Moving To Costa Rica: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Beautiful



foundation of our new Costa Rica home
moving to costa rica
sunset costa rica
new house in costa rica
moving to costa rica to this house

This is a blog about moving to Costa Rica and our goal is to give you information you are not getting on the other “move to Costa Rica” web sites and blogs.

Moving to Costa Rica is a popular idea and many people are interested but few do it and even fewer do it successfully.

Why is that?

We hope to share with you why that may be and help you make your move successful, if – after reading this web site – you still want to take on the challenge.

We are making this move on a “shoe string” budget and if you are also doing it on a shoe string budget hopefully this blog will help you see the challenges you are up against and help you deal with them.

If on the other hand you have plenty of money to make your move, this blog will help you make your money go further and/or help you find ways you may have not thought of to save some of your money. (Everyone can use more money, right?)

Who we are:

We are a couple who have a budget of a little over $1300 a month and we have heard we cannot live on this amount of income, and we have heard that we can, and after considering all sides of this question we have decided to go for it and find out for ourselves whether we can or not.

Our reasons for moving to Costa Rica are mostly that I was sick and tired of “working for a dying” (as opposed to “working for a living”) and I was sick and tired of living in a big U.S. city and had wanted to move here to Costa Rica since I first discovered it in the ’90’s.

If you poke around this blog you will find all kinds of info about the cost of living in Costa Rica, the customs and culture of Costa Rica, where the best places to live in Costa Rica are, how to buy property in Costa Rica, the weather in Costa Rica, and many other subjects that you will want to read more about before making your own move to Costa Rica!

Please comment and let us know what you think of our blog, what your own experiences and opinions are, and why you are here reading about our move to Costa Rica!



This blog is subtitled “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Beautiful” and that means we have written about the difficult challenges we faced, especially during our first 2-3 months of living here.

We want you to know, from the outset, however, that we overcame all these challenges and after awhile we got our life set up here and now things have settled down and we enjoy living here way more than we enjoyed our lives in the United States!

After almost a year now, we are VERY HAPPY ABOUT OUR MOVING TO COSTA RICA!

We’ve Been Living Near San Ramon, Costa Rica Countup


  1. Denis Pantle on July 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    So what happened? Why are you selling your house after less than just 1 year?

    • miguelbgood on August 13, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Built the house on spec. Want to build on another lot after this house is sold. Great house, we’re very happy with it! But it has always been our intention to sell it and build on another lot.

  2. Daveed on August 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Good info about building your first house in C.R! Takes some of the guesswork out of it.

    • miguelbgood on September 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks for the complement. Glad I could help! Any more questions feel free to ask them here!

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