Having your own car gives you freedoms and possibilities you can't get any other way, but driving in Costa Rica does come with its own trials and tribulations. It's an adventure—one you need to be prepared for.
In Costa Rica, there are a lot of ways life is simpler. You won't be caught up in the daily grind that plagues cities across North America. But you've also probably read stories of frustrations, or things "not being as easy as they're made out to be."
Costa Rica is a country full of landscapes of striking beauty. But be warned. With that knowledge comes an obligation to learn a new Spanish word: mirador.
The fact that we are often "far from home" during the holiday season creates a unique bond among expats. The thought of not being "home for the holidays" can be difficult at first—but after our first Thanksgiving and Christmas abroad, my husband and I realized that this time of year could be equally warm and fuzzy in our new home.
Dust off your fedora, don that leather field jacket, and start cracking your bullwhip: It's time to excavate the mysteries of the lost tribe of Guayabo.
Golfito is a pocket-sized port city in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica with a story to tell about changes. This waterside charmer lies along a narrow strip of the Golfito Bay and has as its backdrop the pristine rainforest of the adjacent hillsides.
While rainfall and the intensity of the rainy season vary throughout Costa Rica's diverse regions, September and October are notorious for being the rainiest two months of the year throughout the country. So, these months are the "low" season when it comes to tourist traffic.
If you're like me, in your research on moving to Costa Rica, you've come across at least a handful of stories of expats who have lost weight, gotten into better shape, and feel "better than ever" since they made the move. That's because there are less processed foods and an abundance of fruits high in antioxidants here.
July is a big month of celebration in Costa Rica's Guanacaste region. First and foremost, July 25 is known as Guanacaste Day or Annexation Day. On this day in 1824, the Central American Federal Republic passed and signed a law allowing the Guanacaste province to officially become part of Costa Rican territory. Prior to that, this northwestern region of the country was actually part of Nicaragua.
Centuries ago, the ancient city of Pura Pora was built by the indigenous Shamans inhabiting central Costa Rica. The site was chosen because of the mineral hot springs; it was considered a holy location. By the 19th century, a renowned resort was built on the spot.