Avenida Escazu Costa Rica Overview Avenida Escazu is a trendy new commercial center located in the northern zone of Escazu and about 10 minutes west of San Jose. To get there, you just need to take the pista… Read More

When Alexander the Great reached the shores of Persia, he discovered his troops were greatly outnumbered. What did he do? Rather than planning an escape, he ordered his men to burn their ships. [quote]As their only means of… Read More

Car Accidents in Costa Rica

People who come to Costa Rica often times overlook one of the highest risks to personal safety – traffic accidents. North Americans who come to Costa Rica to visit or live, often times, will either rent a car… Read More

Pay-Offs in Costa Rica (“El Chorizo”)

Anyone who visits or lives in Costa Rica, for an extended period of time, will certainly need to brush-up on etiquette and norms regarding pay-offs. In case you are wondering what is meant by “pay-off”, let’s just say… Read More

My Biggest Mistakes in Costa Rica – Part 1

After over six years of living in Costa Rica, I would like to provide deep personal perspective, to people thinking about making the plunge and moving to Costa Rica. Before I start, I need to point-out previous posts,… Read More

Costa Rica Facts for Kids

Whether you are visiting Costa Rica, or planning on living in Costa Rica, its certainly a great place to take your kids.  The Costa Rican people are very family oriented and they certainly love being surrounded by children…. Read More

Moving To Costa Rica

Almost everyday, I hear someone on Facebook or through email say “I want to move to Costa Rica”. Due to a variety of reasons, there is growing trend of Americans who want to live abroad, and Costa Rica… Read More

Driving in Costa Rica

Driving in Costa Rica can be a stressful experience.  Between poor road conditions, pot holes, crazy drivers, aggressive bus drivers, and roads that just end, for no reason;  it is certainly a challenge. On the upside, I have… Read More

Top 10 List of Mistakes Made by Gringos in Costa Rica

This weekend, Canadian Television (CTV) indicated that the Canadian government released a travel advisory to citizens going to Costa Rica due to the recent murder of a Canadian citizen in Guachipelín de Escazú. Brad Deering, 42 of Vancouver,… Read More

Water Shortage in Costa Rica

Thousands of families have been waking up in the early morning, and walking with empty buckets, to seek water in parts of Costa Rica. To me – this is somewhat surprising.   Although, it is normal for the… Read More