Tag: DailyLife

May 24 2016

The Yearly Invasion of the Abejones

They’re here. They came right on schedule this year, the abejones. In the States they are known as June bugs, but here in Costa Rica they arrive in May. We saw the first ones the end of April, just after the first rain of the season. The rain softens the earth so they are able …

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May 02 2016

Significant Earthquakes in Costa Rica Over the Last 100 Years

According to a CNN article today, “the death toll from Ecuador’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake climbed to 654 Saturday evening, according to the country’s Risk Management Office. The agency also reported that 58 people remain missing since the April 16 quake and 12,492 are injured. It also announced that almost 26,091 people remain in shelters.” We have friends …

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Mar 12 2016

Livin’ Large in Costa Rica, by Mike Peace

We met Mike and Mary Peace in January of 2008, over 8 years ago, when we all took George Lundquist’s “Retire on Social Security Tour.” Since then, Mike and Mary have visited us several times on their trips to Costa Rica. On the last visit, Mike performed his new song, “Livin’ Large in Costa Rica,” for …

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Mar 01 2016

Snapshots of Life in Costa Rica

This is a new little feature with photos that show different aspects of life in Costa Rica. Most of them will be our own photos but if you have one you would like to share, send it our way. Wind, Clouds, and Sunsets – January/February 2016 Costa Rica has its first bus stop made of …

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Feb 23 2016

Beach Day January 2016

Playa Dona Ana

We had our first beach day of the 2016 season at Playa Doña Ana, near Puntarenas. 22 of our friends and neighbors came, as well as lots of Tico families enjoying the kids’ summer vacation from school. The beach has secure parking (1,000 colones per car), picnic tables, BBQ grills available, bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms, lots …

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Mar 29 2015

In the Mailbag: Shopping for “New” Clothes and Buying a Car: Yes or No?

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Shopping for “New” Clothes In response to my recent report of a shopping spree at Ropa Americana in our February 6th newsletter, and our “Money Saving Tip” to buy your clothes there, Lynn …

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Feb 27 2015

From the Peace Corps to Retirement in Costa Rica, by Steve Johnson

by Steve Johnson Hi Guys. I’m the new weather reporter from San Rafael de Heredia, (actually, Concepcion de San Rafael), which, given the microclimates here, is practically on another planet. My story about retiring here is a bit unusual, and I thought some of you might be interested. Retiring to Costa Rica was the fulfillment …

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Aug 28 2014

The Truth about Living in Costa Rica: The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy, by Josh Linnes

by Josh Linnes (Originally published by Viva Tropical on August 8, 2014. Used with permission.) Also includes annotations by Paul and Gloria in green (updated 10/26/15). Photos by retireforlessincostarica.com. It’s easy to find tons of articles and information out there highlighting all the great benefits of living in Costa Rica. But it’s also easy to read those …

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Aug 10 2014

What Do You Do All Day? Check Out the CAA!

People always ask us, “What do you do all day?” They are so used to doing and producing in North America, they just can’t imagine having a future that’s so open-ended. Well, we have a good answer: VOLUNTEER. It’s something you can do all over Costa Rica. Practically any town of any size will have some …

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Jan 09 2014

Our December 2013 Costa Rica Cost of Living

costa rica cost of living

Another calendar year has ended and, in our next newsletter, we’ll share our end-of-year cost of living report, including monthly averages for each category. In the meantime, here’s how we did for the month December, 2013. Like most people, we spent more on groceries in December. We did more entertaining in our home, and Gloria …

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