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My friends are renting out a cabina that can fit up to 4 individuals on the South Pacific side of Costa Rica.

The area is remote, quiet, safe and very peaceful. It is easily accessed by bus coming from San Jose or the Panamanian border. One minute from your front door is a beautiful waterfall which is great for bathing in daily and which is hardly frequented by anyone. There are wildflowers and exotic plants growing everywhere. There are 4 different varieties of bananas growing on the land, pineapples, sweet lemons, sugar cane, cilantro, tomatoes, avocados, passionfruit, rambutan, oranges, coconuts, among other things. Major beaches are a 20 minute drive from the property and a 15 minute hike uphill will land you in jungle area. Howler monkeys are a common sight as are butterflies, toucans and cusingas, among hundreds of other birds and insects. The temperature is hot during the day while under the sun but cools down in the evening providing ideal sleeping temperatures. The tap water connected to the cabin runs straight from the mountaintops and is as untouched and pure as you can possibly drink. With your rent you will get room cleaning once a week and laundry done as needed, as well as whatever is ready to be picked from the garden although bananas and coconuts are usually available in abundance. There is a supermarket in town as well as some wifi spots and a bank with atm machine, hair salon and internet cafe among other things in a nearby town.

Your hosts will be myself as well as a Costa Rican family who are extremely friendly, hospitable and trustworthy individuals who will do almost anything to make sure you are comfortable and happy. The only prerequisite to renting out the cabin is that you must be in good health as this is not a clinic or health retreat... so if you have an eating disorder or serious health issue, unfortunately we cannot allow you to stay on the property.

You will get exercise

You will get sunlight

You will get organic fruit

You will get fresh air

You will get pure water

You will improve your spanish

You will make new friends and connections

You will feel and be safe

You won't want to leave!!

If you are interested, please PM me for more details! It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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I have some questions for you, so I added you as a friend. I'll PM you as soon as you accept. I don't think I can w/o being your friend


hmmmm, interest piqued


If this house is full, why not rent more of them? I would guess that there are more people here in this community which would LOVE to live that way?

I haven't spoken to them regarding the pricing but two years ago they were asking $500 a month for the cabin so between 4 people it's 125usd a month, between 2 its 250 a month... they might be asking for a bit more this time, I would need to speak with them.

Nearby hostels will cost you 10-12usd a day and there is no laundry included, the water is usually nasty, it's not in a pristine area, not as safe, might have some snorers in your room, they won't supply you with any fruit, no waterfall, etc...

I have lots of pictures just PM me and I can e-mail them and work out the details for those seriously interested. I will be living in the area from December until May 2013.

how much to live there??

Well guys I guess I was mistaken, I just spoke with the daughter and they are asking $300 USD a month for the cabin. I never really thought to take a good picture of it but have added the only one I have. It's pretty well furnished there are plates and cutlery included, option for a hot shower head, some sofas, etc... We have a blender and citrus juicer you can use. If you live a minimalist lifestyle and really understand and are comfortable with living in the jungle, you'll find the accommodations beyond adequate. Some people are surprised when coming to the jungle for the first time because of animal noises, bugs, isolation, whatever... so just be aware that this is really living in a peaceful remote area in the costa rican jungle and there is no air conditioning, no way to entirely avoid bugs or the occasional gecko on your wall, etc... I have lived in a metropolitan area my whole life and nothing bothered me greatly when going there for the first time.



what do you call those beaut pink plants?

Good question, I'm not quite sure... there is a yellow variety as well. The path leading down to the waterfall is lined with them, here you can see. I am actually looking at a property that is lined with them all around the 1000m2. I tried to learn as much about the plant diversity there as possible. We have a ylang-ylang tree on the property, tons of medicinal plants, some super old amazing tree from which flowers fall between exactly 3-5pm every day, and lots of brugmansia 'reina de la noche' flowers that release an intoxicating scent and will send you on a hallucinogenic journey if you steep them in tea and drink the liquid.



Just so you all can know what to expect in terms of fruit availability in the region, the best fruit you will need to do some traveling for... fruit doesn't just come to you, you have to seek it out.

That said, the last time I was in Costa Rica from December to April I was able to get my hands on...

6-7 Different banana varieties including fingerling ones, plantains, papaya + small hawaiian papaya, watermelon, cantaloupe, passionfruit and granadilla, caimito, 4 different varieties of coconuts, starfruit, 2 varieties of Mamey Sapote, hearts of palm, pineapple and white pineapple, oranges, sweet lemons, sugar cane, rollinea, avocado, tomatoes and hyper-sweet cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce, celery, parsley, mint, cilantro, mangos, soursop, water apples, guava, ice cream beans (there is a monstrous 20 something year old tree on a nearby lot), cashew fruit, red peppers, etc... I'm sure I'm missing a few things.

Stuff like durian and jackfruit is available within a couple of hours but you would have to hunt it.

Hey Ilan! Some questions~ I guess I cannot send messages to you; not sure why. ~ When do the owners want someone to move in? How long does the lease run for? Is there internet access at the cabin? Are the roads bike-able? Is it safe for a woman to ride on them during the/evening? Thanks! I'm seriously interested. I am becoming certified to teach ESL to adults and children from the university of Cambridge and would love to look for  school in Coasta Rica. My certification will be done in early December. Take Care



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