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Costa Rica BookStore

Planning to have a home in, or retire to Costa Rica? Here are a selection of books that will provide you with lots of the information you need




INDEX (click to go the area of interest to you)

Moving to and Living in Costa Rica

Purchasing Real Estate in Costa Rica

Learning Spanish (includes online courses)

Costa Rica Travel Guides

Costa Rica Maps

Travel (Flights, Car Rental, Hotel Reservations, etc.)





Moving to and Living in Costa Rica

The Definitive Guide to Expat Life in Costa Rica

If you're thinking about making an escape from the rat-race, whether for political or mental and physical health reasons, or all of the above, this little guide was written just for you! In it you'll find guidance on topics like...

  • the 4 C's of Costa Rica Expat Living: Climate, Culture, Convenience and Context;
  • the Nuts and Bolts of finding and buying your dream home in Costa Rica;
  • the Nuts and Bolts of how to actually integrate and immerse in the Costa Rica culture;
  • Odds and Ends on living the Costa Rica Expat life;
  • humorous anecdotes from the author, who shows you what not to do!

The author, David Scott Bowers, is a 16-year veteran Costa Rica expat, vacation designer, expat tour guide and Costa Rica real estate agent. He has been there and done it and he wrote this book to show how you can do the same and really enjoy it. This is your guidebook to the Pura Vida life!

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House Carers

House Sitters needed for House Sitting and House Caring in Costa Rica and worldwide. House Carers has been matching House Sitters and homes worldwide since 2000. A useful source of free accomodation for responsible adults - what better way to explore the realities of living in Costa Rica

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The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

Since publishing his bestselling The Blue Zones, longevity expert and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has discovered a new Blue Zone and launched a major public health initiative to transform cities based on principles from this book. The Blue Zones, Second Edition is completely updated and expands his bestselling classic on longevity, drawing on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities--Blue Zones--around the globe (includining Costa Rica) to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-coping practices that will add years to your life and life to your years.

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Costa Rica: The Complete Guide, Eco-Adventures in Paradise

From pristine beaches and jungle waterfalls to high-altitude coffee plantations, award-winning author and photographer James Kaiser shows readers the best of Costa Rica, including the country's stunning collection of national parks. Filled with rich details and hundreds of high-quality color photographs, this guide, which provides fascinating chapters on the country's unique history, culture, ecology, and wildlife, is sure to appeal to anyone looking for more than just restaurant and hotel reviews. Giving travelers everything they need to plan an unforgettable trip, this resource also includes a "Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Cultural Misunderstanding" that helps visitors avoid common, and potentially embarrassing, cultural mistakes.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica

Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving has three parts. Part One tells Arden Rembert's story: The Mainers Move to Costa Rica. Peek into our lives as we have the idea to move, investigate it, then really do it. Some funny stories, lots of practical advice. In part Two Arden discusses The Ins and Outs of Shipping and it answers the complete question "What about your stuff?" Whether to ship, what to ship, and how to ship. Gain the benefit of Arden's mistakes and experience helping countless clients move to Costa Rica. Part Three, cleverly named More Useful Stuff is filled with, you guessed it, useful stuff – research and resources, advice on how to choose a place to live, sample budgets, a "reality check" on whether this move makes sense for you, and finally a few stories from folks who moved here and then went back.

You can Click Here! to buy your copy of the eBook Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica for only $17.95 direct from Arden.

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Happier Than A Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week

As seen on CNN.com.

"I came across this blog while reading Forbes online and enjoyed the first class writing. It reminded me of, and was in the same big league as A Year in Provence" -Okfine response to Chapter "Pink Houses, Clouds, & Crazy People"

"I had to grab the Kleenex box on this one, as I laughed so much I literally cried! I am so happy for you, that you are "living" your life and truly enjoying it." -Lana response to Chapter "Stop...Or My Husband Will Shoot"

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Happier Than A Billionaire: The Sequel

Happier Than A Billionaire: The Sequel continues the journey of one couple's adventures in Costa Rica. Follow the author and her husband as they move to the beach to build their dream home. Although the seafood is fresh and the sunsets are golden, it doesn't take long for Nadine to find that this process won't come easy, even when living in one of the prettiest places on earth. In the midst of it all, Nadine entertains her parents and mother-in-law, kayaks crocodile-infested waters, and obsesses over howler monkeys that reside above her neighbor's house. She also discovers that not all dreams come in the form of brick and mortar. Some appear after taking a chance when all odds are against you.

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Happier Than A Billionaire: The Escape Manual (Volume 3)

The Escape Manual is your guide for moving to, living in, or traveling through Costa Rica. In this perfect blend of information and entertainment, Nadine Hays Pisani answers all of your questions in her patented comedic style. She introduces you to her colorful cast of characters as you laugh your way through reading about how to obtain residency, avoid crime, get a driver’s license, meet a trustworthy attorney, find quality healthcare, choose an area that is right for you, and much much more. Nadine interviews friends and experts on a wide variety of Costa Rican topics that are sure to be of interest to any aspiring expatriate. You’ll never have so much fun while learning the steps it takes to move to one of the happiest countries on earth.

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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica

'If you want to live or invest in Costa Rica, READ this book.' -- Wall Street Journal -

'Here is the primer for retirees or anyone searching for a foreign home.' -- Jerry Flemmons, Travel Editor, Fort Worth Star-Telegram'

'Reading this book is like having lived in Costa Rica. Mr. Howard brings his readers a book that will become a classic.' -- Shirley Miller, Costa Rican Outlook newsletter

'The Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica offers helpful advice to any would-be resident of Costa Rica.' -- Mary Ellen Botter, Travel Editor, Denver Post

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Moon Living Abroad in Costa Rica

Erin Van Rheenen has made the move to Costa Rica herself, and in Moon Living Abroad Costa Rica, she uses her know-how to provide insight and firsthand advice on navigating the language and culture of this beautiful country. Erin outlines all the information you need — including how to obtain visas, arrange finances, set up your daily life, gain employment, and choose schools — in a smart, organized, and straightforward manner, making planning the move abroad manageable. The guide also includes practical advice for a variety of needs and budgets on how to rent or buy a home, whether it’s a condo in the San José suburb of Escazú, a wooden house in coastal Tortuguero, or a mountain retreat with a view of Arenal Volcano. With color and black-and-white photos, illustrations, and maps to help you find your bearings, Moon Living Abroad Costa Rica makes the transition process easy for tourists, business people, adventurers, students, teachers, professionals, families, couples, and retirees looking to relocate.

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Purchasing Real Estate in Costa Rica

Christopher Howard's Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica

If you have any questions about buying, renting or building property in Costa Rica, Christopher Howard's Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica will help. All sixteen chapters of the book are useful. The detailed advice seems to derive from the point of view of the experts. It is evident Howard, Krupp and Whipp have observed and experienced the process of property ownership in Costa Rica, and that the book was crafted to pass along their wisdom. --Adam Williams, Tico Times Real Estate Supplement Feb 26, 2010

The most comprehensive guide to buying real estate in Costa Rica and, indeed, in any Latin American country. --Peronet Depeignes, former economic correspondent, Fortune Magazine

Mr. Howard could be the Buddha of Costa Rica real estate. You don t have to be enlightened to see how much work and wisdom have gone into this book. --- Perry Garfinkel, longtime New York Times contributor

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Phil Baker's Costa Rica Now - A Travel Guide to Living and Owning in Paradise

Costa Rica Now is an all-in-one Travel Guide to Living and Owning in Paradise. It is really three books in one designed to help its readers find the area that suits them best, understand the Costa Rican culture and provide information gained from firsthand experience about buying and owning property in Costa Rica. This comprehensive travel guide includes an introduction detailing why so many are moving to and investing in Costa Rica. Next is the unique trademarked WABIA Livability Index that familiarizes you quickly with the countrys main regions (WABIA is an acronym for Weather Access, Beauty, Infrastructure, Amenities). Costa Ricas Six Unique Regions is the first part of the book and a real estate travel guide that covers over 100 towns throughout the nation. The second part is Live the Dream, which provides cultural insights and facts about Costa Rica accumulated from the authors extensive firsthand experience. The third part of the book is the Costa Rica Owners Manual, which provides information regarding purchasing property in Costa Rica. The Resource section provides phone numbers and websites to over 150 hotels featured in the book plus information on Shopping, Schools and Medical, etc. The book includes a Glossary of Spanish terms and a comprehensive Index.

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Residency and Citizenship through Investment

This 233-page, 2015 edition, ebook examines the prospect of obtaining foreign residency and a 2nd citizenship by making an investment in any one of 28 selected countries and the province of Quebec in Canada. It explains how to live, do business (or do nothing), retire and enjoy a good standard of living in exotic, low-key and sunny islands such Grenada, Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and Mauritius; tropical Central American states such as Belize, Costa Rica and Panama; EU-member states such as Spain, Portugal, Malta, the UK, Hungary, Latvia and Cyprus; Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Quebec in Canada.

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Learning Spanish (includes online courses)

Official Guide to Costa Rican Spanish

An innovative one-of-a-kind guidebook for Costa Rican-style Spanish. It is specifically written and designed for travelers and above all English-speaking residents of the country to learn the nuances of the local language. It contains practical pronunciation exercises to help you sound like a native Spanish speaker, useful expressions for everyday situations you may encounter in Costa Rica, tips and short cuts for learning Spanish, vocabulary including business and legal terms, social situations, a SHORT English/Spanish - Spanish-English dictionary and more. This guide is the ONLY source for Costa Rican slang and expressions (tiquismos) in English. If you are thinking of moving to Costa Rica this book is a MUST in order to survive. Because of its handy size it can easily fit easily in a pocket or purse so you can have it with you at all times as you work your way through Costa Rica's linguistic jungle. Readers should NOT expect a complete course in learning the Spanish Language NOR a textbook but a practical introduction to Costa Rican-style Spanish.

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Learning Spanish Like Crazy

Learn authentic Latin American Spanish using their unique system. Focussed on conversational Latin American Spanish, learn like crazy and speak like a Tico

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Learning Spanish Like Crazy (Level 2)

Take your Spanish to the next level with Learing Spanish Like Crazy (level 2). The companion course to Learning Spanish Like Crazy.

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Learning Spanish Like Crazy (Level 3)

Take your Spanish to fluency with Learing Spanish Like Crazy (level 3). The companion course to Learning Spanish Like Crazy and Learning Spanish Like Crazy (level 2).

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Shortcut to Spanish

A 31-day course that shows you how to communicate in Spanish using thousands of Spanish words you already know. This course is ideal if you want to quickly learn to communicate in Spanish and provides an excellent basis for more detailed Spanish lessons.

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Rocket Spanish

A full and detailed online Spanish Course. If you are planning to move to Costa Rica and want to have the complete Costa Rica experience and speak Spanish like a Tico this is a must have.

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Costa Rica Travel Guides

Top 10 Costa Rica Itineraries

Make travel planning fast and easy with Top 10 Costa Rica Itineraries. Costa Rica travel experts Matthew Houde and Jennifer Turnbull show you the best of Costa Rica in ten customized itineraries. The goal of this straightforward guide is to help you jump-start the planning process. Simply pick an itinerary based on your interests (e.g., wildlife, beaches, family travel) to discover where to visit in one or two weeks. Each itinerary (1) provides a general overview of destinations so that you know what to expect, (2) highlights the must-see activities and attractions, and (3) recommends the best order for your travels. A Transportation Guide answers your questions about how to get around and provides the main transportation options for each itinerary

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Moon Costa Rica (Moon Handbooks)

Award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker shows travelers the way to the best of Costa Rica—whether it's surfing the beaches of Golfo Dulce, hiking in Corcovado National Park, or dining in the upscale Escazu barrio in San Jose. Along with his in-depth coverage, Baker includes unique trip ideas, including The 21-Day Best of Costa Rica, The Offbeat Experience, and Seven Days for Active Vacationers. Complete with details on the best beaches for surfing and a variety of opportunities to get outdoors, Moon Costa Rica gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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Lonely Planet Costa Rica (Country Guide)

“In Costa Rica, trails lead to rushing waterfalls, mist-covered volcanoes and deserted beaches. Regardless of which you choose, this tropical playland is a feast for the senses.” – Nate Cavalieri, Lonely Planet Writer

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Frommers Costa Rica 2014 (Frommers Color Complete)

Full-color throughout, with a free full-color foldout map and a new Natural World chapter with photos. With Frommer's in hand, you'll experience the wonder of Costa Rica's amazing biodiversity, as we point out the best places to see hundreds of unique, colorful species of animals and plants. Personally researched by a longtime resident, it's the only truly up-to-date guide that gives you such in-depth coverage of this fast-changing country, with recommended accommodations in every price category. This edition also features a new itinerary highlighting the best of undiscovered Costa Rica. Insightful commentary and opinionated reviews. You'll visit rugged wilderness preserves and sleepy beach towns, spectacular orchid gardens and mineral hot springs at the foot of a steaming volcano. There are adventures here to suit all ages and abilities: swooping from treetop platform to treetop platform on a canopy tour, taking a dip in a jungle swimming hole, spotting playful spider monkeys as you hike through lush foliage, windsurfing on Lake Arenal, or watching endangered sea turtles nest on the beach.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Costa Rica

From lush rainforests and sprawling beaches, to majestic jaguars and beautiful scarlet macaws, Costa Rica offers travelers a unique and vibrant experience. Perfect for novice or seasoned travelers, Eyewitness Costa Rica is packed with illustrations and photographs — as well as full-color maps, 3-D models, and comprehensive hotel and restaurant listings. New in this edition is a fifty-two-page field guide to Costa Rica's fascinating and varied wildlife and habitats, providing detailed information on local species, national parks and preserves, plus practical tips on how to plan your trip and photograph wildlife. With more than two million people visiting Costa Rica each year, Eyewitness Costa Rica is sure to appeal to everyone who wants to experience the best this diverse country has to offer.

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Costa Rica Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (Pocket Naturalist Guide Series)


With its wide variety of habitats, Costa Rica is home to over 500,000 species of wildlife (over 300,000 of which are insects). This travel destination nature guide will be appreciated by eco-tourists, adventurers and travelers alike. Costa Rican Wildlife is filled with beautiful illustrations highlighting over 140 familiar species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Lightweight, it conveniently folds to fit into a pocket when you want to reach for your camera or binoculars. This is the one to take on your next eco-adventure!

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Costa Rica Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (Pocket Naturalist Guide Series)


Costa Rica's land area is roughly equal to that of West Virginia, yet it plays host to over 10% of the world's birds - from the amazing macaws to the eye-dazzling parrots. Costa Rica Birds is the ideal pocket-sized, folding guide for the bird lover and eco-tourist. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar species. A map featuring prominent country-wide birding hotspots like the Monteverde cloud forest will be appreciated. Durable and lightweight it is the one to take on your next Costa Rican adventure!

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The Real San Jose: Michael Miller's Guide to Downtown San José, Costa Rica [Kindle Edition]


It is no secret that most tourists – even intrepid backpackers – flee San José as soon as they can. But Michael Miller makes a compelling argument that San José is worth exploring.Thankfully, U.S. author Michael Miller has done a commendable job of describing San José. The book is compact, conversational, and even has color photographs. Its 137 pages are divided into tidy chapters (“Your Passport,” “Finding a Pharmacy”), and every one is useful.

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Costa Rica Maps

Waterproof Travel map of Costa Rica

Waterproof and rugged road and travel map of Costa Rica including zoomed detail maps Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio and other popular destinations. Over a thousand improvements and changes for the new 2013/2014 5th edition. Roads are clearly differentiated by color and line width for classes from limited access divided highways down to 4WD seasonal tracks - improved and even easier to see the main route to your destination at a glance.

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Travel (Flights, Car Rental, Hotel Reservations, etc.)

Insiders Secrets to Cheap Flights (includes Hotel Reservations and Car Rentals as bonus books)

How to save a fortune on all your flights by beating the airlines at their own game. A guide full of insider travel secrets and you will be shocked to see how easy it is to get the airfare you need for dirt cheap. Includes the bonus books showing how to get the cheapest car rentals and hotel reservations.

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