Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why Costa Rica?

Here is my non-exhaustive, no particular order, top 20 list of why Costa Rica has stolen our hearts:
Awww, how CUTE!
  1. The wildlife and discovering new animals, bugs, birds every day. You never know what you will see!
  2. The weather. I love that where we bought land, the average day-time temperature is in the 70s-80s with a slight cooling at night for good sleeping.
  3. No air conditioning needed. 
  4. No heater needed.
  5. No screened-in porches needed. 
  6. Living is done outside so you can enjoy the fresh air and sounds of the wildlife.
  7. The people. Costa Ricans (or Ticos) are known for their friendliness and laid-back ways.
  8. Cost of living is better than where we are.
  9. The rain forest. We will be living in the rain forest!
  10. The coffee.
  11. You need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get to our land.
  12. About 20% of the country is set aside as national parks or reserves.
  13. The beaches. Costa Rica has beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, and unless you go to the tourist areas, many times you are the only one on the beach!
  14. Gallo pinto. The yummy rice and beans dish they serve.
  15. Even though the town we will be living in has all dirt roads, there are several restaurants there that rival any 5-star restaurant here, but NO chains or fast food!
  16. If we want chain restaurants, it's only an hour's drive north.
  17. Volcanoes!
  18. Red-eyed tree frogs--quite possibly my favorite animal.
  19. The abundance of outdoor activities--too many to list!
  20. Pura Vida--the good life, or the pure life. Ticos use that phrase similar to how Hawaiians use "aloha". It's not just a saying, it's a way of life.


  1. So, I can see why you like Costa Rica. However, I'm thinking #14 is more of a "con". Do they have to put beans in everything? :) Are the volcanoes active still?

  2. Hi Nina, since you are my sister, may I remind you I'm looking for "helpful" comments? hahah. I know you don't like beans, but we LOVE them and they are good for you! Some of the volcanoes are still active, but they are all located quite a bit away from where we will be living as they are in the northern half of the country. They make for great hikes and vistas, though. Also many spas and hotels have developed around the natural hot springs and pools they make.

  3. Hey Sabra

    We are neighbours although we haven't met!

    Feel free to check our blog

    I am surprised you could stop at 20 reasons!

    A friend of ours compiled a list of the more day-to-day reasons that I thought I would share

    Clean tropical sun and wind dried laundry fresh off the line.

    Bougainvillea bushes - non-stop blooms and great security hedge - thorny like roses and they grow sky high.

    Free orchids - they are growing on our trees.

    Good vodka - bought a 2.1 litre bottle for $15 CAD yesterday.

    Fresh pineapples.

    Pineapple juice to mix with the vodka

    Tomatoes from the feria.

    Tomato seeds from a local tomato thrown into the ground that sprout in less than a week and grow like crazy.

    Delicious, inexpensive meals from the local sodas.

    Walking on the cool tiles in the house in bare feet.

    The afternoon rain and thunder in the green season.

    Parrots, hummingbirds and birds we've never seen before.

    House geckos.

    Irex dishwashing paste.

    My favorite brand: "Bimbo".

    Beautiful insects - incredible colors and shapes.

  4. Hi Dan & Lisle,
    Nice to "meet" you! I like your list of things, too! I decided to stop at 20 so people wouldn't get bored. haha Unless you've been there, I don't think you can fully "get" it. I'll be checking out your blog--thanks for the info! Looking forward to meeting you in person soon.