At this writing, we are in the later stages of the rainy season here in the zone. Its a bit of a paradox why the rainy season here is called the “low” season. For those of us that live here, it is one of the nicest times of the year. There are flowers out like crazy, the climate is only perfect AND, there aren’t that[...]
Preamble: this article is my response to question I received from one of this blog’s readers. Its a bit unusual, but I see it as demonstrating a growing interest in The Zone – wellness – in its many forms. This one is specifically “vegan”, but the principles apply to all aspects of wellness. Tinamastes is mentioned quite a bit. This is a high-altitude (relative to Costa[...]
“Myopic” would probably best describe this post. The vantage that I have of the Costa Rica expat scene will be purely autobiographical, what I have seen and some of what I have heard in my 16+ years of living full time in Costa Rica both as a father of a family of 5, an Internet marketer and a realtor. When we made the move to[...]
Playa Hermosa is a beach just north of Uvita, towards Dominical. There are several “Playa Hermosa” beaches in Costa Rica. We used to go out to this one and marvel at the beauty of the 2 mile-long stretch of beach that extends down to Uvita’s Whales Tail reef, and how there was absolutely nobody there. We used to joke about trying to find a place to put our towel, like what you find on so many such beaches in various parts of the world.
We’re not there yet, and frankly,[...]
Living here in Costa Rica’s southern pacific zone, or “Costa Ballena” as it is called, has some interesting quirks. Quirks that, when considered as a list can make one wonder why this place is frequently referred to as “paradise” and achieving the “dream”. Here are some examples of what I mean: You live on a “public road”, but you pay for your road care with[...]
My uncle, who is now retired in Costa Rica, just sent me a link to this video. Quality video footage from the 1940s is difficult to find, and it got me thinking. This is not “real estate” per se, but it IS a look back at a younger version of the Happiest Place on the Planet. Interestingly, the year after this film was released, Costa[...]
Uvita gives all indicators of being the area where commercial, social and cultural happenings will be centered in the future. This is important to the topic of real estate and investment concerns. Early recognition of a trend can help to position oneself well for future payoffs. From where Rod & I sit in our front row office, Uvita could be one of the most beautiful little coastal hamlets in the world. Everything grows here, especially the truly exotic varieties of flora that the Earth has to offer. Why the town resembles more of a strip mall than an exotic tropical oasis is a bit difficult to understand.
We are happy to discover that other Zone residents feel the same way. We received a request to post this announcement in our front window: “United We Can Achieve” – The Development Association of Uvita. This newly organized group of residents is pulling together a new idea they call, “The Boulevard” project.
In 1838, Costa Ricans obtained “the right to own private property” or as it’s listed in their Constitution under Artículo 21, Derecho a la Propiedad Privada. One of the things I enjoy about being the parent of a 13-year old is discovering new things. It’s like being in the 7th grade all over again except now I find subjects like history and government much more[...]
An article by a transplanted expat to Playa Naranjo: “How I came to live on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is a story about early retirement, tight budgets and lots of planning.” I take some liberties in responding to comments made in this Wall Street Journal article.[...]