Longtime Costa Rican citizen and Tico Times columnist Christopher Howard publishes 19e edition of its popular relocation / retirement guide
Over 40 years ago Christopher Howard made his maiden voyage to Costa Rica and it was love at first sight. I lived and studied in Mexico, but his dream was to find his piece of paradise in another part of Latin America. Costa Rica turned out to be the perfect fit.
He moved here in 1980 and the rest is history. Within a few years, he founded a successful language institute, but his life took a 180-degree turn. In 1988, while reading an advertisement in an American publication for a book on retirement in Mexico, he realized that such a guide did not exist for Costa Rica.
So he put together a little 100 page booklet on the move here. Slowly but surely and after 18 successful editions, its guide has evolved and improved to become what it is today.
Christopher has just completed updating the new edition of the 788-page guide, “The New Golden Gate to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica – The Official Guide to Relocation. Like all of Howard’s books on Latin America, this new edition is published by his company, Costa Rica Books SA
All nuts and bolts, proven tips, insider information, and contacts are included to make the move relatively seamless.
The book contains fourteen well-organized chapters that cover a variety of topics in detail: the land and history of Costa Rica, choosing where to live, saving money, earning money, healthcare, starting a business , real estate, paperwork, residence, keeping busy and happy, communications, travel, education (tips for learning Spanish and language schools), more useful information, thoughts and tips and resources.
In addition, there are anecdotes about expats’ experiences when living here and mentors with practical advice.
A previous edition appeared on the cover of The publishers’ weekly annual travel edition and was a candidate for Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Publishers Group for an exceptional independent edition.
Due to the popularity of his books, Christopher began offering unique relocation / retirement trips to Costa Rica in the early 1990s. For more details see: www.liveincostarica.com.