Travel Monkey

10 times “Pura Vida” will make you go absolutely crazy

Pura Vida is much more than a saying in Costa Rica, it is a way of life. The literal translation is “pure life.” The saying carries a philosophy of no stress, no worries, look on the bright side, get up when you’re down, the glass is WAY more than half full blissfulness. It’s kind of like Hakuna Matata in the Lion King. The Pura Vida philosophy has quite an appeal with locals and with expats (most of the time). For some,…

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How to stay sober in a party town

Most people in Tamarindo (tourists and locals alike) only drink on days that end in “y”. But what if drinking pina coladas on the beach and Imperials every night at Sharky’s isn’t your thing? Fear not, you CAN stay sober in a party town like Tamarindo. Here’s your step by step guide. Step 1: The dawn patrol is your best friend Set your alarm for 5:00am and be one of  the first people on the beach for a morning surf…

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Why Dad is the best travel buddy

I had the opportunity to travel with my dad recently. A few of my friends have also recently gone on trips with their dads. We all agree there’s something truly great about it. I know what you’re thinking, Dad is so uncool. How will I get to meet people my own age and get in that necessary party time? Dad is cooler than you think. Being in a new place will show you new qualities that you may not have…

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Costa Rica is the answer to all your New Year’s resolutions

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is nearly over. This time of year always brings people to reflection about the past year and what they want for 2016 – those goals or resolutions. If you look at the data on New Year’s resolutions, most people surprisingly or unsurprisingly fail. Only 8% succeed. My thought on the high failure rate is that people are not putting themselves in an optimal environment for success, which leads me to my point that Costa…

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Three things in Tamarindo you won’t find in the US

Living in Costa Rica there are many things I miss about the US. At the same time, I love Costa Rica for the many things that make it so different from the US.  Here are a few of my favorite things that I love about Tamarindo that I can’t find in the US. — I love wine. My go-to is a spicy Spanish Tempranillo but I’m always interested in trying new varieties and blends. Wine stores in the US are dominated…

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Uber and Lyft come to Tamarindo! Sort of…

If you’ve lived in Tamarindo or Costa Rica for any amount of time you know how expensive buying and maintaining a car can be. Fortunately, Tamarindo and many other areas in Costa Rica have an alternative to car ownership called “colectivos”. You could say that Costa Rica had the original Uber and Lyft way before Silicon Valley invented these two popular ride-sharing apps. Colectivos require no smart-phone or credit card. You just have to wave them down. Like Uber and…

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A non-surfer in a surfer town

Many people who visit or live in Tamarindo come for the surfing. It is, after all, one of the best places to learn to surf with several consistent breaks. There are the rare few, myself included, who prefer to skip the surfing. With the whole town consumed with surfing, how could you possibly figured out something else to do, right? Wrong! Here are some of my favorite ways to spend the day in a surfer’s paradise without surfing. –       Kayaking…

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Secrets to a successful sunset cruise

One of my favorite things to do in Tamarindo is go on the sunset cruises. We have 3 great providers in town: Antares, Blue Dolphin, and Marlin Del Rey. I’ve been on all 3, and consider myself somewhat of a seasoned veteran when it comes to sunset booze cruising. If drinking on a boat, snorkeling at a private beach, and taking in one of the most beautiful sunsets of the Pacific were an olympic sport, you could put money down…

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How living abroad can help you in business

I recently travelled back to the US for a business meeting. It was probably the biggest meeting of my career – blondie and a boardroom full of gray-haired, executive-level suits. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous. I don’t love meetings of this nature but I’ve developed a confidence and know I can hold my own. However, this time I felt out of my element and I worried that I had lost my edge living in…

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How To Travel With Your Significant Other Without Killing Each Other

Traveling is beautiful, spectacular, inspirational, and glorious. It’s also hard sometimes. Frankly, sometimes it can be downright gross. Don’t believe me? Last month, my boyfriend and I were in Nicaragua, and I accidentally stepped on a dead gecko. Guts all over my foot. Instead of making my way to the bathroom to calmly clean my food, I freaked out and screamed for my boyfriend to clean it for me. Cleaning dead gecko guts off your girlfriend’s foot = true love.…

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