Flat Tires, Handy Dandy Andy, and Farm to Table…

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its exploration of some of the “peaks and valleys, ebb and flow, the good with the bad and the high with the low” realities of life on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Thanks to Kari for submitting her personal account to us. We hope (and would bet) that the good you have experienced in Costa Rica far outweighs the bad. Pura vida!

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Happiness

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its insightful, philosophical, and thought-invoking approach toward happiness; specifically, admitting and relishing the fact that in Costa Rica, “happiness seems to be a part of the collective conscience of the culture”. Thanks to Jamie for submitting his personal account to us. We hope your birthday was a great one, and, if you wished for happiness as you blew out the candles on your cake, that your time in Costa Rica will lead you closer to making your wish come true. Pura vida!

The True Meaning Of Pura Vida

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its exploration of the meaning of “pura vida” and the statement: “if there is one thing I absolutely hate, it is missed opportunity”. Thanks to Andrea for submitting her personal account to us. It is a treat to know that your free trip to Costa Rica awarded you with rich realization and priceless learning. Pura vida!

Villas Jacquelina Visits Jungle Jam 2014 in Costa Rica

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for highlighting a unique music event in Costa Rica’s Jaco region where travellers will find themselves “in the middle of the Costa Rican Jungle about to see some amazing bands with people from all over the world”. Thanks to Esteban for submitting his personal account to us. We hope you and the rest of the team are able to make Jungle Jam visits an annual tradition. Pura vida!

Our Favourite Places In Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its summary of not-to-miss shops and restaurants in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, including a great spot to “relax, eat great food, and feel inspired” at. Thanks to Kate for submitting her personal account to us. We hope your hot rollers were in tow for the Bajo Del Mar grand opening. Pura vida!

Set Me And My Children FREE

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its compassionate take on life in Costa Rica; specifically the kind nature of Ticos and acts that result in the following statement being made: “I’m never leaving this place”. Thanks to Matt for submitting his personal account to us. Freedom exists in many forms, and we are pleased to know you have found it in paradise. Pura vida!

A week on the beach – grooving with the good life.

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its light and airy approach to life in Uvita described as “Everyone finds a way to work here and get by — some more successfully than others. But everyone seems to live the same way — happily.” Thanks to Robin for submitting her personal account to us. We hope you made your “indefinitely” a reality. Pura vida!

Kid’s English Camp at Estelar!

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its showcase of philanthropy in Liberia where “Students made significant progress in their English speaking abilities… and had a lot of fun doing so!” Thanks to Bethany for submitting her personal account to us. We hope the school continues to grow its big heart, and that the summer camp is an annual success. Pura vida!

Painting of the Week: “Costarican pots with shells”

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its artistic take on raising awareness and its recognition that “the maintaining of the Chorotega identity and their unique way of life are dependent on securing a reliable source of clay for the community.” Thanks to Suzanne for submitting her personal account to us. We hope that the communities of Guaitil and San Vicente de Nicoya soon secure access to the land they need in order to continue producing such beautiful and prideful works of art. Pura vida!

So, Anyway… Yo Hablo Espanol

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its exploration of the author’s varied background, and the role that the Spanish language (in part influenced by Costa Rican education) plays in it. Thanks to Michelle for submitting her personal account to us. We hope that in cooking in your own kitchen you have incorporated that “beautiful fresh what-is-the-name-of-that-gorgeous-thing produce” that you fell in love with while in Costa Rica. Pura vida!

A different kind of “plan” to live my life by

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its documentation of the author’s discovery of the ‘pura vida’ way of life in Costa Rica, as evidenced by the acknowledgement that “during my recent family vacation to Costa Rica, I learned about a new kind of “plan” that really resonated with me.” Thanks to Billie-Jo for submitting her personal account to us. We hope you and your family do manage to make the big move one day and escape “the rat race” your time in Costa Rica taught you to live without. Pura vida!

5 daily-life-facts about a coffee growing region

A note from the Publisher: The Costa Rica Blog Network has chosen to feature the following article for its summary of some of the key steps of coffee production in Costa Rica, where “there is coffee absolutely everywhere.” Thanks to Audrey for submitting her personal account to us. We hope your investigative work was capped off with a cup of Tarrazu’s finest brew. Pura vida!