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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host4/16/14 2:43 PM 
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Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.  The Costa Rican Travel Bureau offers this pitch on its website:

"Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country is surprisingly accessible - one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).  The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport fishing, snorkeling, and sun bathing. The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centers and its beaches are very popular for surfing, for example Esterillos, Jaco, Hermosa, Boca Barranca. In the Golfito region, near the Marino Ballena National Park, surfing fans can find the famous "long lefthander wave."  http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/home.asp?ididioma=2

It's one of the best educated, safest and economically stable areas of Latin America and a very popular place for U.S. seniors to retire.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host4/16/14 2:43 PM 
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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host6/24/14 12:48 AM 
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From US News and World Report:

To many, Costa Rica's charm lies in its lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches, and abundance of wildlife. With breathtaking landscapes and a myriad of creatures—from toucans to monkeys to jaguars—it's easy to see why. Where else can you hike active volcanoes, zip-line through cloud-covered rainforests, and surf warm turquoise waters within the span of a few days? In this compact but diverse tropical paradise, exhilarating outdoor activities abound. Nature-seekers will roam thick jungles, while beachgoers will sprawl across the powdery sands. It's hard not to admire all the splendors this "Rich Coast" has to offer.   However, for others, this small Latin American country has a different appeal: it's relaxed way of life. Residents—known as Ticos—often recite the catchphrase "pura vida" (or "pure life"). This guiding philosophy can be observed from Costa Rica's central cosmopolitan capital of San José all the way to the sandy Atlantic and Pacific coasts. To truly immerse yourself in the good life, kick-back and admire the awe-inspiring scenery. Surround yourself with graceful butterflies at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, hike along monumental Arenal Volcano, mingle with locals at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, or simply sit in a hammock under a palm tree along the Nicoya Peninsula. We have a sneaky feeling you'll discover the pure life, too.

 

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host11/1/14 5:41 PM 
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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/14/16 3:07 AM 
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Where rain forest meets seashore: In Costa Rica, do it all without breaking the bank

Washington Post

Monkeys, sunsets and more adventure than you can shake a catamaran at.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-19 1:50 AM 
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Action-packed vacation in lush, natural Costa Rica

San Diego Union-Tribune

‘Pura vida,” we all shouted in unison as we lifted our paddles victoriously into the air after smashing through another rapid on Costa Rica’s renowned Pacuare River. The shout meant “pure life” and that’s exactly what a weeklong visit to Costa Rica provided in abundance.

 

 
From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconOct-9 2:35 PM 
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And Medicare is freely accepted.

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See following posts.

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Sarcasm alert added.

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
  • Edited October 12, 2017 2:40 pm  by  Bike (URALTOURIST1)
 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-10 10:56 AM 
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Bike (URALTOURIST1) said...

And Medicare is freely accepted.

The AARP disagrees with you:

"No matter what happens this November or in the four years that follow, one thing is for sure: your Medicare coverage won’t be going with you should you decide to retire overseas. Luckily, though, there are many countries where, as a legal resident, you can qualify for a local health care plan that’s often even more comprehensive and less costly than Medicare. Here’s what you need to know:”¨ Medicare doesn’t normally cover health care costs outside the U.S. (And the government’s definition of the U.S. includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands...) There are some small exceptions when you can use Medicare internationally. If you are traveling in the U.S. and have a medical emergency, but the nearest hospital is in Canada or Mexico, you can qualify for Medicare coverage at that hospital. Similarly, you can use your benefits if you are traveling to or from Alaska via Canada and the nearest hospital is in Canada."  http://blog.aarp.org/2012/08/22/if-i-go-abroad-what-happens-to-my-medicare/

See also this CNBC article from about a month ago: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/12/medicare-abroad-what-you-need-to-know.html

 

 
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