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Living in Costa Rica

How Retirees In Costa Rica Really Spend Their Days

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

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 the house.

5 Great Reasons To Retire To Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 10.13.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

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, makes perfect sense...

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

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

If you travel all the way to Katmandu, why are you so overjoyed about meeting Bob and Wendy Whomeverthef*ck from Jerkwater, Ohio?

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

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 07.21.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

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.

Our Search For The Perfect Home In Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

When we pictured ourselves living in Costa Rica, we pictured, well, I'm not quite sure, but it certainly wasn't living in a house that looked like it might be in Florida or Cali.

Things To Look Out For When Moving To Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 06.01.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

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.

Why Cooking Up A New Life In Costa Rica Is Harder Than Expected

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 02.07.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Between the biking, snorkeling, surfing, lazing in the hammock and cocktail mixing in Costa Rica, we kinda like to eat. Back in New York, I put at least one hot meal on the table every day for 30 years and had a robust repertoire of family-pleasing recipes -- few of which, for various reasons, can be reproduced here.

What We Wish We Had Learned Before We Retired In Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 12.15.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

When you're standing in the store with a line of people behind you and the cashier mumbles something like quatromilledoscientoscinquenta and it sounds like quatromillcan'tyouevencountyoustupidstupidgringo, it's a bit nerve-wracking.

4 Things You'll Miss If You Retire In Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 11.27.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Of course, we didn't move to Costa Rica to watch TV, but sometimes in the midst of a three-day downpour, it'd be nice to see something other than each other.

Costa Rica Retirement: Why We Got A Guard Dog

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 10.23.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

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.