Edition #5 January to June 2016

“People love mysterious things, and synchronicity is like magic happening.”

– Carolyn North, author of Synchronicity: The Anatomy of Coincidence


In this edition we share stories about ridiculously good timing and how sometimes in life no expectations are the best expectations to have. Jonathon’s advice is to just let it flow, see how it goes. Julia tells us change is right around the corner. As for myself, I know I’m meant to be here. My last name being similar to “whale”, I feel a connection to the gentle giants. On this coast we are well aware of the presence of the majestic humpback whales that bless our shores twice yearly. And with the natural reef barrier forming the “Whale’s Tail”, I find plenty of reasons to call this place home, I invite you to explore our coast and find your own.


If you are new to the area, be sure to check out each town’s section for our local recommendations on what to do and where to eat (Dominical; Uvita; Ojochal). And if you are at home or staying in for the night, and are looking to spice things up in the kitchen, Marcella, chef and owner of Citrus Restaurant, shares with us recipes you can try for yourself.


Last but not least, we share with you two cover features. The first is a breathtaking home, where the winds lift wings – the Meridian House. New to the real estate market it is our featured lifestyle home, and is the hottest luxury home in the area that has become available, who will scoop up this incredible home and let the view take their breath away everyday?


Our travel destination feature, heads down to Ojochal, where a legend has been reborn and you can immerse yourself in luxury. El Castillo has been revamped, keeping all that was good and improving on style, quality services and expanding on the hillside to now include private jacuzzi, exclusive downstairs bar and each guest has a reserved outdoor cabana, set up with chaise longue with views so incredible you may not want to leave the hotel!

It is my pleasure to share with you this edition, full of adventure, history, and more than serendipitous coincidences!

nikki-whelan-costa-ballena-living-editor-in-chief~ Pura Vida ~

Nikki Whelan

Editor-in-Chief & Cheeky Monkey



Synchronicity is the phenomena of meaningful “coincidences” that occur in life that simply cannot be explained in ordinary terms. They defy a natural explanation due to their impeccable timing and how they coincide perfectly with other areas in our life.


Below are the articles that appeared in edition #5 – enjoy!

Welcome to the Coast, Where There is Something for Everyone!

Town Revival in Dominical

Urban Development in Uvita & Bahía

Relax & Retreat to Ojochal

The History of Pura Vida

The Marine Life of the Pacific Ocean

Costa Rica – The Story of a Life Well Lived

Run Away With Me

Not Retired from Adventure

Its all about the Magic

For the Love of Food (& Beer!)

Let it Flow

Chicas Con Proposito

Time for Change

The Natural Evolution of Tropical Building

Must Haves for Your Tropical Home

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