Costa Rican costs vary. To get reasonable rents, one stays away from the Gringo strongholds. I live in Atenas and pay $700.mo for a house with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and lots of open space for a huge LR (most are small), a "den" off the LR, another space for a DR (actually I have a 5-ft round table there, 1 hall for miscellaneous things (the depth of the house), and 1 garden and patio off the den, where I have my computer. Excellent wall space for my bookcases (which would not fit in the ordinary Tican house), Some folks say $700 is too high, but I am very pleased with the space. Not at all claustrophobic . .. and within walking distance to town.
I live on a social security check of $937/mo, That covers rent, my utilities, and some if not all of my foods. GoogleAds on my website sends me another $100-150 every two months, and my royalties are like small monthly annuities.
I got here July 2009. In Feb 2010, I filed my pensioner's residency application. It was approved a few weeks ago (early Nov.). That was not bad. Some expats never file for residency. They drive to Nicaragua or Panama every 90 days to get their passport stamp showing they exited CR and after an hour or two drive back and get their passport stamped showing they re-entered CR/
Some stay for a few days and sightsee or visit friends there.
Thanks for the add, Vincent. Now I have to figure out how to get your new digital book. Since I have moved to Costa Rica, I rely on digital editions, given that Amazon doesn't send books to CR. Fortunately not only did I stuff my container with 39 boxes of.favorite tomes, all of which arrived in good shape, a Gringo restaurant down here maintains a library filled with another 1000 or so books donated by expat customers. So, despite Amazon's policy, paper-lovers, like myself, can still have something to huddle with in bed before having sweet dreams!
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