Our Journey to Costa Rica

After living in sunny San Diego our entire lives, we sold our house and made the  big move on April 11, 2019 to Flamingo, Guanacaste Costa Rica along with our two dogs Sasha and Bruno.  Join us, on this life changing journey, as we share our experiences, adventures and the challenges of moving to another country.

About Us

We are native San Diegans that love to travel to warm weather destinations like the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Florida and Central America.  Why would we leave what many people call America's finest city , with the world's best weather, and head off to Central America ?

Pura Vida

Costa Rica's phrase for the pure life.  Time passes by slowly here and everything seems like it happens "manana" (spanish for tomorrow).  What is the pure life and why is it so alluring to visitors and cherished by those who live here ?

Our First Trip

We took a hotel shuttle from the airport and stayed in a high end resort.  Except for one trip to Tamarindo, via taxi, we never left except to go to the adjacent beach.  Learn why this was a big mistake.

Do Over

From San Jose to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano, and then over to the Pacific northwest province of Guanacaste, our second trip traversed hundreds of miles....and yes, we rented a car this time.


I never though we would leave the golden state of California for the gold coast of Costa Rica.  This place is special.  However, moving out of country will be challenging.  We are now in research mode.  Can we really make this happen ?

Building our Home

We found an amazing Costa Rica based builder, originally from the United States, and a plot of land in the perfect community.  Follow us through the land purchase and build process.


There is no spring, summer, fall or winter here.  Seasons are defined as green or dry.  There are a wide variety of climates,  from no heat and A/C to hot and dry beach communities with virtually no rain for 5 months.  Find the climate that's right for you.


Check out current surf and weather conditions from these live Costa Rica webcams.


Costa Rica has the most beautiful money that I have ever seen.  Can you also use the US dollar in Costa Rica ?


Some of the best fishing in the world is here, both offshore and inshore.  Follow me in my Hobie kayak as I learn how to catch dozens of different species.

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