About the Author

Christopher Howard, the “go-to guy” for Retirement in Costa Rica.

Christopher Howard has lived and worked in Costa Rica for more than 30 years and is a citizen of the country.

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During time he has resided in Costa Rica he has had the opportunity to gather a plethora of information about living and investing here and is considered to be “the pioneer” in the field of retirement in not only Costa Rica and but in all of Central America. Because of his expertise, he is a frequent lecturer at numerous retirement and investment seminars.

He has also worked as a paid consultant for National Geographic Magazine, published articles and columns in Costa Rica Today newspaper, Inside Costa Rica newspaper, AM Costa Rica newspaper, Costa Rica Outdoors magazine, the real estate publication Casa Galeria, the popular website Escape Artist.com, and for various newsletters about living and retiring abroad.

Christopher has an extensive foreign language background, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American studies, a Master’s degree in Spanish from the University of California and also did graduate studies in Mexico before moving to Costa Rica.

In addition, he has sold over 300,000 copies and 16 editions of his bestseller, The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica which is considered by many to be the ‘bible” for those wanting to relocate or retire here. His other books Include the blockbuster, Guide to Costa Rica Real Estate (2009) and one-of-a-kind bestseller Official Guide to Costa Rican Spanish. The latter has helped 1000s of English speakers master the nuances of Costa Rican style-Spanish.

Due to a multitude of requests from his readers Christopher Howard began to offer the first relocation and retirement tours to Costa Rica starting in 1997. Since then he has personally helped more than 10,000 people move successfully to country through his monthly tours, books, seminars and private consultation services.

His tours have been featured and mentioned on the NBC Today Show (you can see the video on his site), CNBC World Business News and in hundreds of U.S. and Canadian newspapers. In 2010 his tour was awarded the prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the most outstanding and unique tour in Latin America.