The Dominical area is becoming a center for “wellness” of various types. Yoga, meditation, vegan, organic, vegetarian, raw, are all words that one hears with regularity here. As I meet with people in my real estate work, I’m always interested in the “why” behind their interest in Costa Rica. The […]

Internal Dialogue: The Costa Rica Effect

There is a blended community effort going on in Uvita Costa Rica to make the town beautiful. The group spear-heading the effort has a name and even a Facebook page: Pueblo Alegre Uvita (click to view). This past Saturday was the third occasion of the community getting together to paint the […]

Painting Uvita Happy

Article is contributed by Jack Ewing of Hacienda Baru Eco-lodge & Tours There is a well known local story of how Dominical got its name. In Costa Rica we have many different types of bananas including plantains, cuadrados, guineos and dominícos. In Spanish a field of bananas is called a […]

How Dominical Got it’s Name

Why are we here? There are a number of reasons that people decide to move to Costa Rica. Put simply, here is a list of some of the most common: Retirement Simplify Disillusioned with homeland (economy, politics, stress, etc…) Weather Health Enrichment Retirees: The retirees are drawn to Costa Rica […]

Why People Move to Costa Rica

When we first moved to Costa Rica in 1999, my son Neil was 11 years old and my daughter Hannah, 15.  In those early days, after coming home from a visit to the town center, maybe to the grocery store or whatever, they would complain “Dad, why do they stare?” […]

The Joy of the Greeting

May 1, 2014 update: Well it appears that the Jo/Shelby magic is working. We setup an evening at Por Que No without making a reservation. They couldn’t fit us in!!! The place was packed with what appeared to be very contented diners. Costa Paraiso / Por Que No is one […]

Restaurant Review – Por Que No

The Costa Rican Casado
I know, fascinating topic, right? Well, for the vacationer to Costa Rica, it will actually enhance the overall experience to know the difference and can explain some rather bewildering events that can occur in one’s vacation to this second-world country (is there such a thing?) There are 2 basic types […]

All About Restaurants & Sodas in Costa Rica

Yes, they do exist. I am making the prediction that long term rentals for Uvita, Dominical and Ojochal, (known much more simply as Costa Ballena), are going to become, not just as they are now which is, difficult to find, but that the market for them will grow into a […]

Long Term Rentals in Dominical

You might call it a justification, or perhaps a deflection. And frankly, I agree. But, after living in Costa Rica for 10+ years I still did not have my residency. “How can that be?” you say. Well, you’re not alone. I got used to explaining it (ahem, read: justifying), by […]

Do You Need to Get Residency to Live in Costa ...

Costa Ballena is the name that was selected some years ago to embody what are essentially 3 towns along Costa Rica’s southern pacific zone. There is another Costa Ballena in the world.  It is located in Spain and they’ve got lots of marketing on the Internet (and elsewhere I’d imagine) […]

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