Costa Rica Living
A short walk down a marked trail will take Tierra Pacifica residents to the beaches of Playa Junquillal and Playa Blanca. The people who vacation in Playa Junquillal consider it a well-kept secret, and would like it to remain so, something we have no objection to. Junquillal’s seclusion makes it an ideal place to unwind and listen to the crashing surf while embracing nature in its undisturbed glory. Several reefs provide an excellent opportunity to snorkel with the exotic fish or dive for succulent lobsters. Just the first of many examples of the Costa Rica Green Community Activities available for your enjoyment.
Tierra Pacifica borders the Rio Namdamojo which is surrounded by beautiful mangroves, a backdrop that can be enjoyed year round by those wanting to kayak and fish. Costa Rica is also known as one of the premier sport fishing capitals of the world. Chartering a fishing trip is very convenient and seasoned captains will ensure a memorable experience. Upon your arrival plan on grilling your fresh fish for family and friends at Club Arbol.
The hillside comprising the Tierra Pacifica community benefits from warm sunny days cooled by delightful sea breezes and mild, star-filled nights. The setting affords residents the privilege of living in a rustic mountain setting a short walk from world-class beaches.
The Pacific Northwest region of Guanacaste, where Tierra Pacifica is located, offers two distinct seasons. From early December through May, summer days and a dry tropical climate ensure average daily temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s. June through November is known as the “green season” which is when Costa Rica receives the majority of its rainfall and temperatures average in the low to mid 80’s. Being located in the Costa Rican Pacific Northwest, Tierra Pacifica is in the driest part of the country, but afternoon showers during the green season are very common and help to bring out the best colors of the beautiful flowers and trees that inhabit the region.
Eco-Tourism is a way of life here, and there is something special about your neighbors: Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species. 100+ species of reptiles, 500+birds, 120+ mammals, and over 80+ species of amphibians. Throughout each day, residents will interact with an abundance of wildlife, including howler monkeys, deer, anteaters, tree sloths, jaguars, caymans, armadillos, Giant Leatherbacks, Green Ridley Turtles and the ever present and equally popular iguana. Tierra Pacifica’s unique natural setting amidst mangroves and wetlands provides migrating and resident birds with a year round refuge.
The country has 60 national parks, nature reserves, wildlife refuges, and marine parks. Included within this protected zone is a 6,000 foot mountain range which runs through the center of the country and contains over 100 volcanoes. This unique feature has given Costa Rica the nickname: “The Pacific Rim of Fire”.
Surfing at Marabella, Ostional and Nosara
Throughout the year, the surf directly in front of Tierra Pacifica is consistently rideable. Many internationally renowned surf breaks dot this part of Costa Rica’s fabled Gold Coast and are easily accessible by car from Junquillal. To the north are Playa Grande, Witches Rock and Ollie’s Point. Just 15 minutes away is Playa Avellanas, which features a river mouth, point break and numerous beach breaks. Only three miles away is Playa Negra, the famous right-hand barrel machine that won surfers’ accolades in the movie “Endless Summer 2.” To the south lie other great surfing beaches such as Marbella, Ostional and Nosara. Learn more about Playa Junquillal and other Area Beaches.
Fishing off of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coastline is world class. The warm water and cold water currents meet to create some of the best fishing grounds in Central America.
Just fifteen minutes away lies the Hacienda Pinilla golf course. Our residents will have the option of joining their 18-hole championship golf course, putting greens, driving range and clubhouse throughout the year.
If Costa Rica were to designate a national motto, that choice would be the expression “Pura Vida” which means “pure life.”
Costa Ricans started using the expression “Pura Vida” after watching the premier of a Mexican movie called “Pura Vida!” in 1956. By 1970 everyone used the expression on a daily basis because the words conveyed the state of happiness, peace, and tranquility that the political stability and freedom bring to Costa Ricans.
Popular as it has been, “Pura Vida” has been added to Costa Rican Spanish dictionaries as an idiom to greet, or to show appreciation.
Pura Vida is a word that identifies a Costa Rican wherever he or she may be. When you say “Pura Vida” the facial expression of the person changes and they smile. It is a phrase that is very meaningful to Costa Ricans. It reminds us of home and it’s beauty.
To greet someone
When you see someone on the streets, shake hands, or just to say hello you would say “Pura Vida!” That means in English Hi, Hello, How are you doing? and/ or What’s going on?
To say good bye
When you leave a place, you want to say good bye, you say Hasta luego todo estuvo Pura Vida.
To show appreciation for a person, object, or situation
If you want to express that a situation, object, or situation is great, cool, abundant, joyful, and/or fun, you would say something or someone is Pura Vida. “Usted es Pura Vida!” means you are a great person.