This article is so true. When I visited Costa Rica last year, I thought how easy it would be for me to just stay & live in this area. The lifestyle, the people, the views & the food are so inviting. One of the properties that I visited is very close to this site. As I got out of the car, I could see the beautiful Caribbean sea, exotic flowers, monkeys, toucans & macaws.

 If you are interested in seeing some of the photos I took from that part of Costa Rica, please click on the following links:

International Living Postcards

 winter 2010

Daniel has a great story about Costa Rica. Even though his tale is unique, it’s a type of story I’m hearing a lot these days.

You go to Costa Rica…maybe for a vacation…or to visit friends…and then WHAM! Before you know it, you’ve quickly fallen in love with the place and make it your new home.

There’s something about this country—its coasts in particular—that can seduce almost anyone who goes there.

There’s something about this country—its coasts in particular—that can seduce almost anyone who goes there.

Costa Rica Might Get You, Too
By Daniel Hodges

I went to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, to attend the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) class. There is ALWAYS a job teaching English in virtually every corner of Costa Rica.

After school I traveled to Cahuita to check out the Caribbean side of the country…and immediately fell in love. We figured we already knew enough about living in Costa Rica—so my wife and I sold everything and made the move!

Costa Rica

Cahuita is about 45 minutes south of Limon and a stone’s throw from the Panamanian border. The road to Cahuita is lined with emerald green rainforests blended with mountains and clear fast moving rivers.

I stayed at a hotel on the north side of town, about a 30-minute walk to Cahuita. (You can rent houses here for $350 – $800 per month.) The black-sand beaches here were mostly deserted save for the wildlife that lives comfortably alongside the people. From my hotel I was able to watch sloths, iguanas, monkeys and toucans. There is no better experience on earth than waking up at sunrise (5.00 a.m. in Cahuita) to the haunting screams of a howler monkey troupe.

I have visited beaches the world over—but nowhere compares to this. I can hear the crashing waves from inside my room (400 feet from the beach).

The coastline here is lined with a plethora of sun bleached coral reefs. As I snorkeled just steps off the beach I was taken aback by the colors, shapes and sizes of the marine life. Vibrant yellows, greens and blues stood out against the bleached white backdrop of the coral and I found I only yearned for more.

My passion in life has always been to travel the world and explore cultures and customs that enrich my life in so many ways—and none more so than the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.