Tamarindo, Guanacaste

White Water Rafting in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

The last time I tried rafting was 10 years ago on the Paquare and Reventazon Rivers on the east coast of Costa Rica. This time around I challenged the Upper Tenorio River, about a 45 minute drive south of Liberia. This 2.5 hour long white water adventure was amazing! I had sent many a client on this tour, yet never actually tried it out. I thought it was time I did.

Crime in Costa Rica. There are plenty of good people (buena gente) around.

I’m writing this because I have a story that had a happy ending and gave me a feeling that not only was I lucky, but that many (I’d say the majority) of people here are good, honest people.

Drake Bay – An Undiscovered Gem

On day three we decided to go scuba diving at Isla del Caño (Cano Island) which is a national park/island about 10 miles off the coast of Drake Bay. It takes about 45 minutes to arrive there by boat. Caño Island is small (about 500 acres) but has amazing marine life that surrounds it.

Golf Tournament at Reserva Conchal Helps Local Schools.

Saturday’s Golf Tournament at Reserva Conchal had its largest ever field of golfers, who then joined other supporters at the Awards Luncheon. The lunch event was hosted by the Conchal Beach Club.

Paddle Boarding Fun in Costa Rica

So, surfing it was… Bring it on! I wanted badly to shred with the best of them. I realized quickly, however, that I’m not 17 anymore. A wife, three little rug rats, and a full time job made polishing my surfing skills hard. On weekends the family prevails, conditions after work aren’t great, and early morning is, well, early morning.

New Campus at Costa Rica’s La Paz Community School

La Paz Community School has been working hard over the last few years with fundraising efforts to build a new campus for the ever growing student population at the beach in northwest Guanacaste.

Record Tourist Numbers Are Good For Guanacaste

If you like living at or near the beach, one of the benefits of living in Guanacaste is having an international airport nearby. The Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste is the airport and gateway to some of the most spectacular and exclusive destinations in Costa Rica.

Schools in Costa Rica. Teaching at Country Day School in Guanacaste

The campus is tucked in the jungle off the main road and is frequented daily by howler monkeys, giant iguanas, and tropical birds. In fact, we have so much wildlife right outside my class that the students recognize and have named the animals.

Soccer at the Center of Living in Costa Rica.

One of the first thing a tourist may notice when visiting Costa Rica is that every town, no matter how small, usually has two things: A Catholic Church and a soccer field.

Guanacaste Is The Best Place For Our Family – New FREE online video interview.

We were in the states for ten days and when we left it was brown, dusty and dry, but when we arrived home, the green was already taking over. In only ten days. It was an incredible transformation.

Girls Trip To Rincon de la Vieja National Park – Magic in Guanacaste

I recently went on a ‘baby shower girls retreat’ to the Rincon de la Vieja national park near Liberia, Guanacaste. This was the first time I ever had a ‘baby shower’ at a national park and it was so much fun, especially with 15 other girls to share it with. This is probably nothing I would have ever done in the U.S.

All Work and No Play Makes Costa Rica a Dull Place

My husband Keith was busy with the construction completion of our home and taking Spanish classes five days a week. Once that was finished, we thought we would have all the free time to do the things that brought us here.

Orthopedic Surgery in Costa Rica For Your Dog

I’m told the cost for this type of surgery and aftercare is in the thousands of dollars in the States. The cost here is slightly over a thousand US dollars if there are no complications. I’m hoping all goes well. The doctor says, if so, she should make a full recovery and return to her prior level of function. Summer is just around the corner and she loves to go hiking. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how she does.

Getting a US Passport for Your Child in Costa Rica

The process of getting a US Passport for a child born to US parents in Costa Rica has become increasingly complicated. I have to say I was shocked to see how much the requirements have changed in just two short years. (Our older son is 2.5 years old).

Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula – Incredible beauty and diversity.

There were lagoons and tide pools that were close by to when we got hot and needed to cool off. Another trail, just off the beach, leads you to a spectacular 80-foot waterfall. We saw one person the entire time we were on the beach and nothing was built along the shores. The only things there were the ocean and rainforest.