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Moving to Costa Rica

Moving to Costa Rica is a wonderful adventure but once you are here some people can’t quite seem to adjust to the lifestyle or the climate and don’t notice the immediate effects on your body and mentality. I want to share some tips and hints on how to adapt quickly.
Moving to Costa Rica

Water and Pura Vida

Moving to Costa Rica is a wonderful adventure but once you are here some people can’t quite seem to adjust to the lifestyle or the climate and don’t notice the immediate effects on your body and mentality. I want to share some tips and hints on how to adapt quickly.

 As soon as you leave the airport the air, sun, and the heat are completely different than what most people are used to. Even a person who loves the sun and tans on a regular basis has to be aware of the exposure time as we are only 9 degrees from the equator. All these elements contribute to a dehydration factor starting immediately. Face it folks. You ARE going to sweat in Costa Rica and that must be handled cautiously. You must hydrate on a regular basis in Costa Rica. What most people don’t know, and my first tip, is that the water in Costa Rica is very safe to drink. The only real issue with the water is that it is high in Calcium, of which most people are deficient. So, drink water and visit the ocean often. Swimming in the ocean can help hydrate your body through absorption and also hydrates your skin naturally. Not only will it help your skin but will exfoliate your feet while on the beach! Complete bonus. Embrace the abundant water in Costa Rica but limit your exposure to the sun until you have spent at least 6 months in Costa Rica. What is wonderful is that almost every beach has some type of natural shade areas and can be easily accessed. Let the wonders of nature draw you gently into life in Costa Rica but respect Mother Nature.

While environmental factors play a large part of adapting to life in Costa Rica, my second tip, and maybe the most important one, is the aspect of adjusting to the “Pura Vida” lifestyle. “Pura Vida” or Pure Life is not only a saying in Costa Rica but is truly their mantra. Coming from most of the world, life is hectic and we all take it in stride. Here, you must learn to slow down and move with the pace of life. Your first visit to the bank (banco) will be eye opening as you take a number from a machine and sit in chairs waiting for your number to be called. Depending on your business and how busy they are, it may be up to 2 hours to get done. And frighteningly for most people, you are FORBIDDEN to use your cell phone while in the bank. I know most of you might wither and die without it but take this time to talk to other people in the bank, practice your Spanish, or just get to know someone you didn’t know. Tico’s (Native Costa Rican’s) are very friendly because they do live in the happiest country in the world. Pura Vida means spending time with friends or family on the beach or home and not on our phones. So, learn what “Pura Vida” means not only to others but what it will mean to you. Make “Pura Vida” your mantra and slow down to the pace of life in Costa Rica and it will make your time there so much more enjoyable.

Moving to another country is a big step for anyone, but listening to your body and the environment will make for an easier adjustment to life in Costa Rica. Whether it is hydration, a swim in the ocean, a walk on the beach, a cold “chile guaro” or Imperial beer, or just a peaceful time alone finding your inner self. Listening to your environment and body will lead you eventually to what makes Costa Rica the happiest country in the world and that is simply put: “Pura Vida”

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