March 2017

March 2017

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March 15, 2017

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

Escaping a Rapid-Fire Lifestyle in Atenas, Costa Rica

Escaping a Rapid-Fire Lifestyle in Atenas, Costa Rica

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February 17, 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.

Why We Love Living in This “City of Poets and Presidents”

Why We Love Living in This “City of Poets and Presidents”

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July 18, 2016

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.

Escaping Brutal Winters and Relishing a Tropical Beach Life

Escaping Brutal Winters and Relishing a Tropical Beach Life

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May 3, 2016

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.