Butterflies of Costa RicaWhen I was a boy growing up in the Santa Clara Valley, now more familiarly known as ‘Silicon Valley,’ I loved to chase butterflies. My grandmother bought me a picture book about butterflies and I recognized some of them from those I saw flying around my neighborhood. We had swallowtails, monarchs and painted ladies, among those I recall.

Maybe a morning glory, my memory is a bit dim that far back in the distant past, so long ago that orchards covered the valley and nobody on the block could have told you what a transistor was.

I loved the beautiful butterflies in my book, but soon realized I would never see some of the most spectacular butterflies simply because they were from far away parts of the world.

Costa Rica vs. Canada Soccer PreviewToday at 7:30PM ET the Costa Rican National team will take on Canada in the FIFA Gold Cup Group A. Canada is looking to take the lead in Group A at the Compass Stadium in Houston. The Canadian National team which is ranked 109th in the world by FIFA is currently in the lead after defeating French Guiana 4-2.

Enjoy the Hot Springs of Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa RicaRight now, the city of San Jose is just starting to get back to its usual routine after a fun filled holiday season. The kids are still out of school in Costa Rica and many parents remain on vacation. This leaves parents with the dilemma of keeping the family occupied in a cheap and inexpensive manner.

Sure you could take the kids out to see the latest movie, take them out to restaurant in Costa Rica or even for a sightseeing tour of a museum but these trips only last for a few hours leaving everyone with many spare hours for the rest of the day.

CHristmas shopping in Costa Rica part 2

Christmas is now just a few weeks away and the black Friday sales are over. In our last article about christmas shopping tips in Costa Rica, we learned about Black Friday sales being mostly hype and now we will go into more ways to save on Christmas shopping without going over your budget.

Before we go into some more useful shopping tips just remember that you should always ask for a receipt, always have an established budget and report any misleading practices.

Tips to Save Money when Christmas Shopping in Costa Rica Part 1Christmas is just over a month away and already the holiday decorations and sales are visible in stores all over Costa Rica. Black Friday has recently become popular in Costa Rica and every store is starting to advertise their Christmas decorations.

However, keep in mind that the Black Friday sales are mostly just a hype in Costa Rica where stores are just saying they are having a sale while in reality it is not much of a bargain if one at all.

Is Renovating Cheaper than Buying a new Home in Costa Rica?For the home owners living in Costa Rica who are thinking about leaving your old home in search of something better, you may want to read this article first. Renovating your home could be a better option than buy a new home in Costa Rica.

The big question however is which option is cheaper and better?

Most Popular Jobs in Costa Rica for ExpatsAs a country that emphasizes education over having an army, Costa Rica is the ultimate destination in Central America for tourists and for people looking for a new way of life.  “Pura Vida” or the pure life is the motto of Costa Rica that thousands of expats every year have chosen to adopt for themselves.

They are basically two types of expats that live in Costa Rica.  The one that has chosen to retire in Costa Rica and the one that is not of retirement age and still needs to make a living.