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Becoming An Expat: Costa Rica – A Review

Becoming An Expat: Costa Rica – A Review

I read a lot and I read on a lot of different subjects and genres; fiction and not. During the last year, with our pending and executed move, one subject dominated my reading time – Costa Rica.

When it came to this subject I took a shotgun approach – I read anything and everything I could get my hands on if it related in anyway to Costa Rica. I read blogs, forums, magazines, books and articles. My reading was scattered because, so to, were my objectives.

I wanted to find facts, I wanted to get opinions, and I wanted thoughts and musings as they related to living, visiting and retiring in Costa Rica. As we progressed from desire to move, to planning to move and finally to action, I wanted to absorb everything I could on the subject of Costa Rica. Taking this approach did cause some problems when it came to separating fact from conjecture and opinion.

BECR Front cover finalIn the end and looking back I wish I had had one book that covered all of my questions. At the time, I do not believe, that resource existed. It does now and is a book titled: Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica. In the book, author Shannon Enete, covers almost all of the questions we had while researching our move to Costa Rica.

Mail System, Banking and Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, Perpetual tourism Vs Establishing Residency, Apps and Electronics that work well here, Buying a Car, finding a Home to Rent, Buying a Home, Setting up Utilities– and the list goes on and on. It really is a comprehensive book for researching a move to Costa Rica.

I wish we had had access to Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica when we were researching our move. It would not have negated all the other reading that I did but it would have been the go to source for accurate and factual information and would have alleviated some of the stress caused by inaccurate information.

As with my review of Happier Than a Billionaire, I receive nothing for reviewing this book and giving it my thumbs up. The book really does fill a gap and I believe it is very useful for due diligence for Costa Rica.

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Hasta Pronto,


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Greg Seymour is a quitter. At 41 Greg and his wife Jen quit their jobs, sold damn near everything they owned and became Intentionally Unemployed and retired early to Costa Rica.
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  1. completed “billionaire” looking foreward to “expat”. new digs looks pretty cool. I’ve been in touch with Richard about renting his place again starting on February 1st for a month to start our 6 month test ride. Pura Vida JB

    • Awesome Jim. I look forward to seeing you.

  2. I agree with your assessment Greg. I’m nearly done with this book and I love it. I too have read the other books and this book has been a great supplement to the others. It’s good on its own as well, but combined with the other books on the subject, it is even better.

    • Hi June, Thanks for reading and commenting. I probably read 10 different books, from travelogs to visiter guides – I found this one very useful. As I wrote in this post – I still would have read everything I read – as I am a CR junkie – but it is nice to have all this information in one place. Good luck with your journey. Let me know if I can help.

  3. I tried to order the book tonight @ Temporarily out of stock – perhaps your review has caused a run on the book!

    • Bummer. I would imagine it is out of stock despite my review… Haha

  4. I was now able to get the book through iBooks, as it was out of stock in Canada. What a great find, which was possible through your recommendation. A tremendous resource of material, presented in an easy to read and understand format. When I wanted clarifiction on a point, I sent a note off to Shannon and she responded immediately. If only ARCR was as quick!

    Certainly a book I’ll refer to over and over again. Can’t wait for the App to come out!

    • I am glad you found a copy Bill. It has certainly been a great resource for us. We too have sent Shannon emails and received a prompt response – that is tough to find these days.


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