Surfers from all over the globe flock to Costa Rica each year, and it’s debatable among natives whether surfing or futbol (soccer) would be considered the most popular sport. While there are plenty of great surf spots in the land of Pura Vida, Tamarindo stands out from the crowd.
Usually when people think about moving to the beach, it is to enjoy sunshine, surf, sand, and good weather. When my wife Rita and I moved to Salinas, Ecuador on the Pacific coast, great weather was at the top of our checklist.
The Riviera Maya is a glorious stretch of sparkling white sand and turquoise-green Caribbean waters, bathed in balmy tropical sunshine. Beginning in Cancún at the northeast tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, and running about 80 miles south along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, this spectacular stretch of palm-studded beach draws about five million vacationers from across the globe, each year, making it the Caribbean’s number one vacation destination.
Imagine living just a 20-minute flight from a world-class island destination…a 45-minute ferry from a tiny haven called the Island of Flowers…or an hour’s drive from an expansive, uncrowded beach that is home to an exuberant expat community.
You’ll enjoy some of Mexico’s ﬁnest quality of living for a fraction of what you’d pay in the U.S. or Canada. All told, a couple can comfortably call this paradise home for around $2,500 to $3,000 a month. Simple meals in local restaurants will run you $5 or less. One of my favorites, ﬁsh tacos, can be had for $1.50 each in the no-frills beach restaurants. And in stores, you can expect to pay prices similar to those in the U.S. for imported foods, but fresh produce is a bargain…try a pound of tomatoes for 65 cents or two pounds of fresh fruit like mango for $1. There are big savings on property taxes and healthcare, too. And where else can you enjoy life in a two-bedroom condo a stone’s-throw from the beach, in a premier beach town, for under $700 a month rent?
As a busy carpenter and contractor in his native Canada, Steve Quinn relished his regular trips to Costa Rica to relax and unwind on the beach. After six years of short visits, he decided to make this beach lifestyle permanent. He took over a beach bar and restaurant in Tamarindo, a funky surf town on the country's northern Pacific coast. He's leasing the property for three years, with an option to buy, which is a great way to test the waters without committing to purchasing property right off the bat.
My wife and I have been living the “endless summer” lifestyle in Salinas Ecuador for three years now, and I have to say it has been pretty fantastic. We love how the waves are the last thing we hear as we fall asleep, and that they are the first sound we hear when we wake up.
Tired of the risks and weary of working for someone else, Craig dreamed of opening his own beach bar. "I was sick of jumping out of bed each day to an alarm clock and fighting the crazy traffic. And each year, when the weather began to turn in the fall, I found myself wishing for the warmth of a tropical climate," Craig says...
My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I were married in Costa Rica 14 years ago and have been back for business and pleasure almost every year since. We also lived in Panama in 2006 and, like Costa Rica, have returned nearly every year for International Living events, editorial trips, and vacations. So it is inevitable that...
Once again, winter is on the way and you’ve realized that several months of dark cold days, shoveling piles of snow, suffering hazardous driving, paying increased energy bills, and shivering through freezing temperatures are things you no longer wish to endure.