weather in Costa RicaDec 03, 2012 | Weather in Costa Rica Costa Rica is a beautiful country and it is worth visiting (or even living) for so many reasons! A very important one of them is the weather.

Healthcare in Costa RicaDec 02, 2012 | Healthcare in Costa Rica When you choose to visit a foreign country, or even purchase a home, your first thought may not be about health and dental care.

Important Facts to Know About Costa RicaDec 01, 2012 | Important Facts to Know About Costa Rica Costa Rica is a country that has a lot to prove in various areas, and that's constantly changing. After all, it is not called Costa Rica ("the rich coast" in Spanish) for nothing! It is a country located in Central America and, because of the fact that it is so close to the Equator (9-10 degrees North), it has a perfect tropical climate.

Destination Jaco, Costa RicaNov 30, 2012 | Destination Jaco, Costa Rica The beach in Jaco (Playa Jaco) is one of the most commonly visited locations along the Pacific coast in Costa Rica by both residents and tourists alike.

Exploring the Gold Coast - The Guanacaste RegionNov 29, 2012 | Exploring the Gold Coast - The Guanacaste Region With it's rich, gold beaches, near-perfect climate and endless activity options, it's hard to believe Guanacaste Province wasn't always the popular destination it is today.

Playa Tambor, Costa RicaNov 28, 2012 | Playa Tambor, Costa Rica You’ll find Tambor tucked in the valley of a large and calm bay called the Bahia Ballena – translated it means Whale Bay.

Activities in Tambor, Costa RicaNov 27, 2012 | Activities in Tambor, Costa Rica The Southern Nicoya Peninsula and the Tambor Region offer a plethora of activities for adventure-seekers and relaxation seekers alike.

Myths about Buying a Home in Costa RicaNov 25, 2012 | Myths about Buying a Home in Costa Rica When buying a home in the U.S. or Canada, you have to remember not to take certain things for granted, don't think that certain elements of the buying process will be automatic.

Moving in the Right Direction - Costa Rica\Nov 24, 2012 | Moving in the Right Direction - Costa Rica's Southern Zone Six or seven years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find someone to take you to Costa Rica's Southern Zone in the South Pacific.

Important Facts Any Investor Should Know about Costa Rican Real EstateNov 23, 2012 | Important Facts Any Investor Should Know about Costa Rican Real Estate Costa Rica is a beautiful country in Central America, one among whose landscapes anyone would enjoy living.

Costa RicaNov 22, 2012 | Costa Rica Costa Rica is located in southern Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. Today, the country is known for having the highest standards of living in Central America, as well as the highest literacy rate and the longest lifespan.

Costa Rica - The Happiest Country in the World!Nov 21, 2012 | Costa Rica - The Happiest Country in the World! Costa Rica has once again topped the Happy Planet Index, beating famous contenders such as the US (ranked #105) and Canada (ranked #65).

The Wonderful Beaches of Costa RicaNov 20, 2012 | The Wonderful Beaches of Costa Rica Situated in Central America, Costa Rica has lately become a number one travel destination, which is easy to understand given its bio-diversity, its natural beauty and its wonderful people.

Beaches in Costa Rica - Vacation Destinations That Never Cease to AmazeNov 19, 2012 | Beaches in Costa Rica - Vacation Destinations That Never Cease to Amaze If you feel stuck in a rut at work, tired, in need of a break or a vacation, all of your needs for relaxation, comfort and beauty can be fulfilled in a holiday on the beaches in Costa Rica.

Should You Consider a Home in Costa RicaNov 16, 2012 | Should You Consider a Home in Costa Rica's Central Valley? If you think a home in Costa Rica isn’t an option for you, think again! Whether you’re considering a second home, or a retirement home, Costa Rica is absolutely a country to consider.

Introducing San Jose, Costa RicaNov 15, 2012 | Introducing San Jose, Costa Rica Located in the Central Valley, San Jose is the largest city of the nation and the capital city.

Pura Vida - The Costa Rican Way of LifeNov 14, 2012 | Pura Vida - The Costa Rican Way of Life Widely known for its extraordinary warm atmosphere, Costa Rica represents one of the most popular retirement places in the world.

Why Costa Rica is a Great Market for Real Estate InvestmentsNov 11, 2012 | Why Costa Rica is a Great Market for Real Estate Investments Costa Rica represents not only the ultimate holiday destination but also the ultimate retirement location for many people.

Current Topics

We’re taught from an early age to accept that we can’t have everything we want… that we have to share or compromise. Thankfully, now that you’re an adult, and you’re considering a property purchase abroad, these ‘rules’ don’t apply.
All your ducks are in a row… you bought a corner lot, with spectacular ocean views in a private community.
We frequently refer to Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula as a ‘hidden gem’. Naturally, those already owning and/or living in this tropical oasis would prefer it stays that way…

Where International exists to recommend a variety of International real estate options. Where International requires developers to meet stringent criteria before offering them to you. Conversely, any inspections we conduct on projects or individuals should not be misinterpreted as a guarantee by Where International. International real estate is not immune to the ups and downs that occur in North American real estate; property values are never guaranteed to increase.

Where International is not accountable for the orchestration or deliverance of Discovery Weekends. We provide them to you on behalf of our developer partners. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance, as you would with any trip out of your home country. In addition, we advise you complete your own due diligence, purchase title insurance and always use a local attorney to assist with all transactions. In the event that a reader purchases a property from a recommended developer, Where International receives a sum from the developer.