A Weekend in Puerto Viejo: Authentic Costa Rica with a Caribbean Twist

A Weekend in Puerto Viejo: Authentic Costa Rica with a Caribbean Twist

Over a year ago, I left the U.S. on a one-way ticket to Costa Rica for $131. Having spent the prior 15 months locked away in a tiny room during the height of the pandemic, I had an invitation to come to Costa Rica and live for three months while overseeing rental properties for some friends in Playa Grande. My first thought was that it would be a nice change of experience...

7 Reasons Ciudad Colón Could be My Ideal Home Base

7 Reasons Ciudad Colón Could be My Ideal Home Base

Through a series of side roads and detours, I ended up in the Central Valley in a lovely town called Ciudad Colón, which is close to the capital city of San José yet outside the far reaches of modernization. I arrived in Ciudad Colón planning to stay perhaps a month, then make my way on down the traveler’s road. However, I decided to embrace “pure life” and stick around...

Day Tripping to Cerro Punta From Boquete, Panama

Day Tripping to Cerro Punta From Boquete, Panama

A winding road trip through the mountains and over the scenic river crossings and waterfalls to Cerro Punta provides just such a therapeutic adventure. On this particular Saturday morning in April, we began our adventure just as the rainy season was beginning to hint that it was rolling in. The overcast morning with mist gently falling provided the perfect mood...