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Country: costa rica Suburb/Town: san vito City: sabalito State/Province/Region: puntarenas Type of home: Cottage Located: near a river Bedrooms: four Bathrooms: two full baths Sleeps: six comfortably
Our home:

Is located between the cities of San Vito and Sabalito on the southern Central border between Costa Rica and Panama. Living here is a mountain environment much cooler and docile in comparison to the lower elevations and beach front areas. The temperatures stay primarily between 70 - 80 degrees and offer year round rain showers mixed with sunny days. The months of December thru March are somewhat hotter but still within the same temps. September thru November are the wettest days nevertheless there is always morning sunshine. Our home was remodeled three years ago wherein we added a 2000sq. ft. timber frame cabin to the existing Tico style country home. We are situated on approximately 10 acres of land with a year round river running thru the middle of it. It is now an exotic garden in its entirety with an abundance of wildlife especially of the bird varieties, lots of Toucans! Life here is not for the fast lane, we are enclosed with  electric gates and fenced on all sides, we have three young children which we are Homeschooling with online streaming and we have up to date US television satellite television. We are joining this site in an attempt to arrange a home swap with someone in the US. so that we can attain citizenship for my Panamanian wife which will involve 6 month stays stateside for several years. We would prefer to exchange with someone around Colorado Springs, Colo. but are open for suggestions!

Home amenities

  • BBQ,
  • Balcony,
  • Bath,
  • Bicycle,
  • Cable/Satellite TV,
  • Carport,
  • Clothes Washer/Dryer,
  • Dishwasher,
  • Fans,
  • Garden-Yard,
  • Heating,
  • Internet Access,
  • Lock Up Garage,
  • Microwave,
  • Patio/Deck,
  • Sound system,
  • TV/DVD
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Our neighborhood:

is very quiet, predominantly a coffee growing region. These are hard working people and usually turn in by 7:00 pm every evening. We live on a gravel road so travel is slow and at times a little dusty but not when it rains! We live 7 kilometers from either San Vito or Sabalito and a round trip taxi to either costs about $6.00. We are situated in the middle of Costa Rica on the Southern zone which is about one hour and a half to the Pacific Ocean and about two and a half hours to the Atlantic. San Vito was originally inhabited by Italian immigrants and the most popular restaurant is still "Prosciutto's Liliana". The water here is I think the best in the world and comes right out of the mountains here! The ride to the Panamanian border is a 30 min. stroll on another gravel road which has been promised to be paved for the past four years now? Panama is o whole different story and would be glad to elaborate on the subject, to say the least it generally runs about 60 mph faster than the pace of life here. If you do not leave your gate open for long you can truly find the life of peace without stress.

Local Activities

  • Beach,
  • Cafes,
  • Public Transport,
  • Rock Climbing,
  • Scuba Diving,
  • Swimming Pool,
  • Waterfalls

Our Houseswap preferences

Swap type: Simultaneous and non simultaneous ok Preferred start date: April 15th - September 15th Length of Swap: negotiable Preferred destinations: CSprings,CO. San Fran.CA,Northwest Open to offers?: yes

Other preferences

  • Car swap negotiable,
  • Couple preferred,
  • Family preferred,
  • Non smokers only,
  • Pets ok,
  • Seniors preferred
Number of travellers: Max 6 Languages spoken: English, Spanish
About us:

I am retired and have been blessed with a second family. My wife and I have taken on the responsibility of teaching our children everything, not giving this world the opportunity to misguide them until they are of age to understand. I have two Daughters in Colorado of which I enjoy as much time with as I can get and travel there every year also to pick up the homeschooling materials. We have no bad habits except the wear and tear of three children under 13 years old. We have five miniature Doberman Pincers and a half dozen chickens, they will be staying here as we also have a neighbor that helps me with our needs. I have lived in the Black Forest, Colo. for 30+ years and am familiar with all there is there. Living here in Costa Rica was the smartest decision I have ever made although I was already looking to come out from underneath the up to your neck in alligators lifestyle of the US. Maybe this is your opportunity to find the same.


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Listed by: mark
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