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

 

Costa Rica Expat Interview: Meet Enzo from Italy

One of my favorite things about living and writing in Costa Rica is the new friends I meet. That's where this Costa Rica Expat Interview comes in! A good number of those new friends and colleagues are expats from other countries, not just the U.S. and Canada, but from all over the world. In every conversation I have, I learn something new – about where people are from and what brought them to Costa Rica (or Panama) and often, I glimpse my world and this country through their eyes. It’s a lot of fun. Expat interviews are something I’ve done now for many years on my Panama blog. With today’s post, I’m starting to do expat interviews here on La Pura Vida Costa Rica, too! Why? Because the stories you hear from other expats in Costa Rica will inform you, educate you, and help you. And … [Read More...]

Three Hard Lessons Learned for Costa Rica Vacationers

While traveling to Panama earlier this month, I witnessed a 60-something Gringo couple stumble out of a taxi in front of the international airport in Costa Rica, yelling "Help!" The couple had arrived an hour earlier and taken a cab off the street (we call them 'red' or public taxis) from the airport to their hotel nearby. When they reached the hotel, they realized they did not have lower-denomination bills to pay the cab driver. They both walked inside to the hotel counter but when they returned to the cab, the cab driver and all their belongings were gone. They had returned to the airport in hopes that the airport cameras would have captured something about the taxi they had hailed. How unfortunate and sad! But three hard lessons learned for you, Costa Rica … [Read More...]

Mistakes people make when they move to Costa Rica

We've all done it. You come to Costa Rica and you're in your perfect world - ne'er a worry vacation mode - and you fall in love. I did. Most Costa Rica expats will attest to the things I'm going to share with you here. Most new expats moving to Costa Rica make a number of mistakes and/or assumptions about this country and/or their future life here that can be quite detrimental to their future happiness and success. What mistakes do people make when they move to Costa Rica? Mistake #1: People assume Costa Rica is cheap. Twenty years ago, Costa Rica was cheap. Maybe even ten years ago. But Costa Rica today - in 2016 - is no longer cheap, people! Is it more affordable than where you came from? Well, that really all depends. If you're used to living in Manhattan or Chicago, then yes, it … [Read More...]