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I’ve Never Been Disappointed With My Move to Quepos, Costa Rica

I’ve Never Been Disappointed With My Move to Quepos, Costa Rica

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July 4, 2017

Nine years ago, I retired to Costa Rica. And I've never been disappointed in that decision. Don't get me wrong, I believe myself to be a true American and love my home country for what it is, but the speed of life there eventually got too much for me.

The Little-known Stretch of the French Riviera

The Little-known Stretch of the French Riviera

Although southern France comes with a medieval legacy of troubadour poets, I never expected to see a poetry shop. But there's one in the harbor town of Cassis. Framed and written on marbled paper, there are over 4,000 poems on love, life and friendship to choose from. Dominated by a fortress castle and with a back garden of vineyards, Cassis is the unhyped Riviera...

Come to Costa Rica and Say Goodbye to Watching the Clock

Come to Costa Rica and Say Goodbye to Watching the Clock

I have a confession to make: I had an addiction. Or maybe it’s better described as an obsession…or a mania. There was a time when I probably could have stood in a dank room full of the similarly afflicted and said, “Hello, my name is John, and I have too many watches.”

A Laidback Life in Coastal Costa Rica for $1,500 a Month

A Laidback Life in Coastal Costa Rica for $1,500 a Month

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June 24, 2017

I have been living happily in the town of Quepos on Costa Rica’s South Central Pacific Coast for almost nine years. I retired in 2008 at the age of 65 after visiting Costa Rica eight times in the previous five years, always ending up in Quepos and getting more and more comfortable with the lifestyle here.

A Small-Town Expat Haven with “The Best Climate in the World”

A Small-Town Expat Haven with “The Best Climate in the World”

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June 19, 2017

Walking into my Tai Chi/Qigong class this morning at the Atenas Yoga Center, I was greeted by several new smiling faces. There were new expats in town, renting a house for a few months to check out whether Atenas, Costa Rica, could be their new home.