This is a must-read not just for those exploring retirement options, but for anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica. The book is well-organized with short chapters that provide sufficient information on a wide variety of topics including banking, car ownership, food, and healthcare. The author does a nice job of not getting bogged down in specific details that would not apply to many readers, and the chapters are laid out such that you could skip parts that did not apply to you.
I was expecting a strict budgeting regimen and squalid living conditions as part the of "$1500 plan," and while there is a small section describing a typical budget one could follow, this book is much more than that. The author demonstrates first-hand that it IS possible to live in Costa Rica on a relatively small fixed income without sacrificing a good quality of life. Fred and Mary have discovered a secret that many in the Baby Boomer generation will be looking for as retirement looms with dwindling savings and a bleak economy. My only hope is that not too many will find out before my time comes.
Well-written, informative, and entertaining. Worth every penny.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)