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Colourful Life in our Precious Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Welcome to several new Subscribers & Pura Vida Blessings to All!

Here is a very Happy Song by Jakob (son of Bob) Dylan about Costa Rica

We are looking forward to our the feria this week in Perez Zeledon ... our hours are 7 to 7 on Thursday and Friday from 8 to 1 at Colibri's Corner.

We also offer shipping and delivery service throughout Costa Rica. For our area ... we have a network of Xpress & Taxi's who can delivery our products 7 days a week ... just let us know! On feria days, we can also do limited shopping and shipping.

Our neighbor at the PZ feria, Maria, will be bringing fresh Coconut Milk!

Many here in the Southern Zone knew the Benders or knew of them after John Bender's controversial death in 2010 .. here is a current article about his widow, Ann Maxine Patton Bender, Bender’s wife will be on trial for murder a fourth time. Of course, whether she will come back to Costa Rica to be retried ... or what will happen to their missing fortune, are questions still unanswered. 48 Hours did a very good episode on this case before her third trial ... check out this page to view the 48 Hours segment and read about the history. One other very good article, The Tale of John and Ann Bender and Their Quest for Paradise is here.

New Daycare and Christian School in San Isidro

Work Trade Opportunity for a Professional Videographer. Rancho Mastatal is currently seeking someone with professional experience at making short videos for 2-4 weeks between Jan & April 2019. Contact us

For those in Jaco or Quepos area ... (thanks Vicki Skinner for this info):

QUEPOS & JACO - U.S. CITIZEN CONSULAR OUTREACH & TOWN HALL FORUM - U.S. Embassy San Jose, Costa Rica is pleased to announce upcoming Consular events in Quepos & Jaco. Consular staff will open each event with a town hall forum, then provide routine passport services & notarials, as well as answer federal benefits & voting inquiries.

To RSVP for services, please indicate your preference & location by writing to Applicable fees must be paid in colones & in cash. We cannot accept dollars or checks. No RSVP is necessary to attend only the town hall portion of either event.

QUEPOS: WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Marina Pez Vela

JACO: WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Epicentro para la Paz de Garabito

Please check our Events page for a variety of entertainment, workshops, ferias, etc.

For The Finest in Authentic Stonework, call Rob ... check out his website.

Lots of Great Rentals ... see Rental Page for more listings

House for rent in Chimirol de Rivas: Two bedrooms, Kitchen, Living Room, Bathroom, Garage. Light and water included for $200 per month. Organic vegetable gardens on property. Call Carlos at 8571-8669 (Spanish only)

Cozy Hardwood Home for Rent:

Lovely, simply furnished well kept studio in private wooded section of East Los Angeles de Rivas. Nestled on 1.25 acres with an altitude of 3600 feet and an ideal climate of sunny days and cool, crisp nights. This private setting borders the scenic Talari River and has good road access, river bathing, fruit trees, bananas and high grade spring water. Includes high speed internet, porch, hot shower, flush toilet and secure parking. Lots of hiking in the area and near to the Mt. Chirripo Volcano and National Park. Fifteen minute walk to bus line with frequent bus transport to San Isidro. Pets okay but dogs must be leashed or fenced in. Available now. New Deck just added! Contact Just $345/month


A small private secluded and comfortable cottage with kitchenette and deck will be available for rent on the farm of Noe Andershadt in Pederagoso around May 10th. The monthly rent will be $155 /month and includes a reliable internet connection, water, and electric.

The cottage is a ten minute drive from downtown San Isidro, and is situated next to Finca Amrita and Finca Alba Nueva in Pedregosito. The cottage is a five minute walk from hourly buses to town. If anyone has an interest in an advance look cottage contact Bill Van Horn via email at

Gorgeous new listing in the mountains near Chirripo ... 2 story home on River for sale

Houses for rent and properties for sale, in the Rivas area. $10 per hour for my time and I will tell you what I know. 8915 24

NEW LISTING for sale: Private home on River in Quebradas

NEW LISTING: Residential or Commercial Space

NEW LISTING: Quebradas Family Compound on the River

Gorgeous Home on 12 Acres (4.9 hectares) with Spectacular Mountain Views