Papagayo Beach Area, Guanacaste

Is It Safe Living in Costa Rica?

Safety is a big concern and it should be. Compared to the USA, Canada and other big countries Costa Rica has very little serious crime. Like any city or country, there are good parts and not so good parts, so it depends also a lot on where you live.

The Story of Casa Pila.

An Indian Chief once said: “We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us. As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.”

Welcome To The Jungle (How I came to live in Costa Rica) Part II

s we were flying over Costa Rica, I remember looking out the airplane window. I was totally amazed at the terrain of this little country. Mountains, hills, valleys, volcanoes, lakes and rivers, as far as the eye could see…

Living in Costa Rica. And the band played on…

My search for paradise began in 1998. One of my good clients was an incredibly wealthy man; he has more money than I could ever hope to have. I was having lunch with him one day and I asked him a very simple question. If you had a couple hundred thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, what would you do with it? “Go to Costa Rica and buy property Mike,” was his response. Well, that wasn’t exactly what I was looking to hear.

Hotel Costa Rica. “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”

It was the most amazing sunrise you have ever seen. I slowly rocked back and forth in my rocking chair, as it came over the volcano and cascaded across the lake, sipping on my spiked 1820 coffee. There had to be a dozen parrots in my tree and the Howler Monkeys were already getting after it, 5 am.

Life in Paradise, Costa Rica. What’s in the bag sir?

I have always had the traveling bug in me; it’s how I ended up in this gorgeous country. And I still enjoy it, spending as much of my free time as I can in different spots of Costa Rica. But as I have told you before, every now and then I have to go back to the real world just to get it out of my system.

Living in Costa Rica. The great return of Macho.

People see me now, and assume I was always Living Large here in Costa Rica. But actually I came from very humble beginnings when I first arrived on the scene. I was obviously determined to succeed and came to Guanacaste with the same attitude the Vikings had hundreds of years ago.

The History of Costa Rica… According to Michael Simons.

September 15 is our Independence Day, and it will be a heck of a celebration. Ticos know how to party, and they never miss an opportunity to prove it.

Living in Costa Rica. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto

I guess I am very much like Dorothy now, “with my little dog too!” I have lived here for 9 years and still, every single day of my life, I chuckle and shake my head at some of the crazy stuff that happens in Paradise. It’s hilarious, it’s sometimes stupid, it very rarely makes sense and that’s why I love this place. Join me as we set out down the Yellow Brick Road, known as Life in Costa Rica.

Roughing It Living in Costa Rica. Life in paradise according to Michael Simons

You know what else I love about this place? It is real, it is simple. There is nothing fake about this place. The good is good and the not so good is not so good. But nobody hides it. This place isn’t perfect, it’s not Disneyland. But it sure beats the alternative. You couldn’t pay me to go back home.

Retirement Living in Costa Rica. Why are you still there and not here?

It blew my mind how expensive everything has gotten back home, but the thing I noticed the most, is how everyone was in a bad mood. No matter who I talked to, they were miserable. I was depressed just talking to people. The first thing everyone notices the moment they set foot in Costa Rica, is how wonderfully happy, positive, friendly and nice every body is.

Lovin’ Living in Costa Rica in Tank Tops and Flip Flops.

I just spent the most amazing couple days in the rain forest surrounding Lake Arenal. I have an adorable little cabin up there that I bought from my friend JP. He is a developer from California I have known for about 8 years and he has a couple amazing projects near the famous lake. I go there to get away and relax every couple months.

Costa Rica’s Liberia International Airport (LIR) Arrivals Up Substantially in 2011.

Total arrivals for 2011 were 19% more than 2010 and almost 39% more than 2009, the only year where there was not a year to year increase since 2002.

Good Food in Costa Rica. Liberia’s best kept-secret restaurant.

There is no menu à la carte because they build the menu according to availabilities on the market and everyone is served the same dishes. They can accommodate those with food allergies if they have prior notice.

The Joys of Living in Costa Rica with Michael Simons and his Topless Girlfriend Millie! HD video interview and photo included…

Michael loves the Ticos (the Costa Rican people) and the friendliness of the people and says that: “I’ve never felt more welcomed anywhere in the world… I’ve never felt like I was foreigner here.”