Costa Rica’s Simple Pleasures are the Finer Things in Life

Costa Rica’s Simple Pleasures are the Finer Things in Life

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July 22, 2017

If you’ve done any reading at all about Costa Rica, you’ve almost certainly come across the phrase Pura Vida. Literally it means “pure life,” but it’s practical meaning can be a bit tough to nail down. It can be a greeting, it can be a response and replace “you’re welcome,” it can replace “cheese,” when someone is about to snap a group photo and everyone is holding up their peace signs and thumbs-up.

Madrid: 5 Reasons Why Now is The Time to Go

Madrid: 5 Reasons Why Now is The Time to Go

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July 19, 2017

If you’re considering a visit to Europe—or even a move—Madrid needs to be on your radar. A sunshine-filled cultural haven, this friendly city will capture your heart without breaking your budget. The underlying authentic charm and laidback, understated vibe of Spain’s capital proved irresistible to me when I first arrived.

Brasilito: A Funky Beach Town with Rent From $200 a Month

Brasilito: A Funky Beach Town with Rent From $200 a Month

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July 15, 2017

The first day of my stay in Playa Brasilito dawned brightly and I couldn’t wait to get out on the white-sand beach. It was quite early and I found no one else strolling the stretch of more than a mile—the beach was often virtually deserted throughout my stay—but in the distance three horses carried riders into a mangrove-lined path.

In Photos: Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island is a Magical Escape

In Photos: Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island is a Magical Escape

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July 14, 2017

During high season in Nicaragua, “head for the hills” is the phrase of choice for many expats who live near the beach. Because the beach is where everyone else goes. When the sun is at its hottest, work-weary people from all over the country head for the beautiful waters to refresh, rejuvenate, and party.