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Learn About Living in 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 :-)

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
After moving to this beautiful country and securing your dream property, the next question on your mind may be: how do I buy a car in Costa Rica? 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,...
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...
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...
Isabelle Emond
Apr 21, 2017
I am Canadian from Quebec, accustomed to a medical system with poor service. In Quebec, it is not uncommon to wait 2-3 years on a waiting list for an appointment or surgery, even if it’s something serious.  It’s never important enough to have a quick appointment unless you are just about to die. I am used to never getting a full diagnostic...
Staff Writer
Jan 29, 2017
Costa Rica is an amazing land full of its share of beauty and naturals wonders, and visiting or living in Costa Rica has always come with a measure of excitement and fascination. Traveling to Costa Rica however, has not always been easy. There are wonders to see and do in almost every region and Guanacaste, in the northwest section of the country...
Isabelle Emond
Jan 18, 2017
I thought I could share this great commentary published in the CNBC paper. It's always good to have real feedback! Unlike some foreign nations, Costa Rica has nothing to worry about; state-of-the-art services are available here in all branches of medicine and dentistry. Costa Rica has both public and private healthcare sectors. Every town...
Derrick Poelsma
Oct 14, 2016
Food, glorious food. You might be thinking. What does food have to do with real estate? Well my friends, it gives us basic sustenance. The older we get, the more we appreciate having variety and options in our choices of what we eat. On a hot day, it helps to know that the area you have chosen to live has places where you can purchase gelato or...
Estela Reyes
Oct 04, 2016
La economía costarricense ha ido dando un giro bastante significante en los últimos años y en especial a finales del 2015 y lo que va de este, según algunos estudios y estadísticas de economistas costarricenses para periódicos como El Financiero y La Nación han dado su punto de vista y experta...
Chris Spears
Aug 27, 2016
Look at these questions and imagine yourself asking them of a prospective Real Estate Agent in Costa Rica. Have you ever built a house in Costa Rica? Have you ever visited the Municipality and applied for building permits? Have you ever met with contractors and negotiated prices? Not only looking for the lowest price from...
Stacey Watson
Aug 16, 2016
Are you thinking of investing in property in Costa Rica and using it as a vacation rental? That is a great idea and one that many people have profited from over the years. This idea allows you to buy a property at it’s best price and then use it to bring in revenue for yourselves. It might be that you are in the beginning of a 5 year plan to...