Costa Rica Chica – THE BOOK


Have you ever wanted to quit your job and “retire early”?  

Well, we did it!  

My husband and I were fed up with the “more, more, more” mentality of North America,  and decided to quit our jobs, sell everything and move to Costa Rica with just 9 suitcases.  Why Costa Rica?  Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out exactly why – but overall we wanted to downsize and simplify our lives and get by on less money. 

See what made us consider Costa Rica in the first place, how we did it, and why we have no regrets!

Bonus chapters include Jen’s special recipe for making bite-sized éclairs and a packing list for YOUR move to Costa Rica!

CLICK HERE for Amazon Kindle or Paperback Version


“A heartwarming, informative, and inspirational story of one couple’s
decision to leave it all behind for true happiness.”
~ Jennifer Turnbull, co-author of Two Weeks in Costa Rica

“A much needed reminder about how to truly live. Heartfelt, funny, wise, and riveting,
Jen gives readers an extraordinary gift of reminding us that we can (and should) live out our dreams.”
~ Jaclyn Mishal, co-founder of

“Costa Rica Chica is an honest account of an all American couple looking for another way to live,
an escape from the rat-race to enjoy all they’ve earned and accomplished. It’s a playful,
entertaining read that provides a glimpse into the journey of a life in Costa Rica.”
Shannon Enete, author of Becoming an Expat Costa Rica

“They discovered that the true treasures of joy and health appear in front of our very eyes once we let go
of unnecessary material things, take a deep breath and jump into the welcoming unknown.”
~ Fabiana Martínez, Linguist 

5 Responses to Costa Rica Chica – THE BOOK

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  2. Jen, just finished your book and have to admit had a bunch of good chuckles out of it. :) I’ve been contemplating and researching between Ecuador and Costa Rica and I think you have me sold on the views, parrots and fruit trees galore. ha! Glad to see you two took it upon yourselves what others only dream of, that takes courage and fortitude. I plan on doing more reading on it myself before I start the planning. If there is anything I should know, please scream at me like a tarantula! :)
    Hope to hear from you.

  3. Just wanted to say I have your book in my Amazon cart as I type. After my anniversary trip to Costa Rica in December, my husband and I have decided to retire there! My mindset on returning home (to Dallas, Texas…which is what sold me on buying your book, I saw you were from Dallas), was to sell everything (short of the kids/grandkids) and move tomorrow. But, since my husband doesn’t retire for another 5 years, I am stuck researching and planning our next trip to find out what area we truly would like to retire in! Can’t wait til your book arrives to read about your adventures and to dream about my own!
    Melissa Stinson (soon to be a Costa Rica resident!)

    • Hello fellow Dallas-ite! Exciting to make the decision to retire here to CR (but hard to wait 5 more years, I know!). Thank you for ordering my book! I hope you really enjoy it. Cheers!

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