I didn’t quite realize how far out we were into the countryside of Costa Rica until our next door neighbor told us about the six foot iguana who climbed in bed with him!
He lifted his head, the iguana lifted his (or her) head, there was eye contact, he screamed, the iguana dashed away. He said this only happened once. This explains why we have an iguana/ bird feeder a little distance from our side door – to keep the iguana well fed and away from the house. We are appeasing the iguana god.
We are in Costa Rica for a few months. We were fortunate to find a house in the cooler foot hills above San Isidro del General in the central pacific area of Costa Rica. We are just down river from a biological reserve. The grounds are beautiful.
The house is just as beautiful. Like most homes in Costa Rica it has a very open air design.
There are numerous pieces of art around the house and in the garden that the owner has added over the years.
Though there is a strong expat presence here but San Isidro itself is more agricultural than touristy. The town is located between some great beaches to the west and extensive, mountainous national parks to the east. All of these are accessible via cheap but comfortable public bus service within an hour to an hour-and-a-half bus ride.
If you are considering visiting you may want to assess your comfort with the arthropod world (insects and spiders). The bedrooms are screened but not the balconies or main house. The occasional bat flyby takes out some of the bugs but we have recorded two large spiders incidents in three months. We welcome any geckos that climb the walls at night to pick off stragglers.
Costa Rica is a third world country by this definition http://www.weeklycrawler.com/local-stories/why-costa-rica-is-a-third-world-country/ (generally true of the area we stay in)
but it is a safe third world country. Unlike Guatemala that I visited in 2008 where some of the military work part time by standing guard with AK47’s in McDonalds.
That being said you should prepare to come in the dry season (January to March) and still be prepared for humidity. Fortunately “wind chill” is not a word that translates well because, unless you climb above 5 to 8 thousand feet the temperatures stay between about 64 and 75 – day after day with 12 hours of sunlight.
The place we rent is about 3000 feet, high enough to escape the heat in San Isidro del General but low enough that one seldom needs more than a long-sleeved shirt in the evening to be comfortable.