Living in Costa Rica

Living in Escazu, Costa Rica. Which are the most exclusive areas?

Escazu is always called “Embassy Row”, but of course not all of Escazu is Embassy row. Even though there is a zoning plan in Escazu, you’ll be surprised how “messy” it is. The reason is that Escazu grew from a tiny little town into a large city with zero city planning.

Rock You Like A Hurricane.

Costa Rica has NEVER had a hurricane; EVER. Since the beginning of recorded history, in 1851, no hurricane has ever made landfall in the world of PURA VIDA. So when hurricane Otto started heating up in the Caribbean earlier this week, nobody paid much attention.

Living WITHOUT Heating in Costa Rica!

I really don’t recall a time ever hearing someone say, “I love this 20 degree weather”, and is probably because nobody does say that!

Pumpkin Pie in Paradise. Enjoying Thanksgiving in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica.

It’s time to ditch the mittens for picture perfect sunsets, palm trees, and pumpkin pie! The holiday season is in full swing in Jaco, Costa Rica, as expats and vacationers from the U.S. prep for Thanksgiving.

Costa Rica Condo Prices Comparison Report 2016. Northwest Guanacaste.

Things have really picked up in 2016! Land prices are down between 20-30% and although most condo prices are generally stable now, there are a few attractive fire sale properties to be had by the opportunistic real estate investor.

10 Really Cool Things To Do in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Anyone who’s considered Costa Rica as a vacation destination has probably heard about Manuel Antonio. It’s home to Costa Rica’s most popular national park and one that’s been labeled one of the most beautiful national parks in the world (Forbes Magazine, 2011).

The Top 14 Things That Gringos Love About Living in Escazu & Santa Ana That Cannot Be Found Anywhere Else in Costa Rica!

Living in Escazu, Costa Rica is not for everyone. If you are the ‘pioneering’ type and already speak fluent Spanish then living in a more remote area of Costa Rica may be perfect for you from day one.

Did Your Life Improve After The Last Presidential Election?

Now that the U.S. ‘election’ has finished, surely we all now appreciate that politics everywhere is nothing but a circus.

How To Find Out The Price of a New Car in Costa Rica?

Thanks to our friends at La Nación it’s now easier than ever to find out the price of the new car you want to buy in Costa Rica.

How To Decide Where To Live in Costa Rica? And why you should consider Lake Arenal instead of the popular and touristy beach areas.

For years now Costa Rica has been one of the world’s premier “eco” tourism, and retirement destination spots. More people are coming here every year to experience the warm sunny climate, friendly culture, beautiful beaches, rain forests and mountains.

What’s the Perfect Costa Rica Weather Worth To You?

It’s amusing because as a child at boarding school in Crieff, we were forced to have cold baths every morning (that’s Scottish COLD water and not Costa Rica ‘cold’ water) and we regularly had to break the thin layer of ice in the swimming pool before we went swimming.

Salsa Lizano, Costa Rica’s Favorite Sauce.

It’s tart, it’s smoky and it’s slightly sweet. And — just ask any Costa Rican — it’s good on pretty much everything. I’m talking of course about Salsa Lizano, perhaps Costa Rica’s greatest culinary sensation.

DVD Rentals in San Jose – “High quality original copies of the originals.”

For the most part I consider television, an intrusive, insidious and deadly intellectual cancer and have not regularly watched it for over a decade but we do rent movies once in a while…

Living in Costa Rica: WAY healthier!

The healthiest and happiest people on the planet live right here in Costa Rica. No… Ponce De Leon did not eventually find his elusive …

The Turtles Come Ashore at Playa Ostional. “I can’t help but think how rich my life has become while living in Costa Rica.”

I glance down the beach and see many have already laid their eggs in the sand. Some are dragging their exhausted bodies back to the sea; each step a struggle, their bodies not designed to maneuver in this terrain.