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November 15, 2023 86 mins

Keith and Joe moved to Costa Rica after many years of living in Arizona.  They have been together for 16 years.  They both had a dream of living in Costa Rica and running a small hotel.  3 years ago, they finally made it come true, finding the perfect hotel in Uvita Costa Rica.  They sold their home in Arizona and bought Nature’s Edge Hotel in March 2020.  The US borders shut the exact week that they planned to move due to Covid, so they had to manage a major hotel renovation project remotely from the states.  The borders finally opened in September 2020, allowing them to finally arrive in Costa Rica.  Their first hotel guests arrived in December 2020.

Keith was born in New Jersey but spent most of his younger life in Atlanta.  Joe was born and raised in Chicago.  After meeting 16 years ago, they moved to Arizona.

Keith has a degree in Psychology from Georgia State.

Joe started his career as a registered nurse but worked most of his professional career in the IT and Operations side of healthcare.  Joe has a BSN from Northern Illinois, an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, and a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University.  Joe worked remotely for the first 3 years after moving to Costa Rica but just retired (June 30, 2023) and now works solely helping to run the hotel.

Keith has had a variety of jobs throughout his career, first working as a corporate travel agent and then moving on to various project management roles in the tech and travel industries.  Keith quit working after purchasing the hotel and is the primary operator of the hotel.  Joe cooks breakfast, sets up rooms, does laundry, and checks in guests.

Joe plays tennis, works out at the gym, hikes, reads, cooks, and bakes.  He also watches a lot of tennis on TV.

Keith discovered a love for gardening and bird watching since moving to Costa Rica.  They both are actively engaged in the Costa Rican community they live in. 

Both Keith and Joe enjoy traveling.   They are going on an extended trip to Spain followed by a trans-Atlantic cruise.

Uvita 

Town in Costa Rica

  • Population: Approximately 5,000 people
  • Geography: Uvita is located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the Puntarenas province. It is about a 3-hour drive from the capital city of San José. 
  • Climate: Uvita has a tropical rainforest climate, with warm temperatures and high humidity year-round. The average temperature is 77°F (25°C).
  • Cost of living: The cost of living in Uvita is relatively affordable, especially compared to other parts of Costa Rica. Groceries are also relatively inexpensive, and you can find many local restaurants that offer affordable meals.
  • Uvita is home to the Whale Tail, a natural rock formation that resembles a whale's tail. This is a popular spot for whale watching, as humpback whales migrate to the area every year to mate and give birth. 
  • Uvita is also home to the Marino Ballena National Park, which protects a variety of wildlife, including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, and monkeys.
  • Uvita is a popular destination for surfers, as it has several good surfing spot

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