Costa Rica Relocation with Christopher Howard

Central Valley Tour

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Day by Day Itinerary

Due to its geographical location, the Central Valley is the heart of Costa Rica. Surrounded by mountains and as a hotspot for culture and economic activities, you will find a year-round spring-like climate, fertile volcanic soil with a lot of coffee plantations, and Costa Rica’s capital San José. Therefore, the Central Valley is the perfect place to have your relocation/retirement tour.

You are able to visit some houses and explore the gated communities of Escazu, Santa Ana, Puriscal, Heredia, Atenas, and Grecia areas. This is an excellent package to introduce you to the Central Valley, its retirement and living possibilities, infrastructure and lifestyle!

Day 1; Wednesday: 

Arrive at San José International Airport, where you will meet our My Costa Rica representative and have a transfer to your Hotel. Your Relocation Tour in Costa Rica’s Central Valley starts!

Day 2; Thursday:

After breakfast at 8:00 am, you will participate in an informative seminar at the Auténtico Hotel with the Association of Residence in Costa Rica (ARCR). Various speakers from lawyers, and linguists, to people who have moved to Costa Rica themselves, will inform you about real estate, moving to Costa Rica, residency, language, and insurance while sharing their experiences with you. You will be able to make new friends and build up a network of valuable contacts. The seminar will end at 3:00 pm and you will be able to enjoy a buffet lunch in between. After it is over, you will have a free evening to let all the new gained information set.

Day 3; Friday:

Today you will attend your second day of the seminar. Receive the remaining information of your Costa Rican experts and talk about all your questions. Christopher Howard, your retirement expert and tour guide will be there during your entire experience. Furthermore, he will give you honest recommendations and background information on the topic. This 2-day seminar of your Relocation Tour in Costa Rica’s Central Valley is an important step to feed you with all necessary information about all topics Costa Rica including the country’s affordable public health care system (La Caja) and its private health care system (INS).

Day 4; Saturday:

On your fourth day, you will be able to discover more of Costa Rica’s Central Valley and San José during a thorough tour with Christopher. See where the Americans reside, observe malls, hospitals, parks, national monuments, and supermarkets. You will also get to visit the neighborhoods of Los Yoses, Barrio Escalante, Sabana Norte, and Rohrmoser. Afterward, Christopher will show you the towns of Santa Ana, Escazu, Heredia, Ciudad Cariari, and San Antonio de Belén. Depending on availability you will be able to see some samples of homes along the way. Highlights of this day are probably the visit to an outdoor farmer’s market, a mini 101 Spanish lesson, and a lunch with a view!

Day 5; Sunday:

After a strengthening breakfast at the hotel, departure at 7:30 for your final tour. The second part of this tour will focus more on the rural setting of the Central Valley. Drive up to Atenas, a beautiful mountain town considered to have the “best climate” in the world. Continue to Grecia, know as “the cleanest city” in Costa Rica set amidst spectacular landscapes! Your last stop will be in the country’s second largest city Alajuela. Today you will not only enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant and visit a gift shop displaying incredible hand-crafted souvenirs, you will also be able to talk to some people who have moved to Costa Rica in the past. Participate in a final question and answers session before returning to the hotel.

Day 6; Monday:

This is the end of your Relocation Tour in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Drive to the airport and have a great flight back home!

Christopher Howard

Led and conducted by Christopher Howard a 31 year resident and citizen of Costa Rica, you will have the opportunity to get valuable information and an honest insight into relocating to this beautiful country. Christopher is Costa Rica’s most-read author on retirement and living in the country. During your 2-day tour with Christopher, you will enjoy a comfortable air-conditioned minibus with a private driver so that he can devote 100% of his attention to your questions and needs.

Association of Residence in Costa Rica

The ARCR is an organization sharing their expertise and knowledge with people wanting to obtain Costa Rican residency, as well as foreign residents in Costa Rica. Their monthly seminars (every last Thursday and Friday of the months except for December) target topics all around relocating to Costa Rica such as Living, Moving, Customs, the Health System, Communication, Laws, Regulation, Banking, as well as Buying, Selling and Renting Real Estate.



Available Dates 2018:

Wednesday, August 29 – Monday, September 3

Wednesday, September 26 – Monday, October 1

Wednesday, October 24 – Monday, October 29

Wednesday, November 28 – Monday, December 3

Available Dates 2019:

Wednesday, January 23 – Monday, January 28

Wednesday, February 20 – Monday, February 25

Wednesday, March 28 – Monday, April 1

Wednesday, April 24 – Monday, April 29

Wednesday, May 29 – Monday, June 3

Wednesday, June 26 – Monday, July 1

Wednesday, August 28 – Monday, September 2

Wednesday, September 25 – Monday, September 30

Wednesday, October 23 – Monday, October 28

Wednesday, November 27 – Monday, December 2


NOTE: The actual seminar is always on Thursday and Friday

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Vacation At a Glance

Hotel accommodation

  • Auténtico Hotel

Tour packages

  • 2-day seminar with the Association of Residence in Costa Rica (ARCR)
  • 2-day tour with Christopher Howard, author and relocation expert 

Domestic transportation

  • Private Transfer

Package includes:

  • A valuable two-day seminar with local experts in their respective fields conducted by the ARCR  
  • A private phone consult with Christopher Howard prior to your arrival
  • Pick up and drop off from/to the Airport
  • Private driver and air-conditioned minibus 
  • Hotel stay at Auténtico Hotel in San José
  • Breakfast and lunch (receive advice on different dining options in San José)
  • Viewing of Rental Properties (when available)
  • A copy of Christopher’s best selling guidebook, ”The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica”

All applicable taxes included, perks noted where applicable

Hotels Included

Autentico Hotel Exterior

Hotel Auténtico

San Jose. Favorite. Pool, Restaurant, Bar / Lounge. TV, Internet access / Wi Fi, Phone, Safe Box, Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer. Laundry Service, Concierge.
From: Under $125

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