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Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Joseph Emanuelli

Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, a typical day for a expat living by the beach! Part 1

Every morning the sun comes up more or less the same time, around 5:00 am. At this hour of the morning the howler monkeys start to sing their ritual call. If you never heard it before it can freak you out a bit as the sound is very guttural and deep sounding. It is amassing the sound that comes out of such a small animal.  This is a perfect time of the day, I enjoy sitting back and having a great cup of freshly brewed Costa Rica coffee to take in splendor of mother nature. The birds start waking up as well and the morning chorus is just so beautiful to your ears. There are over 800 different species of birds in Costa Rica and vary depending on your location in the country. I Guanacaste we have some of the most beautiful species.

After a traditional breakfast of eggs, gallo pinto (a traditional dish of rice and beans with peppers, onions and cilantro and spices), corn tortillas, queso (Cheese) and fresh fruit it is time to take a leisurely stroll to the beach.

Living close the beach is great! You can hear the surf breaking on the shore and it makes the anticipation of putting your feet into the warm soft sand worth the time it takes to get there, a whopping 10 minute walk to Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, the town I live in and the beach I play on. I love this beach as it is a Costa Rican certified BLUE FLAG beach. A clean and sanitary and easy to walk on with a slight slope leaning towards the water’s edge.  Many expats live in Playa Hermosa and many take the same walk every morning. Most have their four legged furry friends with them and it is nice to stop and chat about what’s going on or a new place to visit or new restaurant that opened up  to hear some local gossip while getting your daily exercise. The great thing about this beach is the surf is gentle and there is no fear of rip tides which makes it a great swimming beach. After returning home and washing off the sand and salt from the walk on the beach and swim in the tropical waters, it is time to think about some landscaping or minor repairs to the house. This is what I love best as I can hire someone to do it for me and it doesn’t break the bank.

After the work is done now it is time to decide what to do for the next few hours. Should I go fishing,  or should I get in the car and take drive to the volcanos for a hike in the forests and a dip in a natural hot spring? Maybe instead I think I will go horseback riding on some trails to enjoy more of Gods’ wondrous work.  There are so many different things to do that I never get bored.  Today I think actually since it is Friday I will take a drive into Liberia and go to the local farmers market (feria, which literally translated means fair). The market is a bustling mixture of local vendors selling everything from deep red vine ripened tomatoes to some of the most obscure fruits and vegetables I have ever seen. All the products are priced much lower than what you find in the grocery stores and for the most part are a lot better quality. Usually I only buy enough to last for a couple days and plan menus around the fresh products.

On the way home I will stop at a great meat market and pick up fresh whole tenderloin of beef, grass feed, nice and lean, totally trimmed of fat and ready to cut into filet mignons. Now in North America for this same cut of beef you would be paying somewhere around $15 to $20 dollars per pound and even higher is it is already trimmed for you. Not here, I pay under $7.00 per pound.

Well once I get home and put the groceries away and play with the dogs some, it is time to sing off. Keep an eye out and  look for part 2 of what it is like to be an expat living in paradise.

Or send me an email and we can discuss it further, jaaechef@gmail.com

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012 1:43 PM by Joseph A. Emanuelli

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