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Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Katia Caprarella

Posted by: Scar on Sunday October 16, 2016 (14:21:03)   (347 Reads)
Katia Caprarella
Who are you?

I'm an Italian single mom who has been living in Costa Rica for the last 14 years. I love surfing an outdoor activities.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Samantha Wei, Playas del Coco

Posted by: Carole on Sunday July 26, 2015 (12:35:36)   (1516 Reads)
Samantha Wei
Who are you?

My name is Samantha Wei and I'm a mid 20's Asian-American from Olympia, Washington, USA.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved abroad August 2012 to Costa Rica. I moved purely for love. My boyfriend is Costa Rican and we had been long distance for two years and since at that time he didn't have a US visa, I decided to move down to be with him.   more ...

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Costa Rica

Nadine Hays Pisani, Flamingo

Posted by: Carole on Friday July 24, 2015 (07:59:46)   (2156 Reads)
Nadine Hays Pisani, Flamingo
Who are you?

My name is Nadine Hays Pisani, the author of the best-selling series Happier Than A Billionaire. I used to be a chiropractor but decided that working ten hours in an office was not a whole lot of fun.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Dolores Plate, Heredia

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday July 01, 2015 (14:49:32)   (1486 Reads)
Dolores Plate
Who are you?

I'm a 50-something US Air Force retired woman. I like working out and do it just about every day. I have 2 dogs, a Schnauzer and a Pekingese/mix.

I really love animals so I volunteer with two rescue groups, ABRAZA in Zarcero and Adopciones Grecia in Grecia. I became vegan a few years ago and it completely changed my life. I was healthy but I had started to notice the middle aged spread that people talk about.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Jackie Minchillo, Playa Langosta

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday June 30, 2015 (17:43:14)   (1294 Reads)
Jackie and husband rafting the Tenorio River!
Who are you?

My name is Jackie. I am a 26-year-old communications professional and freelance writer. I grew up in Michigan in the United States and most recently I lived in Chicago with my husband Junior and our dog Harvey. I've always had a passion for travel and a craving for international experiences. My husband and I began talking about moving abroad in April 2015 and we are so happy we made the move.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Matt and Niki Meeks, Atenas

Posted by: Carole on Saturday March 01, 2014 (22:41:09)   (4082 Reads)
Matt & Niki Meeks
Who are you?

Matt & Niki Meeks, children Max 4 ½, Sara 2 ½ and Sofi 5 weeks and Coffee Dog

We consider ourselves a young family, only because of the age of our children.

After working 20 years for the same company, growing weary of the negativity around us, and having to set appointments for our children to play with friends, we started soul searching for an avenue to a better, less complicated way of life. We are from the great state of Texas and still proud to be Texans, but we are adventurous and love to travel so we started talking about an international move.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Jacqueline Bain, Orosi Valley

Posted by: Carole on Monday November 18, 2013 (18:41:02)   (2508 Reads)
Jacqueline Bain
Who are you?


I am a woman in my mid-twenties from Minnesota, United States. I went to undergraduate in Arizona and gained a BA in Social Psychology. I then went on to earn my MA in Social Entrepreneurship from a university in California. I enjoy writing and reading, especially novels about utopian/dystopian and conflicting ideals. I enjoy living near the ocean, as I grew up in the Midwest and could only visit the ocean on vacations. I also love trees, as I believe they possess a knowledge and patience beyond what humans have been able to appreciate and comprehend. I enjoy traveling and feeling the energy of the morning in a new place.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Shannon Enete, Central Pacific Coast

Posted by: Carole on Saturday November 16, 2013 (12:28:17)   (2714 Reads)
Shannon Enete
Who are you?

I'm an outdoor enthusiast from San Diego, California who loves to meet new people from around the globe. I absolutely love kayaking, hiking, camping, surfing, and exploring. I am married to an extraordinary woman, Cammy Enete whom I met here in Costa Rica. She was the daughter of my property manager!

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica about a year and a half ago. After a back-injury ended my career as a paramedic, I founded Enete Enterprises, LLC a video and print publication company. This new venture granted me the freedom to move about the globe!   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Jerry Nelson, San Jose

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday June 18, 2013 (22:13:22)   (2430 Reads)
Jerry Nelson
Who are you?

My name is Jerry Nelson. I am a 57yo male from America. As a freelance photojournalist, I get to travel many different places and experience many different things. Much different than the life I would've had if I'd have stayed in the small mountain town in Virginia where I was raised.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

2009 I came to Costa Rica. Following the break up with my fiance at the time, I just had to “get away”. While traveling so much is a form of getting “away”, I wanted somewhere that wasn't America; somewhere that people might appreciate the possessions they owned and appreciate the people around them.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Costa Rica

Costa Rica

John G. Dungan, Arenal

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday June 13, 2012 (20:49:33)   (4795 Reads)
John G. Dungan
I am a retired RN, married for 44 years to a retired school teacher. We moved to Costa Rica in April of 2009, after researching and preparing for nearly ten years. We had purchased a small lot about seven months prior to our move, and we made the mistake of paying to ship a container with all of our household belongings, major appliances, and furnishings. We did not get a fair deal out of that experience, so be warned if you plan the same. The final cost came in at more than 50% higher than the promised estimate, and considering how much we spent on this shipping, we would have been much better off just buying new things here.

We had usually visited the same general area of Costa Rica during our previous visits, so the decision about where to live was easy. This was a mistake, also. While we live in a very beautiful setting, surrounded by beauty, we have found that there are just too many things that we cannot count on having available to us.   more ...

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