BOOKS I recommend on Costa Rica:
Of course – you need to start with my book, before you read anything else.
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. There’s also BONUS chapters (recipes, and what to pack for your move here), what could be better?
This is my husband’s book, but even if he hadn’t written it, I’d still include it here. It really has 100 awesome tips in it, and they apply to both visitors and expats. He writes in a very casual and humorous style. Hint: get the paperback version to take with you to Costa Rica so you can refer back to it.
Examples of some tips in his book:
* What cell phone app do you need here for the restroom?
* 3 things you cannot do in a CR bank that are common in the US.
* The requirements to set up a CR cell phone account.
Top 10 Costa Rica Itineraries
by Jennifer Turnbull and Matthew Houde
This book is one of my fav’s, and I recommend it to people all the time who have questions about visiting Costa Rica. It is really the perfect travel guide – for both visitors and people who live here.
Things I liked about this book:
* It’s divided into “what kind of trip you want to take” sections (family, adventure, wildlife, birding, eco-treking… to name a few!), so you can easily go to the section that fits your trip plans the best.
* It covers all the “best things to do in Costa Rica” (in my opinion).
* It has maps, so you know where things are in relation to the whole country.
* It gives you a “trip plan” – based on what you want to do and for what length of time (this is great for those people who are visiting Costa Rica for the first time and have no idea where to start).
* It gives you tons of links to the back of the book (I read the ebook version) for detailed travel information (plane, bus, rental cars, shuttles…) and activity details (websites, prices, phone numbers, hours open…).
All in all, this is a wonderful, comprehensive and well laid-out travel book for anyone wanting to visit the different areas of Costa Rica and discover all this beautiful country has to offer.
Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica
by Shannon Enete
This is a great informational book for anyone thinking about moving to Costa Rica and literally “becoming an expat”. Besides having a tremendous amount of information, the author also provides external resources to help further your research. This book does an excellent job of detailing most questions you will have, in making the decision whether Costa Rica is the right move for you. It was for us.
This is a great guide to Costa Rica’s largest city – San José. We live just an hour’s bus ride away, so it is a short trip for us to get to “the big city” and experience some of the finer and more cultural things Costa Rica has to offer. I found his book to be spot on and very informational with a ton of helpful hints on where to eat and what to do. If you’re spending time in San José – this book is a must for you!
Happier Than A Billionaire
by Nadine Hays Pisani
This book was the first book I read on Costa Rica (back in 2011) and I only read it on the recommendation from my husband, who had this crazy notion in his head at the time – to quit his job and move somewhere abroad.
This book really helped me to start believing that “maybe I could do this too”. It’s a very easy and fun read. It’s written from a sort of negative viewpoint, at least in the beginning, and this made it very easy for me to relate to, as I was a bit skeptical of Costa Rica back then.
Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica
by Arden Rembert Brink
This book is well written, and written in a very interesting and informal way. This book is great for you IF:
–You are trying to decide whether to move to Costa Rica or not.
–You are trying to decide WHAT you want to bring with you (or replace here) when you move here.
–You are trying to decide if you should ship a container (or not).
–You are wanting some good information on the type of products you can purchase in Costa Rica and their costs.
This book would be really helpful to anyone who is leaning towards moving to Costa Rican and wanting to ship stuff here via container(s). I liked the personal information in the beginning – about the author’s family, life, how they thought to first move to Costa Rica, and how they went about doing it. I loved the author’s honestly – she fully admits their mistakes, and how you can benefit from them (trust me, they made several!). Overall a very interesting and very informative read for anyone who is considering moving to Costa Rica! I highly recommend.
Newly released! I share some of my favorite North American recipes, and more specifically, how to make them in Costa Rica. Some ingredients needed for North American dishes are not available in Costa Rica, but, no worries, I have the substitutions you need. And if you live in North America, I give you the U.S. equivalents so you can whip up these fabulous recipes in your home, too!
With the Costa Rica Chica Cookbook, I serve up a delicious spread of hearty, scrumptious food that everyone will enjoy – from breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties such as Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Tomato Basil Soup with Rustic Bread, Italian Meatballs and Thin Crust Pizza, to sweet after-dinner (or anytime) treats like Coconut Almond Candy Bars and Chocolate Truffle Balls.
With colorful photos for each recipe and easy-to-follow instructions, you can’t go wrong.
BLOGS I recommend on Costa Rica:
Costa Rica Curious – my husband Greg’s website and blog (very informative, descriptive, and sometimes very witty) (also I love the guy!).
Retire for Less in Costa Rica – a blog by an energetic and cute couple – Gloria and Paul Yeatman (I’ve met them! I should know) – tons of information on how to retire and live here for less than $2,000 a month.
My Tan Feet – love this young duo of Samantha and Yeison, their blog is very popular and they cover ALL of Costa Rica.
Two Weeks In Costa Rica – Follow Jenn & Matt’s awesome travel and moving blog, they can even help you plan a trip to Costa Rica!
Travel Mother – my friend Emily’s blog about living abroad (she is in the Netherlands now, but spent a lot of time in Costa Rica), with children no less!
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