Flowers Around Norma’s

Do you know what kind of flower this is? Let us know in the comments!
Do you know what kind of flower this is? Let us know in the comments!

We have a lot of flowers on the grounds, and this had me wondering what kinds of flowers were in Norma’s own backyard! Here are three I have been able to identify so far.

1. Brunfelsia

These flowers are purple when they bloom and turn white over time.
These flowers are purple when they bloom and turn white over time.











Few other plants will make you so aware of its own mortality—Also known as the “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow” or the “Kiss Me Quick,” the Brunfelsia is a lavender color when it blooms, and the color fades to white after only a day, two at the most! This flower grows in the shade or in partial sunlight, and blooms year-round.

More than just a pretty face: This flower has been used to cure fevers and arthritis, and has been helpful in curing a parasitic disease spread by sandflies.

2. Orange Heliconia

What looks like a flower is really a colorful leaf!
What looks like a flower is really a colorful leaf!

Think of it as a drinking fountain for hummingbirds! Water collects in the stems of the heleconia for hummingbirds and other living creatures to eat. And we certainly have hummingbirds here at Norma’s.

There are over 40 types of this plant—some have upright flowers, like this one here, and some heliconia have dangling flowers. The dangling ones look a bit like crab claws hanging from trees!

You might be thinking—They sort of look like bananas! Heliconia flowers are actually related to bananas, which we also have at Norma’s!

3. White Orchid

We also have yellow orchids!
We also have yellow orchids!


Costa Rica is home to over 1300 types of orchids, so I knew I’d find one on our grounds! Costa Rica’s national flower is the guaria morada, a beautiful pinkish purple orchid. Orchids love to grow in Costa Rica, and even the Botanical Orchid Garden of Costa Rica is in our town of La Garita because of its amazing climate! Costa Rica also hosts many orchid festivals.


We have many, many more, so I may make more posts featuring more life around Norma’s! Norma always says that people are like plants—We all need sunshine and water.

If you can recognize the first photo, please let me know what kind of flower it is!


NaNoWriMo Discount!

If you're gonna write a book, why not do it here?
If you’re gonna write a book, why not do it here?


Writers have been getting ready for NaNoWriMo, which can be an exciting and productive time! But have you planned on what you’re going to do after?

Maybe some editing or rewriting…in Costa Rica?

Norma’s is giving 10% off weekly and monthly rates for writers who book during March-August of 2015! There’s one catch . . . you must send the request during NaNoWriMo (November). You do not need to make any payments, but we need all requests by November 30.

Drop me a line at with the following information:

1. The dates you’re looking to stay and the room you want (furnished room with access to community kitchen, studio with its own kitchen, one bedroom, or two bedroom house)
2. Your Twitter handle
3. A bit about your project!

Is that it?

Space is limited, but we will try to accommodate as many as we can! Drop us a line to reserve your spot!

Normal rates for these months are:

$600/month, $360/week for a studio
$800/month, $480/week for a one-bedroom
$1000/month, $600/week for a two-bedroom

Why Norma’s?

Norma’s is in the quiet town of La Garita. We are close enough to San Jose and Alajuela that you have major conveniences, but far enough and secluded enough that you can buckle down!

By offering this discount specifically for writers between March and August of 2015, we hope to cultivate a bigger creative community.

**You must send a message before November 30 to receive this discount! You do not need to make a payment, but must send the initial request.**


So drop us a line before November 30 with any questions, let us know you’re a writer, and if you eventually decide to stay with us, you’ll get 10% off your stay!

Still not sure? Check out this video to see what Norma’s is all about:

Still not enough? ***AND*** If you visit our Twitter @normasvillas and RT (retweet) our discount, you’ll receive an extra 5% off!

What are you waiting for? Email me at before November 30!

Walkthrough Video by Adventure Paul!

Paul stayed at Norma’s for a whole month working on various projects, and he was nice enough to make and share this walkthrough video! Get to know Norma’s before you come.

Tell us in the comments: What is YOUR favorite spot?

Visit Paul’s Adventures here!

When the happiest country in the world

…was at its happiest. June 2014 in San Jose, when Costa Rica shocked the World Cup!

A Quick Guide around Norma’s

Want an intro to public transit in Costa Rica? Tips on getting to a secluded, magical turtle island? Maybe you need the number of a cab driver in Granada, Nicaragua? Or maybe you don’t need that info right now, but wouldn’t you like to have that problem?

We can help you out.


Norma’s Internet Problem

Norma’s has a lot of space. A lot. We are happy that everyone has lots of space to roam around, but that leaves us with a huge problem:

The Internet.

As more freelancers and remote workers come to Norma’s, it’s clear that we are going to need to solve our Internet problem.

I made this sketch of the place:


…more or less (less) to scale.

We have one router by the hourglass pool and the big house, and another on the other side by a one bedroom. The routers are the pink dots. The pink shading shows where you can get wifi.

While the shading shows a perfect circle, the range varies. The router can send a signal up to 300 feet, but it’s not always reliable. Studio #5, for example, gets spotty range from Router #2.

How should we solve our internet problem?

We currently have two DSL lines and two routers, and we cover most, but not all, of our villas.

Solution 1: Communal Internet Spaces

We could let go of the idea of everyone having private internet in their villas, and instead focus on making the bar a kickbutt workspace with high-speed Internet!

Solution 2: Internet everywhere!

Through a series of routers, repeaters, and transmitters, we blast wifi throughout the whole place. Wifi for all!

What do you think we should do, why, and, most importantly, how? What equipment is the best? All tips welcome!