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Sharing the adventure of living abroad with our two young children.

Nuayaca Waterfall in Costa Rica

Let me begin by saying that finally, my family has taken on the nature of Costa Rica and been utterly defeated.  When we embarked on our journey to Nuayaca Waterfalls, located between Dominical and San Isidro de General, we were full of excitement at conquering another adventure with kids.    Boy, were we in for it… We pulled alongside the road to buy our entrance tickets at a clearly marked sign for Nuayaca Waterfalls.  Our options were to take the…

phil & teds Navigator stroller

I have been looking forward to this for months!  After falling in love and reviewing our phil & teds® Navigator stroller in Costa Rica, I made a plan with their team to host a giveaway for my readers! Have a look at my review of our Navigator with double kit, and enter below if you think you would enjoy one of these bad boys! Also check out this video about our travels with the Navigator: *Note, the double kit attachment is…

My good friend and fellow gringa Jen Beck Seymour has recently published a book on her experience moving to Costa Rica.  She generously sent me a copy of Costa Rica Chica: Retiring Early, Simplifying My Life, & Realizing that Less is Best to review and share with my readers who are considering a move to this charming, blossoming country. She and her husband Greg are burning the candle at both ends in Texas to manage the picture perfect “American Dream.”  They have a big…

Toddler on beach of Esterillos Oeste in Costa Rica.

For many people living in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, one of the nearest and most popular beach destinations is Jacó.  This town is lively and entertaining–packed with excellent restaurants and fun shopping.  But, sometimes you just want a quiet, relaxing weekend on the coast.  This is why we finally ventured into nearby Esterillos Oeste. I was pleased with the calmness and tranquility of this small beach town.  Our lodgings were ideal at Hotel La Dolce Vita, as well.  It is…

Our time in Uvita was especially wonderful due to our stay at Manoas, a property which sits about two kilometers uphill from the beachy Costa Ballena.  Our expectations were high, since we knew we’d be staying in a private house perched above a river, but we were utterly blown away by the full package that Manoas offers.  Below are five of many reasons you would love your stay at this enchanting location. 1.  It’s peaceful. This is an important characteristic…

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