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

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

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

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...

Homes from $140,000 in Mexico’s “Pearl of the Pacific”

Homes from $140,000 in Mexico’s “Pearl of the Pacific”

Every city is made up of many neighborhoods each appealing to different lifestyles and different kinds of folk…and Mazatlán on Mexico’s Pacific coast is no exception. Here’s a rundown, from south to north, of what the “Pearl of the Pacific” has to offer...

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

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

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

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...

Renting First Helped Build Our Dream Home in Granada

Renting First Helped Build Our Dream Home in Granada

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February 23, 2018

When my wife, Nicki, and I decided in early 2016 that we were moving away from the cold northern winters in South Dakota, for the year-round warmth of Nicaragua, we did so in stages. We had bought a one-acre lot just outside the lovely colonial city of Granada the previous year...