From time to time we find ourselves in a location with limited internet access. That is the case in our current house sit in Playa Matapalo. We wanted to keep our blog as up to date as possible so we will publish several short “snapshots” over the next 5 weeks while we are here.
One of the attractions of Costa Rica is the extreme diversity of habitats and ecosystems in a relatively small country. We are just over 100 kms southwest of Atenas but it seems a world apart. Atenas is in the hills of the Central Valley, relatively cool, somewhat dry, and has what many people call “the best climate in the world”. Playa Matapalo, on the southern Pacific coast however is very hot and humid.
We arrived just over a week ago and will be here another 5 weeks looking after a beachside house and a very lovable dog, Omber. The dark brown beach is visually stunning and stretches for about 11kms northwest and southeast. It is not a great swimming beach, the waves break too short for surfing but at low tide there are terrific rolling waves for boogey boarding.
From our shaded back veranda the sand stretches through palms towards the beach and the sound of the waves breaking (often quite violently) is a 24 hour backdrop to our life here. Sloths, white-faced capuchins, opossums, lizards, and many birds keep us company along with the gardeners in the neighbours’ yards and the occasional people walking the beach. Hot, lazy days with violent rain at night has been the norm. Intermittent internet, power, water and telephone are common. Our chores include keeping the sand off everything, the yard clear of all the debris and looking after Omber which combine to provide us with plenty to do.
Erik and his girlfriend have come and gone, and we will head back to Canada for an unknown period of time in late June to apply for our Portuguese Residency Visa. Until then we will be staying cool and heading to the nearby surf town of Dominical to compose our posts and look after other online activities.
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Pura Vida from Tim and Anne