For Ray and Michele, the year-round temperate climate of Costa Rica’s Orosi Valley leaves them with no need for heating or air conditioning. Temperatures stay in the 70s F most of the time, which means that they can get out on their farm all year-round.
Placencia Village sits at the southern tip of a 14-mile peninsula. With rustic wood cabañas and cottages painted in every color of the rainbow, along with the “smallest main street in the world”, Placencia maintains its authentic Caribbean charm.
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.
With winter here, I'm starting to daydream again about living in Valencia. It's one of my favorite cities in Spain... There's a lot to like about Valencia. First, there's the location and climate. It sits right on Spain's eastern Mediterranean shore.
When I told people I was selling everything I owned, leaving behind my teaching career, and moving to Thailand, many folks said "No you're not," "You can't," and even desperate pleas of "Don't do it, you're making a mistake."
“In the U.S. and Canada, people are driven to accumulate things, to work all their lives, to hold on and amass more and more, to own their house before they die. And for what?” says Cheryl Lafond. “All I wanted was a way to live a simple life, to be happy, and enjoy my surroundings,”.
"Spring is my favorite time of the year. And it's like an eternal Spring here," says expat Ray Reynolds, who lives in the green hills of Costa Rica's Central Valley. "To be surrounded by the mountains, well, I feel like I've finally found the home of my heart."
Moving abroad for any reason is a big decision…one that takes some thought and planning. Most people will never seriously consider moving out of their comfort zone in the first place, even if it becomes uncomfortable for some reason.
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...
Have you ever heard of "scope creep"? It's often defined as a project that has seen its original goals expand while it is in process. I define it as what happens when you renovate your home.