Hometown: Coudersport, Pennsylvania
About Me: I moved to here in 1998, one year after finishing college at the University of Richmond, VA. I can't remember when or why I got the idea to move to Costa Rica, but it began in college. I never thought I'd be here 15 years later, married with child, but there is something about life in the tropics that gets under your skin.
My Favorite Thing: My fave thing is the weather, which is near perfect. A close second is the pace of life and the people. While many expats (including me) complain about it, the slower pace is something I appreciate. Things move a lot slower here, which is something you either learn to embrace or you wash out from frustrations. After all these years I think it's probably been good for a type-A person like me, as it forces one to not sweat the small stuff.
My Top Tips: Know what you want. Costa Rica is incredibly diverse in terms of landscapes, climates and lodging options. If you have clear expectations, they can very likely be met here. It's not for everybody, but there sure is darn near something for everybody if you know where to find it. Don't expect the advanced infrastructure of Hawaii or the Caribbean, but that's also part of the charm.
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Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge is the second-largest rainforest preserve in Costa Rica, and as such, is significantly quieter than some of the country's more easily accessible national parks. This park boasts more than 227,000 acres...
The commercial banking sector in Costa Rica is a lot better - and more convenient - than it used to be, so follow these tips when you're out and about to ensure you're not left without your money: