Relax & Retreat to Ojochal

One would not believe that just 15 years ago the land was barren, completely cut down and used as cattle pasture, it was not the lush mountain forest we know it as today. These days, Ojochal is home to various works of living art, as many homeowners take pride in their manicured and fruitful gardens. Ojochal, named after the “Ojoche” tree, also known by natives of the area as the tree of life (as one can consume the tree from root to leaf). You can find the Ojoche trees that were replanted are now growing strong along the sides of the roads in Ojochal. Continue reading

Urban Development in Uvita & Bahía

With a mountain backdrop and the ‘Rio Morete’ that runs through the town center, the small city is surrounded by nature, and offers easy access to beaches, rivers and the mountains nearby. Essential services can be found in Uvita like banks and hardware stores, truly everything you need to take care of business. It is an urban center that has been preparing for expansion. New services and families are beginning to settle their roots. And the town is perfect as a home base for professionals looking to get away, and for travellers alike. Enjoy Uvita and Bahía, typical ‘Tico’ towns close to the beach and to Mother Nature.

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Town Revival in Dominical

Once a sleepy little town off the beaten path, “Domi” – as known by the locals, has gone through a resurgence. With the arrival of new investors and talent who demonstrate a willingness to make the town the best there can be, a newfound sense of pride has come into play. With resources and energy being put forth, the town has been revamped not only its infrastructure but also it’s attitude.

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Not Retired from Adventure

Waterfall - Poza Azul in Dominicalito
Waterfall – Poza Azul in Dominicalito

About five or six years ago, my wife Daisy and I started traveling to Central America looking for a retirement haven. Continuing to live in the U.S. just didn’t seem to appeal to us for our retirement. We soon discovered that all of the Central American countries had pluses and minuses, none filled our needs entirely. After some soul searching, a fair amount of research and several visits, we decided that Costa Rica suited us best. Continue reading

The Marine Life of the Pacific Ocean

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Run Away With Me

Photo by Michael Fernandez
Photo by Michael Fernandez

During a vacation to Costa Rica with friends in 2009, we traveled through the usual tourist spots, visiting Arenal, Manuel Antonio, and down to the Rafiki Lodge on the Savegre River. When we reached further South, we immediately fell in love with the feeling of being disconnected from the “noise” and being reconnected with nature. It was something that we deeply missed once we returned home to the States. Post our first trip, moving to Costa Rica became somewhat of a fantasy, that one day we would make our escape – together.

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Time for Change

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It wasn’t overnight that the feeling of wanting to drastically change my life surfaced, rather it had been a long time coming. Exhausted by mainstream media and constant bombardments of negative reinforcement on the news, I knew it was time for me make a big change, and I doubted that this was possible in the US. Knowing how much of a change in life I was looking for, I knew I needed to make an impactful move to make that a reality. Some call it gut instinct, some call it intuition, whatever it was, it called me to Costa Rica. So, I sold my house and bought a one-way ticket. Continue reading