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Finca Exotica: A Self-Sufficient Costa Rican Farm and Resort

Tired of urban life in Berlin, a modernist architect returns to his roots, building a Costa Rican farm and resort where self-sufficiency is much more than a slogan.

Gabriela Naranjo gathers fresh greens and herbs from the spice garden just steps away from the kitchen.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Eventually, Gabriela and Markus hope to convert the lush area below the dining lodge into an edible hillside.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Guests can relax and take in the expansive ocean views from the dining lodge’s huge deck.
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The open-air lodge’s conical roof is made from bamboo and local thatch.
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Cozily situated under a soaring bamboo and thatch roof, the lounge in the grand rancho is a relaxing gathering spot and the site of Finca Exotica’s famous parties.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Markus, a former caterer, prepares dinner using a buffet of ingredients grown on the farm.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
The grand rancho’s open-air kitchen and dining area lets guests watch as Gabriela and Markus prepare their meals.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Markus planted fast-growing pineapples in his jungle gardens.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Gabriela uses native starfruit daily in salads and in drinks.
Photo By Barbara Bourne

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