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Changing Seasons in our Lovely Southern Costa Rica

​"Pizote Presence" by our extremely talented & loving Birthday Girl, Jan Hart. Check her website here.

Jan was also honored this week with this excellent interview in the Tico Times ... click here to read Thanks for all the updates on the ads ... please continue to keep anything we are listing for you up to the moment as to availability, etc.

We are going to be changing our ad policy as of the first of the year ... up to now our real estate for sale & rental and car ads have been a one time, $20 fee til sold. The "Stuff" for sale have been at no charge, as have the events. Will update you as we finalize our new policies. If you would like to get an ad up for the same fees, let us know before the first of the year. If you have a hotel or business or restaurant you would like to advertise, let us know that too. Happy to say our community is growing as is our readership. Thanks to all of you!


Although we try to keep our news as positive as possible, here is an important and well researched article in Forbes Magazine on some pitfalls to avoid in buying real estate in Costa Rica. It's a few years old, but still valid today.

Going to rain thru December down here says the Weather People ... that means more time for dancing in the rain! Hi ExPats of San Isidro Area, My husband and I are relocating from the U.S. to San Isidro in early 2017. We need good strong reliable phone and internet service to continue our home businesses. Is there anyone out there using Vonage phones? If so, what megabyte strength do you have and are they working well? We recently learned that Vonage has a new app that may be downloaded onto our iPhone along with our existing Vonage phone numbers. Is anyone using an iPhone? If so, which carrier is reliable in San Isidro? And do you lose service at times? We also heard that CableTica is more reliable in a rainstorm then ICE? Is this true? Thank you so much! Juana and Guillermo 928.852.0120 Caretaker Available I am a retired biologist, meditator and song writer. I am clean, organized and semi fluent in Spanish. Please contact me if you want your beautiful house and grounds maintained while you are away from them. 571-699-7197

Nice purple suitcase BRAND NEW Porter Cable Cordless Combo Kit $155.00

Wanted to let everyone know that the last couple years of the Chayotevine is now on our blog ... click here to see any old editions.

Also, if you have a listing of any kind of the website ... please help us keep all updated.

Learn to Paraglide / Fly with our Zion ... click here for details!

Amy Schrift has put together this very important petition to ban agrochemicals in our local communities ... please read and share and sign, click here.

Wanted: used full size gas stove with oven, and used gas tank, washing machine, 8915 2561, or

I need someone coming from the USA to CR within the next two weeks to bring about 5lbs or less of assorted items. I will pay $30-50 depending upon quantity of items. Please contact

There will be 'Magic at Manoas' retreat December 9th-16th ... click here for more information.

I have a selection of excellent Bee Keeping Books in perfect condition. Write me at

Movement Therapist/ Pilates Instructor

Hello, My husband and I are relocating to Costa Rica. I am a Movement therapist and teach authentic Pilates as well. I am hoping to offer my skills in either a clinic setting or studio..with the hopes to find a space close to the water to open a wellness clinic/studio. All and any information or possible opportunities welcome.. I love to teach and help those that wish to feel well in their bodies and minds .. Thank you Wendy Lewis

Save the Date! Sunday, December 18th will be our Annual Community Christmas Dinner with Chef Memo. Details to come soon!

For a self sufficient, off grid beautiful organic farm ... click here for more information.

We will have large (3 kilos mas o menos) farm fresh chickens at Colibri's Corner this week and thruout the holiday season ... not a bad idea to send a pre-order to

In general, pre-orders are very useful and appreciated as the season gets busier. Also, we receive and recycle all glass bottles & jars (clean or not) and egg cartons with lids.

We now offer all organic eggs weekly! Also, all organic, gluten free & organic Yuca Flour and Macadamia Flour and Banana Flour.

Here are a few of the new & available items on our Great Stuff to Buy & Sell page:

  • CROCS BRAND: Work Boot/Rain Boots

  • Uniden 2-way radio GRM2238-2CK set

  • Panasonic SC-PT570 DVD stereo and surround sound system 5 speakers and sub-woofer - $50

  • Oppo OPDV971H DVD player - $35

  • Go Pro 3 - $150

  • Wine Enthusiast 21-Bottle Silent Dual Zone Touchscreen Wine Cooler

  • 32 cup coffee maker $25

  • Popcorn butter/Nacho cheese/Hot Fudge Warmer/Dispenser $250

  • Guillotine style Paper Cutter $60

  • Surf Board 6'2" Merrick $125 with soft case

  • Nespresso Milk Foaming Machine

  • 32 cup coffee maker $25

  • Guillotine style Paper Cutter $60

  • Gas Water Heater ... save electricity!

Very happy to have amazing, organic turmeric available in many forms ... now also in easy to take capsules! We also have the root and powdered forms.

We are now offering beautiful BeesWax Candles ... a more ecological alternative ... locally made.

Turkey Tail Extract can be magical ... please click here to read of all the benefits. We are so fortunate to have a good supply at this time.

Stop by to sample our Vegan Flaxers, truly delicious and satisfying ... as well as spicy hummus & Gluten Free Goodies. Come enjoy a Sampler with our amazing Ginger Kombucha.

Kapi Blu has become a favorite hangout for coffees, meals and music. Now open on Sundays, too, come enjoy their drinks & food.

Remember to visit Urban Farm restaurant in town for their delicious breakfast & lunch menus. They are also adding new dishes and have a beautiful consciousness with their food.

Since we have been running out of our delicious fresh trout ... made a bigger order this week. We also have the smoked trout ... tastes like lox!

Happy to have this week beef jerky, Blackberry Cobbler, Nag Champa Incense, various fluoride free toothpastes ... great repellent ... Sacha Inchi Seeds ... organic tobacco ... Raw Goat Cheese with herbs, blackberry cobbler. Also red & red/white quinoa ... delicious protein substitute for rice.

  • Blackberry Vinaigrette ... super on salads & more!

  • Organic Macadamia Flour

  • Organic Lemon & Peppermint Extracts

  • Organic Yuca Flour

  • Tea Tree Oils

  • Organic Turmeric Extract

  • Organic Shea Butter

  • Patchouli Oil

  • Clove Oil

Sauerkraut is one of the best foods for your tummy ... we are so fortunate to have Rosita's Organic Kraut ... so delicious & great for your digestion and general health.

The shitake mushrooms are extraordinary and quite magical .. click here to read about their many benefits.

Grass feed, beef bones, 5 dollars a pound. I can deliver to Tinmastes or PZ Thursday market.

Moringa: One Of The World’s Most Abundant Sources of Vitamins And Minerals We are fortunate to have local, organic Moringa here in our area now ... I've been learning more about it's benefits and the amazing energy the seeds and leaves give ... and the healing qualities of the Oil. Trees also available ... all @ Colibri's Corner

Come enjoy a sticky yummy Cinnamon Roll made with real butter!

We have mangosteen "matas" or baby trees at Colibri's Corner. If you want larger quantities .. let me

At Colibri's Corner this week:

  • Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract

  • Turmeric Extract & Roots & Capsules

  • Organic Coconut Flour

  • Organic Coconut Aminos ...Traditional

  • Mango or Papaya Salsas, spicy & delicious by Rosita

  • Fresh Trout / Smoked Trout

  • Sacha Inchi Nuts

  • Palo Santo

  • Hombre Grande

  • All natural organic tobacco

  • Mariola Honey ... excellent for eye & ear infections

  • Hot & Sweet Mustard

  • Organic Vanilla Beans

  • All Organic Corn Chips ... yellow

  • Raw Honey

  • Fresh Salsa

  • Local Organic Beans & Rice (Integral & White)

  • Organic Teas

  • Stevia in Powder & Liquid

  • Organic Dried Pineapple / Mangos / Bananas

  • Coconut Secret Amino Acids This sap is very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.

  • Organic Sauerkraut

  • Vegan Pesto & Vegan Raw Cookies

  • Sourdough Bread

  • Becca's Amazing Hot Hot Sauces

We also have now:

  • Manuka honey

  • Organic Alfalfa Seeds

  • Crunchy Spirulina

  • Salt shaker grinders

  • Peppermint Oil

  • Lavender Oil

  • Clove Oil

  • Ylang Ylang Oil

  • Frankincense

  • Organic sauerkraut

  • Goat cheeses

  • Swiss Cheese

  • Mozzarelli Cheese

  • Fresh & Smoked Trout

  • Nutritional Yeast

  • Diatomaceous Earth

  • Epsom Salts

  • Moringa Seeds & Leaves

  • Organic Black Strap Molasses

  • International Phone Cards

  • Cactus Juice & other Natural Bug Repellents

  • Sticky, Yummy Dates

  • Costa Rican Macadamias

  • Integral Oats

For anyone with pain from spots injuries, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatic, please check this link. We are very fortunate to have this high quality Magnesium Oil now available. Also works great as an all natural deodorant!

International Phone Cards available for major savings.

We appreciate pre-orders & can ship throughout Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Blessings to all

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