My name is Crystal Townley. I’m originally from Colorado, USA, and I now live in paradise. Three years ago, I visited this beautiful country with my family. My parents were looking for a place to come during retirement, but wanted to make sure my brothers and I were willing to come down to see them every once and awhile.
I knew Costa Rica would be an amazing place, but it truly blew all my expectations out of the water. The lush green landscape, insanely good fruit, friendly locals, biodiversity, SLOTHS, the calm ocean and so much more were soon what I learned to be pura vida. In direct translation it means “pure life,” but it’s more than that. It’s all of these things packaged and handed to you with a bow on top. It’s a stress-free, focus-on-what-is-important lifestyle — exactly what I was looking for.
So, then it began. After the trip I knew I wanted to live in Costa Rica and I began planning. Two short years later, I sold all of my belongings, rented my house and purchased a condo in Playas del Coco. I booked my flight and left minus 20-degree weather to come to beautiful sunny Costa Rica. I can’t say I miss cold weather.
I chose Playas Del Coco for several different reasons. Here are a few. It is extremely convenient to get to. It’s 30 minutes from the Liberia international airport, making traveling a breeze. The weather is amazing. We get much less rainfall than the rest of the country, making it drier and more desirable year-round. The ocean is calm, making it perfect for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, diving and boating. There are many conveniences such as good roads, fast Internet, clean water, nice grocery stores and several great restaurants. The sunsets are incredible and no one sunset is the same. It is safe. I moved here by myself and never once have I felt unsafe.
Lastly, there are several attractions very close by, making it a great home base. You have volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hiking, hot springs, ziplining, ATV tours, mountain biking, tubing, and the list goes on. Trust me, you will never run out of things to do or see in Costa Rica.
How do I support myself financially in Costa Rica?
Prior to moving to Costa Rica, I had a career in law enforcement. As much as I loved law enforcement, I knew it was not going to allow me to fulfill my yearning to live abroad. I had been investing in rental properties for several years and I felt that real estate would be a seamless new career path for me.
I obtained my real estate license and began my new career. It was better than I had imagined and I was thriving. Once I decided Costa Rica was where I wanted to be, I was given the opportunity to join the real estate team at Tres Amigos Realty Group — arguably the best team in the Guanacaste area. This allows me to do the career I love in literal paradise. I am so lucky.
Being able to live and work in Costa Rica has been a dream come true. If you have decided Costa Rica is the place for you, I want to help you achieve your dream and help you buy, build or invest here.
I am licensed with the Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS (CRGAR) and will work tirelessly to help you find what you are looking for, whether it be a small plot of land for a micro-farm, a condo with a short walk to the beach or a house with an ocean view. The options are endless and there is something for every budget.
Thank you for reading. I can’t wait to help you achieve your dream of living in this beautiful country I call home.