Category Archives: Living in Costa Rica

Simplifying in Costa Rica: Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

One of the reasons we moved to Costa Rica out all the many countries we considered is it’s prevalent culture of sustainability and conservation.  You can live in Costa Rica and be enslaved by consumerism, produce a ton of trash, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Eating in Costa Rica

I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks of blog info about eating in Costa Rica.  Being Mexican mom, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and I equate food with love, so these blog posts are dear … Continue reading

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Hire a Tica to Teach You How to Cook

Tico cuisine is naturally low in fat, sodium and calories.  The locals use very little fat in their cooking.  They eat their vegetables fresh, steamed, or lightly sautéed. They don’t refry their beans in lard or bacon grease as is … Continue reading

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What Do You Eat in Costa Rica?

One of the questions I am often asked by friends and family is what we eat in Costa Rica.  Last week, I blogged about where I shop for food.  This week, I will focus on how I put everything from … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Shop at La Feria

One of the best things about living in Monteverde is the Feria de Agricultor, or farmer’s market that happens every Saturday morning in Santa Elena.  I highly recommend that you visit la Feria if you live here or are traveling … Continue reading

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5 Lessons Learned From Embracing Pura Vida

1)    Life is good.  In my former life as a pediatric hospitalist, I took care of children with complex medical problems.  Many were technology-dependent to survive, required 24/7 nursing care, or were profoundly neurologically impaired.  And they wanted to live.  … Continue reading

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What Does Pura Vida Mean?

The phrase “Pura Vida” epitomizes Tico culture and lifestyle.  You will hear the term before you even leave the airport upon arriving to Costa Rica.  I knew about its use before I moved to Costa Rica because any book or … Continue reading

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5 Lessons Learned From Living Without A Car In Costa Rica

In the previous post, I listed the many benefits of walking instead of driving.  After living this way for several months, I have learned many valuable lessons from walking. Slow down.  Before we moved to Costa Rica, I used to … Continue reading

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I Love Walking!

Walking is great.  I am grateful to live in a small town where walking is part of the prevalent culture.  Below are 5 benefits of walking over driving. Better for your health Cities that are walking-friendly such as Boston and … Continue reading

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What Type of VISA or RESIDENCY Do I Need to Move to Costa Rica?

Disclosure:  I obtained the information for this blog post from the websites for the Costa Rican Embassy, the Association of Costa Residents, advice we received from an immigration service in the US, and information from our children’s school.  This information … Continue reading

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