The Province of Guanacaste, named for its most famous and beautiful hardwood tree, is the dry forest area of Costa Rica, meaning we have more days of sunshine than any other area, and the rainy season is quite pleasant, generally raining only from late afternoon into the evening, with sun all morning. Though the ranch is only an hour from the beaches of Samara, San Miguel, and Playa Bejuco, we enjoy much cooler temperatures here in the mountains, due to the elevation and the consistent breezes. Our average daytime temperature is in the low 80’s compared to the 90’s at the beaches. The relative dryness and elevation also means that we have little to no mosquitoes or other biting bugs compared to the rainforest and sea level locations. In a 20 minute drive you can be at one of the ports of the Gulf of Nicoya
This area of the Peninsula Nicoya south of the large town of Nicoya, is also part of the handful of places in the world designated as “Blue Zones”, which is to say they boast a higher number of people living to over 100 than anywhere else. Though no one knows the reason, it is thought that our natural life-style, the happy outlook of the local people, our mineral rich alkaline water and clean air may all play a part in this. The communities are supportive and extremely welcoming to foreigners.
The property is particularly rare and valuable in the fact that while, so rural, private and unspoiled, the property is less than 10 minutes from the bustling town of Carmona, the capitol town of the Canton (district) of Nandayure. Carmona is a thriving and rapidly growing town with a clinic, four hardware/building supply stores, several restaurants, internet cafes, stationery, clothing, household, and appliance stores, massage therapists, a beauty parlor offering manicures and pedicures, attorneys, dentists, etc. You have all the convenience of having a large town within a short drive (or horse ride!) yet all the seclusion of being tucked away in the hills. Truly the best of both worlds!
Our own tiny town of San Rafael de Nandayure is a rare gem. With a population of less than 60 people, we are a close-knit and self-sustaining community. We are self-governed by a host of volunteer committees who are pleased to oversee the care of the town. People take pride in their homes and vicinity, keeping the area clean and attractive.
Our town hall is available to host special functions. The locals welcome foreigners and will do everything possible to welcome you to the community. Our own women’s micro-financing institution has made sure that every woman in the town has her own little agricultural business.
Fresh, organic milk, cheese, eggs, chicken, citrus fruits, coconuts, sugar cane, papaya, bananas, plantains, fish and shrimp may be delivered to your kitchen as often as requested, though many of these items you may choose to produce yourself!
We are located an hour and a half from the international airport of Liberia, or there is a comfortable and modern bus which will drop you right at the airport in the capital city of San Jose (4 hours by bus or 3 hours by car), If you are driving to San Jose you may take the magnificent bridge connecting the peninsula with the mainland, or enjoy a ferry ride across the gulf.