Mountains meet small university town at Finca Saramandaia

Mountains meet small university town at Finca Saramandaia


Dec 2005

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Ours is a comfortable and open family home on our 36 acre tropical mountain farm. We have no precious antiques or fragile furniture, and your family can relax and enjoy the scenery and peace and quiet. We are casual housekeepers. Note that we don't have a TV.

Our town, Ciudad Colon, has good meat and fish markets, two supermarkets, and a few nice restaurants. There are also Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning outdoor fruit and veggie markets and a town plaza where you can hang out with the jugglers and unicyclists on Sunday afternoon. We're about 20-40 minutes from everything else...excellent supermarkets, international airport, the capital...San Jose, and a modern, well-equipped hospital with a bilingual staff. Several international schools are also nearby. The Pacific Ocean is 1+ hour away over good roads, and the Caribbean is 3 hours. Our car is available for only local use. If you plan to go off the beaten track (Monteverde, e.g.) a rental car is advisable unless you're fond of bus travel. Our altitude of 3,000' means that there's no need for either heating or for cooling. There are several really good restaurants within 5-30 minutes drive. Spanish is helpful, but not necessary. There is good wireless Internet access at 6 mb/sec. See site below for more details.


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More about us

  1. We're Sharon and Dick, and 28 year old daughter Maia. I'm a family doctor and former midwife, and I also have a small artisan sausage and specialty breads business. Dick was a professor of geochemistry and is retired from work as a systems analyst and international computer consultant. Maia is a digital graphic artist and works remotely. She doesn't always travel with us, as she's sometimes off having adventures of her own. We also have a son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters living in Boston, MA.

    Our home and town are ideal for a family wanting a gentle cultural/Spanish immersion experience, or an introduction to the country for prospective relocators or retirees. We sometimes have a small home on the finca to rent. Just ask. In general, we're happiest exchanging for comfortable family homes, and not for showplaces or luxury properties. We like very rural Europe and very urban US. We love Boston and Barcelona and Tallahassee (ok, an outlier) and Oviedo, Spain.

  2. Casa Anaconda is available for May 1-May 27, 2019 for a non-simultaneous exchange for New England, and also for July and the first 2 weeks in August
    for simultaneous exchange.

  3. Our home, while comfortable and well-furnished, is not a luxury destination. Life in Costa Rica is labor intensive, and our property is better described as tamed rather than manicured. The finca isn't a good choice for people who are not in good physical shape. The internal road slopes steeply, and walking on the finca qualifies as hiking. However, we're both over 70 and do just fine.

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Where is it?


We're in a rural area of low mountains, about a kilometer from a town of 20,000. We have both Spanish and English-speaking neighbors. Ciudad Colon is a friendly small town with modern supermarkets, good meat and produce markets, and good public transportation. The U.N.-chartered University for Peace is located just outside our town.

THIS IS A DEVELOPING COUNTRY IN THE TROPICS! We have insects, snakes, spiders, monkeys, parrots, toucans, sloths, lizards...that's why people come see them. If you don't like animals, jungle, Spanish, the countryside...this is NOT the place for you. Our home is not a luxury destination, and life in Costa Rica is very labor-intensive. It's also very unscheduled...nothing seems ever to happen "on time". We're more of an *adventure* destination:)

Our home is on a mountainside and the terrain is a bit steep...although having a car means no serious climbing on the finca. We've raised three children here, had hundreds of guests, and done 80-something exchanges. The people who have most enjoyed exchanging with us have been adventurous, flexible, and fit. We've exchanged with many enthusiastic birders, as well. We're happy to answer questions about trips to the coasts and other local attractions. Typically, exchangers have enjoyed horseback riding, whitewater rafting, beaches, jungle ziplining, Pacific island cruises, and exploring the capital and other colonial cities.

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