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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 :-)

Mar 22, 2015
Well done Costa Rica, well done. The Cental American country has achieved a major clean energy milestone, meeting 100 percent of its power demand with renewable energy for 75 straight days.   “The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” the state-owned power supplier Costa Rican...
Feb 10, 2015
Costa Rica Ranks First in Central America and the Caribbean on the Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace! When my wife and I decided nearly 20 years ago to relocate our family overseas from Vancouver Canada, safety was a big concern. In our search for a new home, we visited many countries that we enjoyed as tourists but...
Jan 26, 2015
Chris Spears has helped people to buy their first property in Costa Rica. Comments from an happy client! http://news.co.cr/buying-home-costa-ricas-gold-coast-conclusion/36670/
Jan 22, 2015
​Hi Friends, my name is Stacey Watson and I thought I would start writing about "a few of my favorite things" to do in Tamarindo and the surrounding areas. You know, even after 20 years of living in this not so sleepy fishing village, there are some things I can never get enough of. So, I thought I would share...
Jan 17, 2015
Costa Rica’s Dry Season/High Season: Mid-End November to End April The dry season for Costa Rica tourism begins around the United States holiday of Thanksgiving, in late November.  The dry or high season lasts through mid April. In many cases this schedule is driven by school’s vacation schedules so that the family can travel together....
Jan 14, 2015
What do you think of when you think about Costa Rican cuisine? Just because it's considered Latin America, doesn't mean that Costa Rica is the land of tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Costa Rica's food features many types of cuisines that you've probably never even heard of, let alone actually tried. While you may find variations of it in...
Nov 30, 2014
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Aug 27, 2014
We’re going to look at the 10 best countries to invest in real estate from a US-centric position. That means we’re going to be looking at countries that hold the greatest promise to an American investor. Had we done this from the standpoint of a European or Japanese investor, the list might look quite a bit different (but...
Jul 17, 2014
One question we get a lot in Real Estate here in Costa Rica is: How much does electricity cost in Costa Rica? Well, we are going to answer that question right now!  Clearly and with numbers. In Costa Rica the price of KWH pricing fluctuates depending on the time of day. This pricing structure is quite common in various parts of the United...
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
Source:http://www.indexmundi.com/factbook/compare/nicaragua.costa-rica 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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnSycuWSlWY 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...
Courtney Borquet
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...
Chris Simmons
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...

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