We asked our friend, Drew Dixon, about his thoughts on making the decision to relocate to Costa Rica.  This is what he had to say:

So you find yourself dreaming of moving abroad and starting a new life.  You play out the lifestyle in your mind, imagine the new adventures and people, but then you snap out of it and dismiss the idea.  Well I’m here to tell you that moving to Costa Rica isn’t as far-fetched as you might tell yourself.

There may be multiple reasons that you are thinking of a new adventure.  You may be newly retired, fresh off a divorce, upset with your home country’s direction, or simply tired of the same ‘ole routine every day.  There are honestly so many different reasons that people move to Costa Rica.  The truth is that they are all valid in their own right, and you owe it to yourself to listen to what your heart is telling you.

As I type this I’m looking out of a 2nd story window to see what nature is out this morning.  I’m able to easily see into the trees, and over the last five minutes I have seen a parrot, an iguana, and a monkey.  Not on the same branch at the same time, but the view I see of 3 or 4 palm trees is just amazing this time of day.  I live in a condo across the street from the beach, and I can walk into town for dinner or drinks in a matter of minutes.  I own a car because I like to take a few days here and there to go to neighboring towns and explore with my wife.  But one could easily take the bus for much cheaper than the cost I pay in gas.

I’m telling you a little about myself because I want to show that it is very easy to live down here.  I’m 28 years old and not a millionaire or trust fund baby.  If you have worked hard all your life, and are closer to retirement, you owe it to yourself to experience this beautiful side of life.  Whether you have a million dollar nest egg, or a basic 401k, money is not as big of an issue as it is in North America.  Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, and Playa Panama offer beautiful places to live that range from $50k to $1M and EVERYTHING in between.

When thinking about living in Costa Rica you must ask yourself a few questions.  Do you want a panoramic ocean view from your patio?  Would you rather be walking distance to the beach?  Are you ok with condo living and sharing the pool or do you desire your own pool?  Do you like having neighbors or do you prefer solitude?  Do you want to live here 6 months a year and go back to your home country for 6 months?  Would you prefer to live in paradise on a more full-time basis?  These questions and more will begin to shape what paradise is for you.

The great thing about it is that there are no wrong answers.  They are simply YOUR answers.  Once you shape what happiness is for you it will be even easier to find a beautiful place of your own.  Continue to dream big as always, because this lifestyle is closer to reality than you may realize.

Pura Vida!