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


How to Shop Online and Ship to Costa Rica: An Expat Interview

A common question that new expats to Costa Rica ask all the time is how can I shop online and ship to Costa Rica? Is it easy to get stuff shipped to me from abroad when I live here? Whether you retiring to Costa Rica, telecommuting or just moved to Costa Rica for the famed Pura Vida lifestyle, everyone has something they need that they just can't find in the Tropics. How to Ship Stuff to Yourself in Costa Rica For some of us, the need (or desire) to shop online and ship to Costa Rica strikes more often than for others. Yours truly included. And that’s where this expat interview with Jerry and Lowell Thomas of a shipping company called Get It Here Jerry, was born. I met with them recently at the popular French Bistro, Ballena Bistro, in our neck of the woods here in South Pacific Costa … [Read More...]

Expat Life in Costa Rica: Simpler but not Easy

In Search of a Simpler Life? Come to Costa Rica It's common when you think about moving to Costa Rica, that your life is somehow going to be easier. After all, in that perfect dream (born when you fell in love with this tropical paradise), you might find yourself surfing those killer waves or sipping your morning coffee as you watch the tide roll in from your ocean view Costa Rica house. Am I right? So many of us discover the Pura Vida essence of Costa Rica while visiting on vacation, and we carry that relaxed vision with us as we consider retiring to Costa Rica or moving here. Expat Life in Costa Rica: Simpler but not Easy So, what do I mean by that - expat life in Costa Rica: simpler but not easy, at least most of the time? Well, it's simple....kind of. Expat living in … [Read More...]

Costa Rica – Panama – Nicaragua: 5 Differences

In a recent trip to Nicaragua - a long weekend getaway and part of my Living La Pure Vida beyond the borders of my Costa Rica home, I was struck by a number of things that reminded me of my former expat life in Panama. This sparked this post: Costa Rica - Panama - Nicaragua: 5 Differences...and this is just the beginning. Read on. Perhaps this will whet your whistle for traveling between these three countries - so close - but with cultures a world away from one to the next. Variety is the Spice of Life...isn't it? A resounding YES, and thus, I thought it might be fun for my fellow expats who travel the Central American region like I do, and anyone else who may be sojourning through same, or even considering a move to Panama, Costa Rica or Nicaragua to take a look at my recent … [Read More...]