Demonstrators with Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios in Costa Rica.

LGBT Life in Costa Rica

Gay life in Costa Rica is fairly similar to life in the U.S. in that it varies from region to region, city to city, even neighborhood to neighborhood. San José is known as a gay-friendly city, and all around the country there are pockets of openly gay culture.

The smoking cone of Mount Arenal is visible on a perfectly clear day rising above lush jungle vegetation.

Why Move to Costa Rica

Looking to retire or just getting tired of the same old routine? Costa Rica is swiftly becoming the go-to place to live for retirees and expats as they discover the country’s physical beauty and low cost of living. Erin Van Rheenen shares some of the benefits of living in Costa Rica.

Surfboards are lined up in front of a surfshop painted in rastafarian colors.

10 Days in Costa Rica for Hopeful Expats

Ten days will fly by in Costa Rica, especially if you’re looking to move there and trying to catch a glimpse of many different parts of the country. Erin Van Rheenen’s whirlwind sampler of expat hot spots casts a wide net, allowing you to see as much as possible in less than two weeks.

View of a two story wooden house with a porch running around the second floor.

Building a House in Costa Rica

Even if you live in a beautiful region of Costa Rica, you may long for the comfort features of North American-style homes. It can often be beneficial to build your own home to include luxuries like high ceilings, custom finishes, and tropical hardwood floors. Erin Van Rheenen weighs the pros and cons of building a house in Costa Rica.

An elegant pool surrounded by lush vegetation with a swim-up bar featuring a thatched roof.

Costa Rica Hot Springs in Zona Norte

Costa Rica is worth visiting for its many hot springs alone. While you’re relaxing in one of these warm pools, take in the sight of the grand Arenal Volcano. Erin Van Rheenen outlines several locations, including Tabacón Hot Springs, Ecotermales Fortuna, and Baldi Hot Springs.

In May 2010, Laura Chinchilla became Costa Rica’s first female president and Latin America’s fifth female president in the last two decades. Photo © ITU, licensed Creative Commons attribution.

Gender and Family Values in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a land caught between striving to develop feminist leaders and being stuck in its traditions. Author Erin Van Rheenen explores the ins and outs of gender and family values in Costa Rica and how the two play a role in everyday life.

Moon Living Abroad in Costa Rica

Erin Van Rheenen has made the move to Costa Rica herself, and in Moon Living Abroad Costa Rica, she uses her know-how to provide insight and firsthand advice on navigating the language and culture of this beautiful country. Erin outlines all the information you need—including how to obtain visas, arrange finances, set up your daily […]