How did you two meet?
We met in 2010 while volunteering for a year in a community for adults with mental disabilities in Virginia.
Sarah had just graduated college and wasn’t really interested in the whole 9-5 thing yet and Thomas had to complete nine months of civil service which was required by the German government at that time. He was able to complete this requirement by volunteering and he could even do it overseas.
Somehow we both ended up in the same little village in Virginia at the same time. We don’t really believe in fate or destiny, but we can say that we feel really freaking lucky that we met because our life together is better than anything we could have ever imagined.
After just a few months together we needed to decide our future.
Thomas needed to go back to Germany because his visa was about to run out. Sarah tends to act with her heart rather than what is logical so two months after Thomas left the US, Sarah left as well and we started our life together in Germany.
How did you end up living in Costa Rica?
After four years living in Germany, Sarah was really ready for a change. She gets seasonal depression and the constant gray days were killing her productivity in life.
Sarah was teaching English at the time and we figured it would possible for her to do this job from anywhere in the world. Thomas, on the other hand, works in a job in which it is kind of necessary that he works at a German company. It is much more difficult for him to find a job internationally.
He started applying for jobs around the world and when he was offered a job in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sarah was all like, “Pack your bags. We’re going.” He was a bit more hesitant about the whole thing, but she eventually got him on the same page.
In all honesty, it was the best decision we ever made. We absolutely love it here!
Why did you start Costa Rica Vibes?
We started Costa Rica Vibes after living here for a year and traveling around the country. We realized there is a serious lack of available information on how to travel in Costa Rica while sticking to a budget.
When you start to plan your Costa Rica travels you will likely be bombarded with info on 5-star hotels and expensive tours. That’s just not our vibe and it doesn’t need to be yours either.
We also realized that there are tons of amazing small businesses here in Costa Rica that just can’t compete with the big companies. We wanted to be a voice for the amazing companies and places which most Costa Rica tourists never get a chance to experience.
What is your travel style?
Sarah is usually the one planning the trips. Thomas is the one picking up the pieces and ironing out the details (how very German of him).
Sarah is the dreamer. Thomas is the practical thinker.
As far as traveling goes, we are a bit of a contradiction. We like to have everything such as transportation and accommodations arranged ahead of time but tend to go with the flow as far as activities.
We love to see a lot of the places we are visiting, but we also like to stop and just enjoy the moment. It is not unusual for us to spend a whole day drinking margaritas on a beach and then spend the next day doing a five-hour long hike and wrapping up the day by kayaking.
We like to get the best deals possible (which we, of course, will always share with you) but we also like to find the coolest places with the best vibes.
We are all about finding off the beaten path activities and supporting small local businesses.
Oh and we love to be outside!
Where should I visit in Costa Rica?
No, but seriously we think Costa Rica is such a unique country because it is so small but every area has a completely different vibe (hence why we named our site Costa Rica Vibes).
Below this FAQ section, we go through our favorite picks of places to visit. Check that out for some inspiration.
We also have detailed Destination Guides. These will really help you get a feel for the vibe at different places throughout the country.
Can you help me plan my trip?
We can, to an extent. One of us is always available by email and we’re more than happy to answer your questions, but we just don’t have the time to plan everyone’s vacations.
Because of that, we just created an entire section of extremely detailed itineraries. These are free to access and will give you a lot of great ideas for your travels.