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Ex Pats in Costa Rica

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?

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.

House-Hunting In Costa Rica: No Boas, Bats Or Screaming Rats

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 09.06.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

There was the House of Fleas, the place right next door to the House of Pit Bulls, a one-of-a-kind home on a beautiful property featuring the perfect howler monkey habitat but little to no indoor space.

Our New Backyard: How We Gave Away Everything And Moved To Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 08.08.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Three days of dumping our possessions on the street made us extremely popular in the East Village. ("Do you have any MORE books, man?" "Wow! A dulcimer!") The king bed walked uptown.

Why's Our New Puppy Almost Dead?

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

A married couple, 50-somesuch, kids grown and flown... so what comes next? We moved from Manhattan to Costa Rica: a move that took just under 10 months from the night we said, "Let's do it" till we boarded the plane with one-way tickets.