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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 :-)

Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2019
Costa Rica, land of green and natural landscapes, lush and misty foliage and home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity, is no different to other countries when it comes to avoiding and attacking environmental issues that degrade the country’s natural life. Evidence to back up this argument can be found in actions, such as...
Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2019
Costa Rican coffee is amongst the fresh and top quality produce that Costa Rica is very well known for and one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is typical for Costa Ricans, specially residents of the Central Valley like myself, to have memories and anecdotes of going coffee picking at some point in our...
Staff Writer
May 26, 2019
While general weather in Costa Rica tends to be relatively consistent, the variety in microclimates does not cease to amaze us. One of the easiest ways to experience microclimates in Costa Rica is to take a bus trip from Atenas to my home city of Cartago or vice versa. Leaving from hot-and-dry Atenas and...
Staff Writer
May 17, 2019
Costa Rica is known for manufacturing and exporting top quality products to multiple countries in the world, such as coffee, fruits, electronic devices and many more. But what may go unnoticed sometimes is that we export talent as well. There are more than a few “Ticos” out there that are performing outstandingly in their specific fields and...
Staff Writer
May 11, 2019
Besides Tamarindo’s vast variety of amenities and things to do, many of our visitors look for activities and tours that guarantee relaxing and soothing experiences, as well as exciting and intense ones. Given the amount of tourism traffic we have here in Playa Tamarindo, tours have become a sustainable business for...
Staff Writer
May 03, 2019
Playa Tamarindo is well known for its gorgeous white sand beach, for having perfect surf breaks, incredible international and local dining, its proximity to amazing attractions and world-class beaches, and its vibrant and entertaining night life. Perhaps you find yourself vacationing in our dreamy little town and...
Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2019
Costa Rica is one of the best sportfishing destinations in Central America and is consistently visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world that come to our country to enjoy this world-class sport. The sportfishing industry is very well established throughout the entire country in both fresh and salt...
Apr 13, 2019
With the very ambitious goal of becoming 100% carbon neutral by 2021, Costa Rica’s government has enforced the actions required to get closer to making this goal a reality. In the private sector, countless companies have applied their own measures for separating trash, reducing the usage and amounts of chemical...
Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2019
Until the early 1980’s, Playa Tamarindo was a sparsely populated fishing village, where local residents lived off catching and selling red snapper and bass fish in the estuary of the Matapalo river. Playa Tamarindo almost did not exist as a town or community before its tourism boomed, so even to this day, practically none of the...
Staff Writer
Mar 29, 2019
Costa Rica’s landmass comprises only 0.03% of the earth’s size and yet we are home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. This makes our country recognized world-wide for its conservation of nature and particularly for its amazing system of protected areas all around the country. Back in 1969, Costa Rica first National Park...
Staff Writer
Mar 23, 2019
The acronym of ADI stands for "Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Tamarindo", which translates into Tamarindo Community Development Association. This is an independently owned institution whose purpose is to ensure the well being of our precious Tamarindo community. They are working side to side with the Fuerza Publica, the...
Staff Writer
Mar 16, 2019
The world famous Playa Tamarindo in the warm province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica has quickly developed overtime becoming a hot destination for tourists and investors. Having so many eyes focused on this specific side of the coast makes it very attractive for people looking to relocate or to invest in businesses or...
Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2019
There’s a marked tendency in our country to confuse "Residency" and "Citizenship" terms with each other, mostly due to ignorance on the subject, misleading information that we see in the media or simply what we hear from people around us. If you are a foreigner and wish to reside temporarily or permanently in Costa Rica, you should be well...
Staff Writer
Mar 01, 2019
Hello! My name is Derrick Rowland. I'm Costa Rican and work as an Administrative Assistant at the Remax office in the beautiful beach community of Playa Tamarindo. Originally from San José, the capital, which is about a 4-hour drive from our renowned beach town, I moved here temporarily for a seasonal job as a waiter. Fortunately, at 18, I landed...
Isabelle Emond
Jan 19, 2019
Before the end of 2019, the International Airport in Liberia in Costa Rica will extend its operating hours to work 24/7. It is currently open from 4h00am to midnight but due to an increase in traffic to this newly renovated airport, the government decided to increase the numbers of hours open to serve its growing clientele. With the increase in...
Isabelle Emond
Dec 24, 2018
DECEMBER 2018 The Costa Rica Tax Reform law has been approved by the legislature. The tax bill that was being discussed in the Legislature as bill number 20.580 has been approved in the first debate. The bill now moves on to a 2nd vote and constitutional review prior to being implemented into law. There will be changes in the following...
Isabelle Emond
Sep 24, 2018
August 25, 2018 - RE/MAX Ocean Surf and Sun and Rancho Villa Real (RVR), located on the Gold Coast of Coast Rica, are pleased to announce that RE/MAX Ocean Surf and Sun will be the new exclusive sales team for Rancho Villa Real. Rancho Villa Real is a 135 acre (55 ha) gated community set against a naturally wooded hillside, positioned...
Courtney Borquet
Aug 28, 2018
If you are looking to relocate to Playa Tamarindo, you might be looking into bringing your cat or dog with you. New residents that have their furry family members with them are often seeking a good veterinarian for regular checkup appointments, grooming, mediations, and emergency care. There are some issues with specific pet diseases in Costa...
Isabelle Emond
Jul 21, 2018
The debt per capita in Costa Rica is very low, with US$ 7,200/citzen. "Per capita" numbers are always a great way to compare different economies from around the world. If every citizen in a country suddenly became liable for paying an equal share of the national debt, there would be serious problems, especially when an individual’s portion of the...
Isabelle Emond
May 21, 2018
Price value misperception: Most people in every day’s conversation use price and value as synonyms but they are not. Price and value have two separate connotations in the business world “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”, hence price is negotiable and value is not; value is intrinsic to the property in a given market. ...
Courtney Borquet
Apr 30, 2018
Guanacaste is a fantastic place for families. In the last ten years, a number of great schools have opened in the area that offer bilingual education and have curriculums that are recognized internationally. Parents that are moving to the area often ask about the activities that are available that their children can participate in outside of their...
Isabelle Emond
Apr 06, 2018
Most condominiums have a homeowner's association, abbreviated HOA, which all condo owners in the complex are required to join. The association is managed by a board of directors whose members are elected democratically. While each board operates differently, they usually have a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and members. Some...
Courtney Borquet
Mar 22, 2018
Medical emergencies are scary when you are in your home country, but when you are on vacation it can be even more challenging. When you are traveling, you should always have basic information ready and have an understanding of the medical options in the area. It is always recommended to travel with a basic first aid emergency kit. Suggested items...
Isabelle Emond
Mar 04, 2018
Costa Rica is a very pet-friendly country. It will be rare to find a family in Costa Rica that doesn’t have a dog and for good reasons. They are protectors, friends, and good life companions! Pets are welcome in shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, and bars everywhere in the country. It’s easy to incorporate your dog into your daily life if you...
Courtney Borquet
Feb 13, 2018
Costa Rica has a few fantastic options for golf enthusiasts. Some of the best golf courses in Costa Rica are located in Guanacaste. Hacienda Pinilla, a 4,500-acre development located just south of Tamarindo, features an 18-hole Mike Young designed golf course. Mike Young is well known for his golf course designs in the southeast United States....