I live here in CR and i must say this is, for me anyways, truely paradise! I was a sceptic at first also! Then I came here because my job sent me! That was the turning piont in my life! I finally found where i wanted to retire! It is the number one spot North Americans go to retire outside of thier own country (US and Canada)!!! The safest place in Latin America! Still very inexpensive on the whole! i can live here very comfortable on less then $1000 a month! that is not living like a meiser either!!! So i have a great nest egg plus no bills!! They except medicade/medicare down here now! they also have a hospital that excepts my VA. All they needed was my DD214 that shows it was service related and all was well in the world!!! VA covers evrything hassel free! No problems, atleast so far! the standard of living is rising very fast! But you still have 3rd world prices in many instances with 1st world luxuries!!