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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 :-)

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...
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...
May 11, 2013
Costa Rica's North Pacific Guanacaste province is set to see some dramatic growth in the near future.  Construction will center around the Liberia airport and nearby Papagayo Bay, where the Costa Rican government has designated large scale tourism development. According to the national newspaper La Nacion, Costa Rica's tourism institute ICT...
Apr 25, 2013
According the first quarter reports for 2013 just released by the Foreign Trade Corporation of Costa Rica (PROCOMER),  Costa Rican exports are up 3.5% over the first three months of 2012.  Statistics show that Costa Rica exported USD $3.019 billion in assets, which is a USD $101 million increase over the first quarter of 2012. Export...
Apr 19, 2013
"Who would have thought you'd be on TV?" said Re/Max Ocean Surf Realty agent Chris Spears' mother after watching the House Hunters International episode featuring Chris and his clients Lynne and David Jenkins. Filming House Hunters International had been a goal of Chris Spears, better known simply as Spears, since he started selling real...
Mar 18, 2013
Agents and developers around Costa Rica are experiencing a flurry of sales which are fulfilling experts' predictions about a rise in the Costa Rica real estate market.  “After a successful close in 2012, this year (2013) appears to be off to a great start with Costa Rica homes for sale within the price points $200,000-$...
Mar 11, 2013
RE/MAX Ocean Surf of Tamarindo is proud to have been among the sponsors for the Have a Heart Charity Golf Event at Hacienda Pinilla, where many generous hearts gathered in February to golf and support education in Costa Rica. Ninety-four golfers, including Re/Max Ocean Surf real estate agent Jerre West, competed in the Have a Heart golf event....
Feb 05, 2013
Thinking about investing in Costa Rica?  You're not alone.  American manufacturing giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced on Feb 4, 2013 that it will open a new supply-chain planning facility in Costa Rica.  The Procter & Gamble Costa Rica facility will service P&G's entire Latin American operation and...
Jan 18, 2013
CNN's latest report on Costa Rica luxury travel acknowledges something that Tamarindo real estate investors and visitors have noticed for several years - "Costa Rica's most famous beach town is growing up." Tamarindo's laid back surf shops and eclectic beach bars are now complemented by excellent restaurants and ...
Jan 09, 2013
Costa Rica seeks to further diversify renewable energy sources Many Costa Rica property investors and tourists are drawn to Costa Rica because of its green philosopy and eco-conscious perspective. Costa Rica is at the forefront in Central America for encouraging energy production from renewable energy sources, and the ...
Dec 20, 2012
More great news for Canadian buyers or owners of real estate in Costa Rica. Air Canada just announced the launch of its new, inexpensive leisure travel airline brand, “Rouge,” which will begin service in July 2013.  Rouge will offer flights from Toronto to the San Jose airport in the Central Valley, as well as to the newly...
Nov 30, 2012
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Nov 26, 2012
Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla and the head of the national energy institute (ICE) inaugurated Costa Rica's first large scale solar energy plant.   The Miravalles solar park, funded by a $10,000 donation by the Japanese and $1.5 million by ICE, has 4,300 235 watt solar panels, 10 power conditioners,...
Nov 23, 2012
A recently released report offers another great reason to invest in Costa Rica real estate. Costa Rica has overtaken Chile as the country with the highest level of “democratic development” in Latin America, according to the 2012 Latin American Democratic Development Index by the Argentinean consulting company Polilat and the Konrad Adenauer...

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