Drive To Costa Rica 101 Animals Q: I am moving to Costa Rica and debating flying or driving…taking my time and taking a few things from home. Do you think travel with 2 big dogs will be a problem? What about pulling a trailer? A: Take an inventory of the things you are taking and […]
What to take the adventure of a lifetime?
Yes, we all do!
Most people dream of travel but they never do it . . . only 3% of Americans travel to Costa Rica!
Are you one of them?
In fact, less than 40% of the USA population even has a passport.
But you are different . . .
Ever dream about visiting Mexico and Central America in your own vehicle?
Maybe even with your dog?
Let me tell you, this trip will CHANGE your life.
In fact, you just being here is already different, you could easily be posting on Facebook but you are thinking about adventure.
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Effective September 23, 2014 there is a new compulsory insurance law in Mexico. Any person operating a vehicle on Mexico Federal Highways is required to carry minimum liability insurance coverage.
Costa Rican officials have officially announced a tax reduction that aims to not only lower the price of used cars but to also reduce pollution caused by older cars. The current (old) import taxes brakes down as follows: New Cars and vehicles up to 3 years old = 30% Tax Vehicles from 4-5 years old […]
I have been traveling to Baja for 35 years—it is likely the one place on the planet that has served up some of the best waves of my life. For the last few years Baja has been plagued with negative media and unwelcoming stories. Coyote Adventures, started by Ivan Feerman, was born out of one […]
MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive. Surfing provided the only respite. “The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” […]
The Drive The drive through Mexico and Central America is a wonderful experience, however, it’s not an adventure for everyone. What type of person would like this sort of trip? First and foremost, you go to like to drive—if the open road turns you on then this is a great trip for you. Even through […]
Living in Costa Rica for an extended period of time requires that you qualify for and establish legal residency. If you also want to work in Costa Rica, you will need a form of residency that permits you to do so. Currently the ONLY form of residency that allows you to work in Costa Rica is […]
Recently there has been a war between the various drug groups which hasn’t helped the image of Mexico—the reality is that you MUST be careful traveling through certain areas of Mexico. The Northern Baja State Police, and the Green Angels have increased patrols between TJ and Esenada and areas near the boarder crossing. Rosarito has […]
Thanks to Christi and Crispian for sending in this update on traveling with the pups. Just a note about traveling with dogs, we are on the way back from 5 months in Central America with two very well-behaved dachshunds, and more than 50% of the time, we stayed in hotels. It is hardest in large cities, […]
New Organization Helps Protect Costa Rican Coast
While it is possible for you to sell your car after driving to Costa Rica, possibly even make some profit, it is certainly not without its difficulties. The average customs tax on cars in C.R. is close to 55% of what an American would consider to be the value.
Today the Wall Street Journal wrote about the escalating violence near the border and now there seems to be all this fear that it will spill over into the US and they (they that are in power) are talking about sending troops to beef up security. I am sure if you are thinking about a […]
Latin American Driving Habits Mexican and Central American drivers make driving in the cities a bit frustrating for visitors from above the border. Obedience to basic traffic laws seems to depend upon if a policeman is watching or not OR if you are a Gringo (haha, really). For example, if you stop for a red […]
By Scott Stewart This week’s Geopolitical Intelligence Report provided a high-level assessment of the economic forces that affect how the Mexican people and the Mexican government view the flow of narcotics through that country. Certainly at that macro level, there is a lot of money flowing into Mexico and a lot of people, from bankers and […]
Costa Rica is a country recognized as one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth, and the Southern Zone is the most diverse area within the entire country, in geography, climate, wildlife, culture and social life.
RETIRING IN COSTA RICA JUST GOT EASIER A new inclusive retirement package comes complete with Costa Rican residency. Retirement and a life abroad have been made simpler. Inclusive one-stop-shop packages have become a popular option for many looking to reward a lifetime of hard work with Costa Rica’s pura vida. For example Turnkey’s Retirement Packages […]
The points system is defined in the Law of Transit, and goes from article 134 up to 139, where it contemplates the procedures, sanctions and motives for which the licenses are being revoked
ZIKA VIRUS: FAQ First H1N1, now Zika? Read about the world’s latest epidemic in TCRN’s FAQ. Earlier today, the World Health Organization declared Zika a global health emergency. While the virus certainly existed prior to 2015, it is now said to be “spreading explosively” across the Americas. According to the U.S. CDC: “Zika virus will […]
WHY 2016 WILL BE A GOOD YEAR FOR BUSINESS IN COSTA RICA A series of business reforms headed by Costa Rican government have improved the nation’s overall competitiveness says a recent report. Over the last five years, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Mexico have recorded the most business reforms in all Latin America and the Caribbean. […]
THE TOP 5 BIG COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN COSTA RICA Costa Rica is well known to have some of the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean coast, boasting miles and miles of sandy shores. In addition to being a leader in ecological, sustainable development, this country is one of the very […]
Can a simple move really make you into a healthier person? In our last few months of traveling about Costa Rica, we noticed that a large number of expats fit into one big category — retirees. In conversations with couples from all over the States, we’re hearing the same praises: I’ve lost 50 lbs since […]
Mexican authorities have arrested three gang members and are searching for two more accused of robbing and killing two Australian surfers on a highway in Sinaloa. The Chevy van in which Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, both 33, were driving was last sighted by a highway toll booth camera at 2:23am on November 21. Soon […]
Mexico and its Rich Heritage and Culture – Mexico Travel Guide Mexico is the land of Ancient Pyramids, Stunning Coastline and a rather famous tipple. Mexican culture is a hugely diverse domain that encompasses vast differences in identity. The Mexican History has various influences, starting from the ancient Mayan civilization to the domineering European presence, […]
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