Here are my top 5 Reasons To Love Costa Rica:
Perpetual sunshine and warmth — yes, there is a rainy season but so far, we have had only a couple of days with prolonged rain. Most of the rain has fallen during the evening while we sleep — the occasional daytime rain can be quickly averted by darting into a restaurant for a refreshing drink or quick meal. All is dry by the time we leave. Even overcast days are warm and the water always inviting.
The beauty of the tropics from the fauna to the birds to the houses and restaurants decorated with bright Caribbean colors. Color is everywhere! The tropical woods used in homes are incredibly beautiful! Outside walkways, bathrooms, and kitchens often are displays of artistic mosaic work, sporting bright colors.
Music! Reggae & calypso are the typical sounds from restaurants and bars in Puerto Viejo. Live bands make it even more exciting. I won’t even mention the “free drinks for women” at some of the places here.
Pura vida is the local expression meaning “love life” and it is reflected in the friendliness of the people and their life choices. Work is only a small portion of their life — when you desire less and need less, you are left with time to actually enjoy your life!
Exercise and good health has never been easier or more desirable. Puerto Viejo is a small town that is easily accessible by bike or foot. Busses and taxis are available for those trips to outlying areas but for the every day stuff, a car is definitely not necessary. Riding or walking also assures you will have every opportunity to interact with locals and expats, and helps you adapt to the laid back attitude of their culture. Alternative medicine, yoga, massage, and acupuncture abound, as well as, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables for healthy eating.
I’d like to say it’s also cheaper than the states but that’s not necessarily true. There are many items, both food and non-edible items, that are not easily available here. Importing makes them ultra-expensive so eating and buying local items is preferable in keeping costs down. Most folks have tropical fruits growing in their yards– fresh, delicious and free! Remember too, folks here in the Caribbean don’t need winter clothes, nor do they need to heat their houses. There are no telemarketers or bulk mailings, fancy stores, or the compulsion to “keep up with the Jones'” enticing you to spend your money. Does that sound as inviting to you, as it does to me?