International Living plans another seminar for potential expats in Costa Rica in September, perhaps providing a needed boost for tourism and real estate.
The firm based in Ireland is known for its showcasing of retirement locations, and there have been other seminars in Costa Rica.
International Living sometimes overstates the facts and hardly ever discusses residency requirements in its bulk emailings. The company boasts of 500,000 readers.
Costa Rica is touted correctly as a place where “the weather can’t be beat. The climate is perfect in Costa Rica, a place where you won’t need heat or air conditioning —translating to huge savings on utility costs.”
However, the firm overlooks some of the problems and recent scandals with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social by saying that “a couple might spend $150 to $200 a month for a comprehensive health care plan that includes doctor’s visits, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.”
It also cites a couple living happily here on $1,400 a month.
Health care is a good point to selling seminar seats because the cost of medical insurance is a major concern for U.S. Retirees. Those who are serious usually seek additional and unbiased information before deciding to relocate.
Some local real estate, insurance and relocation professionals make an effort to be included in the seminar schedule.