My $300 a Month Condo Has Been My Costa Rica Home for 10 Years

My $300 a Month Condo Has Been My Costa Rica Home for 10 Years

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March 14, 2018

I first came to Costa Rica in 2003 on vacation. A couple of friends in Sarasota (where I lived) kept bragging about the beaches and the fishing, particularly in the southwest quadrant of Costa Rica and, more specifically, in Quepos and Manuel Antonio (QMA), and I felt compelled to investigate.

For Just $900 I Bought My Own Piece of Pura Vida

For Just $900 I Bought My Own Piece of Pura Vida

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March 12, 2018

The words “pioneer” and “frontier” usually evoke images of 1800s homesteaders. However, that’s not always the case…there are modern day pioneers throughout lesser-known “frontier” land. Karen Davies is a prime example. Her experience of moving from Oregon, U.S. to Costa Rica read like a 19th century novel. Born and raised in southern New Jersey, she Read more...: For Just $900 I Bought My Own Piece of Pura Vida

How We Renovated our Costa Rica Dream Home

How We Renovated our Costa Rica Dream Home

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March 10, 2018

Retiring to the temperate climates of Grecia, Costa Rica in the country's Central Valley was a no-brainer for Mike and Jean Kalburn from Ontario, Canada. They'd been vacationing there since 2000; usually staying in the same duplex B&B. When the opportunity came to buy that property in 2007, they jumped at the chance to have a permanent base in the land of Pura Vida, all it needed was a bit of an upgrade...

Our $175,000 Condo Has Future-Proofed Our Retirement in Colombia

Our $175,000 Condo Has Future-Proofed Our Retirement in Colombia

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March 2, 2018

The fabulous spring-like climate was what first attracted David and Carole Wallis to the idea of retiring in Medellín, Colombia. Who can argue with daytime highs in the mid-70s F to low 80s F? But it’s the city’s low cost of living and great quality of life that made them fall for its charms completely.

A Condo for $700 a Month in the Heart of Cuenca City, Ecuador

A Condo for $700 a Month in the Heart of Cuenca City, Ecuador

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March 1, 2018

Keith Paul and his wife Tina have no regrets about retiring to Ecuador. And they’ve felt that way ever since their move in January of 2016 from California to their new home city of Cuenca. It’s easy to understand why. Married for 32 years and having lived in Michigan, Florida, Texas and California, Keith retired from his stressful career...

Why It’s the Right Time to Buy In Chiriquí, Panama

Why It’s the Right Time to Buy In Chiriquí, Panama

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February 28, 2018

In 2018 Panama is expected to outperform all other Central American countries as well as many in South America. And in its western province of Chiriquí the economy is set to boom, thanks to a $1 million investment by Del Monte into Puerto Armuelles, to start up exportation of bananas once again.

Life is a Paradise in Bocas del Toro, Panama with $375 Rent

Life is a Paradise in Bocas del Toro, Panama with $375 Rent

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February 27, 2018

Growing up in the northeastern U.S. meant living through long, cold winters. I'll be honest with you: I've never liked the cold. That's why, when the opportunity to move to Panama presented itself, I leapt at it. Along with a better climate, I was looking for a place that offered a slower pace of life, and allowed me to do volunteer work...