By IL‘s Costa Rica Insiders, John Michael Arthur and Jackie Minchillo Why Owning a Car is More Affordable in Costa Rica By John Michael Arthur When making a move overseas, a lot of expats attempt to simplify their lives…and they start with ditching their car. Many folks find the idea of not owning a car Read more...: March 2017
My favorite day of the week is Friday in my country town of Atenas—although since moving here, every day is pretty good. On Fridays, I pile all five of my dogs into the car and head early in the morning for the farmers’ market, followed by a lively off-leash hike on a forested mountain trail near town.
My first taste of Costa Rica came during a six-week college placement. Studying abroad was a requirement for me. After hours of research, I chose Costa Rica, known as “the happiest place on Earth.”
My husband Paul and I first traveled to Costa Rica’s Central Valley in 2008 with the intention of discovering whether or not we might want to retire there. We visited big towns and small towns, looked at apartments, condos, and houses…some very basic and some built to U.S. standards.
Weeks with the temperatures below zero. Snow, snow, and more snow. It was a particularly brutal winter two years ago that convinced Jim, 67, and Barb Kohlmetz, 62, that it was time for a change after living in Wisconsin all their lives. Now they jet down to Costa Rica after the Christmas holidays and stay in their home in a quiet beach community on the central Pacific coast until after the spring thaw. As retirees—they were in education for a combined 73 years—they have the flexible schedule perfect for part-time residents.