Living in Costa Rica: 5 Years Strong

A half decade (yes, five years!) has passed since we first boarded that plane to Costa Rica with our eight mismatched suitcases and twinkles of adventure in our eyes. When …

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4 Years in Costa Rica: Settling Into the Every Day

Another year update. It seems surreal. When we first moved to Costa Rica in 2013, we counted those first weeks, months, and even years with amazement. “Wow, I can’t believe …

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Living in Costa Rica: Three Year Update

It seems like it was only a few months ago that we were writing our two-year update on living in Costa Rica. But this past weekend, we just breezed by …

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Applying for Residency in Costa Rica Without a Lawyer

After spending almost three years in Costa Rica, coming and going on a tourist visa, we have decided to apply for residency. This is a big step for us as …

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Having a Baby in Costa Rica: Part 3, the Paperwork

In our first two posts on having a baby in Costa Rica, we discussed prenatal care (Part 1) and delivery (Part 2). In this post, we’ll go through the much …

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Where to Live in Costa Rica: Planning Your Research Trip

So you’re narrowing down different countries to retire or move to. Or maybe you’re already sure that Costa Rica will be your new home. Beautiful beaches, wildlife, rolling mountains, and …

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Having a Baby in Costa Rica: Part 2, Delivery

In our first post about having a baby in Costa Rica, we shared our experience with prenatal care. We covered public vs. private healthcare, and how we picked our doctor …

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Where to Buy Baby Stuff in Costa Rica

We’ve mentioned in the past about how it can be difficult to find certain items in Costa Rica. Up until this point, this has been fine. With just the two …

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Costa Rica Moving Checklist

Moving abroad can be very stressful. We remember what it was like getting ready for our big move to Costa Rica from Boston in 2013. Selling our stuff and condo, …

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Having a Baby in Costa Rica: Part 1, Prenatal Care

With only weeks until our new addition arrives, we thought it was time to start sharing our experience of having a baby in Costa Rica. Moving here, we knew that …

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Getting Your Home Ready for a House Sit: 12 Tips for Homeowners

We’ve been house sitting in Costa Rica for a couple of years now and have walked into all different kinds of situations. Sometimes homes and pets are prepped and ready …

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Two Years in Costa Rica: How Life Has Changed

When we first announced our decision to move to Costa Rica in July 2013, we joked that we were saying goodbye to our typical two week vacations, and hello to …

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Riteve: Costa Rica’s Annual Vehicle Inspection

Costa Rica’s annual vehicle inspection, known as Riteve, can make even the most carefree person stressed out. Will the car pass easily or will you have to pay hundreds of …

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Books to Inspire Your Move to Costa Rica

  In July 2013, we stepped off the plane feeling fairly confident that we knew what our new lives in Costa Rica would be like. We had not only visited …

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House Sitting in Costa Rica

If you’ve read our other posts on this topic, you know what we think about house sitting. We think it’s awesome! House sitting has allowed us to travel the country …

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FAQs About Moving to Costa Rica

We get emails all the time from people interested in moving to Costa Rica. They’ve been drawn in by the relaxed pace of life, beautiful scenery, and enviable climate. Some …

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House Sitting: Build a Perfect House Sitter Profile

A couple of weeks ago, we did a post about saving money on accommodations through house sitting. We shared how the process works, the three best websites to join, and …

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House Sitting: How to Live in Costa Rica for $2,000 a Year

You’re probably reading this and saying to yourself, this can’t be true. How can you live somewhere exotic like Costa Rica and pay just a couple thousand dollars a year …

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Where We’ve Lived in Costa Rica

Over the past thirteen months, we’ve lived in eight towns across Costa Rica. From the Pacific to the Caribbean, we dragged our eight suitcases through booming resort towns, quaint mountain …

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365 Days in Costa Rica [VIDEO]

We took over 5,000 photos during our first year in Costa Rica and used them to create this video. We journeyed across the country, living in eight towns and visiting so many amazing beaches, …

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Our First Year in Costa Rica

Today marks our one-year anniversary of living in Costa Rica. It’s hard to believe that a year ago today we were arriving in San Jose with nothing but eight suitcases …

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The Cost of Owning a Car in Costa Rica

Since Buying a Car in Costa Rica about 10 months ago, we have gone through many of the motions of car ownership, including taxes, insurance, maintenance, and of course repairs. …

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Humidity and Your Camera: Making a Dry Box in the Tropics

We read an article a while back about how mold and fungus can start growing inside the lens or body of a camera, especially in high humidity environments like Costa …

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Packing for Your Move to Costa Rica: Advice from Expats

Right before we moved to Costa Rica, we did a post about what we were bringing. We itemized the contents of each of our eight suitcases (yup, that’s all we …

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Fun Facts From Our First Six Months in Costa Rica

Today marks our six-month anniversary of living in Costa Rica. There is a lot we could say about our time here so far but we’re going to lighten things up …

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Reflections on Christmas in Costa Rica

We’ve been in Costa Rica for five months now, through some big holidays, first Thanksgiving, and now, Christmas. Christmas is an important holiday for both of our families back home …

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Best Movies for Learning Spanish

In our last post, we told you about all of the traditional ways we’re trying to learn Spanish, like using books and online learning tools. Now we’re going to get …

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Update on Living in Costa Rica: Learning Spanish

We’ve been living in Costa Rica for about four months now and are really starting to adjust to daily life here. We have a routine for work, have figured out …

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Buying a Car in Costa Rica

When we moved to Costa Rica this past July, one of our first priorities was to buy a car. We couldn’t wait to be cruising down the road, a warm …

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Living in Costa Rica: One Month Update

We’ve been living in Costa Rica for over a month now and are gradually adjusting to the changes we mentioned in our previous update. Even though we’ve been here for …

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First Impressions on Living in Costa Rica

Today marks our two-week anniversary of living in Costa Rica. We truly love it here so far—the people, the relaxed approach to life, not to mention the spectacular natural beauty. …

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Our Eight (or Ten) Suitcases

Our big move to Costa Rica is just a mere week away. As our pre-trip to-do list shortens and it gets closer to July 23, we are getting more and …

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Our Moving-to-Costa Rica Bucket List

With our move just two months away, the focus is shifting to what we’re leaving behind. Visits with friends and family are ending with sad looks and us saying, “Don’t …

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WE’RE MOVING TO COSTA RICA!

We have some big news: We quit our jobs and are moving to Costa Rica! After more than two years in the works, we’re making our dream happen and relocating …

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