Tag Archive: Culture

Jul 12 2014

Were Costa Ricans Always Pura Vida? — Where History Meets the Movies

Literally, the expression “pura vida” means “pure life.” It describes a peaceful, tranquil and free-from-impurities existence. For the Costa Ricans, the phrase “pura vida” means much more:  It has become the popular but unofficial national motto. This motto is associated with all Costa Ricans world-wide. Where did the phrase “pura vida” come from? Costa Ricans started using the expression “pura …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/were-costa-ricans-always-pura-vida-where-history-meets-the-movies/

Mar 11 2014

Costa Rica’s Museums: A Great Way to Spend the Day in San Jose

We love Costa Rica’s museums. We plan to visit them all, but so far we’ve only been to four of them: The Gold Museum The Numismatic Museum The Children’s Museum The Jade Museum One of the great things about them is that they are small – you can get through them in less than 2 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/costa-ricas-museums-a-great-way-to-spend-the-day-in-san-jose/

Oct 26 2013

Integration 101: Being Bien Educado

How you speak and what you say are all part of la buena educación, “good upbringing,” a very important trait in the eyes of Spaniards and Latin Americans. This is not related to schooling but how you treat others…Personal hygiene and courtesy are of primary importance, from the look of the fingernails to table manners …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/integration-101-being-bien-educado/

Oct 26 2013

Community – Lost and Then Found

by Ana Rodriguez Del Valle As an adult I always wanted to belong to a “community.” I left Cuba for the United States at 13, old enough to remember what it was like to walk everywhere, to know all your neighbors, to sit at the park with the street dogs running around, to buy freshly baked …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/community-lost-and-then-found/

Sep 25 2013

San Ramon Oxcart Parade – Festejos Patronales 2013

One of the biggest events of the annual Festejos Patronales in San Ramon is the Desfile de Boyeros (Oxcart Parade). This year we were both able to get up-close-and-personal with the boyes (oxen) as you will see from a couple of photos in this year’s video (starting at the 2:32 point…yes, that’s me looking silly …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/san-ramon-oxcart-parade-festejos-patronales-2013/

Aug 20 2013

Costa Rica in 1947

Take a step into the Way-back Machine to get a look at Costa Rica 66 years ago. This video has already made it’s way around several of the Costa Rica blogs, but if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth a view.  

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/costa-rica-in-1947/

Apr 02 2013

17 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Move to Costa Rica

Recently, after one of our 5-hour San Ramon tours, our client, Steve F. said that we were not balanced enough, that we tried to sell Costa Rica and San Ramon. Granted, it wasn’t our usual tour since the only time they had available was a Sunday, so almost everything was closed. But still we had …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/17-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-move-to-costa-rica/

Nov 30 2012

Costa Rica Isn’t for Everyone?

(Updated October 27, 2015) Jackie, one of our readers wrote, “I have read in your newsletter that Costa Rica is not for everyone. (Others) say the same thing… My question is, just what is it about Costa Rica that is not for everyone? In your opinion, other than the language difference, what are the three …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/costa-rica-isnt-for-everyone/

Nov 15 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica – Take Advantage of Free and Inexpensive Classes and Events

People always ask us, “What do you do all day” — hence, our monthly “What’s Up with the Yeatmans?”  There is so much available to do – there are yoga and exercise classes, dancing, entertainment, art classes and exhibits, music classes, everything at low prices, like $10 for a whole 10-week session. In San Ramon, we …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/paul%e2%80%99s-monthly-tip-to-live-for-less-in-costa-rica-take-advantage-of-free-and-inexpensive-classes-and-events/

Sep 15 2012

Happy Independence Day Costa Rica!

September 15th, is the celebration of Independence Day in Costa Rica. We are happy to be living in this tiny country that has so much going for it, and so much to be proud of. “Himno Nacional de Costa Rica” is the national anthem of Costa Rica. It was originally adopted in 1853, with the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/happy-independence-day-costa-rica/

Older posts «