I came to Costa Rica in 1993 with the intention of investment/adventure and found both. After exploring Costa Rica for a couple of weeks we arrived in La Fortuna and, despite the lack of tourism, had the feeling that this was the place.
I bought a couple of properties in order to make the financial commitment and not have it just be a dream. After returning to Vancouver I bought a fifth wheel and truck, and drove here to live in the trailer and use the truck for getting around. It worked out just great, though I would never do that trip again.
A little later I purchased the land and built the home where my B&B is now located. Owning a B&B was not my original intention but one that gradually evolved due to a shortage of accommodation when the area was 'discovered'.
It turned out to be a tremendous experience because people visit from all over the world to see the volcano and the natural wonders this area possesses. They are always very enthusiastic.
Fate can work in strange ways