This Week in Costa Rica

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This Week in Costa Rica is a weekly, online radio program and podcast by US expat, Dan Stevens

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Visiting Cuba & Why I Decided to Leave Costa Rica

This Week in Costa Rica will feature each week a news portion in which Dan and Rico will talk about the happenings in and around the land of "Pura Vida". With over 30 years of living in Costa Rica between the two it give a unique insight into life in CR.

Rico from QCostaRica and Dan start by talking about the weather in Costa Rica and then have a dialog about their recent life events.

First off is a discussion about Rico's recent trip to Cuba.  We talk about his experience there, what it was like travelling around Havanna, the cost of living and what he liked and disliked about the country.  As for now it is a great place to visit but not on Rico's list of places he would want to live.

Then Dan talks about his decision to head back to the USA. Although he has had a great run in Costa Rica it was time for him to try to find a place where he could actually save a little money for retirement.  We discuss the difficulties of making money in Costa Rica and how the cost of living has increased in recent years.

With 8 + years in Costa Rica under his belt it was time to try to find financial stability which is often tough to obtain in the land of "Pura Vida." For retirement if you have a rest egg Costa Rica can be the place of your dreams, but for someone trying to make a living it can be a nightmare.

The radio show will continue and we will continue talking about news and information for all those expats living in and coming to Costa Rica.

What Do You Know About the New CAJA Changes in Costa Rica?

This Week in Costa Rica will feature each week a news portion in which Dan and Rico (qCostaRicawill talk about the happenings in and around the land of "Pura Vida". With over 30 years of living in Costa Rica between the two it give a unique insight into life in CR.

Dan and Rico hit some hot topics that have come up over the past week, including a tragedy that hit the Pacific waters of Costa Rica.

1. The Sinking of the "Pura Vida Princess", 3 Deaths
2. Expensive Tourism in Costa Rica
3. Relationship Between China & Costa Rica
4. Multinationals Closing Shop in Costa Rica; Wendy's & Coca Cola
5. Traffic Solution for San Jose

This is followed by an interview with Rafael Valverde from Outlier Legal who will talk about the recent changes to CAJA and how these changes affect expats in Costa Rica, if at all. What you read on Facebook is not always true.

 For more information about this program, or to become a guest or sponsor, please write in at info@thisweekincostrica.com. Thanks for the support of our wonderful sponsors; Robert Clark InsuranceAnti-Aging and Wellness Clinic, and Outlier Legal Services.

Rebecca Clower of Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica

This week Corey and Dan of The Costa Rican Times speak on:

  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) would like to have a single global standard by which countries share tax information.
  • The Russia’s ambassador in Managua verified that Russia would like to construct a military resupply base in Nicaragua.
  • The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) announced that the UN allocated $3.7 million to the conservation and sustainability of 11 protected wetlands in Costa Rica.
  • Drug traffickers transported 2,500 kgs (about 5,500 lbs) of cocaine inside a container of pineapples, from Costa Rica to Algeciras in the southern region of Spain.

Interview: Rebecca Clower of Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica

Rebecca Clower - Blue Water Properties Costa Rica

Rebecca Clower - Blue Water Properties Costa Rica

Since 2003, I have worked as a Licensed Realtor in Tampa, Florida and currently live in Costa Rica and own a Real Estate & Property Management company called Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica with our main office located near Playa Conchal in Guanacaste. Our tour agency, Blue Water Adventures, is based out of our Tamarindo office. We have 4 offices in total in Conchal, Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande and Playa Negra to better serve our clients.

Our company has a full-service Vacation rental division for long and short-term luxury rentals at the beach. We currently employ 5 real estate agents, and 10 full time office support staff and like to think of our company as truly different. Catering to our clients every need in our #1 priority. Without an MLS in Costa Rica to search for properties, it’s important to work with licensed Professionals who will not only show you their inventory, but that of the competition. We are a unique company in that the broker is a Licensed Realtor in the USA (Florida ).

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We are also members of NAR (National Association of Realtors) and CRGAR (Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors). I have been nominated as one of the “Top 100 Realtors in Costa Rica by the VIP Members of the www.WeLoveCostaRica.com website” and also have my CIPS designation (Certified International Property Specialist). I am a Board Member of CRGAR and have been featured on several episodes of HGTV’s new show called “Live Here, Buy This” and “House Hunters International”. We specialize in residential, commercial, development, vacation rentals and tours.

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I am deeply rooted in everything Costa Rica, as my mother, including most of my family is from this beautiful country. My ability to speak fluent English and Spanish helps weave the way in the country. Our websites: www.bwpcr.com, www.bluewateradventuretours.com. Also visit us on FB and Twitter!

Thanks for the support of our wonderful sponsors; Robert Clark InsuranceAnti-Aging and Wellness Clinic,Croc’s Casino and ResortThe Costa Rica StarGlobal TESOL College, and Podfly Productions LLC.

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Teach ESL in Costa Rica and Abroad

Located in beautiful   Jacó   beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, you can study while having easy access to all of the country’s culture and physical beauty. As you prepare to teach English abroad you will be living the dream of staying at the beach at one of our beautiful, centrally located accommodation options in downtown   Jacó  .

Located in beautiful Jacó beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, you can study while having easy access to all of the country’s culture and physical beauty. As you prepare to teach English abroad you will be living the dream of staying at the beach at one of our beautiful, centrally located accommodation options in downtown Jacó.

This week, Corey opens the show with a brief rundown of his new private health insurance policy.  When having CAJA coverage is simply not enough, signing up for a plan that covers your medical needs both in Costa Rica and abroad is considered a must.  (Follow Corey on Twitter at @ThisWeekinCR)

Segment two brings Dan Stevens from the Costa Rican Times to discuss Johnny Araya bowing out of the presidential campaign, Solis’ talk of not hitting the carbon neutral goals set by the previous administration, Forbes opening offices in Costa Rica, and the national lacrosse team making their way to the world championships.  (Follow Dan on Twitter at @CostaRicanTimes)

For the second half of the program, Corey calls PanAm Post columnist and former Global TESOL director, Andrew Woodbury.  Andrew shares his continuing travels in ESL beyond Costa Rica with and overview of his new position teaching English in Toronto, Canada.  For many who receive certification to teach English abroad, the consideration for making it a career option at home is often overlooked.  Andrew shares his initial experiences teaching at home to foreign learners.  (Follow Andrew on Twitter at @A_W10)

Finally, Corey welcomes the new director and lead instructor at Global TESOL, Elizabeth Farrar.  Ms. Farrar hails from Springfield, Illinois and holds an MA in TESOL and degree in linguistics.  She shares some of her experiences as both and ESL teacher worldwide, as well as her thoughts on taking a new position training teachers in Jacó beach, Costa Rica.  (Follow Elizabeth on Twitter @GofarRar)

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Jungle Jam 2014 | Bitcoin | Samara Info Center | 10 Degrees Above

This week Corey kicks off the program with Lisle Head of Daystar Properties.  Lisle and Corey discuss some of the activities to do around Jacó, including the 4th annual Jungle Jam concert.  Event organizer, Eric, comes into studio to talk with Corey about the band lineup, accommodations, and how to secure tickets to this extremely limited event.

Dan Stevens from The Costa Rican Times calls up for a chat about Bitcoin gaining traction in Costa Rica, the Carbon Credit Bank opening for exchanges, and the recent buzz about tourists being deported.

Samara is a very popular destination for a lot of expats and travelers alike.  To get a better perspective on the area, Corey calls up Brenda, co-founder of the Samara Info Center to talk about what makes that area so attractive to everyone from vacationers to families to retirees.

Finally, Corey calls over to Kimberly at 10 Degrees Above to talk about their recent articles in AM Costa Rica on Carnival in Limon.  Kim and her husband manage a finca on the lush Caribbean side of Costa Rica in a little town named San Miguel.   The Huffington Post featured their article Tips for photographing the U.S. National Parks, the couples adventures have been featured in the Tico Times they recently published in A.M. Costa Rica, an English language news source.

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