Expat Martina’s story

Expat Martina’s story

There’s a lot of expats in Costa Rica. From America mostly, but the owner of the hostel where we are staying is German. At the age of 47, a holiday changed her life.

Martina is an inspiring woman. She liked to escape the harsh winter each year by going somewhere hot and sunny. In 2008 she visited Costa Rica as a volunteer for the Corcovado National Park and simply fell in love with Drake’s Bay. So she stayed on, working in hotels, whilst looking at the possibility of making a new life in Costa Rica.

Returning to Germany (Luebeck, near Hamburg) a year later, Martina sold her beloved 500 year old house and all her furniture and moved here permanently. She opened her hostel, initially just two rooms and a small restaurant, and now it’s a thriving business offering the best value for backpackers in town. I am totally happy to be living exactly here in this beautiful part of the planet and working in tourism is the best job ever she told us.

A mile further down the coast, tourists are paying around $200 per night for so called “lodge-style” options whilst we stay at Martina’s Place for a fraction of that. The excellent kitchen means we can cook our meals and the lounge area allows socialising with the other backpackers.


One thought on “Expat Martina’s story

  1. Dear Hilary & Roger,

    It was lovely to meet you at Sierpe and later at Martina’s Place again.
    I have been reading a few of your stories (there is already so much you two have done!). I will continue to follow you on your middle-adged-gap-year-journey for the next months!

    I came home yesterday. Already miss Costa Rica, it’s beautiful nature and living outdoors. But I had an awesome time. Now I can dream about what my next destination is going to be 🙂

    Take care of each other and enjoy!

    With love,
    Carin, from the Netherlands


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