Cat is finishing university in Santa Barbara and thinking about coming down for a year or so when she graduates this winter. I am developing a mixed use condominium, nature reserve and retail project between Brasilito and Tamarindo, The Oaks, theoakstamarindo.com [theoakstamarindo.com] . I came to Costa Rica from Miami two years ago as a result of someone I met in Miami, and am loving it. I split my time between Guanacaste and the mountains outside San Jose, two very different places, kind of like California in a way, where you can drive from Malibu to Big Bear and enjoy different worlds, although we're probably around 60 years behind California in development, thankfully.
A very interesting mix here of locals, Americans, Canadians and Europeans. Best to learn Spanish, though not everyone does. The town of Tamarindo is the social center, a surf town that in many ways is like a ski resort in season, with a fairly small base of locals, everyone knows everyone, and a new wave of vacationers every week. If you're curious about Costa Rica, or you're coming down, give me a shout.