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Samara Tree House Inn

When Brenda and I are talking with people seeking recommendations for Costa Rica, one of the places we frequently suggest is Samara. It’s a quaint, unpretentious village on the pacific coast with a wonderful beach and community. Its central location in the Nicoya peninsula affords you the opportunity to explore other areas in addition to […]

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You Had Me At Hello

Last year, Brenda and I decided to give it one more try in regard to finding a place in Costa Rica to call home for a while. It’s odd deciding to move to a different country yet not knowing where you will live. Our dilemma has been that we’ve enjoyed every place, but were hoping […]

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Joglo Tree House. A Taste of Bali in Costa Rica

Brenda and I have a habit of trying to match destinations with accommodations. Usually when we travel, we are trying to find a location and a place to stay that matches up with our personalities. We aren’t that interested in an all-inclusive style resort in an overwhelmingly touristy area. But it’s almost impossible to avoid […]

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Costa Rica Part 3: Well That Was Different

Well that was different. To be honest, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Brenda and I had a game plan as mentioned in a previous post regarding our objectives for this trip, but so much occurred during our time in Costa Rica that I’m not sure what the take away is. […]

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The search for a home: Part 2

A few months ago I posted about our upcoming trip back to Costa Rica. The last one in September was still fresh and Brenda and I knew we needed to start planning our next visit. I wrote about how this was going to be more research and exploration, than vacation. We are hoping that one […]

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Searching for a home in the Central Valley

Brenda and I have started planning another return visit to Costa Rica. It’s been a few months since our last trip and we are itching to get back as soon as possible. This time, we’d like to explore the Central Valley, near San Jose. There are a handful of small towns in the area that […]

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Find Your Spot

Some years ago I came across a website called findyourspot. It’s a survey site that recommends the best city/geographical area for you to live, based on answers to their questionnaire. The site matches up your personal preferences regarding climate, size of city, preferred geographical location, and a host of other metrics. After inputting roughly a dozen […]

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A Diamond In The Rough: Luna Llena Hotel

 Luna Llena Hotel It seems as though, on most trips, Brenda and I end up moving a couple of times. With limited time, we always want to experience as much as possible. Part of me would like to stay in the same place and avoid packing and unpacking. But if there is time to  squeeze in […]

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A wrong turn.

Kurt Vonnegut once said that a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction. For me, the step in the right direction after our wrong turn was to step back and take a few minutes to appreciate the remarkable day we just experienced. Brenda and I had only been […]

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The Beach

Playa Santa Teresa The phrase, ‘words can’t express…’ is certainly fitting when trying to describe our initial reaction to stepping out of the brush and onto the beach at Santa Teresa. It’s not like we haven’t seen our share of nice beaches, but Playa Santa Teresa was just different. We happened to hit the beach […]