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30 reasons why you shouldn’t move to Costa Rica


30 reasons why you shouldn’t move to Costa Rica.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to observe first-hand thousands of foreigners who have moved to Costa Rica. Many fulfill their dream of living in paradise by adapting to the culture of the country and taking advantage of all it has to offer. I’ve heard people say, “I love Costa Rica so much that you could never drag me back to my home country.”

Success stories abound here. For many of those who move here, it is an opportunity to start over, develop new hobbies and interests, make friends, find adventure, live in a different culture, or study a foreign language.

However, things don’t always work out for some who relocate. According to the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) and my sources in the moving business, about 40 percent of those who come here end up coming home for a variety of reasons:

  • Unrealistic expectations
  • can’t adjust to the culture
  • disease
  • a divorce or breakup and missing your children, grandchildren, other relatives or life at home, etc.

That being said, there are other reasons why some should not relocate to Costa Rica in the first place to avoid failure and having to return home.

Why you shouldn’t move to Costa Rica?

  1. I don’t like hot weather or rain.
  2. Expect everything to be like the USA.
  3. Think that the locals should change and do everything like us.
  4. Expect to find all US products.
  5. Insensitive to the local culture.
  6. You are a smartass, self-righteous and you know it all as “Ugly American.”
  7. You will refuse to speak Spanish and think that the locals should speak English.
  8. You think it’s easy to start a business and you hope to get rich overnight.
  9. You are a man who likes to exploit Latina women and you believe that the younger women here will be attracted to you for your good looks and not your money.
  10. You have a serious problem with drugs or alcohol.
  11. Expect all your troubles to go away just because you’re overseas more.
  12. Think that you are smarter than the locals and you can beat the system.
  13. Think that you can become an expert overnight, as some ex-pats do.
  14. Think that you are the savior of the locals and you will civilize them. You must leave the syndrome of the Second Coming of Christopher Columbus at home.
  15. You want to scam or rip off other ex-pats.
  16. Feel that just because you are an American you should be entitled to something.
  17. Do not tolerate other cultures.
  18. I have no sense of adventure
  19. Have no interest in experiencing the culture and people of the country.
  20. Do not realize that you are a guest in the country.
  21. You and your spouse disagree on the possibility of moving to another country, but you do it anyway… a record for disaster.
  22. You do not have a sense of humor
  23. I have no goals
  24. Refuse to join organizations such as clubs, religious groups, or volunteer.
  25. He suffers from the ‘hammock or couch potato syndrome with nothing to do.
  26. You are a negative person who likes to complain about everything and everyone.
  27. I have never traveled or lived abroad.
  28. I really don’t have enough money to live abroad and I think you can do it.
  29. You are the type of person who gives Americans a bad name.
  30. You’re a lame fugitive. Eventually, you will be caught and deported.

Christopher Howard has been on relocation/retirement tours and writing retirement guides for over 30 years.

For information on life in Costa Rica, relocation tours, or to get answers to your questions, visit their website or contact Christopher Howard at inf[email protected] or call toll free at 877-884-2502 and in Costa Rica at 011-506-8849-0081


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