Posted by: Bob Fisher | May 9, 2009

Retirement and Long-term Stays in Costa Rica, with David Maguire


headphonesymbol50… Chatting with David Maguire about Costa Rica

Photo source: “Costa Rica: No Artificial Ingredients” (The Official Tourism Website of Costa Rica)

The big step

Leaving home can sometimes be a scary venture. Retiring away from home, even though it may be in a country as eco-rich as Costa Rica, can be equally daunting.

David Maguire however has done it, and loves to talk about it.

Officially Costa Rica is the República de Costa Rica and its official language is of course Spanish. The capital city is San José. It gained its independence (from Spain) on September 15, 1821 and one of this nations current Presidents, Oscar Arias Sánchez, was also a Nobel Peace Prize-winner “for his work for peace in Central America, efforts which led to the accord signed in Guatemala on August 7, 1987.”

The nation has total area of 51,100 km² and a current population of 4.13 million. Its currency is the Colón (CRC). Costa Rica is also one of the few countries in the world that does not have an army; and has invested its “defence” budget on free education.

Explored initially by the Spanish early in the 16th century, the first attempts at colonization were unsuccessful for many reasons, among which were diseases originating in mosquito-infested swamps, the hot climate, and resistance to colonization by natives. Pirate raids in the area also proved to be a major problem.

In 1563, however, a permanent settlement was established in Cartago which lies in the cooler and very fertile central highlands. Since the late 19th century, the country has seen only two brief periods of violence, but continued a consistent democratic development. Costa Rica has a large agricultural sector on which its economy is based, and this is strongly augmented by the technology and tourism sectors. The country is known for its relatively high standard of living where land ownership is also widespread.

According to the U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs — October 2006), Costa Rica is “a democratic republic with a strong system of constitutional checks and balances” and has “long emphasized the development of democracy and respect for human rights.”

The fact that it has no standing army means that it also has avoided the “political intrusiveness” by the military experienced by other countries in the region.

Known as one of the best ecotourism destinations in the Americas, one quarter of Costa Rica’s land is set aside as national forests, and many of them often lie next to the country’s famed and scenic beaches.


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