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Courtney Borquet
Nov 23, 2017
We are starting to see the high season for tourism start in Guanacaste, but the real estate sales for local real estate agents is year round. Most agents report more tours and showing requests in the months of December to April, but sales are reported 12 months per year.  Statistics even show an increase during the months of July to December...
Isabelle Emond
Nov 07, 2017
"I want a house". "I want a condo". Which one is right for you?  It is difficult to answer because it really depends on what you prefer and what you need. Here are a few scenarios to help you decide: 1. You are moving here. You have the options of being in town, outside town, in a gated community or not. You could look for a condo, home or...
Alejandro Amador
Nov 02, 2017
Did you know that on July 25,1824 Costa Rica received Guanacaste with open arms, formerly known as “La Gran Nicoya”? With this, our nation not only enlarged its territory, but incorporated its major cultural asset. We all know Guanacaste is a great place, full of contrasts unlike other regions in Costa Rica. Measures 10,140 km2 and volcanoes...
Derrick Poelsma
Oct 24, 2017
For the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, this hurricane season has been one of the most damaging in recent history. The two hurricanes that swept through the region, Maria and Irma, were both category 5 hurricanes (with wind speeds exceeding 157 mph). Many people think that this trend of so many category 4 and 5 hurricanes touching land will continue to...
Courtney Borquet
Oct 17, 2017
After Tropical Storm Nate we have been enjoying sunny days now in Tamarindo. The town of Tamarindo and the popular beach areas we serve were minimally affected by the storm Nate, however many outlining areas were affected by the heavy storms. Especially people inland that built in very low areas, or in riverbanks.  It has been amazing to...
Isabelle Emond
Oct 09, 2017
October 9th, 2017 We have just been through Tropical Storm Nate in Costa Rica and it affected all of the country, some areas more than others, like the Southern part of Costa Rica where they experienced much more rain and strong winds. Our offices are located in the Guanacaste, Pacific side/North portion of the country where tropical storms are...
Chris Spears
Oct 07, 2017
So, you bought a place in Tamarindo or Flamingo and you want to go to San Jose. Do you fly or do you drive? Well, let’s look at the pros and cons. First, if you fly, it’s much faster! But.. Once you arrive in San Jose, where are you going? How are you going to get there? That is the problem. It takes about 45 minutes to fly to San Jose. 30...
Staff Writer
Oct 01, 2017
Once you arrive in Costa Rica, it won’t be long before you hear someone say “pura vida”. It’s one of the most common expressions in Costa Rican culture, and according to dictionaries, it has at least seven different uses. It’s used to say hello and goodbye. Pura vida is used as a description, a condition, and a philosophy. Saying “pura vida” can...
Chris Simmons
Sep 16, 2017
Costa Rica’s warm welcome and pura vida atmosphere took it to second place on the InterNations list of top expatriate destinations for 2017. According to one expat, he loves Costa Rica because it "provides the freedom to live a peaceful, happy life, surrounded by peaceful, kind and happy people."  We agree! Costa Rica scored...
Staff Writer
Sep 10, 2017
Should You Buy a Car in Costa Rica? Everything You Need to Know After buying a home in Costa Rica, buying a car is the second largest purchase you are likely to make. But should you make that investment? Do you need a car to get around? If you prefer to not own a car, what are the alternative forms of transportation? And if you decide to purchase...
Courtney Borquet
Aug 19, 2017
Sailing is a beautiful way to explore the Costa Rican coastline. You can often see turtles, dolphins, and even whales playing in the sea. There are a number of companies located in Tamarindo and Flamingo that offer sailing experiences. We would like to share a couple of our favorites… Marlin del Rey This established company offers tours from...
Isabelle Emond
Aug 13, 2017
Many people come here for vacation and end up falling in love with Costa Rica. Day 2 of their trip, we see them coming in our office with many questions about buying property in Costa Rica. For those who dream of buying, I have a few pieces of advice in order to help to choose the right option.  1. It’s important to know that almost all...
Stacey Watson
Aug 05, 2017
Choose YOUR Community well A community is where you do life. It is made up of the people and places that you are around most of the time. It is where you shop, play, eat, socialize, meditate, go to church, walk, volunteer, adventure and relax. Your move to Costa Rica is so much more than just the home or condo you will live in. It is a lifestyle...
Chris Spears
Jul 28, 2017
Las Catalinas is a beachfront town, a gated community with no wall; it is a lifestyle that you will love! Lets talk about the details. The founders of Las Catalinas, the principal one being Charles Brewer, have a vision of life and a life style that does not exist anywhere else. A beachfront town that is designed to give privacy, and encourage...
Alejandro Amador
Jul 14, 2017
Maybe many of you may have fallen in love with Playa Avellanas as I did back in 2001. How not to fall in love with this peace of pristine paradise? This blog entry is intended to share my insight knowledge about the water situation in the Avellanas area and also a bit about the road status from Hernandez to Paraiso. My family and I own property...
Derrick Poelsma
Jul 09, 2017
I must admit living here in Costa Rica is awesome. One of the wonderful luxuries of living here is having access to an abundance of good fresh locally farmed & organic veggies and fruits. Farmers Markets in Costa Rica are called (Ferias). We have 4 of them in between Tamarindo and Flamingo/Potrero area. If you are frequenting the Tamarindo or...
Courtney Borquet
Jul 01, 2017
A visit to the local fruit market in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a variety of different fruits that you might not find in your home country.  You can find the best selection in the local fruit and vegetable markets. In the Tamarindo area, you can find wonderful fruit and vegetables as well as many other local and handcraft items at the market...
Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2017
When people move to Costa Rica, and mostly in the Tamarindo area, many ask us if there is a place to practice their favorite sport such as a gym, yoga or to practice their combat sport. Many people think that because they are in the tropics, the only sports available are surfing and trekking under the coconut trees. Some like this kind of training...
Stacey Watson
Jun 16, 2017
THREE TIERS OF MANAGEMENT FOR YOUR CONDO OR HOME 1. HOA - This stands for Home Owners Association. They are the organization that manages the condominium. It is made up of the individual owners in the project and they share the responsibility to manage the common areas. This group often hires an agency to do this management for them and is...
Contributed
Jun 14, 2017
(PRWEB) June 02, 2017 - RE/MAX Ocean Surf and Sun, one of Costa Rica's leading real estate agencies, announces the launch of a completely restructured website designed to fit the ever growing portable device market. "Our website statistics indicated that over 60% of visitors to...
Chris Spears
Jun 06, 2017
Having a baby, that's a big deal. Having a baby in Costa Rica, what do you know about that? That's what we're gonna do today, we're going to talk about having a baby in Costa Rica and give you the ins and outs of what to expect. My name is Chris Spears, I just had a baby and so we thought that would be a perfect topic to do a blog about. Let's...
Chris Simmons
May 24, 2017
Growing numbers of Europeans are boosting Costa Rica’s healthy tourism industry. Costa Rica receives nearly 2.9 million visitors annually and is by far the Central American leader in tourism for its spectacular beaches, stable political system, friendly locals and incredible natural beauty. While Americans account for approximately 40% of visitors...
Alejandro Amador
May 18, 2017
Every time you visit a new country or a new location, you want to shop for souvenirs. We have lots of that in Tamarindo, there are all kinds of things to bring back home as cool hardwood kitchenware, t-shirts etc .The difference is when you actually decide to live here, your needs change from souvenirs to clothing, shoes, groceries, electronic...
Derrick Poelsma
May 15, 2017
If you an avid diver thinking about relocating to Costa Rica. Guanacaste is an excellent destination for scuba diving. Year around warm waters and a huge array of sea life here is absolutely amazing!  I am from Florida and used to dive a lot in the keys and southwest Florida. It definitely has its beauty, but its nothing like what we have...
Courtney Borquet
May 04, 2017
CEPIA is a nonprofit organization located in Guanacaste. CEPIA stands for Culture, Education, and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents. The association helps children and their families that live in poverty. Currently, the association touches the lives of over 800 children. There are programs that provide uniforms to children, schools supplies...

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