Costa Rica's affordable cost of living, scenic beaches with an abundance of surf, and lush natural landscapes are what initially drew me to this tropical paradise. The friendly nature of the locals, lots of of fresh fruit and vegetables, and relaxed lifestyle are what's keeping me here indefinitely.
One of my favorite surprises upon moving to Costa Rica was the open-air ferias or farmer's markets. They can be found all over the country, and offer delicious fresh fruits and vegetables at very affordable prices. For example, at my favorite market (located in the town of San Isidro de General and held every Thursday and Friday), you can buy three pineapples for $2, mangoes for less than a dollar a pound, and a head of lettuce for 50 cents.
The most common thing I hear from friends who live in the States about my move to Costa Rica is: "I hear it's getting very expensive there." While it's true that Costa Rica may not be as inexpensive as it was a decade ago, it's still very affordable, and much less expensive than say Austin, Texas and Honolulu, Hawaii—two places I lived before moving to Costa Rica.
Leaving my 9-to-5 job in order to pursue my job as a freelance photographer and part-time writer was the best career choice I ever made. I had been living in Oahu, Hawaii, for 10 years…but at the age of 35, I decided to make a major life change...and move to Costa Rica. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was a good decision.
I love Costa Rica’s easygoing pace of life. It’s a place where people can’t help but slow down.
When I lived in Hawaii, I was always near the ocean...but never a “stone’s throw” away. Then I moved to Costa Rica—my goal was to live close enough to the beach that I could walk out my door and be in the ocean in under three minutes.
I live just a few steps from a white-sand beach. At just 38 years old I'm retired. In fact, I've been retired in the traditional sense—from a 40-hour-a-week, full-time job—since I was 35. I realized that there was more to life than working.