Welcome to Costa Rica!

Or at least, welcome to my blog about Costa Rica!

I’m JuliAnne Murphy, and I’m a writer and a consultant. I live in Costa Rica. In early 2015, I came to Costa Rica for work, and fell in love with the Pacific coast, in the Osa region. Three months later, I packed my car and moved here for three months. A work contract was my excuse, but two months in, I knew I wasn’t done with this piece of paradise, and it wasn’t done with me. So I stayed.

Eight months later – in early January 2016 – I moved the rest of my stuff, and now Costa Rica is my home base. Woo hoo!

This website and my blog here– La Pura Vida Costa Rica – is inspired by my love of Costa Rica, my day-to-day life in this country as an expat, my travels within (and outside) its borders, and my zest for La Pura Vida – the famed Costa Rica lifestyle. So, come along, follow, and take these adventures with me! La Pura Vida Costa Rica will be an excellent resource for you, if you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, move to Costa Rica or retire to Costa Rica

 

Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica 101

Since I'm now an owner and the Managing Partner of a new boutique real estate firm in South Pacific Costa Rica, you will see that many of my future topics here will relate to buying real estate in Costa Rica. (So many people asked me about real estate that I finally listened, and got back in the biz!) Buying Real Estate in Costa RicaWell, first of all, who doesn't have the dream of buying real estate in Costa Rica? Doesn't everyone? :) And if not, maybe you should. But how does buying real estate in Costa Rica really work and how is it different from other countries? Bingo! You're in the right place....let's get to it. Location, Location, LocationAs in almost anywhere in the world, the first thing you want to do is narrow down your choice of locations. For example, in our … [Read More...]

How to Retire in Costa Rica: Expat Alexis Cress

How to Retire in Costa Rica - Expat Interview with Alexis Cress, Part IIMany of you who read this blog are interested in, most often, how to retire in Costa Rica. Expat Alexis Cress hails originally from Minnesota, and she and her husband recently retired here to Costa Rica's South Pacific coast. We met and talked in early January, and you can see Part I of this interview here. Part II, which follows, will share more from Alexis's perspective about finding social connections, her love for teaching yoga, the surprises she's found since moving to Costa Rica, and recommendations she makes to people looking at how to retire in Costa Rica. Finding Social Connections as a New Expat in Costa RicaJuliAnne: Alexis, retiring to Costa Rica means you’ve essentially left all your old … [Read More...]

Why I chose Costa Rica: Meet Alexis Cress

How to Retire in Costa Rica: Meet Expat Alexis from MinnesotaThere we sat, the two of us, in cross-legged relaxation drinking cool green tea, having a conversation, as the midday breeze caressed our faces, fluffing our hair. Between sips of tea and our discussion about how to retire in Costa Rica, I found myself gazing out at the view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance and the kaleidoscope of greens visible in the adjacent forest.Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? And indeed it was. This was a recent Tuesday, when Alexis Cress agreed to host me at her home yoga studio so that I could interview her for this first expat interview of 2017 for my La Pura Vida Costa Rica blog.I met Alexis through her yoga teaching. She teaches an all-level Vinyasa Flow once a week down the street from … [Read More...]