ABOUT THE LIVING LIFE IN COSTA RICA BLOG

I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find here!
I’m NOT an expert (an "expert" 2 ME knows 101%-NOT me). I believe in sharin info•helping where I can! And with over 2,200 entries, so some things might be out of date, so if you find old info PLEASE help each other by getting the updated info & sharing it with me to revise. At least you have some basic info to get you started.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP:
Better yet - do you have some time on your hands & looking for a volunteer project? Since this blog is a labor of love (that comes up often on the first pages of google searches) & RARELY does anyone share a donation (even though MANY have said how much it's helped them), I could REALLY use help going through & updating things. Let me know if you can help!! People that speak Spanish are ESPECIALLY welcome since my VicLish can be somewhat limited at times!!

DONATE:
Has my blog helped you in any way? Helped you find something•given you more EASE? Brought more exposure or business?
I welcome you to show YOUR appreciation for my efforts!
ANY size DONATION is APPRECIATED!
(see below other ways to show your appreciation)
The easiest way is with PAYPAL - Attn: LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com
(note you do NOT need to have a PayPal account to do this - just a credit or debit card)
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OTHER WAYS TO SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION FOR THIS BLOG

• Do you have a SmartPhone you're no longer using (with HotSpot capability & a camera?)
• Do you have an Apple Laptop you're not using (mine is on it's last legs. Must be new enough to run current Skypes & have an SDCard slot)?
• Amazon.com or GoDaddy.com Credit•Gift Certificate (attn: SarongGoddess@gmail.com)
• Something else to share?? A gift certificate or invite for your business? I'm open!! (at times I'll add other things here that I'm seeking)

Friday, August 28, 2015

YOGA NIDRA • STRESS RELIEF • BLISS "YOGA" with Janine Fafard in Escazu, Costa Rica (check here for the latest one!)

YOGA NIDRA - or - BLISS YOGA!

Shift from Stressful to Soul-FULL!

Show up…Lie down…and allow yourself to be guided into a deep state of relaxation! This is a potent and useful Self-Love tool to overcome anxiety, fear, anger, depression, conflict and stress by diving into a pool of inner deep peace. Welcome back HOME to yourself!


SEEKING EMPLOYEES for positions for House - HOUSEKEEPER•MAID • GROUNDSMAN•GARDENER • HANDYMAN • GUARD

This post I'll share when someone is
SEEKING an EMPLOYEE for positions around the house:
HOUSEKEEPER•MAID 
GROUNDSMAN•GARDENER • HANDYMAN
GUARD
PERSONAL DRIVER

U.S. INCOME TAX PREPARATION in Costa Rica • TAX•IRS REQUIREMENTS•REMINDERS • FATCA • FBAR FILINGS for ExPats•Amerians Living Abroad


Ahhhh - the dreaded U.S. IRS!!!  Just because you've left American doesn't mean you get to walk out on everything.  Au contraire!!!  There are all sorts of things you MUST do if you have a bank account abroad, if you work abroad, if you are making interest abroad, if you have assets abroad, if own property . . .

I'm not real well versed on it so I'm not going into all of it but here are some info•link•hints on things like the date American's living full time abroad must file their taxes by ( for the FBAR FILING PLUS Towards the bottom is
U.S. INCOME TAX PREPARER
in Costa Rica that charges VERY reasonable rates!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica•DACR - Monthly Meeting - AUGUST 29 - Watch Movie "Revolution"

DEMOCRATS ABROAD Costa Rica
AUGUST MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday  -  AUGUST 29, 2015  -  9:30am till noon-ish

PROGRAM:
Watching the award-winning documentary by 
biologist filmmaker Rob Stewart
"REVOLUTION"

a Documentary on Earth's Environmental Emergency



Friday, August 21, 2015

EMPLOYMENT • JOBS AVAILABLE in Costa Rica for English Speakers - HOTEL GENERAL MANAGER


Here is where I'll share jobs that are available in Costa Rica for people that at least speak some level of English.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

JALAPENO'S CENTRAL Tex-Mex • Mexican-ish Restaurant - Alajuela, Costa Rica



Jalapeño's Central Tex-Mex Restaurant
facebook.com/JalapenosCentralCR

TASTY TexMex 
(aka Tex-Mex and Tex Mex - the closest thing we have in Costa Rica to Mexican.  See info on what TexMex is at - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex-Mex)
prepared and served with LOVE and FUN!!!
This is a VERY POPULAR ExPat•Gringo Hangout!!

It's the perfect place to go if you're wanting some REAL food while you're waiting for your flight - or you've just arrived and are HUNGRY as they're
just 10 minute from SJO•San Jose - Juan SantaMaria Airport!!

BOOK STORES • Librerias in ENGLISH - Where to find MAGAZINES, BOOKS ON TAPE & BOOKS in ENGLISH in Costa Rica - New, Used, Book Swap•Trade, Membership Lending Library

Books in English in Costa Rica are few and far between!

Below is a list of resources to help find places – everything from 
 Librerias • Book Stores for New and/or Used books   •   Places to Exchange•Trade•Swap   •   Lending Library’s (membership and public)  •  Bibliotecas•Libraries.  
Also, other alternatives on where to find books in English - like Garage Sales  •  Message Boards  •  ExPat Facebook Groups & Pages  •  Charity Book Sales.

I even share how to get books online•eBooks (did you know you do NOT need a Kindle computer to read eBooks that are on Kindle??  I share with you how to do THAT!!) - 

AND - it's FREE!!!

And more info!

Friday, August 14, 2015

PUERTO VIEJO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 2015 - Costa Rica


PUERTO VIEJO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - 2015

The mission of the Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Chocolate Festival is to unify local organic farmers, chocolate makers, and chocolatiers, while bringing national recognition to the cultural, historical, and economic value of Costa Rican cacao.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

U.S. Embassy Consulate • Citizen Services Outreach event IN PUERTO VIEJO, Costa Rica - Get your PASSPORT RENEWED & NOTARY SERVICES withOUT having to go up to San Jose -August 19, 2015

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The Consular Section at the U.S.  Embassy San José is pleased to announce an upcoming Consular Outreach event in Puerto Viejo at 2pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.  Embassy staff will be available to accept adult passport renewals and to perform notarial services.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE • COMUNIDAD VENTA GARAJE • CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET • MOVING SALE • PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT • BUSINESS SALE - in Escazu (Trejos Montelegre), Costa Rica!!!


Monthly • INDOORS (rain or shine!)
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE •
MOVING OUT •
at least 5+ families participating!
Mensual • INTERIOR (llueva o brille!) VENTA GARAJE COMUNITARIO • mudarse • al menos 5+ familias participantes!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!  • 
¡¡ALGO PARA TODOS!!


Do YOU Have SOMETHING TO GET RID OF•SELL but no place to sell it? Space is available at an On-Going Monthly Community Garage Sale • Mini Flea Market & Clothing • Shoes • MakeUp • Jewelry Swap•Sale • Promote Your Business•Product Sale

ENGLISH:
DO YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF THINGS • SELL?
OR
Something you make? Something to Swap?
Want a venue to Promote Your Business ??


Do not have the space? Do not want the security risk of people coming to your home?
Want more traffic & / or to tap into the market Escazu?

Come sell them at the
ON-GOING

  COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE • Moving Sale • Mini Flea Market • Promote your Product • Business • Clearing it Out and MORE Out

NEW AIRLINES & FLIGHTS Flying into Costa Rica



This post lists the NEW AIRLINES & FLIGHTS coming into Costa Rica

Saturday, August 1, 2015

BULLETIN BOARDS in the Escazu, Costa Rica Area

Do you have something to sell, something that you want to promote? Looking for something? Live in the Escazu area?

Don't sit back wishing you had it - Be PRO-active - MANIFEST IT!!!

You can put what YOU’RE seeking on a few REAL Bulletin Boards I've found around the Escazu area!!! I've started to accumulate a list of them.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution



Worldwide Caution



The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated January 9, 2015.    

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last chance to send in FATCA Reform Letter

We are pleased to report that after 2 days our FATCA grassroots campaign has yielded an excellent response! We asked you to message members of Congress asking them to sign the Congressional letter to the Treasury Secretary and IRS Commissioner in support of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Same Country Safe Harbor reform.
More than 3,000 of you have participated!  Nearly 10,000 messages have been sent to your Representatives and Senators asking them to sign the letter and throw their support behind this common sense reform to provide relief to Americans abroad from the burden of FATCA reporting.