Tamarindo, Guanacaste

Getting a US Passport for Your Child in Costa Rica

The process of getting a US Passport for a child born to US parents in Costa Rica has become increasingly complicated. I have to say I was shocked to see how much the requirements have changed in just two short years. (Our older son is 2.5 years old).

Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula – Incredible beauty and diversity.

There were lagoons and tide pools that were close by to when we got hot and needed to cool off. Another trail, just off the beach, leads you to a spectacular 80-foot waterfall. We saw one person the entire time we were on the beach and nothing was built along the shores. The only things there were the ocean and rainforest.

Travel From Costa Rica To The USA – Applying for a visa

Upon entering the Embassy, you must then take a number and stand in line again. (Standing in line is very popular here!) Once at the front of the line, you had to confirm your appointment and they ask you information and make sure …

Living in Costa Rica – Climbing Mount Chirripo part 1

The idea started a year or so ago… Let’s climb Chirripo, Costa Rica’s highest peak. At 3,820 meters high (12,530 feet), you have to prepare. So last December, the gang started talking about doing it in earnest and in January, my friend Nelson called and made reservations.

Retirement To Costa Rica – Persuading your wife to move. Part II

After one of our visits here to close on a lot we were purchasing, I thought to myself, “how could I get here now instead of later in life?” and that’s where it all began. To make the move meant one thing; I had to convince my wife, Becky that we could do this and make it work. She was a successful Realtor and I was a Physical Therapist.

Costa Rica Golf – CRGAR Charity Golf Tournament

The annual golf tournament for the CRGAR (Costa Rican Global Association of Realtors) is a fun event where members of the real estate community come together once a year and celebrate our mission to bring professionalism and ethics to real estate in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Golf Resort Living Near The Beach – A remarkable offer!

There are several reasons why owning real estate in a gated community has its advantages. The reasons are plenty: Amenities, security, and maintenance of infrastructure (probably being the most important under a horizontal condominium regime). Here in our area of Guanacaste there are two resorts that stand out and that have achieved success; Hacienda Pinilla and Reserva Conchal. Both resorts have similar features; an 18 hole golf course, Beach Club, security, solid infrastructure and hotels within their community.

Costa Rica’s Biggest Hotel Resort RIU Opens In Guanacaste

RIU is one of Spain’s largest hotel chains and with tens of thousands of European tourists visiting this new resort each year we believe that real estate values in the area could increase significantly. The key to making money is obviously to own this land before the word really gets out and the guests start looking fore their little slice of heaven…

Guanacaste Condo Price Comparison Report – Free April 2010 price comparison report available to our VIP Members.

One of our Recommended Realtors Becky Clower has put together a spreadsheet which analyzes 53 different Costa Rica condo projects on or near the beach in the Flamingo, Coco, Conchal, Hermosa, Langosta, Playa Grande, Potrero, Ocotal and Tamarindo areas.

Schools In Costa Rica – Blue Ocean Bilingual Academy

The new bilingual academy offers quality education and the year runs from August to June (which follows the international calendar). The school made a point of lowering its tuition this year to $150 per month to make it accessible to more families in the community.

Costa Rica Beach Rentals For Less Than A Luxury Hotel

We have many beautiful condos available for all tastes and all budgets, starting at around $100 per night to the ultimate in luxury condos which start at $400 per night depending on the season. We also have long term rentals at the beach available from $950 per month that include all utilities except electric.

Living in Guanacaste – Getting better every year.

First of all, I purchased my home three years ago for just over US$125,000. I completely remodeled the home, which cost approximately US$60K more. Not too bad considering that I live in a community, which is approximately a ten-minute walk to some of the best beaches in the area. Which ones? Bahia de los Pirates, Playa Minas, Puerto Viejo (Pacific Coast) and Playa Conchal.

Tamarindo’s Best Combination of Beach & Resort Living At A Fire Sale Price – There’s no way you could build this home for anywhere near this price.

Found in a quiet residential neighborhood several blocks back from the main strip of Tamarindo’s surf, shops, and restaurants the boutique community of the Golden Sun offers secluded privacy with a neighborhood feel.

Buying a Used Car in Costa Rica

Buying a car in Costa Rica can be complicated or simple. I try to think of it as not too complicated. I recently had to purchase my second used car in Costa Rica and had an overall good experience.

Dealing With Costa Rica’s Insurance Monopoly (INS) After An Accident. Part II – Pay Day

I am happy to report that after my accident about 3 months ago I successfully received my insurance settlement from INS. I had heard many horror stories about INS being a sham, not paying out claims, etc. However, I can honestly say, I received my INS settlement.