Caption: Toucan. They are common in the Caribbean Side of Costa Rica.
Two and a half years ago, my boyfriend and I moved to one of the most exotic parts of the world - the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. We chose Costa Rica because I am a Costa Rican citizen and had lived there for five years before.
The first time I visited the Caribbean was when I had just started traveling with my boyfriend. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca was our first stop. We were so in love with the Caribbean that we made a promise to each other - we were going to return. Six months later, after traveling together around the world, we settled in the Caribbean. We settled in Playa Chiquita, which means Chiquita Beach, four kilometres into the jungle.
Caption: One of the many beaches of the Caribbean.
We lived in a very unusual house, a lovely and colourful cottage. Someone actually told me that it was one of the oldest houses in that area. It took me three days of incessant house hunting to find this particular house. I would literally ask everyone I encountered if they knew anywhere nice. I guess in the end I was lucky.
The house was a stone’s throw from the beach, surrounded by gigantic ceibas, water apple trees and hundreds of coconut trees all along the beach. It was, in a way, our own private beach as we had very few people walking around, even during high season.
It was raining non-stop for the first few months of us living there but we didn't care; it was still warm and astonishingly beautiful. Everything was so new to us! What I liked most about that house, apart from the fact that it was immense (it could accommodate ten people) was its personality and the colours, which were very similar to those of Frida Kalhos' house.
Caption: Our home in Playa Chiquita.
There were others houses not far from us but none as special as our blue cottage.
Caption: One of the few houses situated right in front of the beach in Playa Chiquita.
I must say that it was pretty uninhabited around there. There were not many houses, mostly nature and sea. The locals were predominantly settled in Puerto Viejo, a tourist spot where you can find restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, supermarkets; anything you need. We were happy in Playa Chiquita, we enjoyed the silence and the peace we had at the time.
Soon enough, I found myself integrated into the wildlife, without losing my feminine essence. We were one with nature. I think most people who live on the Caribbean Sea of Costa Rica can relate to that feeling.
But there were still more blessings to come our way. We adopted our first pet Fifo Kote a Persian kitten.
Caption: Photo of Fifo in his first day with us in the Caribbean.
We brought Fifo with us from the capital, San Jose. We couldn't stop showering him with affection; he was so special to us. As a Kitten, Fifo was absolutely full of energy and a bit crazy too. We love him so much!
Although Playa Chiquita was, and still is, a Paradise, I won't lie, it was also a challenge. For instance, that two-month period of non-stop rainstorms was particularly difficult for me because I happen to suffer from astraphobia (abnormal fear of thunder and lighting). Falling asleep during those months was hard. The lightening would often hit the beach and with our house being just a few steps from it, I found falling asleep hard. I would see the light from my windows, hear the sound and freak out. Fifo was scared too and sometimes we’d to hide together.
Caption: Surfer girl in Puerto Viejo, after surfing in the furious Sea.
Once our house even got flooded. There was so much water that we had to stay in the second-floor bedroom all night.
Dealing with our neighbours, the animals of the jungle, wasn’t easy either. Even thought we always respected their space they didn't always respect ours. We would often have venomous snakes, frogs, ant colonies, monkey troops, iguanas, birds, sloths, etc., all around and inside the house. Luckily, they must have felt we were friendly and meant them no harm; perhaps otherwise they would have tried attacking us. In some ways we were all just one big family, LOL!
Caption: One of my neighbours in Playa Chiquita, cute Mr Sloth.
Sadly, now and again we’d catch Fifo trying to hunt the hummingbirds that would occasionally get inside the house. Fifo was becoming a hunter and I worried about him.
After all of this, and the fact that we were learning about ourselves as humans and as partners and were raising a pet together for the first time, I can definitely say that living in the Caribbean was a profound life experience.
It was a simple life but I wouldn't hesitate to call it a RICH LIFE. We met special people and ate spicy Caribbean food accompanied by excellent cocktails. We rode bicycles in the jungle, had Thai massages, chocolate spa and we went to the beach almost every day. We had our jobs, a big house and a cat. What more could we have asked for?
One year in the jungle had a big impact on our understanding and perception of life. We grew as human beings significantly. I gathered the courage to start my own small business, YN Production, creating commercial videos for the local community, and my boyfriend discovered his biggest passion - cooking.
Caption: My boyfriend cooking in our blue house.
Caption: Me painting. Painting was a hobby I started practicing for the first time in the Caribbean.
Caption: Fruit from our garden.
Caption: Fifo growing in the Caribbean.
It's been two and a half years since then. My boyfriend hasn’t stopped impressing me with his food and I haven’t stopped dreaming and working to be a source of inspiration for the world.
We found a place to live that’s perfect for Fifo. He loves Moscow and sleeps long peaceful hours now that he has nothing to chase and the weather is perfect for his kind.
We don't know if we’ll ever return to Puerto Viejo, but we do know that it was an unforgettable experience that we will keep in our hearts forever.
More pictures of my journey living in the Caribbean Sea of Costa Rica on Instagram
Have you ever been challenged by a new place or circumstances? What did you learn from your experience? I would love to hear your story, I am sure it will be very inspiring for all of us.
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