Personal Journey: A move to idyllic Costa Rica

Posted: November 27, 2011

My dream became a reality seven years ago on a trip to Costa Rica. After spending more than 10 years in corporate finance, I decided to explore the Central American country during a one-week vacation. I had been blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively before my experience in Costa Rica, a country famous for its mesmerizing natural beauty. The laid-back lifestyle and focus on well-being, kindness, family, and the environment permeate all aspects of the society. The country's Pura Vida ("Pure Life") mantra is more than just a tourism slogan.

After returning to snowy, freezing Philadelphia, I began planning a second trip to Costa Rica. I came across a real estate website named 2 Costa Rica Real Estate. This was back in 2007, when the real estate market was booming with demand to buy property in Costa Rica. I decided to invest in a beachfront luxury property in the town of Jaco. After my purchase, I began renting the property, generating about $500 a night in income.

By 2010, I decided to leave the corporate world and move to Costa Rica to expand my vacation-rental company. Upon arrival, I accepted a job as a Realtor and began selling and renting properties in Jaco.

I find it very cool that I'm now selling properties in Costa Rica to some of the same high-powered financial people I used to work with. My old colleagues can't believe that I now have board meetings on surfboards in the Pacific Ocean. I also tend to plan my day around high tide instead of rush hour on the Schuylkill and the Blue Route. I can't help but think of what I left behind when I have lunch meetings with clients at my pool overlooking the Pacific.

Some people may call my personal journey a midlife crisis, but I like to think of it as just the beginning of my new Pure Life. I've now been employed there for close to two years and plan on spending the rest of my life in Costa Rica.

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