Cheryl Stinson always dreamt of learning to surf. When a Google search result came up for Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, not only did her dream come true, it also turned out to be the start of a new sunny chapter for the Ottawa native...
When Linda Ledbetter and Bruce Brasington chose to leave the U.S. for an international life in Costa Rica—the former cruising couple had five key criteria that were non-negotiable for their new home.
Mark Baker and his wife, Jacqueline, learned how to adapt to living overseas during his career in the U.S. Army. "We lived in Western Europe, Central Europe, and Scandinavia," says Jackie. "The exposure to different cultures provided us with an appreciation...
After 45 years of marriage and home-ownership in Colorado, my husband Wes and I found ourselves as renters in Costa Rica. As retirees, we decided not to buy and maintain a house because we are more interested in adventures and exploring the country.
As I write about my life here in Cancún, Mexico, it seems like a fairytale and yet, it's very real. The first thing I see every morning, even before getting out of bed, is a clear, unobstructed view of the shimmering, aquamarine Caribbean Sea...just beyond the pool.
Playa Potrero is a small village on Costa Rica's northern Pacific Coast, nestled nearly equidistant between the more popular tourist hubs of Playas del Coco and Playa Tamarindo. Potrero represents a growing, full-time expat community and real estate opportunities that still represent great value beach living.
When Chicagoan John Marrero started his international house hunt in Costa Rica in 2013, he had tropical villa dreams in mind. Maybe Spanish style, a tropical landscape, maybe an ocean view. "I originally planned to put $100,000 down on a place and finance the rest...
Lance and Mary Miller both grown up in small towns, he in Iowa and she in Maryland. "We appreciated the simplicity and intimacy of living in a small community," Mary says. Mary had been a nurse for many years and Lance had a career in the military and lived in several countries.
David, the capital city of Panama's Chiriquí province, has a wide selection of housing choices throughout its bustling districts. But if you travel a little outside the city limits you'll discover a more relaxed environment—if that big city vibe isn't for you.
Earlier this evening I walked across a plaza to meet a friend. There was an elegantly outfitted brass band playing for a group of dignitaries. The centuries-old Hotel Central—newly restored to its former glory—was the perfect backdrop. Locals hung out in the gazebo and on benches around the plaza, enjoying the impromptu show.