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Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner
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SHE: A one-time professional fund-raiser advocating for NYC's homeless as well as arts education in the city's public school system; former writer, editor and Jeopardy! contestant.

HE: A copy and design creative in the music, fashion and entertainment industries; sometimes lead singer and decent third baseman.

THEY: Done with Manhattan's lower east side lifestyle; and set on forging a new reality in the friendly confines of Costa Rica.

Six suitcases (and 4 carry-ons) later, they arrived in Puerto Viejo...

Entries by Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Cowboys vs Pirates: A Weekend in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 11:35 AM

I try not to tell people our horse got bitten by a snake and died -- it tends to put some people off the idea of visiting us here. "Hmm, can't we just go to Cancun and not be bitten by snakes?" It also put me off horse owning for...

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How I Spend My Day: Life In The Costa Rican Paradise

(7) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:23 AM

If we'd retired to Paris, I would be lingering over overpriced coffee at a sidewalk café; if it had been the Cotswolds in England, I'd likely be trainspotting. But my husband and I retired to Costa Rica, so I spend a large part of my day sweeping poop out of...

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The Top 5 Reasons Costa Rica's Southern Caribbean Coast (SoCa) Is Better Than The Pacific -- For Retirees And Everyone Else

(11) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 7:25 AM

I wouldn't exactly call it a rivalry, but retirees and vacationers alike tend to fall into one of two categories; those who go west in Costa Rica, especially to Jaco (the closest beach town to the international airport) and those who head east to the Carib. And this, of course,...

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How to Not Make Friends: An Expat Guide to Avoiding Expats

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 5:19 PM

For many, meeting new people is an aromatic slice of the foreign retirement pizza. And while this can be a challenge if you're not quite up to speed with the local language, most anywhere you choose to retire abroad, you'll find an existing pool of potential new friends:...

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I Get Around: Biking, Driving, Riding and Surfing Your Way Through Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 12:21 PM

When we lived in NYC, we used the four basic methods of inner-city transportation: foot, subway, bus, taxi. Here in the Greater Puerto Viejo area, your basic travel options are a bit broader: bike, moto, bus; car, golf cart, ATV, horse, surfboard and the occasional ox cart.

Most things (groceries,...

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House Hoppers International: Welcome To Your Costa Rica Dream Retirement; Now Pack Your Things And Go: Part Two

(22) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 6:21 AM

As we hit our one-year anniversary here in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, we made ready to move into our sixth place of residence. Last time, we explored the reasons so many folks seem to bounce around here in Puerto, as well as our own moves one and two....

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House Hoppers International: Welcome To Your Costa Rica Dream Retirement -- Now Pack Your Things And GO (Part One)

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 5:36 AM

Ask any Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica resident "How many times have you moved since your arrival?" and it goes something like this: "Five times in the past year," "twice this month," "I've lived in 18 places since i got here" and so on. When we first heard these Hobo Joe...

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30 Years Of Recipes Down The Drain: Ex-Pats in Costa Rica Try Cooking Up A New Life

(642) Comments | Posted December 8, 2012 | 6:41 AM

Google "Costa Rican restaurant New York City" and what comes up? I'll tell you what: nothing. In the most densely restauranted city in the world, there is not one Costa Rican restaurant. In our old NYC neighborhood alone, along with the Chinese, Thai, Italian, French, et cetera, we had an...

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Are You Ever Too Old To Learn A New Language? Ex-Pats in Costa Rica Discuss "Espeaking The Espanish"

(1261) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 9:07 AM

One appealing aspect of moving to a place where you don't speak the language is you no longer have to hear anything stupid. Living in New York City, where strangers rub elbows and ears together, means that you are constantly overhearing cell phone conversations, 90 percent of which constitute of...

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4 Things You Won't Get When You Get To Puerto Viejo: An Ex-Pat Checklist

(317) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 8:52 AM

"We got sunlight on the sand, we got moonlight on the sea / We got mangos and bananas you can pick right off the tree..."

We have all of the above in Puerto Viejo, plus snorkeling, surfing, gorgeous beaches, wildlife to rival the Bronx Zoo, and one of the world's...

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The Tale of Bitey: An Ex-Pat Search for the Perfect Costa Rican Dog

(19) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 5:48 PM

One big reason to have a dog in Puerto Viejo is security; pretty much anything that isn't nailed down is fair game around here, petty burglaries aren't uncommon -- and we determined we wanted... a beast. A sinewy jungle savage to both serve and protect. A relentless soldier, a brawler,...

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Wanted: House to Let: No Boas, Bats Or Screaming Rats (The Costa Rican House Hunt Continues...)

(8) Comments | Posted July 7, 2012 | 8:37 AM

Welcome to "House Hunters International" ... The Do-It-Yourself Edition.

Before we moved to Costa Rica, we watched the crap out of HHI, despite the fact that most every episode showed a couple with too much money and too little imagination bobbleheading their way around three houses making inane comments...

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From NYC Co-op to Costa Rican Casita (de Raton)

(12) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 9:20 AM

You'd think it'd be tough to pull a move like this together; what to pack, what to get rid of, finding a buyer for our Manhattan co-op, trying to find place to land (in Costa Rica) while living in New York. On the other hand...

We really couldn't do anything...

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Why's Our New Puppy Almost Dead?

(10) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 4:38 PM

I would have stuck around to see if the pup we'd just gotten would make it (or just keep blowing those green things out its nose), but practice (as in baseball) was supposed to start in a minute. Not a New York minute, but still... I really had to get...

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