Jun 11, 2014
Costa Rica has been much beloved as a travel and investment destination by Canadians for years now. We're attracted by the peaceful political climate, pristine beaches, friendly locals, great weather and eco-friendly lifestyle with 25% of the country preserved in national parks.
According to new research conducted by the Global Tourism...
May 26, 2014
I know this is out of real estate, but I had to share with you this cool video from Dole in Costa Rica, explaining the process of growing and packing bananas for exportation!
DOLE IN COSTA RICA: YOUTUBE VIDEO
You'll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas...
Apr 23, 2014
For those who want to invest in Costa Rica or Nicaragua, read this! I resumed the most important parts in the pdf.
Isabelle Emond, Owner/Broker
Mar 28, 2014
Isabelle & Martin
Mar 13, 2014
We have seen an increasing number of families moving to the areas of Playa Flamingo, Playa Grande, and Playa Tamarindo in the last ten years with the addition of private schools that offer international accreditations. A lot of our clients ask us about information on the education system so I wanted to provide some details and links about...
Feb 11, 2014
Driving in Costa Rica
My clients often suggest they’ll be renting a car to get around and tour the country, or upon arriving at the airport use the car as a ‘cheaper’ transportation option. Sometimes I have to just cringe. The driving experience here in Costa Rica is different than it is in North America and Europe. Best to...
Jan 25, 2014
The road system has dramatically improved in Costa Rica during the last 15 years. Living in Costa Rica in my mid twenties, I was constantly traveling around the country. I had my car fall through a bridge, driven through numerous rivers, and over thousands of miles of dirt roads. Now, when I drive with my children to Costa Rica’s famous...
Jan 17, 2014
WHY ONE COLORADO COUPLE DECIDED TO RELOCATE TO HACIENDA PINILLA COSTA RICA
In 2005, we were living in Colorado and Mary was consulting for the prison system in Puerto Rico. A funny thing happened! While she was there on multiple occasions; she felt physically better than she had felt in two years. We discovered that the reason was because she had...
Jan 14, 2014
Costa Rica Real Estate Market report
"What's the market like in Costa Rica?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get as real estate agents in Costa Rica.
Our Re/Max offices are located on the Northern West coast of Costa Rica, also known as "the Gold Coast" for its wonderful white sandy beaches, warm water,...
Dec 09, 2013
Having already gone through the step of buying a property in Costa Rica, we thought it was important to prepare a useful information document. What, when, where, how !
Where to start? The first thing to do is to determine the purpose of your purchase: investment, rental property, primary residence...
Nov 26, 2013
Costa Rica's roads have been infamous for years in the travel community. "Costa Rica is the most beautiful place in the world. . . but what's with the condition of the roads!?" was a common lament among visitors.
Most Costa Rican residents on the coasts have been stranded at one time or another when the roads to our...
Nov 14, 2013
November on the North Pacific Guanacaste coast has gotten off to a beautiful start. After our normal wet months of September and October, the area is lush and green. However, we're definitely experiencing the transition into the dry season, as we see more sunshine everyday and the air is noticeably less humid.
We're excited about the upcoming...
Nov 05, 2013
Nine Costa Rica Resorts Ranked in the Top Fifteen of Conde Nast Traveler's List for Central and South America
Every year Conde Nast announces its "Readers Choice Awards" for the top resorts in the word. The awards are based on the opinions of 29,000 travelers. For the Central and South America region, Conde Nast readers selected...
Oct 30, 2013
I am often told “You are living THE life”; referring to our move to Costa Rica, or maybe as a reaction to the joyful expression people recognize on my face. For people that I meet on the streets of Tamarindo, maybe it’s because they are relaxed and finding physical environment so appealing – the weather, the tropical flora and fauna, the...
Oct 22, 2013
Opposition Bill to Place a Moratorium on Genetically Modified Produce and Seed Crops
Environmental groups and lawmakers joined forces to file a bill to Congress on Friday, October 18, 2013 for a moratorium on the growth of genetically modified (GMO) crops in Costa Rica because of their potentially detrimental effects on nature and human health....
Oct 18, 2013
Canadians in Costa Rica - Great Article from the Calgary Herald
It's common knowledge that Canadians love Costa Rica. My family and I are originally from Vancouver, BC - truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The problem is obvious though. Depending on what part of Canada you come from, the weather ranges from mediocre...
Oct 14, 2013
Robert August Surf and Golf Charity Event in Costa Rica
The annual Robert August Surf and Turf charity event will be held March 21st to 23rd in Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica. The event offers a great opportunity for international visitors and locals to surf world class waves and play a fun game of golf at one of our beautiful signature golf courses...
Oct 06, 2013
Living in Costa Rica
The year was 1998 and my two sons were teenagers. We were living the good life on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, but as typical Americans, overdoing everything. Too much on our plates, exhausted.
Being a single Mom with two teenage, sport fanatic boys we always planned a big adventure trip over the Christmas...
Oct 02, 2013
Costa Rica Renewable Energy
The World Energy Council's (WEC) annual World Energy Trilemma report with the Annual Energy Sustainability Index was released last week. The WEC measures energy sustainability as an index of 3 variables: energy security; social equity; and environmental impact.
Costa Rica took second place, just behind...
Sep 28, 2013
Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport, just outside of Costa Rica's capital city of San José, is undergoing an $18 million expansion. The project aims to accommodate an additional 260,000 passengers per year, which represents an 18% increase from the airport's current capacity.
Included in the San Jose airport expansion is a...
Sep 12, 2013
Vivre le Changement
Notre amour pour Tamarindo commença il y a environ 5 ans. À l’époque, comme à toutes les années pour le temps des Fêtes, on se cherchait une destination vacances. Notre priorité numéro 1 était bien sûr la température, comme tous ceux qui prennent des vacances l’hiver et qui viennent de pays Nordiques. Après avoir été dans les...
Aug 28, 2013
Steps to Buying in Costa Rica
Costa Rica real estate agent Chris Spears explains the property purchase process in this video. He also addresses some frequently asked questions about how to buy property in Costa Rica. This video should be of assistance with your due diligence as consider whether or not buying in Costa Rica is right for...
Aug 21, 2013
The Washington Post Worldview Blog recently posted a very interesting article entitled “Forty maps that explain the world.” The author Max Fisher merged geographic projections with data to provide insight into a variety of global topics and issues.
The Costa Rica Star analyzed five of the 40 maps (2, 4, 6, 10 and 22) and learned some very...
Aug 18, 2013
Many potential buyers of real estate in Costa Rica would like to buy property that they can use as a vacation rental when they're not enjoying the property themselves. The questions we are frequently asked are: (1) Is there a market for a vacation rental in Costa Rica, and (2) Where do your vacation rental clients come from?
We are seeing...
May 18, 2013
The owners of the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort, Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A, released their much anticipated announcement yesterday regarding the apppointment of their new president and future direction of Hacienda Pinilla - a 4,500 acre luxury community on Costa Rica's North Pacific Gold Coast.
The Hacienda Pinilla board appointed Bree McClure...