Author: David Karr - Jaco Costa Rica Realtor

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Sharing the Secrets and Recipes for Living Longer, Healthier & Happier

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Melissa Guzman has always had a passion for great food. Originally from a small, traditional farming town in the mountains of Cartago, she grew up with many traditional recipes that were shared together with friends and family. After getting married and moving to the beach, she discovered the other part of the Pura Vida lifestyle. An active lifestyle, along with a healthier and lighter diet which lead her to the recipes and secrets she is wanting to share today.

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Working in the tourism business in Jaco Beach, Melissa would often have requests from foreigners asking her about local foods, and some of her recipes. One day a traveler told her, “you should make a cook book.” Two years later here she is.

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Living Longer, Healthier & Happier – Recipes from Costa Rica is a collection of traditional and modern Costa Rican recipes. The book features large and professional photos of each recipe. “I really don’t like cookbooks that feature recipes without photos so wanted to make sure that my book highlighted each recipe with a great photo.” said Melissa. But beyond the recipes, the narrative focuses on much more. The book and its recipes is really about the Costa Rican lifestyle, what ticos refer to is the “Pura Vida”, which focuses on a healthier and happier lifestyle all of which is centered around the food and culture of Costa Rica. While the recipes are one step to a better well being, the book features a number of tips to living longer, healthier and happier.

Pre-orders are currently available on Indiegogo, where Melissa has launched a 30 day campaign to raise $25,000. The funds from the campaign will be used for the books first print run so she can begin selling and distributing. In addition to a copy of the book, there are great perks for those helping to fund the book, including beachfront accommodations in Costa Rica and personal cooking classes by Melissa. To order your copy and help Melissa’s campaign click link here.

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Why Surfers Love Jaco & the Central Pacific

We have a lot of people who live and visit the Central Pacific for various reasons. Fishing, golfing, biking, yoga retreats, or just some some sunshine at the pool, all our popular activities, but our real bread and butter and our staple continues to be our worldclass surf. The Central Pacific is home to some of the best surfing in Costa Rica. Consistent breaks, uncrowded beaches and warm waters make it a heaven for surfers. Here is a summary of just a few of the most popular surf areas in the Central Pacific. If you have never tried surfing you should really give it a try, lessons are available thoughout the area. And if you looking for a property near these perfect waves be sure to check out these properties for sale in the Central Pacific.

Jaco

Jaco is a small beachbreak with fun left and right peaks, you can surf almost the entire beach. It tends to close out when the waves are over head-high, or during dead low tide. Great beginner wave, or for a warm-up surf before tackling Nearby Hermosa or Escondida.

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Hermosa

Long stretch of beach offering some of the most consistent conditions on the Pacific Coast. A variety of sandbars have formed creating a pounding and tubular beachbreak.

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Esterillos

Breaking over a sandbar on the inside and outside on a submerged reef. Generally outside breaks reforms on the inside for more beginner surfers. No crowds and best conditions at high tide on a south swell.

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Bejuco

Beach break offering long waves breaking close to the shore. Best conditions at mid – high tide on a south/southwest swell.

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If you love to surf and want to own property near some of the best surf in Costa Rica contact for assistance with real estate in the Central Pacific.

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Luxury Condo for Sale in Jaco Beach – Listed at USD $269,500

For any questions you have about this property click here to contact the listing agent.

Outstanding value on this luxury condo in the heart of Jaco Beach. Located in the popular Monaco residences, this second floor is immaculate, with high end furniture, decor and finishes throughout. The large open floorpan features 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, with terrace overlooking the pool and lush landscape.

Community features 2 common area pools, 24/7 gated security and is a short walk to the beach as well as all of Jaco’s restaurants and shops. Onsite property management is available for those looking to take advantage of one of the best rental producing developments in Jaco.

Listed at $269,500

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For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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For more real estate for this region at the WeLoveCostaRica jaco listings page, click here.

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Costa Rica Tourism Growing

Costa Rica continues to grow as a popular tourist destination, but what is interesting is how diverse those tourists are becoming. Traditionally Costa Rica has focused on the United States and Canada for the majority of their tourists, but a concentrated marketing effort in Europe over the past couple years, along with the help of several new direct flights across the Atlantic have propelled the tourism market. With direct flights to Spain, England, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and France, we are seeing a strong increase in travelers from throughout Europe.

Another sector that continues to grow is local tourism. Now more than ever, Costa Ricans have more disposable income, along with more cars, leading to many Ticos making much more frequent trips to the beaches for a quick get away. Perhaps no market has benefited more than this than Jaco and moving forward expect to see Jaco and San Jose market merge closer together. Recently I helped launch a local campaign targeting locals and promoting the Jaco area. Take a look below.
Sometimes its easy to forget that tourism in Costa Rica is still relatively young, with both local and international travelers visiting the Central Pacific I feel Jaco is in a strong position to benefit over the long run.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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Home Near Los Suenos and Beach Just USD $269,000 – Financing Available

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Tremendous value on this home for sale in Las Lomas Residences of Herradura. Located just short walk from the Los Suenos Resort, championship golf course, and a half mile from Herradura beach, this popular residential community is an excellent option for someone looking for a turnkey home in Costa Rica.

Sold fully furnished, home features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bath, with single car garage and private yard area. Community features common area pool and gated 24/7 security. Strong demand with rentals for anyone seeking rental income property. Seller has priced to sell quickly, and is open to offering financing. Monthly HOA fees are only $200 a month while annual property taxes are less than $900 per year!

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For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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For more real estate for this region at the WeLoveCostaRica jaco listings page, click here.

Steps to the Beach – Affordable Beach Condo in Jaco – USD $159,000

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Affordable condo for sale just steps from the sand and waters of Jaco Beach. Enjoy a beautiful, tropical setting in this 2 bedroom, 2 bath furnished condo.

This small boutique development features just 17 condos in total. Featuring gorgeous, lush, landscaping, common area pool, bbq and 24/7 gated security.

On site property management makes it convenient for those seeking a vacation rental property. Located on the south end of Jaco, this 2 bedroom/2 bath condos comes fully furnished and is just steps from the sand and some of Costa Rica’s best surf.

Listed at $159,000


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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For more real estate for this region at the WeLoveCostaRica jaco listings page, click here.

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Distressed Seller in Los Sueños Resort – From USD $345,000

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Distressed seller in Los Suenos Resort is desperate to move multiple properties before the end of September and is willing to sell at very low prices. If you are a cash buyer and can move quickly I encourage you to contact me right away. Options in Bella Vista, Montebello, Veranda, and Colina communities. Please SERIOUS inquires only, options available from $345,000.

The Los Suenos Resort is perhaps THE place for those looking for true luxury living on the Pacific Coast. Los Suenos features an 18 hole golf course, marina, private beach club, spas, casino, restaurants and various residential communities within the resort.

Each residential community features its own secure entrance, along with common area pools and gyms. Los Suenos features both condos and single family homes, and remains one of the most sought out destinations for luxury real estate in Costa Rica.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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For more real estate for this region at the WeLoveCostaRica jaco listings page, click here.

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Prime Commercial Building with Large Deluxe Suite in Jaco – USD $439,000

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This large mixed use building has endless possibilities. Located in the heart of the Herradura Jaco corridor, take advantage of its prime location with one of the busiest areas in the region. The large 8000 square feet space is currently an Art Gallery, with large workshop, while owners reside in the chic 2000 square foot penthouse style loft.

The downstairs space could easily be used for many business ventures including manufacturing, distribution center, storefront, or as a restaurant. Appraised at nearly $700,000 but sellers have priced to sell at $439,000, much below replacement value making it one of the best values in the region.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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Beachfront Condo in Jaco with Ocean and Sunset Views – USD $265,000

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Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific waters from your beachfront condo in Jaco, Costa Rica. Located on the south end of Jaco beach, home to some of the most popular surfing in the area. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo comes turn key, fully furnished and is one of the best positioned in the complex.

Top floor unit features beautiful vaulted ceilings and amazing ocean and sunset views.

The Paloma Blanca community features 3 common area pools, bbq area and 24/7 gated security. One of the best values currently on the beach, if you are looking for oceanview at a great price then I’d encourage you to take a look at this Costa Rica property.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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Brand New Home Near the Beach – Jaco, Costa Rica USD $145,000

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These brand new homes for sale are located less than 1 mile from the beach. Located in Jaco, this small residential community is the perfect spot for someone seeking an affordable home in Costa Rica. These residences feature common area pools, bbq, playground, along with gated, 24/7 security.

Many will be happy to hear the reasonable amount of a $200 monthly HOA, and the fact that it is pet friendly.

I love the open and spacious floorplan, featuring 3 bedroom, 2 bath and laundry room.

With excellent lighting, tasteful finishes, and solid block concrete construction the home will win you over once you see it. This model home does not include furnishings but can be made available. Definitely the best values on the coast, listed at $145,000 I encourage you to act fast.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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PRICE REDUCED 4 Bedroom Beachfront Home. US$320,000

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Take advantage of a tremendous price reduction on this 4 bedroom, 3 bath, single car garage, beachfront home in the La Flor residences.

One of the only gated, single family home, beachfront developments along the Pacific coast this is a very rare opportunity to purchase on the beach in Costa Rica.

Sold fully furnished, the home is the just steps from the pool and sand. La Flor residences are located on the north end of Jaco Beach and features 24/7 security and a large common area pool.

Recently reduced from US$380,000 to US$320,000 seller has reduced priced in order for a quick sale.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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Beachfront Condo with Amazing Oceanviews. US$379,000

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When it comes to Costa Rica real estate, one of the first requests that both buyers and renters seek out are amazing views.

That is one reason why this is one of my favorite options for sale in the Central Pacific.

This condo features some of the best oceanviews in Jaco, overseeing the entire bay, with lush, green rainforest and mountains as the backdrop.

Imagine sitting on your terrace enjoying these stunning views from your beachfront condo right on the beach as you hear the waves crashing.

This luxury condo is being sold turn key, fully furnished. 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, and over 1550 square feet in size, with oversized terraces to take advantage of the Pacific ocean views.

Located on the north end of Jaco Beach, owners of the Palms residences also have access to the pools and amenities of the Crocs Resort and casino next door.

Vacation rental management available for those seeking rental income. Listed at $379,000


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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Custom built Cosa Rica beach home for sale just reduced in price. US$299,000

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Gorgeous 2300 square foot home features its own private pool, 3 large bedrooms, 3 full baths, a spacious living and kitchen area that is perfect for entertaining guests, along with a single car garage.

Custom cabinetry, crown moldings, granites and extended outdoor living space make it the perfect home for those wanting a piece of Costa Rica with the construction quality and finishes found in the U.S. and Canada.

The home comes elegantly and tastefully furnished, ready to move in. This popular gated community has become quite a popular destination for vacationers and retirees. Located in the town of Bejuco, centrally located between Jaco and Manuel Antonio.

Community amenities include 24 hour security, maintenance of all of the common area green space & pools, BBQ Rancho with Internet service and maintenance of the private homes lawns and hedges.

A short walk to the beautiful beaches of Bejuco and Esterillos Este. Also walking distance to gym, market, and restaurants. Offered now at US$299,000 making it one of the best values in the Central Pacific.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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For more real estate for this region at the WeLoveCostaRica jaco listings page, click here.

BRAND NEW Oceanview Home for Sale in Valle Perdido. US$699,000

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Oceanview home for sale in Valle Peridido. This stunning new oceanview home is located on nearly 2 acres in one of the most exclusive residential communities on the Pacific.

The home was completed in April, 2017, featuring luxury finishes and a modern design, enjoy amazing ocean views all while surrounded by lush jungle rainforest.

The large spacious and open floorplan features 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, a double car garage and is over 3700 sq ft in size.

This contemporary home includes new appliances and has its’ own private swimming pool. Valle Perdido is a gated, secure community in Hermosa, just 10 minutes outside of Jaco Beach.
Listed at US$699,000


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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DEAL ALERT – Drastic price reduction Luxury Condo in Los Sueños Resort. US$399,000

For any questions you have about this property click here to contact the listing agent.

The Colina residences of Los Suenos offer both great views and central location.
This ground floor 3 bedroom condo comes fully furnished and is steps away from the community pool and fitness gym.

Also just a short walk to the private beach club with additional pools just off the beach.

2000 square feet in size, at this price it is one of the lowest priced opportunities in the resort and currently the lowest priced 3 bedroom offered reduced to $399,000

Los Sueños Resort and Marina, located just minutes outside Jaco Beach, represents a world of adventure, excitement, incredible landscapes and lush rainforest. It also represents home to many looking for unsurpassed luxury.

With a 200-slip international marina, 18-hole championship golf course, a lively Marina Village merchant square with restaurants and shops, and a variety of options for luxury accommodations, Los Sueños is undoubtedly the place to be to experience a truly unique and exclusive residential community with vibrant tropical surroundings.


For more information about quality homes, condo apartments and lots for sale in the Jaco area on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, please contact our recommended, bilingual, reference-checked Costa Rica Realtor David Karr using the simple form below:

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