Category: Costa Rica Living

The Pura Vida lifestyle in Costa Rica

The Pura Vida lifestyle in Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes Everybody who moves to Costa Rica wants to live the Pura Vida lifestyle. This expression is the national motto and it became world-famous after goalkeeper Keylor Navas started using it in all his TV interviews. But what does it mean? Basically, Pura Vida means “pure life” or enjoying life no…

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Cremation or Funeral Services and Repatriation of the deceased

Cremation or Funeral Services and Repatriation of the deceased

Estimated Reading Time: 3 Minutes Many expats and retirees in Costa Rica don’t think about passing away, their cremation, funeral services, or the repatriation of the deceased.  But when a spouse dies, everyone starts running to find information. Few funeral services speak enough English for you to be comfortable arranging the deceased’s cremation, funeral, or…

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84 Interesting Facebook Group Sources for Living in Costa Rica

84 Interesting Facebook Group Sources for Living in Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 18 minutes Finding the right Facebook group when looking for information before moving or living in Costa Rica requires time and effort. However, here you have all the sources together. I published this blog for the first time in 2016 with 68 groups and pages, and I have now updated it. It’s…

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Tico construction is very different from US built homes

Tico construction is very different from US built homes

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes Did you know that Tico construction is very different from US-built homes? I’ve seen opinions from expats who think they know but don’t. We DO have construction codes here in Costa Rica, BUT they’re only a bit different. If you don’t believe that, check out the INVU construction regulations. And…

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What to Do During a Gap Year in Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 5 Minutes A gap year is a great opportunity for students to mature, explore the world, and learn new skills. Whether you decide to take it after high school, between graduate and postgraduate education, or after graduation – there are plenty of opportunities. A gap year can be especially helpful for those…

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How to Deal with Smoking Neighbors

How to Deal with Smoking Neighbors in your Condominium

Estimated Reading Time: 5 Minutes Does having smoking neighbors bother you with increasing awareness about respiratory illnesses and other health problems? Whether it’s cigarette smoke, general tobacco, or marijuana smoke, the smell from a next-door neighbor can be distasteful. Since 2012, we have had an anti-smoking law in Costa Rica. This law prohibits smoking in…

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How easy is it to make friends in Costa Rica?

Estimated Reading Time: 5 Minutes When moving to Costa Rica, making friends is more important than you might think. Friends give you the emotional support that will make the transition to adjust to your new home country much easier. Of course, making new friends – amigos – among the local population is one of your…

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