Great Opportunity: Costa Rica Hotel for Sale

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Costa Rica is a beautiful country that has managed to preserve its rainforests and parks, while offering ex-pats a place to buy an affordable home. It’s also country where it is easy for an ex-pat to own and run a business. For younger ex-pats who need to make a living, this is great news! Even for retirees or others with savings, owning a business is a perfect way to meet travelers from all over the world. An opportunity hasncome up to actually own an established, profitable boutique hotel and restaurant with a stunning ocean view in southern Costa Rica. Just imagine the possibilities!

The hotel is located in Uvita and it flows over two acres of land with a breathtaking view of the coastline and the 1.1Whale’s Tail. It is a full service, four star boutique hotel. There are twenty different rooms for guests, each with private balconies, ocean views, and air conditioning. The rooms are located in two blocks, the upper block and the lower block. The upper block consists of twelve ocean view rooms on three levels; the lower block contains eight ocean and jungle view rooms on two levels. While both blocks boast ocean views, the ocean and sunset views are unparalleled from the upper block, while the rooms in the lower block are closer to the jungle canopy and are great for viewing wildlife, such as toucans and sloths.

The hotel has a unique infinity pool that is fun for everyone. It was completely refurbished in 2015, with multiple levels, a water feature, and LED lights. Guests can enjoy the ocean view and amazing sunsets while lounging beside this incredible pool. Whale watching is a popular activity in the region, and guests might even be lucky enough to see whales or a pod of dolphins swimming off the coast!

8The hotel’s restaurant, located poolside, also has incredible ocean and Whale’s Tail views. It’s enjoyed by locals and hotel guests alike. With a combination of typical Costa Rican food and North American cuisine, everyone will find something to enjoy. There is also a bar and lounge located next to the pool and restaurant. The restaurant and bar add value to the purchase, as they provide separate sources of income for the owner and tap into a different market – the locals and ex-pats. The hotel and restaurant also have the capacity to host large events, such as weddings, conferences, business meetings, and retreats. The poolside deck, with incredible views, is a stunning location for a wedding ceremony. There is also a banquet room which holds up to 100 people, and is perfect for business conferences, wedding receptions, and banquets of all kinds. The ability to host large events is another reason the hotel is popular and profitable.

The location of the hotel makes it a perfect place for guests to call home while they explore the many wonders of Costa Rica. The Uvita area has so much to offer. Marino Ballena National Park, only five minutes from the hotel, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you’d like to get in the water, there are plenty of opportunities to surf, SUP, snorkel, SCUBA dive, or just swim and play in the waves. Other nearby attractions include stunning waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, and a horse ranch. Numerous tours can be arranged for guests, including rafting, canyoning, and zip-lining. With the commissions provided by tour operators for referrals, this can be another source of income for the hotel owner. There are also lots of amenities in Uvita, including banks, restaurants, grocery stores, doctors, yoga studios, salons, and a gym.6

Owning the Vista Ballena Hotel is a dream for anyone looking for a profitable business or boutique hotel in Costa Rica. You and your guests will love the beautiful scenery and the gorgeous ocean view from every room. You can watch the sunset from your personal balcony, or from the restaurant or bar. The ocean view is truly beautiful and it goes on forever. The hotel’s location, reputation, diverse sources of income, and ability to host large events will help ensure its profitability into the future. This is a special chance for anyone looking for a turn-key business opportunity in Costa Rica. Don’t let it pass you by – contact Dominical Real Estate for more information today!

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The Waterfalls Of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is full of breathtaking landscapes that will help your mind and body relax. Being in Costa Rica is like a stepping into another world, helping you to forget the stressors of life. Water provides one of the best ways to relax, and Costa Rica has several types of water attractions where you can get away from it all. Visiting one of Costa Rica’s dramatic, secluded waterfalls is a great way to unwind and enjoy a day in nature. There are two major waterfalls, Nauyaca Waterfalls and Diamante Waterfalls, that you must visit during your stay in Costa Rica.

Nauyaca Waterfalls is a beautiful, double-tiered waterfall on the Rio Barucito in Southern Costa Rica. It is hidden away by a canopy of lush green growth and trees within a wide canyon. When you first approach Nauyaca, you will hear the falls before you see them. You must descend a flight of stairs along the side of the canyon to reach the waterfalls below. Upon first sight, Nauyaca Waterfalls will take your breath away. The taller, upper waterfall is an impressive forty-five meters high and the lower waterfall is twenty meters high. The river cascades into a deep, wide pool at the bottom of the lower falls, then meanders downstream through the jungle. The setting is absolutely stunning.

When you visit Nauyaca, be sure to take the time to hike to both the upper and the lower falls. It will only take you 15 minutes to get from one to the other. During your descent into the canyon, there is a fork in the staircase. The stairs to the right take you to the upper falls, which are taller than the lower falls, and are surrounded by tall, dramatic cliff walls covered in greenery. The stairs to the left take you to the lower falls, a wide cascade into a deep, refreshing pool where swimming is permitted. Here you can swim across the pool into small caves beneath the water falls or climb the rocky face to jump back into the pool below – if you dare!

Nauyaca Waterfalls is located on private property and you must pay an entrance fee to enjoy it. The easiest access to Nauyaca Waterfalls is through Don Lulu’s walking trail or horseback tour. The walking trail takes about 1.5 hours and goes through variable terrain. Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen if you plan to hike to the falls. The horseback tour provides a less strenuous way to reach the falls, and you will get to eat a traditional meal with Don Lulu’s family on the way. For more information, visit http://cataratasnauyaca.com.

Diamante Waterfall and cave is another great spot not to be missed while you are in Costa Rica. Diamante is also located in the southern part of the country, in the village of Las Tumbas. High in the mountains, Las Tumbas is lush and green and often covered in clouds. Las Tumbas is near Tinamastes and Platanillo.

There are ten different waterfalls in Diamante canyon. The hike to the waterfalls is steep and strenuous, with lots of stairs, and takes about two hours. Once you have arrived, there are numerous falls where you can swim, jump, or simply enjoy the beauty of the canyon. You can also hike to the top of the tallest waterfall in Costa Rica, which cascades six hundred feet to the rocks below! From the top of this falls, you can see the ocean when the weather is clear.

One of the best ways to explore the waterfalls is to spend a night in Diamante cave. The cave is located at one of the main waterfalls in the canyon, a twin cascade of about ninety feet. Between these twin falls is Diamante cave, a large, open cave equipped with a kitchen, elevated platforms for sleeping, and bathrooms! Since it’s impossible to see all ten waterfalls in one day, spending a night in the cave is a great way to explore the area and give yourself a chance to enjoy everything that Diamante has to offer.

Like Nauyaca Waterfall, Diamante Waterfalls are located on private land. You must have a guide to access Diamante Waterfalls. Tree of Life Tours offers numerous options for day tours or overnight tours. More information is available at http://treeoflifetours.com/index.html.

Whether you are seeking relaxation, immersion in the beauty of nature, the adrenaline of cliff jumping, or simply the pleasure of swimming in cool, fresh water, the waterfalls of southern Costa Rica are not to be missed! There are so many beautiful waterfalls in the area, but Nauyaca Waterfall and Diamante Waterfalls are both truly special. For more information on properties near these waterfalls, or properties with waterfalls of their own, contact Dominical Real Estate today!

 

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Organic Gardening Costa Rica

Organic Gardening Costa Rica

Organic Gardening Costa Rica


Many homeowners in Costa Rica are interested in gardening both edibles and ornamentals to beautify their property and provide access to healthy, fresh food. Numerous houses in Costa Rica are located on lots of an acreor more, where there is plenty of room for gardening. With a year-round growing season and the potential to grow a wide variety of foods, from bananas to kale, Costa Rica is an excellent place to have a garden. Interest in organic gardening in Costa Rica is growing as people learn more about the dangers of non-organic pesticides and fertilizers.

Gardening is a great pastime for many ex-patriates living in Costa Rica. A beautiful organic garden adds value to a property. Gardening offers a wonderful opportunity to spend time outdoors, and it’s a great activity for the whole family. It also can teach responsibility to children and encourage healthier eating. Some ex-pats are hobby farmers, growing vegetables and fruits for themselves, and perhaps offering excess produce for sale at one of the many local farmers markets to earn a bit of extra income. There are also numerous small farmers in the area who make their living selling produce at these farmers markets.

There are many delicious foods you can grow that do well in Costa Rica’s climate. Some popular choices for vegetables are sweet chile peppers, basil, cherry tomatoes, and pumpkin squash. Many gardens in Costa Rica include fruit as well, such as bananas, pineapple, and watermelon. A number of herbs and medicinal plants grow well in Costa Rica too, including noni, turmeric, and moringa. Flowers are a beautiful addition to any garden, and an incredible variety of gorgeous tropical flowers thrive in Costa Rica. Some plants are both beautiful and edible, such as Jamaican hibiscus, a plant with attractive flowers that can be dried and made into a delicious tea.

Interested in gardening yourself?

If you’re interested in gardening on your property in Costa Rica, you may want to consider building a greenhouse. During the rainy season, plants are inundated with water and many cannot survive. A greenhouse will allow you to regulate the amount of water your plants absorb, extending your growing season. You may also want to consider building raised beds or supplementing the existing soil. Many parts of Costa Rica have depleted soils as a result of past clearcutting, but over time, you can build healthy soil again. Composting is a great way to recycle organic waste from your property and use it to create a rich soil additive.

For the last few years, an organization in Tinamastes called Vida Auténtica has been teaching local farmers how and why to grow organic. Vida Auténtica offers assistance to local families to grow organic produce and sell it at the organic farmers market held every Tuesday morning in Tinamastes. The organization also offers organic gardening classes in English and Spanish, covering topics like composting, seed starting, and pest control. These classes are very helpful for anyone who lacks experience gardening in a tropical climate.

 

Organic products have become more readily available in the Dominical area, in part because of the increased interest in organic gardening in this part of Costa Rica. A natural food store, Mama Toucan’s, has recently opened in Dominical and offers numerous organic options. There are also three farmers markets in the area where you can buy organic produce, dairy, meat, and prepared foods. Local nurseries sell organic soil and compost, but it is still difficult to find organic seeds in the area.

A healthy lifestyle is popular in Costa Rica, and organic gardening in Costa Rica is growing as a result. This country has some of the longest lifespans in the world today. Many may attribute it to protected national parks, good healthcare, and access to plenty of healthy food that is free of preservatives and artificial additives – like the food you could be growing in your own organic garden. For anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle, Costa Rica is an excellent place to retire, relocate, own investment property, or even just take a vacation. Contact Dominical Real Estate today for more information on properties for sale and vacation rentals in the Dominical area.

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Best Places for Birdwatching in Costa Rica

Best Places for Birdwatching in Costa Rica

 

Within Costa Rica’s hundreds of acres of lush tropical rain forest, there are plenty of amazing plants, wildlife, and especially birds. There are bird species living in Costa Rica that you won’t see in any other part of the world. Because of this opportunity to see unusual birds, bird watching is a popular activity in Costa Rica. One of the best spots for bird watching is at Hacienda Baru in the Dominical area.

Hacienda Baru is a National Wildlife Refuge and Lodge located just north of Dominical on the Pacific coast. It is comprised of over 800 acres of protected land and includes a wide variety of habitats. Within Hacienda Baru and the adjacent areas, 330 different species of birds have been identified.

One of the best ways to enjoy bird watching at Hacienda Baru is to participate in one of the guided bird watching hikes. Guides have local knowledge and can take you to the areas that have the best bird watching. They also know how to spot the tiny birds, so that you won’t miss anything.

The best time to do your hike is early in the morning. This is when the birds first become active, so it gives you the best opportunity to see them. But don’t worry, you’ll be offered fresh coffee to help wake you up!

The Lowland Bird Watching Hike begins at the Hacienda Baru Biological Research Center. This location is one of the best spots for seeing many different types of birds. You’ll have the opportunity to see toucans, honeycreepers, spotting tanagers, vireos, and saltators. On this hike you’ll have lots of chances to take photographs, so it’s perfect for someone wanting to practice their photography techniques.

The path of the Lowland Bird Watching Hike travels from the Research Center down to the rookery. There is also plenty of other wildlife in the Hacienda Research area, and a great spot to view them is at the rookery. You can expect to see egrets, herons, and ibis as well. After you’ve had a chance to take photographs from the rookery, the path moves along the mangrove, and then loops back to the Biological Research Center.

Guests can enjoy having a good breakfast at the Research Center when they return, which will provide needed nourishment for the final leg of the journey. The last section of the Lowland Bird Watching Hike includes another portion of forest, as well as the beach.

The three kilometer stretch of beach at Hacienda Baru is beautiful, untouched and usually deserted as far as the eye can see. At the beach you’ll have the opportunity to see different shore bird types, such as sandpipers, plovers, phalaropes, whimbrels, pelicans, sanderlings, and frigatebirds. If you are lucky, you may see evidence of turtle nesting too. After an enjoyable visit to the beach, you can return to the Research Center where there are washroom facilities.

If you are looking for a different kind of guided tour, you can try the Rainforest Bird Watching Hike, which will take you past old cacao plantations and right into the rainforest. It’ll take you about two hours to hike up to a campsite where there are plenty of bird watching opportunities. You’ll see birds that forage through this particular habitat. In this region you’ll have a chance to see some birds that are harder to spot, such as motmots, trogons, antshrikes, manakins, curasows, and more.

Hacienda Baru is one of the best spots for birdwatching in Costa Rica. Don’t miss it next time you are in the Dominical area! And if you’re interested in seeing some of these birds right outside your house, contact Dominical Real Estate today.

 

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Tranquilo Lodge

 

Tranquilo Lodge is a luxury ecolodge with a stunning view in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. It’s a great place to call home while you explore the Osa Peninsula, a hotspot of biological diversity and incredible natural beauty located in
southern Costa Rica. Drake Bay has a lot to offer, including sport fishing, excursions into Corcovado National Park, SCUBA diving at Caño Island, zip lining, waterfall tours, night walks, and more. Head to Tranquilo Lodge to be pampered while experiencing the jungle right outside your door!

The vista from the pool and rancho at Tranquilo Lodge will take your breath away. The Lodge looks out over the ocean and rolling hills of untouched jungle. Sit in the pool and watch waves breaking along the coast for miles to the Rio Sierpe. Sunsets will light up the sky as you meet your fellow guests and discuss the day’s adventures over a beer or a soda.

The top tier of Exclusive Deluxe Cabinas share the pool’s stunning view, as they are located on the hilltop around the
pool. Each cabina is made from beautiful, locally-sourced hardwood, with a large covered porch featuring a cozy hammock. The cabinas have A/C, comfortable beds, and spacious outdoor showers.

Because it is off the beaten path, many travelers to Drake Bay choose to stay at a lodge that can cater to all of their needs. Like many lodges in the area, Tranquilo Lodge is all-inclusive, offering three meals a day and free transfers to and from the local airport or boat drop area. It is possible to fly directly from San Jose to Drake Bay on one of the local airlines, Sansa or Nature Air. We arrived by water taxi from the town of Sierpe, which was an adventure in itself! We cruised down the Rio Sierpe, through a maze of mangroves, out the river mouth and down pristine coastline to arrive at Drake Bay’s calm shore.

There are many adventures to be had on the Osa Peninsula. Wildlife abounds in this area of Costa Rica, including scarlet macaws, four types of monkeys, two kinds of sloths, and even the elusive, rare tapir. Hearing that the Corcovado hikers had seen a tapir made us want to sign up for the Corcovado tour the next day! There is also excellent sport fishing in the area, offering opportunities to catch marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi, among other things. Some of the guests we met at Tranquilo Lodge had caught a 50-pound snapper the day we arrived! There are many other tours and activities available, and the people at Tranquilo Lodge are happy to help their guests find the perfect experience.

After all those tours, you will be hungry by the end of the day! The food at Tranquilo Lodge is excellent. Everything is locally-sourced and homemade. We especially enjoyed the BBQ night, when the outdoor smoker was used to impart perfect flavor to our steak and fish. And don’t miss the delicious homemade bread at breakfast! All meals are served family style at two long tables in the main lodge, which is another fun opportunity to chat with fellow guests.

Although there are plenty of adventures to be had in Drake Bay, it’s worth spending a day being tranquil at Tranquilo Lodge. There’s a beautiful, deserted beach right out front, and it goes on for miles. Go for a long, romantic walk, swim in the ocean, discover an estuary, maybe you will even see monkeys or other wildlife right on the beach! It’s also easy to wile away the hours in the hammock on the porch of your cabina or in a lounge chair by the pool, watching the scarlet macaws fly by.

Tranquilo Lodge is the place to stay when you are visiting Drake Bay. It is a luxurious home base for all of your adventures on the Osa Peninsula. Couples, families, and solo travelers alike will enjoy the gorgeous views, comfortable cabinas, perfect pool, delicious food, and fun atmosphere. Book your stay now at www.thetranquilolodge.com.

Ocean View Home for Sale

Ocean View Home for Sale

http://costaricarealestate.net/listings/show/394/2-5-acres-2-bedroom-home-in-lagunas-with-sunset-ocean-views-and-sunrise-mountain-views/There aren’t too many places in the world where you can buy a beautiful house, with acreage and a stunning ocean view, for under half a million dollars. No, it’s not a misprint, this beautiful house is located just outside of Dominical, Costa Rica, and is listed at $489,000. You could be the owner of this amazing home for less than the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver, New York, or San Francisco!

This gorgeous tropical home was designed to soak in the incredible views available in almost every direction. Floor to ceiling windows bring the outdoors in. From the open living room and kitchen, watch the waves breaking along the coast all the way to Manuel Antonio National Park. The living room and bedroom also enjoy dramatic mountain views, including sunrises over Mt. Chirripo, the highest mountain in Costa Rica. Sunsets over the ocean will light up the sky and can be viewed from the house, large porch with dining area and lounge chairs, or the teak sunset deck.

The house is situated on 2.5 acres of land, with numerous mature fruit trees including bananas, limes, mamones, and mangos. It is located in the prestigious Lagunas community, with excellent water and roads. Because it’s 900 feet above sea level, it benefits from cooling breezes in the mornings and evening, and cooler temperatures at night. Even though it’s in the hills, driving to the beach in nearby Dominical only http://costaricarealestate.net/listings/show/394/2-5-acres-2-bedroom-home-in-lagunas-with-sunset-ocean-views-and-sunrise-mountain-views/takes about twelve minutes!

This home combines an open, modern floor plan with a rustic, contemporary style. The house features a great room with combined kitchen, dining, and living spaces. A dramatic hardwood bar made from a single slab of wood connects the kitchen and living room and provides space for meals or entertaining. The kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances, gas stove, and cedar cabinets.

There are two bedrooms and one bathroom. The bedrooms are spacious and bright, with handmade wooden beds, side tables and closets. The bathroom is large, with a walk-in rain shower, a beautiful hardwood counter, and a hand-painted sink. There is also a dehumidified, secure storage bodega with washer and dryer, a 2-car covered parking area, and an alarm system and gate. All the furniture in the home is included in the sale.

http://costaricarealestate.net/listings/show/394/2-5-acres-2-bedroom-home-in-lagunas-with-sunset-ocean-views-and-sunrise-mountain-views/One of the best features of the house is the sunset deck with outdoor tub and shower. This teak deck was added in 2016 to take advantage of some of the best views on the property. A gorgeous Balinese stone bathtub sits on the edge of the deck, along with an outdoor shower. Watch the sunset over the ocean, or look for shooting stars under a dark night sky, while enjoying a soak in the tub. The deck is also perfect for yoga or for simply relaxing in a lounge chair with a book. There’s also plenty of space to add a pool with rancho next to the sunset deck and in front of the house.

A second building site, separate from the main house, makes this property unusual. This second building site is currently home to an organic greenhouse and caretaker’s cabin, but it could easily be developed with another luxury home or rental house. This property has the potential for expansion, allowing for a business opportunity or a larger family.

This ocean view home for sale is special and unique. The views are stunning in every direction, the home is modern yet rustic and comfortable, the community is safe and convenient, and there is opportunity for future growth. It’s the perfect home for a young couple who wants to expand, a retired couple who wants to keep it simple, business partners looking to develop rental homes or cabinas, or anyone who loves ocean breezes and sunsets. Don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity!

 

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Chirripo National Park

Chirripo National Park

Costa Rica has many beautiful parks that are popular destinations for travelers and residents alike. Chirripo National Park is one destination that you won’t want to miss, as it is home to the highest mountain in the country. This park had its name established in 1975, and it falls over three different provinces: Cartago, Limon, and San Jose.

One of the most notable features of Chirripo National Park is Cerro Chirripo, which is the tallest mountain in the country. It rises to over 12,530 feet, or 3,820 meters. In addition to the peak, there are many notable valleys and walking paths where you can enjoy a short or a long hike.

One of the most popular hikes runs along 10.3 miles (16.5 kilometers) on a trail that starts in San Gerardo de Rivas. From here you’ll end up at the park ranger’s refuge in Los Crestones. Many will stop here and return to the start, but for more adventurous spirits, they’ll want to hike up to the peak of the mountain. This adds an additional 3.1 mile (5 kilometer) walk to the summit. From here, if the weather is clear, you can view the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

During walks and hikes you’ll get to take in interesting plant and wild life. For example, the park is home to several fascinating and colorful varieties of mushrooms, but look, don’t touch!

Visitors to the park can experience a variety of different ecosystems. There are five counted in the park: lowland tropical wet forest, premontane tropical wet forest, lower montane wet forest, montane wet forest, and subalpine wet forest. These forests can change to wet desert during the hottest parts of the year.

You’ll experience two different types of climates in the park. One happens during the dry season which is from December to April. The wet season starts after that and lasts from May to November. Like many forests in other countries, Costa Rican forests are highly susceptible to fires in the dry season. Fortunately, caution has been exercised, and the last major fire was in 1992, which decimated nearly 8 square miles of vegetation, and forced the closure of the park for many months.

You’ll be surprised to learn that Costa Rica does suffer from sub-zero temperatures, particularly in Chirripo National Park. In the past the park has recorded low temperatures of -15°F (-9°C). Many visitors will want to pack a jacket, as the park can be one of the coldest spots in Costa Rica.

Visitors who’ve had their fill of hiking can stop in for a visit to the Las Nubes Centre for Neotropical Conservation and Research. You can find this building on the southwest corner of Chirripo National Park. This Centre is managed by the York University of Toronto, Canada.

If you’re searching for more of a rain forest type of park than a beach park, Chirripo National Park is sure to offer plenty of opportunities to get outdoors into fresh, cool air, where you can experience the natural habitat of some of Costa Rica’s valued plant and animal species. As home to Costa Rica’s highest mountain, it is also an excellent destination for hikers.

Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena National Park is just one of Costa Rica’s protected zones where visitors can take in fresh air, and view lush tropical plant life and a wide variety of birds and wildlife. There are many activities to choose from at this park, which features a large green forest that borders a lovely sandy beach. It’s located in the Southern Pacific portion of the country and encompasses 270 acres of land. What makes this park unusual is that parts of the ocean are also included in this park, with over 5,400 marine hectares being protected.

This park is located about 180 km southwest of San Jose, only a day trip away. This park is one of the newer officially registered parks in the country, as it was registered after 1990. You may be curious to know that this park has one of the largest coral reefs on the Central American Pacific side.

Visitors to the park can participate in many water sports, such as swimming, boating, and scuba diving. There are rocky reefs filled with sea life where you can enjoy excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. Camping is allowed within the park if you’re interested in staying for any length of time. There are also many hotels and rental homes in the nearby communities of Uvita, Escaleras, Dominical, and Ojochal.

Whale watching is a popular activity during the months of December to April. This is when the humpback whales migrate from Alaska, Hawaii, and other closer destinations, down to Caño Island, located off the Osa Peninsula. Viewers can see the whales from several great vantage points along the beach, or hop on one of the many boats offering these types of tours.

There are many beautiful beaches in the park, but the Whale’s Tail beach is not to be missed. The Whale’s Tail is a natural sandbar which looks exactly like the tail of a whale when seen from above at low tide. You can walk almost a kilometer into the sea onto the Whale’s Tail, just make sure to visit the park when the tide is low. The beach has soft, light sand, and is more protected from waves than some of the other beaches in the area, so it is a great beach for children.

The Marino Ballena National Park offers horseback riding to help visitors to see more of the park during their visit. Some other regions of the park you won’t want to miss include a visit to the mangroves. Here you’ll see many marine iguanas and Hawksbill turtles. There is also Ballena Island which is a two mile trip from the beach. Visiting the island by boat or SUP might give you a chance to see marine life, such as dolphins or whales, from the water.

The Park connects with the town of Uvita, which is a commercial center in the area. There are many tour companies in Uvita who can provide more information about activities in the park. We recommend Costa Rica Dive & Surf, which has a shop right next to the entrance to the park. There are also numerous restaurants in Uvita, as well as groceries store, banks, pharmacies, yoga studios and more.

Whether you are living in Costa Rica or just visiting, a trip to Marino Ballena National Park will be fulfilling. It is a beautiful place with unique natural features and excellent opportunities to view marine life.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Costa Rica has a large number of protected National Parks that are popular with both tourists and locals. One of the distinctions of Manuel Antonio  National Park is that it’s located right on the beach, and just minutes from Quepos, Puntarenas. There’s plenty to do in the park, from walking tours, to water sports, and also animal watching. Visitors head here for the great beaches and hiking trails where they can see lush plant life and different types of animals.

The park is situated on the southern coast of Costa Rica. It’s part of the Central Pacific Conservation Area where plant and animal species are protected without fear of building development. This park encompasses over 1983 hectares of land and had its name first established in 1972.

There aren’t too many parks around the world that can boast having great sandy beaches. You can stand on the beach, yet see the mountains and forests lingering in the background. There are also some beautiful coral reefs.

When you arrive at the park, you will find the Visitor Centre, which was designed by well-known architects and provides information to tourists who are new to the area. Here you will find guides who can provide tours through the park and offer information about the many different types of animals and plants found there. Besides sea life the park is home to nearly 184 species of different types of birds, and nearly 109 species of different types of mammals. You’ll be able to see birds animals here that you don’t see in the US, such as monkeys, sloths, and toucans.

If you decide to try one of the many trails at the Park, there are over eight to choose from. Waterfall, Lookout, and Beach Espadilla are popular trails where you can see plenty of breathtaking sites. There is an approximately one hour walk that begins at Esapadilla, and ends at the top of Punta Catedral. The lookout at the top of this route is spectacular and is perfect for many photo opportunities.

After a good hike through the forest many people like to relax on one of four beaches inside the park. It will be a difficult choice between Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Playita, or Teloro, because each beach is very beautiful. These beaches have soft pale sand where the family can wind down at the end of a long day. Tidal pools add to the landscape. Some of these beaches have lifeguards to ensure the safety of water activities. The beaches with tidal pools have snorkeling programs where you can get super close to sea life. You can also try scuba diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking. There is lodging nearby for those who wish to visit for a while, as well as plenty of restaurants and other facilities.

When you visit Costa Rica you’ll want to include a trip to one of Costa Rica’s top national parks, such as Manuel Antonio, to experience the beauty and nature that this country has to offer.

Bringing Pets to Costa Rica

Bringing Pets to Costa Rica

Whether you’ve decided to move permanently to Costa Rica, or to just visit for a greater part of the year, your pets are like family, and you don’t want to leave them behind. You’ll both miss each other, and you may not wish to bentrust their care to a stranger. It’s actually easier than you think to bring your dog or cat to Costa Rica. Why leave them at home, sad in your absence, when you can bring them with you? With a small amount of preparation and documentation, you can bring your dog or cat with your to Costa Rica.

Be sure to check for all documentation required in advance, as there is usually a two week window where you’ll need to get all tasks done, and to be aware of any fees required.

You’ll first need to get a health certificate from your pet’s veterinarian. It will then need to be endorsed by a veterinarian (VS—Veterinary Service) who works for the USDA—US Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

To find these veterinarians, you’ll need to find the local office that is in your state. You may visit the APHIS(1) website to find these listings, and then the “Travel with my Pet” link.

The vet will examine your dog or cat to be free of infectious illness, and to be declared healthy. This visit must be done within two weeks of the departure date. Cats must be vaccinated against rabies, while dogs have a more extensive list, including rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, etc. If dogs and cats are over three months of age, they must have current vaccinations.

Your vet will use the International Certificate APHIS Form 7001 for small animals. It will need to be written in duplicate. You do not require a Notary Public Stamp for it, nor for a Costa Rica Consular office stamp.

If you’re bringing animals into Costa Rica for resale, you’ll need an Import Permit, but if you’re bringing your pet in, as long as they will reside with you, you do not need this permit. Be sure to clip your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate to the rest of the forms. When you enter Costa Rica these documents will be examined, and possibly your pet as well.

If you wish to return to the USA from Costa Rica, you’ll need to visit a vet in Costa Rica. They’ll be able to provide the required certificates. This will require stamps and a fee, but involves only a one stop trip.

While the process may seem a bit cumbersome at first, it’s more than worth it to be able to bring your beloved pet with you to Costa Rica, and back home again too. Once you’ve gone through the routine once or twice, it’ll become a part of your process for moving between both countries, and be easier the next time round.

 

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Real Estate for Sale in Costa Rica

Real Estate for Sale in Costa Rica

Costa Rica makes the perfect home away from home for many residents of the USA, and Canada. While many set up their base permanently, many people spend part of their year in Costa Rica, before returning home again. A great way to obtain residency status in Costa Rica is to purchase a house or condominium. As long as you return at least once a year to Costa Rica, you’ll be able to maintain this status. Your spouse, and your family will also be allowed to achieve residency status too.

Costa Rica 9.3has a warm climate which is perfect for people who need a retreat away from a bustling work environment. Life is slower and happier in Costa Rica. The climate invites you to rest and relax. Of course if you’re ready for adventure, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you and your children to enjoy. Costa Rica contains world class beaches along northern or southern coastlines. You can get away to relax on a lounge chair, or go swimming, or boating.

Many expats choose to make their home in Manuel Antonio, Playa Dominical, and Uvita. There are plenty of homes that your real estate agent can help you choose.One of the biggest decisions facing an American is whether to buy a house or a condominium. Each offers their own special benefits. A house is the same as back at home—it always requires more upkeep. But if you plan on spending the majority of your year in Costa Rica, and have a larger family, it may be your best choice.

Condominiums make the perfect choice for the single person, a couple, or a couple with only one or two children. There’s no need to worry about leaning the common spaces, or doing the gardening, as these are handled by the home owners’ association...1

If you’re planning on leaving your home vacant for any length of time, to return to home, or to travel, a condominium may be the best choice for you. You won’t need to worry about the upkeep of your property while away, as someone else will be doing it for you.

Another great option that many property owners in Costa Rica consider is renting their property while they’re back at home in the USA. Since home owner fees can accumulate even when you don’t live there, rental income can help cover these fees, and provide an income source. People who have residential status in Costa Rica are able to earn an income from their property, and it is considered tax-free.

Searching for real estate for sale in Costa Rica means that you can stop pouring money in a hotel or an apartment rental, which is much like a sieve for all your hard-earned cash. You can make an investment in buying a house or a condo, and benefit from the equity. Your dreams for living in a warm climate can be achieved more easily in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Private Schools

Costa Rica Private Schools

If you’ve decided to set up permanent residency in Costa Rica, you’ll discover that there are many great schools where your children can be nurtured and be inspired to grow. The curriculum is diverse and promises to provide the growth needed to keep your child entertained and educated.

The following three schools are often chosen by new residents because their beliefs and goals will align with what you want for your children, while also providing a bilingual environment. Escuela Verde Costa Bellena, Uvita Christian Academy, and Colegio Delfines are three that are worth having a closer look at for your kids.

Escuela Verde Costa Bellena

The philosophy of Escuela Verde Costa Bellena is to nurture the entire child. Once they begin to feel accepted within their community, they’ll be inspired to learn. The school aims to do this by allowing children to have a hands-on approach to activities, rather than merely observing. There are many activities planned throughout the year, including indoor and outdoor events. Students will receive a bilingual education in both English and Spanish.

This school encourages parents to take an active interest in their child’s learning, and believes that the process of learning is more important than the final result. Students may enroll for pre-kindergarten up to sixth grade.

 

Uvita Christian Academy

Uvita Christian Academy provides an individualized learning environment to your children, all while teaching Christian morals and values. The school teaches in a bilingual environment, so students may develop both English and Spanish skills. Graduates from the UCA will qualify for a USA high school diploma. Students from kindergarten to grade twelve will be able to study here.

Each student at UVA is treated as an individual. They’ll receive their own study guides and individual attention from their teachers. The school is a flexible school, so that in the event of absences, the child may bring school work with them, whether they’re sick at home, or travelling with family. There are separate learning centers for each grades level, and plenty of hands-on learning activities for all ages.

 

Colegio Los Delfines

Colegio Los Delfines offers children a chance to be taught in English classes, and likes to place a strong focus on music, computer skills, and physical education. They focus on providing education while keeping children fit through a variety of physical activities. They believe in placing the student into their particular skill level, to keep them focused on learning. They offer classes from kindergarten to grade twelve.

The school has a variety of clubs for children to join, including the arts, music, soccer, and swimming. The school is located in Paquita, and encompasses over fifteen acres of land. The learning center has large classrooms, well-maintained sports fields, recreation areas, and green areas. The school has an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Children have plenty of space for learning, as well as providing a secure and nurturing emotional environment. All facilities are modern, and each class has its own bathroom.

 

Opening a Bank Account in Costa Rica

Opening a Bank Account in Costa Rica

If you’ve decided to move to Costa Rica you’ll need to set up a bank account to either prove income source, or to have a way to deposit rental or company earnings into your bank account. While you’ll definitely need to set up a bank account if you’ve applied for Costa Rica status, in some instances they allow the tourist and student to set up an account too.

In Costa Rica, you’ll find a range of different banks. You may recognize Citibank or Scotiabank from Canada and the USA. There are also international banks with branches here.

You’ll have the option to open up an account in Dollars or Colones —official currency of Costa Rica.

Setting up an account may be more cumbersome than setting up one at home. There can be a lot of paperwork involved. It’s best to remain patient—it will be done in time. Even daily transactions may involve more  time.

Should you decide to open an account with a state-owned bank, there can be many benefits. For one, your deposits will be guaranteed. You’ll also find more banks to do your banking, with extensive branches throughout the country. This is beneficial if you live in a remote part of the country. This can already cut down on part of the time required to bank in Costa Rica.

To begin the process, you’ll start with a savings account. These usually offer a small amount of interest that can accrue over time. You will receive a debit card that you can use to deposit cheques at one of the ATM machines. The bank may also offer an international debit card that you can use in your home country, or when traveling abroad. If you choose to use a state-run bank, expect longer lineups on the 15th and last day of each month. You can avoid some of this by using the ATM.

You may choose to use a private bank. These will often be bilingual, and they’ll have better service, and fewer lineups.

Before deciding to open a bank account, ensure that you have the following documentation with you, otherwise you’ll have to return to your home to get it and waste more time.

You’ll be required to have your DIMEX card—Documento de Identidad Migratorio para Extranjeros. Tourists need only show their passport, but if you’re a foreign resident, you’ll need to show this card. If you do not have residency it is much easier to open a bank account using a local corporation known as a Sociedad Anonima. A local attorney can help you set one up.

You’ll also be required to deposit a minimum amount. Find out in advance if it’s $25, or $1000. You’ll need to show the bank a utility bill for proof of residence. You also need to provide a proof of income.

For USA citizens, you’ll need to fill out several forms and documents to let the IRS know that you are opening an offshore bank account. Expect to be able to visit your chosen bank during the weekdays, from 9 am to 4 pm.

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Costa Rica Property

Costa Rica Property

Many people choose to live in Costa Rica—a vibrant country full of friendly people and beautiful sights. It’s one of the more popular destinations for travelers from Canada, USA, and Mexico, but often after their first visit, people begin plotting how to take up residence in this beautiful country. There are about five major ways to gain residency, one of them being to purchase Costa Rican property.http://www.dominical-real-estate.com/Dominical/Puntarenas/Homes/DOM201/Escaleras/Agent/Listing_180187639.html

Many people may weigh the options between purchasing a property, or continuing on with a long term rental. It’s best to place things into perspective, and examine the benefits of buying versus renting.

Simply renting a house, condominium or staying at a hotel is not going to gain you residency status in Costa Rica. You’ll need to qualify as a pensioner, investor, marry a Costa Rican, have a child who is born in Costa Rica, or be a company representative.

To gain residency, it can be as simple as purchasing a house, or condominium. With residency status you’re going to be able to return to your property whenever you want, as long as you visit Costa Rica once a year.

It may be expensive renting a property in Costa Rica, which you’ll need to continue paying for, should you decide to travel back and forth between the two countries. You also have the option of shuttling your belongings back and forth each time, but that can be cumbersome, plus there’s no guarantee that your favorite apartment will be waiting for you upon your return.

If you purchase a property, you have a permanent place to call home in Costa Rica. There will be no worries about where you’ll stay during your next visit—your home will be waiting.

There is also the possibility of earning rental income through your property. This is allowed when you have achieved Costa Rican residency status, and are allowed to earn income through the rental of your property. You can have it managed by a property management company in your absence. They provide their services for a modest fee, which provides you with not only an income, but cleaning services, rental management, and peace of mind.

You simply notify the management company on your chosen residency dates, and they’ll rent out your property around your plans.LA LIBELULA - 4 Bedrooms Brand New Luxurious Villa On A Quiet Secluded Private 3-acre Estate !!

Owning a property means you can build up equity over time, which can be profitable should you decide to sell in the future. You may wish to upgrade to a better home, or to purchase two new homes, and only rent one of them out.

Just like at home, you can either buy a property outright, or choose to have a mortgage where you make monthly or biweekly payments to pay it off. While financing would be similar to rental payments, you’re actually investing in your own home, rather than giving it to a landlord.

If you are considering purchasing a Costa Rican property, please contact us today. It can be a life-altering decision to move to a new country, and we can help to make that transition easier.

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Costa Rica Residency

Costa Rica Residency

Many people who wish to move to Central America choose Costa Rica as  their new home. Costa Rica has a warm climate, full of beautiful scenery and attractive beaches. There are many benefits to obtaining a Costa Rica residency. The southern Pacific coast is a popular location for many expats. Many choose to make their new homes in Playa Dominical, Uvita, and Manuel Antonio.9.3

Costa Rica offers five different residency types, making it easier to enjoy the benefits of being a resident in this wonderful country.

Investor

To be an investor, you can either purchase a property, or a business, as long as it’s worth more than $200,000 US. In order to continue your residency, you must visit Costa Rica at least once every year.

For those investors who have a spouse or children under 18 years of age, they will automatically qualify for residency status as well.

There are many benefits to investor status as you can also get income from your business or from renting a property out to others.

Pension

To qualify for pensionado status, you’ll need to provide proof that you haveat least $1000 worth of income per month from a permanent pension source, or from a retirement fund. You must also visit Costa Rica at least once a year.

If you have a spouse or children under 18, they will also gain residency. You may not work as an employee for any business in Costa Rica.

You may also own a company and receive dividends from the business.

Independent

To qualify under the independent residency, you must provide proof that you have an income of $2500 per month, for at least two years. This must be confirmed by a banking institution. You may also deposit $60,000 into one of the pre-approved Costa Rican banks. This amount covers a spouse and children under 18 as well.

Under this plan, you must also visit Costa Rica once per year, and not work as an employee, but you can still own a company and income from that source.

Representative

To qualify under the representative program you must be the director of a business that meets certain criteria. This company must employ a specific number of Costa Ricans as per the labor law. Financial statements must also be provided from a qualified professional accountant.

Under this plan, you must also visit Costa Rica once per year, and it includes a spouse and dependants under age 18. You are not only allowed to own the company, but to receive an income too.

Permanent

You may obtain permanent residency if you marry a Costa Rican citizen, or have a child with a Costa Rican, or just have a child that is born in Costa Rica even if neither parent is Costa Rican.

You may also apply for permanent residency if you have had another status for at least three years.

Under this plan you must also promise to visit Costa Rica at least once per year, and will be able to claim your spouse and children under 18. You may also work, own a company, and receive income from that company.

Capital Gains Tax Costa Rica

 

                                                                   Capital Gains Tax Costa Rica

Many people buy vacation property in countries around the world, but are in for a rude awakening when having to pay capital gains taxes. Costa Rica works a bit differently than in other countries. For example, in the USA, you must pay capital gains tax if your real estate investments appreciate in value. These profits must be taxed as they appreciate or when you sell the property. These taxes are one of the downsides to purchasing property for investment.

In Costa Rica, most banking account investments and real estate investments are not subject to a capital gains tax, even when interest is earned, or a property increases in value. This opens up many financial opportunities to the foreign investor wishing to make a move to this country.

These rules are applicable to individuals. Where capital gains taxes may be required is for certain types of business investments. Businesses normally pay taxes. In order for taxes to be exempt, the business must be participating in a business activity that is separate, or different from their regular business operations. If your business is solely real estate investments, then those profits are taxable.

For an individual buying property, it’s considered a personal capital gains environment. It’s considered that this individual has no intention of making a profit, as there is no business registered. Thus, the individual is exempt from capital gains taxes.

These tax rules make Costa Rica an attractive place for foreign investors to move to. In fact, there is plenty of foreign investment in the country.

If you’re planning on moving to Costa Rica and planning on buying a property or two for investment, there won’t be any capital gains taxes. But once you start building up your portfolio, you may need to consult an expert on whether your new investments will be subject to capital gains tax or not. Your real estate broker will be able to advise you as to whether your new property purchases will be considered as part of a business or not.

Your real estate agent can review purchase documents for your potential investments, to ensure that your new property is not taxable.

Many people also consider moving their investments to a new Costa Rican bank account, in order to take advantage of the country’s tax saving benefits.

Another great aspect to living in Costa Rica is that property taxes are also low, they are only 0.25% of the property value. This makes purchasing property in Costa Rica doubly beneficial to individuals and families looking for a home away from home. Playa Dominical, Uvita, and Manuel Antonio are popular residential locations for foreigners along the southern Pacific coast.

There are many investment opportunities in Playa Dominical and Costa Rica that are attractive to the foreign investor who wants a secondary way of making some extra cash, or who wishes to have a vacation home. Before embarking on real estate investment activities, consult with your real estate broker to ensure that properties are free of capital gains taxes.

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Buying a Car in Costa Rica

Buying a Car in Costa Rica

Foreigners who’ve settled in Costa Rica quickly realize that they can’t bring their cars in from other countries, as they’re subject to extremely high import taxes. The next best option is to purchase a car. For a Costa Rican, buying a car is no big deal. The slow process is a way of life, but then, everything runs much more slowly in Costa Rica. For the westerner who expects instant gratification with everything, buying a car in Costa Rica can be a long slow process.

Since cars in Costa Rica will generally cost you more money new or used, you’re going to need to spend time shopping around. Many people in Costa Rica purchase cars through private sales, rather than relying on used car lots. But how to get around town to look at all your potential new car purchases?

You have the option of renting a car, so you can drive around checking out potential purchases, or getting one of your local friends to drive you around.

There are several websites that have new and used cars on them. One of the best is www.crautos.com. There is also www.ecuentra24.com and www.craigslist.com.

You may find that your Costa Rican friends are the ones who will make purchasing a car much easier for you. They can provide valuable advice on which car dealers to trust, who to avoid, and a reliable mechanic who can provide an inspection of your potential new car purchase.

Many people in Costa Rica own an SUV 4×4 vehicle, as some of the roads aren’t paved, and may be rough to drive on. If you’re purchasing a vehicle, you should consider buying this type of car, so you can truly get around to see all the fabulous sights of the country.

It’s recommended that you narrow down your selection between three different vehicles. Have each one inspected by your trusty mechanic. Your mechanic will provide advice on whether the vehicle will be a good purchase, and since you’ll likely be purchasing a used car due to the expensive costs of cars in Costa Rica, you’ll want to know how much any potential repairs will cost as well.

Once you’ve made your choice you need to visit an abogado, or lawyer. Sometimes it can be difficult to find one who can speak good English, so ask around. A friend may be able to not only provide a recommendation, but set up a meeting for you.

The lawyer will search a government database for information on the car, and whether there are any liens on it. You’ll be required to pay Marchamo, an annual road tax where you get a sticker to place on your windshield. Plates always stay with the car, and are never exchanged, even when the car switches hands.

The lawyer will fill out pertinent papers for you, and you’ll sign them. You’ll receive a temporary document until the papers are processed in San Jose. You’ll receive the keys, and will return to pick up the processed papers in two week’s time.

Treat your new car purchase as Tico style and don’t stress out over it. Once you have your new car, you’ll have freedom to travel anywhere.

Homes for Sale in Costa Rica

Homes for Sale in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the nicest countries in Central America that offers plenty of real estate opportunities. The country is really appealing to those that want to invest in real estate property due to the lower costs of living and the nice scenery. There are lots of homes for sale in Costa Rica, and it all depends on your personal choice. You can find all kinds of homes, stunning villas, cottages, bungalows, beach houses and other properties which you can buy at affordable prices.

One great advantage for buying a home in Costa Rica is their good property laws. They are completely the same for both Costa Rican residents and foreigners, so there is no unnecessary bureaucracy. There is no requirement for you to live in Costa Rica in order to own a house. Property tax is also relatively low, and there are many other advantages for you to look at the market and search for homes for sale in Costa Rica.

Here are some of the best reasons to look for homes for sale in Costa Rica:

The country has wonderful landscape. From rain forests to nice sandy beaches, blue

skies and unrealistic nature – Costa Rica has it all. Owning a house in any region of

the country is like having a house in paradise.

 Amazing homes. All kinds of properties can be found in Costa Rica for any pocket.

Homes for sale in Costa Rica are well priced in comparison to other countries in

North or South or Central America and Europe.

 Great climate. Costa Rica is a tropical place and it has a nice, warm climate

throughout the whole year. Even in the rainy seasons the average temperature remains

pleasantly warm. The climate is perfect for those people that want to escape from

harsh winters and chilly autumn seasons.

 Costa Rica has rich biodiversity. It is a home to some of the rarest plant and animal

species in the world, which makes it a very exciting and exotic place to own a home.

Due to the rich biodiversity, Costa Rica attracts lots of people from all over the world,

so buying a home in Costa Rica is a great investment choice.

 Another reason to buy a home in Costa Rica is the higher standard of living. Due to

the increased number of rich people that search for homes for sale in Costa Rica, the

standard of living constantly improves which makes the country really attractive for

homeowners.

 Costa Rica is also very stable nation, free of political turbulences and unrest. There is

no active army, as it is safe country without problems and tensions with other

countries. That makes them perfect place for investing money into properties.

 Last, but not least – Costa Ricans are welcoming and friendly people. They take pride

in the natural beauties of their country and are used to international people. Those

people that buy homes in Costa Rica and invest into the country are highly regarded

and respected. You will definitely feel at home if you buy a home in Costa Rica.

 

Costa Rica: Visit for the Experience, Stay for the Lifestyle

 

Costa Rica is a small country of 4.5 million people, located on the narrow neck of Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. To the left is the Pacific Ocean, and to the right the Caribbean Sea. It has the distinction of being a world-class tourist destination, with its lush vegetation, warm weather and world-class health care. There’s a saying that if you visit, you’ll end up making Costa Rica your home.

After many travellers see what the southern Pacific coast has to offer, they return to buy real estate. Costa Rica has some extensive environmental policies to protect the natural habit of plant and animal species. It’s the only country in the world to meet all five criteria for environmental sustainability. Recreational hunting has also been banned, to protect the wildlife.

Costa Rica is a country that used to be mainly dependent on its agriculture, but that’s now shifted to finance, pharmaceuticals, and ecotourism. It has some of the best health care in the world, with a large percentage of its tourist base coming here for special medical treatments either not available in the Western world, or requiring a long waiting list. Hospital and clinics focus on medical tests, treatments, and surgery for the tourist, as well as mental health wellness spas.

Costa Rica has an interesting history. Prior to the 16th century, it was populated by indigenous people. After that time, the Spanish settled in. It declared its own sovereignty in 1847. It abolished its army in 1948, joining the list of nations without one.

Costa Rica is a great place to educate children. It’s one of the top countries in the world with an extremely high literacy rate. There are other interesting facts about Costa Rica lifestyle. The temperature remains steady throughout the year. 18 degrees Celsius/80 degrees Fahrenheit is the average temperature for most of the year.

The most common language spoken is Spanish. The capital is San Jose, and the currency is the Costa Rican Colon. Bananas is one of the country’s major exports.

There are few countries around the world that have lovely weather, yet are stable politically, and Costa Rica is proud to be one of those countries. The foreign traveler can safely travel around the region, without fear of combatting armies.
The people are genuinely warm and proud of their Latin heritage. The people of Costa Rica enjoy peaceful
democratic elections since 1948. They nickname themselves “Ticos”. People are gentle, and often don’t like to raise their voices. The word “no” is not commonly used, which can be frustrating for a visitor, until they get into the swing of things.

Some of the best places to live on the southern Pacific coast include the towns of Playa Dominical, Uvita, and Manuel Antonio. If you enjoy the Costa Rica lifestyle, you may be interested in searching for a luxury vacation rental or permanent homes in this lovely country.

 

 

How to Buy Costa Rica Real Estate

How to Buy Costa Rica Real Estate

Buying property in Costa Rica is a simple process for foreigners and residents alike. Whether you are interested in Costa Rica condos for sale, houses for sale in Costa Rica, or property in Costa Rica, the process to find and purchase real estate in Costa Rica is the same.

The first step to buying Costa Rica Real Estate is to determine your budget and the type of real estate you would like to purchase. Are you interested in a condo or a house? Or would you prefer to buy land and build your own home? Each has distinct advantages, depending on your situation. 11111For example, if you build your own home, you can design exactly what you want; however, it can be difficult to manage a construction project from abroad. If you purchase a home, it may offer more privacy than a condo, but a condo is often easier to maintain than a home. Your future plans for the property will also be important in deciding what kind of Costa Rica real estate interests you. Are you relocating full time? If so, you might need a good school or hospital nearby. If you are purchasing a property as a vacation rental, proximity to the beach might be more important. The agents at Dominical Real Estate can help you determine what type of property would be best for your budget, needs and future plans.

After you’ve determined what you’re looking for, it’s time to start looking around and seeing what’s out there. On Dominical Real Estate’s website, properties are divided into homes, lots, condos, and farms. You can also browse by price, location, number of bedrooms, acreage, or a combination of all of these factors. By all means search the website on your own, but don’t hesitate to contact Dominical Real Estate for suggestions. Our agents are familiar with all of our properties and can suggest excellent options that you might otherwise overlook.

Once you’ve done some online research, it’s time to start planning a visit to Costa Rica! But before we get to the fun, it’s important to be prepared for your trip. If you want to have the option to begin the purchase process during your visit, you will need to arrive with the appropriate paperwork to open an escrow account. In Costa Rica, all the purchase money for real estate goes through an escrow agent. The escrow agent collects funds from the buyer and distributes them to the seller and other interested parties at the time of sale. To open an escrow account, you will need documents such as proof of your identity and proof of legitimacy of the funds used to buy property. Previous years’ tax returns often satisfy the proof of funds requirement, but each case is different! The agents at Dominical Real Estate can put you in touch with a reliable escrow agent who will help you determine what you need to open an escrow account in Costa Rica. Be sure to complete this step before you arrive in paradise!

Now that you have the paperwork ready, the fun begins: visiting Costa Rica and looking at properties. We recommend leaving yourself at least several days during your vacation to visit properties with a Dominical Real Estate agent. It’s best to leave yourself extra time for looking at real estate in Costa Rica in case you want to revisit a particular property at a different timebof day, or in case you realize that you’re a lot more interested in the houses you’re bypassing than the lots you’re visiting and need to change course. If all goes well and you end up with extra free time, you won’t have any problem filling it with surf lessons, waterfall excursions, or zipline tours!

If you find real estate in Costa Rica that you would like to purchase, you will need to make a written Offer to Purchase with the help of your Dominical Real Estate agent. This document will establish the purchase price and any special conditions upon which the offer is contingent. For example, you may offer a certain price for a property contingent upon the property receiving abuilding permit before the sale. After the initial offer, there is usually some negotiation between buyer and seller until an agreement is reached. Your Dominical Real Estate agent will take the lead in these negotiations to ensure that you get the best value. Our agents are excellent atnegotiating an agreement to please all parties.

Once the Offer to Purchase is signed, it is time to meet with a Costa Rican lawyer to draft a Sale and Purchase Agreement. This is a detailed contract that sets out all of the terms of the transaction. It will also determine the length and scope of the due diligence period, which is very important. The due diligence period is the time given to the lawyers to research and resolve any issues relating to the property. For example, if the purchase was contingent on receipt of a building permit, the due diligence period would give the lawyers time to apply for and receive the permit before the transaction is completed. A good lawyer will be able to identify all of the potential issues that should be addressed during due diligence; be sure to let your lawyer know your future plans for the property and any questions or concerns you have. The due diligence period is typically 30 days but can be as short or as long as necessary depending on the circumstances. During this time, you and your lawyer may want to discuss the possibility of creating a Costa Rican corporation, with you as the shareholder, to hold title to the property.

Once the Sales and Purchase Agreement is signed, the final step is the closing. You will need to transfer the necessary funds into your escrow account before closing day. You don’t need to attend the closing; the funds can be transferred by wire and your lawyer can represent you at the closing if you are unable to attend. Once the signing of documents and the transfer of funds is complete, you will be the proud owner of your dream, real estate in Costa Rica!

As you can see, buying property in Costa Rica is a simple process. It can be quite exciting, in fact, to learn more about Costa Rica and envision yourself in paradise. So whether you are looking for a condo, a home, a lot, or a farm, contact the agents at Dominical Real Estate today,and take the first step towards owning Costa Rica real estate and making your dream a reality!

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Costa Rica Real Estate for Sale

 

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Costa Rica can be considered as an area that is equipped with a very diverse real estate market. The real estate market that prevails in this area has the potential to cater to the needs of everyone. From bare lots and farms to fully furnished condos and homes, you can find beautiful properties in Costa Rica at a great price. Costa Rica also offers excellent opportunities for the people who are planning to invest in development projects.

Even though the building costs are relatively equal throughout the entire country, the value of land has a significant variation based on its location. The northwest region of Costa Rica is known as the Gold Coast of the country. If you purchase a home in this area, you will get the opportunity to experience a stunning view of the ocean.costa rica real estate However, the prices are extremely high and you will need to spend about half a million dollars to purchase a 5000 square meter lot. You will be able to purchase a lot for a much cheaper price in the Southern Pacific coastal areas including Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal and Hatillo to name a few. On the Southern Pacific coast you will get views that are just as spectacular plus you will get large green mountains with plenty of wildlife and empty beaches to explore!

Costa Rica is a hotspot for tourist and it has created a tremendous impact on the real estate industry of this area. You can find an excellent variety of available properties that range from residential homes, commercial lands to fully furnished luxury estates that come along with excellent views of the ocean. Costa Rica has got everything for the real estate seekers including vacation rentals, exquisite condos, mountain properties and farmscosta rica beachfront real estate.

Plenty of reasons are available out there for the people to purchase a home and settle down in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is known as one of the best destinations outside of the United States for retirement. The excellent warm weather that can be found throughout the year has played a major role behind the above mentioned fact. The environment that can be found in Costa Rica is serene and it is ideal for raising families. People who live in Costa Rica are quite friendly and they have a positive attitude towards the lifestyle. Foreigners who live in Costa Rica have the same rights as locals.

People who live in Costa Rica will be able to experience excellent health care services at a very low cost. Moreover, it is quite easy to qualify as a retiree in this area. In other words, the Pensionado Program will only ask you to provide $1,000 per couple per month from the pension, disability or social security.

The cost of living in Costa Rica is low when compared to other parts of the world. When it is paired with the excellent health care services and beautiful surroundings, Costa Rica will become one of the best destinations outside of the United States for the people to settle down. You can easily look for real estate for sale in Costa Rica through our website and choose the ideal destination to settle down.costa rica yoga retreat for sale

Festivals in Costa Rica

There are many fun festivals in Costa Rica. If you are interested in music, surfing, craft beer, yoga, art, or all of the above, there is a festival for you the southern Pacific zone! Festivals area draw for locals and tourists alike, and they provide a great place to connect with others with similar interests. The festivals in the area make this a wonderful place to live or own real estate.

One of the biggest and most exciting festivals in Costa Rica is the Envision Festival. This 4-day celebration of art, music and yoga is truly special and unique. Visitors from all over the world come to the Envision Festival to attend workshops of all kinds, view and create amazing pieces of art, and dance the night away. Held on an old pasture just south of Uvita, the Envision Festival grounds have direct access to beautiful Playa Hermosa. Watch the sunset, learn to surf, go skinny dipping at sunrise - this beach is incredible!

Although it is hard to top the natural wonders available at the Envision Festival grounds, the incredible art pieces give Mother Nature a run for her money. Visit the art gallery, watch a live painting exhibition, or enjoy one of the many art installations dispersed throughout the grounds. Even the stages are incredible pieces of art - for example, last year musicians and dancers performed from within a driftwood jaguar’s mouth. Other art pieces are more hidden, but worth seeking out. A personal favorite from previous years was the human-scale spider web, constructed with stretchy rope in the trees. Climb the bamboo bridges and leap into the spider web, if you dare!

Many come to the Envision Festival primarily for the music. There are three stages offering awide variety of music from mid-day until sunrise. Live bands and DJs from all over the world perform at the Envision Festival, and the festival attendees love to dance! Stay for Random Rab’s sunrise set, if you can endure all night. Envision is held every year at the end of February or beginning of March. Visit www.envisionfestival.com for more information.

 

If you love music, especially reggae and jam bands, Jungle Jam is a festival in Costa Rica which is not to be missed. Held annually in March in Jaco, Jungle Jam is primarily a music festival. In past years, this four-day event has featured artists such as Thievery Corporation, Steel Pulse, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Max Creek. Music begins in the afternoon and late night shows continue until dawn. If you attend Jungle Jam, during the day you can also enjoy all that Jaco has to offer, from luxury condos and hotels, to excellent restaurants, to the lovely beach. For more information on Jungle Jam, visit www.junglejam.com.

In recent years, there has been a explosion of craft breweries in Costa Rica. The Costa Ballena Craft Beer Festival is a festival in Costa Rica that offers a chance to try many local varieties of beer and mead. Each year in January, brewers from all over the country congregate in the Uvita area and offer samples of their concoctions. The Costa Ballena Beer Festival is obviously a fun event people who enjoy drinking craft beer, but even if you don’t drink, it is a great social event that draws crowds from all over. Visit www.ballenabeerfest.com for more information.

If you’re more interested in outdoor activities than beer, music, art, or yoga, then Pilon Paddlepalooza is for you. The Pilon Paddlepalooza is a multi-day competitive festival in Costa Rica consisting of various events, such as a long-distance SUP race, a SUP surf contest, and our personal favorite, the SUP surf slalom. The Paddlepalooza is good clean fun for all ages. If you are an    experienced paddleboarder, go for the gold! If you’ve never set foot on a SUP, that’s okay too. Event organizers Shawn and Nathalie are excellent teachers, and you may win a prize even if you come in dead last. Good sportsmanship goes a long way at the Paddlepalooza! Pilon Paddlepalooza is held annually in August in the town of Pilon, which is near Pavones in the farthest southern reaches of Costa Rica. It is a magical place where you will find pristine deserted beaches, an abundance of scarlet macaws, and perfect waves. Check out www.aguavidasurf.com for more information.

 

As you can see, there are an abundance of festivals in Costa Rica, and there is a festival to suit any taste in the southern Pacific zone. Whether you’re an athlete, an aspiring yogi, an artist, a dancer, a musician, a connoisseur of great beer, or just someone who loves to have a good time, you will find an opportunity to explore your interests in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. Thinking about purchasing real estate in the Dominical area? Whether you plan to live here full time or buy a vacation property, the variety of festivals in Costa Rica will add value to your investment.

 

Restaurants In Southern Costa Rica

From Manuel Antonio to Ojochal, there are many excellent restaurants in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica.  Whether you are looking for a romantic meal, a family dinner, or a night out with friends, the southern Pacific zone has a restaurant that can meet your needs.  Today, we will focus on restaurants offering dinner; check back later for another blog covering your breakfast and lunch options!

If you’re looking for a fabulous dinner in Dominical, don’t miss Dominical Sushi.  Their sushi rolls and sashimi are excellent and very fresh!  Our favorite roll is the Summer Roll, which combines crispy tempura shrimp with a creamy sauce. Other standouts are the Tico Roll and the Dominical Roll, which incorporate fresh fruit.  The miso soup is also excellent, and somewhat unusual, as it is garnished with chunks of fresh avocado.

 

Patron’s restaurant, Dominical’s newest addition, is also worth trying, especially if you are looking for a more refined experience.  The ambiance is sophisticated, there is an extensive wine list, and they have two excellent microbrews on tap.  Everyone loves the ribs, which are slow cooked and fall off the bone.  Patron’s also offers concerts regularly, with big names such as Gyptian and Debbie Nova. 

Rounding out the dinner offerings in Dominical is Tortilla Flats, a great beach bar and restaurant with a fun vibe.  Early in the day, this restaurant is perfect for a family meal; watch the waves break from your table while the kids play pinball.  Later in the night, Tortilla Flats turns into a beach bar with a fun, relaxed vibe.

Looking south of Dominical, Porque No is one of the best restaurants in area.  Located at the Costa Paraiso hotel, restaurant guests are able to enjoy a beautiful, dramatic view of waves crashing against rocks.  Go for the view, stay for the food - in addition to numerous delicious entrees, Porque No offers coal-oven pizza, excellent salads, and the locally famous Porque No pulled pork sandwich.

Further south, check out Cuna del Angel.  The elegant restaurant at this hotel has a very extensive menu.  Don’t miss the Truffle Portobello soup - it is out of this world!  And be sure to save room for dessert.  You won’t want to miss the show put on by the waiters when they dim the lights and wheel the flambé cart to your table.  This restaurant also has the unique attribute of being completely gluten-free!  Don’t let that scare you though, you would never know you’re not eating gluten.

Even further south, in Ojochal, Ylang Ylang restaurant is another favorite.  Run by a Dutch husband and wife who both grew up in Indonesia, the flavors at Ylang Ylang are delicious and authentic.  The menu changes nightly, and the owners are happy to recommend a dish to suit your taste.  There is also an extensive wine list.

In Manuel Antonio, options abound for excellent dinners.  One of our favorites is El Lagarto, an unusual kind of barbecue.  At this restaurant, a fireplace full of hot coals is mounted on a wall and attached to two conveyer belts.  Hot coals are shuttled down the conveyer belts to the grill, where chefs cook up fish, meat, vegetables and potatoes with an herb butter good enough to eat alone.  El Lagarto is an experience not to be missed!

La Luna Restaurant at Gaia is also an excellent choice.  Be sure to arrive early enough for happy hour, where you can watch the sunset in a comfortable lounge chair while sipping on delicious cocktails and nibbling on appetizers - all at happy hour prices!  Stay for dinner and enjoy a romantic, fine dining experience.  In addition to the regular menu, La Luna also offers a vegetarian menu.

 

All of these great dining options make the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica an excellent place to live or visit!  Whether you want a special date night with your partner, or you didn’t make it to the farmers’ market, or you just don’t feel like cooking, there’s plenty of options for everyone.  So contact Dominical Real Estate today about finding your dream property.  If you are considering relocating to Costa Rica or investing in a rental property here, restaurants like these will make you and your guests feel at home.

 

 

Whales And Dolphins Festival

September is an excellent time for whale watching in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica.  At this time of year, humpback whales congregate around the Whale’s Tail formation in Marino Ballena National Park, and the town of Uvita hosts its annual Whales and Dolphins Festival (or Festival de Ballenas y Delfines).  The Festival is a great place to find a whale watching tour, learn more about humpback whales in Costa Rica, and meet others interested in marine life.

Whale watching tours are most common by boat, and numerous boat tours are available.  We recommend tours from Costa Rica Dive & Surf at the entrance to Marino Ballena National Park.  They have a comfortable boat and an excellent captain, and are happy to arrange private tours or group tours.  On a recent tour with Costa Rica Dive & Surf, we saw a humpback whale family - father, mother, and calf - and watched them swimming and waving their tails for over an hour!  We also saw dolphins, a turtle, and lots of sea birds, and checked out the caves and swam near Isla Ballena.  Whale watching tours by boat are a great activity for kids of all ages, just remember to brings lots of snacks, water and sunscreen!

 

For experienced paddlers, it’s also possible to go whale watching by SUP or kayak. It’s a bit harder to find whales on a SUP or kayak than it is by boat, because you can’t cover as much ground looking for whales or travel towards the whales as quickly when you see them.  But when you do find whales , the experience is so rewarding!  You feel so much closer to the whales on a SUP or kayak.  Last year we were fortunate to SUP within 20 yards of a mother and her calf!  They stayed partially on the surface, breathing, for several minutes while we watched.  If you go whale watching by SUP or kayak, please be sure to respect the whales: be quiet and don’t get too close.  And don’t forget your waterproof camera! 

Although September is a common time for whale watching, humpback whales are actually present in Costa Rica almost year round.  Humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to Costa Rica from August to October; others come from the Arctic from December until April.  So no matter when you are here, you may be able to see whales!  We’ve even heard reports of orca sightings near Caño Island.    

There’s never a shortage of wildlife sightings in the Dominical area, but watching whales swim with their calves is one of the most special sightings of all.  If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing whales, come visit us! Or better yet, consider purchasing a home in the area and you will be able to go whale watching anytime.  Dominical Real Estate can help you find the perfect property to suit your whale watching needs, whether it’s a house close to the beach for those early morning whale watching SUP trips, or an ocean view property where you can watch whales breaching from your front porch!