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.

 

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

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 community groups on Facebook caught my eye … [Read More...]

Rainforest Remedies for Costa Rica & Central America

When bites and stings interfere with your Costa Rica experience, try these natural solutions - rainforest remedies that have worked for me!When you move to Costa Rica as an expat, you don’t always anticipate some of the things you might need in the jungle. One of them is medical solutions for all the bug bites, bee stings, wasp stings, scorpion stings and so on.And, yes, let me say upfront! - a trip to the ER is probably the best solution for a scorpion sting, especially if you’ve never had one and you’re not sure if you’re allergic.But what happens when you know that a sting is just a sting and it’s uncomfortable?  As in, really uncomfortable? So much so that you can’t sleep and you can’t stop itching. Here’s the reality: I’ve had bug bites and bee stings and spider bites that … [Read More...]