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I Don’t See Myself Ever Going Back

I Don’t See Myself Ever Going Back

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August 16, 2018

When people come to visit me in Costa Rica I’ll often jokingly say, “Be careful, you’ve been bitten by the bug and the symptoms will keep growing on you.” By the “bug,” of course, I mean the desire to be in Costa Rica as much as possible once you’ve set foot here once. Take David Harris, for example. David was born and bred in California...

A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

I first came to the laidback fishing town of Zihuatanejo (pronounced “zee-watt-an-a-hoe”) eight years ago, to visit an old friend. At the time, I didn’t even know its exact location, until I looked it up. I guess you may not know it either: it’s on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco...

Puerto Viejo: Laidback Beachside Community on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Puerto Viejo: Laidback Beachside Community on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

New Yorker Eddie Ryan could arguably be named one of Puerto Viejo’s original expats. He’s been living here since the 1980s. “I came to Costa Rica for the first time 34 years ago, with a friend who was visiting family. During that first trip, someone mentioned the Caribbean coast to me,” he remembers. “It wasn’t a tourist destination at the time—there wasn’t even a road connecting Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, which are two of the most popular spots today.”

Beachside Caribbean Real Estate is More Affordable Than You Might Think in Belize

Beachside Caribbean Real Estate is More Affordable Than You Might Think in Belize

There’s barely been a better time to look at the beachside real estate market in beautiful Belize. Prices have been dropping for the past year or two, making more homes affordable no matter what your budget, whether you intend to rent or buy. And while many prefer to rent (at least at first), another great benefit of Belize is that it allows foreigners to own land and property outright—even beachfront...

Playa Negra: An Off-The-Beaten Path Paradise for Surfers and Foodies

Playa Negra: An Off-The-Beaten Path Paradise for Surfers and Foodies

Playa Negra’s town (officially the pueblo of Los Pargos—but hardly anyone calls it that) on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast is not typically on most people’s radar when they make plans to explore Costa Rica. It barely shows up as a dot on a map, and the journey along rutted dirt roads keeps away some of the less ambitious travelers...

I Never Dreamed I Could Stop Worrying About Money

I Never Dreamed I Could Stop Worrying About Money

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July 28, 2018

Max Davies still can’t believe the monthly fee for using the gym at the 4-star Hilton Hotel is only $63 a month. He can use the sauna, the pool, the weight room, the squash court, ping-pong tables, and a clean locker room scented with frangipani. Resort-quality amenities for locals. That’s one of the many benefits of retiring in Hua Hin...