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There is truly a wealth of information on the internet about Costa Rica.
Here are some links to local sites we are aware of.
If you would like to add to our links, send the info to our Editor.
Updated 8/18/2022
Websites with news and info about Costa Rica

Tico Times,
English language on line newspaper.

QCosta Rica news and more, English language.,
Spanish language Costa Rican news source.

La Nación,
Online version of Spanish language national daily newspaper.

The Costa Rican Times,
English language Costa Rican news source.

ElPais.CRNacionales – Diario Digital Nuestro País
Spanish language Costa Rican news source.

A.M. Costa Rica,
English language Costa Rican news source.

The Costa Rica Star,
English language Costa Rican news source.

Guide to Buying a Property in Costa Rica This online resource originates in Tamarindo but we found it had some really good general advice about buying property here.

Traffic Laws   GREAT article with links to APPS to make living in Costa Rica more comfortable. Thanks to Ivo and Brooke for putting together this great info!

GAM Cultural keeps track of cultural events happening in San Jose. Their site is in Spanish but it's pretty easy to navigate - film, theatre, dance, exhibits, workshops - events are listed with locations and cost of event. A GREAT resource!!

Daily weather forecast including tide info and a host of other useful info can be found (in Spanish) at  Weather outlook

The most important rules when hiring domestic help in Costa Rica: 

Excel spreadsheet for calculating employee Christmas bonuses: 

Official Costa Rican rules for paying vacation days and holidays: 

The Association of Residents of Costa
Membership organization assisting those living or retiring in Costa Rica, as well as those considering moving to Costa Rica.

Online magazine devoted to retirement living in Costa Rica; discussion forum.

Gringo Central San Ramon
Provides opportunities to its members (Gringos, Ticos, and visitors from all over the world) to attend events, join in activities, etc.
George Lundquist's tours for the "not so rich" considering retirement in Costa Rica.

If you own a corporation in Costa Rica, you can view taxes owed on your corporation on the web site of the National Registry

Expat - for those thinking of relocating.
Links to key official Costa Rica business Facebook pages

Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR)

Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Social Security Administration)

Cruz Roja Costarricense  (Red Cross and Ambulance  Service)

Direccion General de Migracion y ExtranjerÌa Costa Rica (Immigration)

(Post-secondary technical education) 

Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (MIDES-INJU)
Part of the ministry of social development is the institute of youth development.

Instituto Nacional de Seguros (National Insurance Administration)

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (Labor Ministry)

Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI)
(national children's trust) 
DefensorÌa de los Habitantes (ombudsman)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Foreign Services Post in Costa Rica is located at the US Embassy in San Jose. This office is best known as Federal Benefits Unit, as it also provides services for other agencies such as the Veterans Administration and the Office of Personnel Management. If this is your closet point of contact for these agencies, please find below a detail of contact information. The embassy now operates on an appointment only system, you can find details on their site.
Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) U.S. Embassy San Jose 
Phone number (506) 2519-2228
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m.
Email address: to set up an appointment.
Qué Pasa Subscriber Websites

Grecia Real Estate - Chris Schoo

Ivo's blog is a blog-site that will help you understand the intricacies of living Costa Rica. Topics like adjusting to a new culture and language, taxes, health and medical services, how to get a bank account and residency issues are part of the due diligence before moving to Costa Rica are published on Ivo’s blog every Sunday. You will love TicoNuevo guest blogger’s articles, too.

Easy Times  The Easy Times publishes every Tuesday and is a real estate oriented blog by the American European Real Estate Group with over 30 affiliate agents from coast to coast. On this blog, you will not only find articles about the different communities in Costa Rica but also about golf courses, beaches, moving to Costa Rica related blogs, residency issues, banking issues as well as living in Costa Rica related blogs.

Paul & Gloria Yeatman have a website that has been active for more than five years and has a lot of useful information about retiring in Costa Rica. Note that they have now moved on from this project and this site will at some point be taken down. Here is a link:

Judith Bliss has a website to assist street dogs and poorer pet owners in Rosario, which is near Sarchi and Naranjo.

Laurel's Originals - Laurel Anderson's website for hand painted custom art for interior decor. Rugs, canvas bags and a lot more. Incredible, original work!
Facebook Pages & Groups of Interest to ExPats

Blaxit Radio.  Through radio excellence we will create a unique community resource​ designed specifically for the needs of the Blaxit community, one that promotes connections​, ​fosters a sense of belonging and provides a diverse array of programming.
Streaming on the internet from Costa

Costa Rica Crime Watch page. Sharing crime facts with an eye to making CR a safer place to live. 

Sarchi Resources: 
Blooms Costa Rica 
Where to Buy in Costa Rica/Donde comprar en Costa Rica
Periódico Mi Tierra - newspaper of Grecia
Costa Rica Uncensored
Pura Vida 
North Americans Living in Costa Rica
North Americans in Costa Rica - Free your Mind 
Gringo Expats in Costa Rica
Buy/Sell Costa Rica Expats, English Only.
Irina and Jim Just's personal and very subjective occasional blog about life, fun and interesting experiences living in el Cajón de Grecia, Costa Rica - Just Costa Rica | Living la pura vida
This resource provides information for anyone interested in undertaking an online cooking course to improve their basic cooking abilities, through to gaining full-on professional kitchen experience.