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Have you ever wanted to live directly in front of the ocean? Bahia Azul is a boutique oceanfront condo development in Jaco Beach on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. . . . Keep reading
A retirement video viewer wrote and asked about my reference to bugs and if big flyers and biters really were a problem - so I thought I would do a column on bugs but its expanded to two, there's so many! . . . Keep reading
JCI is a world leader in healthcare quality and patient safety, something you most certainly want your hospital to be a part of. Their set of standards were developed by health care experts from around the world and tested in every region for efficacy. . . . Keep reading
The impressive great room includes the living room, dining room and large gourmet kitchen and has vaulted ceilings, expansive views to the ocean and opens out to the huge covered ocean view terrace and pool. . . . Keep reading
"Which bank do you recommend Scott?" Is a popular question... My most frequent answer goes something like: "I don't recommend any bank in Costa Rica but, after nearly ten years of doing business here, if you would like to know which bank I still do business with - meaning the best of the worst - I would be happy to help." . . . Keep reading
Prostitution - You can't escape from it, it's a global business! And after listening to a man from New York complain about the number of prostitutes in a local hotel (famous for just that), I just had to respond... . . . Keep reading
We were in the market for a used car in Costa Rica and decided that even though we might have to pay a little more by buying from a used car dealer as opposed to buying from an individual, we could see a much wider selection in a shorter space of time. . . . Keep reading
Dave says they were hoping to find "an opportunity to see life in a different way than we could in a 9-to-5 lifestyle of a modern North America city. Basically, we didn't know what we would find, and we were looking to find something we didn't know existed." And, Dave adds that he wanted to learn to surf! . . . Keep reading
Since the beginning of 2010, we have sold several homes with owner financing and with negotiated terms that are win/win for both the buyer and seller. The good news about owner financing is that it is negotiable, whereas bank financing is not. . . . Keep reading
It is an old Costa Rican folk song, composed by Manuel Obando, but made popular by Lorenzo "Lencho" Salazar, one of the best know folklore musicians of Costa Rica in the past century. He is still alive, however, with faulty health after a car accident. . . . Keep reading
This is a question for the ages. I live in San Jose, Costa Rica, where I regularly see middle-aged Gringos strolling the streets with a much younger, normally quite beautiful Tica on his arm. Whether out of stupidity, ignorance or jealousy, the question inevitably forms in my head; does she really like this guy, or is she fleecing him? . . . Keep reading
When it comes to legal mistakes made by foreigners in Costa Rica, José has just about 'seen it all before' so we should take note from his experience... . . . Keep reading
I'm frequently called upon to help property owners find leaks that have been permitting water infiltration into their homes and condominiums. . . . Keep reading
Lake Arenal is peppered and spiced with a variety of eclectic eateries, but of all of them, Gingerbread in Nuevo Arenal takes the cake. . . . Keep reading
This amazing ocean view lot, located several hundred feet about sea level is a beautiful spot to build your dream home! . . . Keep reading
Greatest Ocean View in the area in the hills above Hatillo -- Magnificent sunset all year around. . . . Keep reading
Today was one of this 'high-stress' days for me where I had to work for a few hours in between the three hour lunch I had with a dear friend I've known for about ten years... . . . Keep reading
Below are few amenities that I used to have in the real world that I no longer need in Costa Rica. I'm now saving a bundle and here's a few of my tongue-in-cheek cost cutting secrets... . . . Keep reading
US citizens who expatriate -- those who give up their citizenship and passport -- don't get a lot of respect. . . . Keep reading
At only US$225,000 this a great value, 2 beds, 2.5 baths (1,450 square feet) fully furnished condo for sale in Bella Vista with stunning ocean views overlooking Playa Hermosa. . . . Keep reading
I am neither an attorney nor a real estate agent. The following information has been gathered through my personal experience as I endeavour to develop my own properties which were purchased from Paragon. . . . Keep reading
Avalon Country Club is located very close to everything but at the same time away from the noise, you can enjoy the tranquility and relax in its extensive green areas or simply relax in the shade of a tree. . . . Keep reading
Souls Helping Soles (is a non-profit organization) that collects shoes for children to help them go to school and play sports. . . . Keep reading
This remarkably well priced home for sale by owner has high quality sliding doors and tempered glass windows which offer spectacular, uninterrupted views of Lake Arenal and the Arenal, Tenorio and Miravalles volcanos. . . . Keep reading
Our school is different because: "it all boils down to environment, individual relationships, and quality of teaching staff. We are a large home with open spaces and classrooms with dining room tables rather than individual desks... . . . Keep reading