Beach Cottage completed

Well, we finally finished the beach cottage. It is a rustic cabin on the pacific coast west of San Jose. Just a 3-4 minute walk to the beach. Located along a beautiful non-touristy, private area. The most beautiful sunsets in Costa Rica, numerous multi-colored Macaws playing in the palm trees, and monkeys frolicking in the distance. There is a pulperia within 6 kilometers, otherwise no other businesses, no resorts, no guided tours, nada. Nothing to interrupt your Perfect Get-A-Way.

Beach Cottage

We are in the process of updating a cottage on the coast and preparing it for rental. It is located on the Playa Guacalillo. This is an area where you can see the real Costa Rica—No High-Rise resorts, No cute little boutiques, or No cozy coffee shops. COSTA RICA! PURA VIDA! The perfect get away for you and your friends.

Let’s talk about the weather.

We live in a country that has many different zones or regions. We have the mountains and along with mountains come the valleys.  There are oceans, the pacific ocean and the carribean ocean, and the broad plains.  All these very different areas have different weather as well.  The weather ranges from very very hot to chilly. So, where do you feel comfortable? I, personally, cannot take the heat very well. I turn red and sweat profusely, not a pretty site. So for me, finding Santa Maria de Dota was truly a Godsend! We are 1.5 to 2 hours from San Jose and we are a mile high. Our weather is warm at times and chilly at times but never too much of an extreme. I think just a little above 90 degreees is the hottest we have experienced here in the last 7 years and 55 degrees is about the coldest it has gotten. We don’t have heat or air conditioning in our house and we haven’t needed it. They call this a cloud forrest because we are really up in the clouds. Places like Orotina are the worst because they are the hottest and they have no ocean breeze to compensate for the heat.

I know, we are all so very different, some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot nine days old!!!!! Come check out Santa Maria or Los Santos in general, I think we have the best of the whole country right here. We have the warmth, coolness (and the coolness factor LOL), the vistas here are spectacular along with the amazing sunsets. Fabulous!

Our Initial Experience

The first place we rented we didn’t stay for long because although the place looked nice, the back of the house was slowly breaking off and heading downhill. This was outside of Desamperados. Don found us a great house in the middle of a mango orchard near the volcano Poas. We absolutely fell in love with this place. We enjoyed our stay there and met so many wonderful friends. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find property that we could afford. We actually looked many places such as: Guanacaste, Punteranus, Grecia. Then, we came up to the Los Santos area..  We had been here before and met some people that lived here.

Wow, from the first moment I knew we would live here. Looking for property is a little different here (more about this later)! We found the perfect piece of property, with a creek that flows year round, a small forrest, and plenty of room to build, and plant lots of fruit trees and have a garden.  We were told to be very careful with builders etc. but truly we haven’t had any problems. We met our architect and felt very good about going ahead with our project. He had been working with a builder that worked beautifully for us. We continue to be very happy with our decision to build here.