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OUR BLOGS

We like to blog about Costa Rica!

We are more than a real estate team. We feel as a big family and we always like to meet to share our ideas and perceptions about life, about Costa Rica, our activities, our daily life, our kids, our job, our clients, etc. We like to talk about simple things as which restaurants are better, the last road who has been paved in town, who won the surf contest and where to get the special organic oil for an insect bite! We are from all around the globe and we all moved abroad for a better life. Some of us are Canadians, some are Americans, some are native Costa Ricans, some are Europeans. We are also a mix of Catholics, Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Buddhists, and deists! We are a colorful team, happy to be living the dream life in Costa Rica! We all chose Guanacaste to live our lives with our families.

By reading our blogs, you will feel different perceptions, different cultures, different religions within the same office. But all of us share one thing: we love our lives and we are very happy to work together and live the Pura Vida life!

Enjoy your reading :-)

Isabelle Emond
Jan 06, 2018
Is it possible to buy property in Costa Rica with Bitcoins? Bitcoins are not new, they exist since 2009. The Bitcoin (BTC) is the first cryptocurrency that has been created and a cryptocurrency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange. Cryptocurrencies are classified as a subset of digital...
Courtney Borquet
Dec 24, 2017
New Year’s is one of the most popular vacation holidays in Costa Rica.  Thousands of Costa Rican’s leave the capital city of San Jose to visit the coast for a week of sunshine with family and friends.  There are beach parties in almost every town on the coast, but what are the favorite activities for locals and expats to celebrate the...
Isabelle Emond
Dec 06, 2017
While it’s technically possible for a foreigner to get a mortgage with a bank in Costa Rica, it is also almost impossible to go through the process without losing one's mind. For the purpose of testing it, I tried in 2012. After 12 months chasing the employee in charge, trying to get a list of things missing and get at least a confirmation that...
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...
Derrick Poelsma
Oct 01, 2017
If you could sum up the attitude, disposition, demeanor and the overall outlook on life of the average Costa Rican into two words, they would without a doubt be “Pura Vida”. Pura Vida is by far the most used phrase in Costa Rica and carries with it a host of definitions and uses, with its direct translation into English being “pure life”. If you...
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...
Alejandro Amador
Sep 10, 2017
When moving to Costa Rica, after securing your dream property, probably the next need will be to buy a car. How to do it? Here are a few bits of advice. I'm going to break it down into points to make it easier: 1- The first thing that comes to mind is “hey we have a spare car back home why don't we bring it down?". Well, this may not make much...
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 Avellanas beach 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 different areas and also a bit about the road status from Hernandez to Paraiso. My family and I...
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...

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