We started Costa Rica Vibes after living here for a year and traveling around the country.
We realized there was a serious lack of available information on how to travel in Costa Rica without depending on expensive tours or all-inclusive hotels.
That’s just not our vibe and it doesn’t need to be yours either.
We also realized that there are tons of businesses here in Costa Rica that just can’t compete with the big international companies. We wanted to be a voice for the amazing companies and places that most tourists never get a chance to experience.
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 aren’t sure if we believe in fate or destiny, but we can say that we feel really freaking lucky 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 followed and we started our life together in Germany.
After four years of living in Germany, we were ready for a change.
At that time, Thomas was working as a German kindergarten teacher and Sarah was teaching English.
We figured it was most important for Thomas to find a job first because Sarah could teach English anywhere.
After a few months of applying, Thomas was offered a job as a kindergarten teacher at the German school in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Less than two months later we packed our bags and flew to Costa Rica.
We fell in love with the country immediately.
Costa Rica Vibes was born because we were finding ways to explore our new home while on a budget, yet we struggled to find Costa Rica info online that wasn’t geared towards expensive pre-packaged tours and high-end hotels.
We were determined to be the gap in the Costa Rica tourism info.
Sarah is usually the one planning the trips. Thomas is the one picking up the pieces (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 things such as transportation and accommodations arranged ahead of time but tend to go with the flow as far as activities.
We love to really explore the places we are visiting, but we also make a point to stop and just enjoy the moment.
It is not unusual for us to spend a day drinking margaritas on a beach and spend the next day doing a several hour long hike followed by a sunset kayak trip.
We like to get the best deals possible (which we always share with you) but also find places with the best vibes.
We are all about off-the-beaten-path activities and supporting local businesses.
Oh and we love to be outside!
We know that planning your trip to Costa Rica can be a bit overwhelming. There are just so many options!
We are more than happy to help you out with your plans. Just note that sometimes we can a bit inundated with emails so it can take us some time to get back to you.