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2-month sabbatical in Costa Rica- request for suggested town to stay in

2-month sabbatical in Costa Rica- request for suggested town to stay in

Old Oct 31st, 2013, 07:43 PM
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2-month sabbatical in Costa Rica- request for suggested town to stay in


I have a sabbatical and would like to stay in South or Central America with my kids, ages 6 and 9 for a two-month stay (June, July, 2014). I have traveled in Ecuador and Peru and have lived in Colombia (Bogota, Cucuta) for a while. I speak Spanish and would like to have my kids learn the language and gain an appreciation for South American culture.

My wish list:
-warm location
-near beach
-small city or town
-laid back environment
-opportunities to enroll my kids in classes or activities where they could meet other kids

I'm thinking Ecuador, Colombia, or Costa Rica right now. Ideally, I would go somewhere where I knew a family (from there) with kids so that we wouldn't have to spend alot of time meeting other kids. Any ideas about towns that might fill the bill nicely? (I'm not interested in Cartagena or Sta. Marta, however). The kind of quaint locations I am looking for are not those that I am finding on general internet searches. (I do *not* want a place that's filled with English-speaking tourists).

The second issue I'm having is trying to find a way to locate an apartment for this time period. Searching the internet has not yielded many leads. Ideally, I'd like to find a 2-bedroom apartment with wi-fi. Any ideas about how to go about with a search for a short-term lease like that?

Thanks so much for your help!
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I suggest Ojochal or Uvita.

Two small but gorgeous little towns, on South Pacific side.
Some expats already there. Good Spanish schools. Very safe zone.

If you want something a little bit bigger, look for San Isidro del General. A friend of mine moved there with 2 young kids in October. And she is very happy with everything there.
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I would suggest Manuel Antonio. Very beautiful, green location, safe area, and you could live in the Manuel Antonio area or town of Quepos, where there is a feria that has fresh veggies, fruits, cheese, etc. every weekend, a mercado... it's big enough to find almost everything you will need and small enough so you really get to know your community.

Plus, Manuel Antonio Beach is the most beautiful beach!
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I would think inland a little more. Maybe a bit further from the coast than you were thinking but IMO Atenas is pretty awesome. I lived there for a few years and live nearby now. In over 15 years living in CR it is still my favorite area. About 40 minutes to the beach though.

Some of the best weather in the world (literally), authentic CR, farming community with a focus on coffee and sugar cane. Great jumping off point to several areas. You can hit Poas volcano, Cartago, Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, museums in the city, and that's just the tip of the iceberg as it were. No tourists to speak of, off the radar. That's my 2 cents.
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