International Press

The following is a sample of what many sources are saying about Costa Rica. Let us help you with retiring and living in Costa Rica.

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"The World Travel Awards"

"...this year the voting was open to the travelling public..."

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"Costa Rica tops list of 'happiest' nations"

"...Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and have the second-highest average life expectancy of the new world..."

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"Five value destinations for winter travel"

By Stacie Van Dyke, Special to CNN

Costa Rica ranked #1. 




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"iReporters show off colorful Costa Rica"

CNN iReport

Showcasing gorgeous sights from around Costa Rica.

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"Bargains abound at Top 10 destinations"

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN

"...the U.S. dollar goes a long way in Costa Rica..."

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Uncovering secrets to a longer life

By Dan Buettner, Special to CNN

" Costa Rica where 50 year-olds have a three-fold better chance or reaching age 90..."

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The Clinic: How to live longer

By Mark Tutton, CNN

"...research had identified Costa Rica, Sardinia, in Italy, and Ikaria, in Greece, as places where people live longer..."

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Rich experiences a bargain in Costa Rica

By Zach Pontz, CNN

"...if you consider new experiences and foreign cultures an investment, Costa Rica might be a better option than the stock market right now..."

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Seeing the beauty of Costa Rica, from the saddle

"...and the Central American state's astonishing geographical and biological diversity -- packed into an area just slightly bigger than Switzerland -- means many are attracted by the great outdoors..."

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Jacqueline Marie Monacell

Jacqueline Monacell is the founder and president of Your Costa Rica Contact and has been living and working in Costa Rica since 1994. She has lived and studied in Spain, traveled and worked extensively throughout Central America and is completely bilingual.

Jacqui is originally from Rochester, New York where she lived until graduating from Pittsford Mendon High School. After high school she moved to New England and attended the University of New Hampshire  where she graduated cum laude with a BA in International Affairs and Spanish. She studied abroad in both Granada and Almeria, Spain. Immediately following graduation, Jacqui moved to Costa Rica and began her career.

In 1995, Jacqueline formed a strategic partnership with Car Doc SA ( and began working as the Central American Regional Manager with Mitchell International and Mitchell, US, software solutions companies specializing in the automotive and insurance industries. In 2002 she also began managing the regional distribution of UK-based Autodata Ltd. products. Working closely with these automotive software specialists, Jacqueline acquired extensive experience in the automotive collision and repair industry at an international level.

In 2005, Jacqui began Your Costa Rica Contact, a relocation and consulting company based in San José, Costa Rica. With her experience in the automotive industry, the company initially focused on assisting clients to find dependable transportation at fair prices. Your Costa Rica Contact gradually expanded to offer a wide variety of services for people relocating or spending extended periods of time in Costa Rica.

As an expatriate herself, Jacqui understands first-hand how difficult and frustrating the transition of relocating to Costa Rica can be and so the vision of the company today is to deliver top services at reasonable prices to foreign residents or tourists provided through YCRC's industrious and trustworthy network of local professionals.

In her free time, Jacqui enjoys playing tennis, mountain biking, cooking, reading,  riding motorcycles and spending time with her husband and dogs.