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    Manuel Pinto and his 4-year-old daughter peer into one of the fish ponds in their garden; Mr. Pinto, together with his wife Emmanuelle Pinto, built a home in Punta Uva, Costa Rica, for around $210,000 (land and construction) in 2002.












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    Considering all the fun insects and scorpions in Costa Rica, that seems like a really stupid idea
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    Especially the bathroom/toilet area is too much.
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    A home in the middle of the jungle with no walls? Don't think so.

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    blech i'm getting all itchy just thinking about this.
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    Um, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Considering all the fun insects and scorpions in Costa Rica, that seems like a really stupid idea
    Yeah, and it's not as if they've never had a massive tropical storm roll through Costa Rica.

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    lol your reactions are funny.
    i've stayed in houses like this in guatemala and belize and honduras and it's perfectly fine. some friends have a house on the beach and the living room/dining room/social area is just columns and tiles and and hammocks, no walls. there are sofas that are basically built-in/cement with removable cushions, and the dining room table is like a big picnic table made of cement and wood. there are doors leading into the bathrooms, kitchen and bedrooms which can all be locked. there is an outdoor shower and bar/mini-kitchen too. it's fricking awesome. and yes, there are tropical storms and rains but right after it rains, the sun comes out again and everything dries in minutes. and the stuff inside doesn't really get wet.
    i've also stayed in houses like this in the jungle, especially near belize. it's the same as here where the living and dining areas have no walls and are downstairs, and then the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms are a lot more sheltered. i've been there when there are tropical downpours and it's perfectly fine.
    also, keep in mind most of these house are part of larger resorts/gated communities and are perfectly safe.

    as for mosquitoes, even if there were walls downstairs it would be impossible to keep them out - no way you would keep your windows and doors closed with the heat. and all the beds have mosquito netting around them to keep bugs off you at night. and snakes and other poisonous things tend to avoid people so that's not really a problem.
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    I just need more privacy in the bathroom.

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    My very first thought was giant gross bugs every where all the time. No thanks. But it is a beautiful awesome home.

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    Speaking as the World's Greatest Mozzie Magnet, with or without tropical stregth insect repellant, I'd have to say this place isn't for me.
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    Of 500,000 animal species, an incredible 300,000 are insects, including butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies and ants.
    Costa Rica - Insects

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    and yes, there are tropical storms and rains but right after it rains, the sun comes out again and everything dries in minutes. and the stuff inside doesn't really get wet.
    Not during Hurricane Mitch, unfortunately, which a number of my extended family lived through (in enclosed houses).

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    How about even for safety reasons? Is his land fenced off from intruders? Costa Rica's quite the poor country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Not during Hurricane Mitch, unfortunately, which a number of my extended family lived through (in enclosed houses).
    well yeah, natural disasters are an exception. but hey, they happen. i live in chile. we just had an 8.5 magnitude earthquake. but you know what? people still live here. and the vast majority of people were ok and so were their homes.
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