How the heck did we ever get here?

Its a strange tale indeed.  We had decided to retire and we knew we were going to have to move because the area we lived in was very expensive. I had been talking with a friend of mine who lived in China at the time.  He said why don’t we come and teach English at the university? So we put in all our applications to several places. We actually died our hair ( wow, what a trip!) because we found out that they won’t hire you if you have grey hair. Then a friend whom we hadn’t seen for a year or so shows up at our house.

When our friend finds out our plans to go to China, he won’t let us go. No, we have to go to Costa Rica where he had lived. So he made a trip with us down here and we were completely set up by the time we left. All we had to do was go home and pack. Well, It wasn’t quite that easy!

We decided that it would make more sense to sell everthing and buy here what we needed. It doesnt have to be an all or nothing deal guys! I felt like we made a mistake by not thinking things through a little bit more. However, that being said, you don’t know what you don’t know. What I say now is: yes I miss somethings I used to have but it all works out in the end. We ended up moving several times before we settled in Santa Maria de Dota and if we had what we used to have that would have been misery!




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.