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


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...]

Food Cost Comparison – Costa Rica versus Panama

Having lived abroad in Central America as an expat for close to nine years now, I get asked a lot of cost of day-to-day living questions. So, today, as Part Two of my Cultural Differences between Costa Rica and Panama series, I'm going to share some about the food cost comparison between Costa Rica and Panama that you'll find in shopping at the grocery store or supermarket between the two countries. By the way, if you're interested in the first post of this series about the marked differences between Panama & Costa Rica's people as a whole, you can find that here. Cultural Differences Part II - Food Cost Comparison: Costa Rica versus Panama Today, I'm going to cover the topic of food specific to shopping for groceries. I'll provide a brief overview of both supermarkets and … [Read More...]

La Pura Vida Costa Rica Expat Interview: Meet Ellie Fortier

Expat Interview: Meet Ellie Fortier Welcome to the initial La Pura Vida Costa Rica expat interview! This site is the second expat-focused blog I have. On the first - about Panama - I found my audience's interest peaked when hearing stories from others who already relocated to Panama. As such, I did a number of expat interviews and shared them over the past four years. When I launched my second book in early 2014, I chose to include four key interviews from those past conversations. A couple of weeks ago here in Costa Rica, Ellie Fortier began the beta testing of her new website - a connection portal for love, friendship, activities and play dates (for parents with kids) for expats who live in Costa Ballena along the South Pacific coast. Ellie's announcement on one of our … [Read More...]