5 Best Guancaste Beaches

Costa Rica Costa Of Living Update: Boogie Board—$80

Choosing your favorite beach in Costa Rica is like trying to pick which of your children you love the most. I’ve overheard heated debates on which sand is the softest, where the best snorkeling spot is located, or what surf is the easiest to boogie board without smacking your head into a rock.

Since many of you are visiting this area for the Christmas holiday—and are looking to get out of your resort and travel to different beaches—this list should help in planning your excursions. It’s best to fly into Liberia Costa Rica since this international airport is the closet to these Guanacaste beaches. The San Jose airport is five to six hours away from this area.

I’ve compiled this “happier beach list” (my top 5 Guanacaste beaches) by using a thorough investigative team: my husband and I. We are authorities in how to waste a day away. I can sit on a beach (in the shade) for and entire day and feel like it was well spent. Give me a book and I might never come home. Rob will stare into every tide pool looking for new and interesting sea life… and he always finds something. These beach days  clear my mind and help make me more appreciative of the little things. Gratitude comes easy when your toes are dipped into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading “COSTA RICA VACATIONS : THE 5 BEST GUANACASTE BEACHES” »

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Costa Rican Cost of Living Update: 12 ounce jar of Smucker’s Orange Marmalade—$4.60

We are excited to release the first episode of our cooking/adventure show Building Up an Appetite! Enjoy Mardi Gras in Costa Rica, a tour of Flamingo, and a fun night dancing to Canadian Blues legend, Donnie Walsh, at Marie’s Restaurant.

We sit down with Donnie the day after the show for an incredible interview in which he discusses how he met Dan Aykroyd and became the inspiration for the famous Blues Brothers. We follow him on his journey to where he is today, living on the beach in Costa Rica.

My friend Ewa and I prepare a delicious meal while Rob and Donnie take a fishing trip to Playa Del Coco. While waiting for them to return, I whip up a delicious mango salad with fresh fruit picked right out of Ewa’s backyard. It’s one of the things I love most about living in Costa Rica, picking fresh fruit right off the trees.

This show is dear to our hearts and we can’t thank all the people who made it possible enough. Over the course of seven years living in Costa Rica, I have encountered many incredible things. I’m elated to have this moment to share some of them with you.

Over the next thirty minutes you will see magnificent views, epic beaches, wild monkeys, toucans, coatis, and much, much more.

Will my husband catch any red snapper or just sink the boat? Watch the show now to find out!

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Costa Rica Photo Gallery

Costa Rica Cost of Living Update: Entenmann’s Chocolate Fudge Cake— $9

Check out my new Gallery page located on the top menu bar. You’ll find over 500 photos Rob and I have taken of Costa Rica. There are beaches, monkeys, sunsets, and more!

I love sharing all the beautiful places I see with all of you. And I also love sharing how much an Entenmann’s chocolate cake costs.

I would have taken a picture of that too but Rob ate it all.

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Costa Rica Cooking/Adventure Show
Costa Rica Cost of Living Update: One Plantain— 25 cents (free if the tree is in your yard)

Our cooking show will be coming out this November on our YouTube Channel, Happier With Less !

It was not an easy endeavor, and since my husband is like a bull in a china shop, there has been an endless flow of broken camera gear and electronics.

So very excited and hope you enjoy this preview. (Jersey accents were kept to a minimum for creative purposes.)

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Happier Than A Billionaire: The Escape ManualCosta Rica Cost of Living Update: Guidebook including everything you need to know about moving to and living in Costa Rica—  Paperback $12.99  or Kindle $2.99

After two years of interviews and countless road trips, Happier Than A Billionaire: The Escape Manual is finally available. It’s the “how to” on moving to Costa Rica, with lots of armchair travel thrown in for good measure.

I knew a lot about living in Costa Rica, but even I was surprised—after interviewing many experts—just how much I still didn’t know before writing The Escape Manual.

I’m excited to share what I’ve learned, so let me take you on a journey through getting residency, buying a car, avoiding crime, meeting a trustworthy attorney, and much, much more.

As you may know, when navigating a foreign country there are bound to be some laughs along the way.

Amazon Kindle & Paperback

Kindle App so you can read on iPad


Barnes & Noble’s Nook



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