Tamarindo, Guanacaste

Schools in Costa Rica. Teaching at Country Day School in Guanacaste

The campus is tucked in the jungle off the main road and is frequented daily by howler monkeys, giant iguanas, and tropical birds. In fact, we have so much wildlife right outside my class that the students recognize and have named the animals.

Soccer at the Center of Living in Costa Rica.

One of the first thing a tourist may notice when visiting Costa Rica is that every town, no matter how small, usually has two things: A Catholic Church and a soccer field.

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We were in the states for ten days and when we left it was brown, dusty and dry, but when we arrived home, the green was already taking over. In only ten days. It was an incredible transformation.

Girls Trip To Rincon de la Vieja National Park – Magic in Guanacaste

I recently went on a ‘baby shower girls retreat’ to the Rincon de la Vieja national park near Liberia, Guanacaste. This was the first time I ever had a ‘baby shower’ at a national park and it was so much fun, especially with 15 other girls to share it with. This is probably nothing I would have ever done in the U.S.

All Work and No Play Makes Costa Rica a Dull Place

My husband Keith was busy with the construction completion of our home and taking Spanish classes five days a week. Once that was finished, we thought we would have all the free time to do the things that brought us here.

Orthopedic Surgery in Costa Rica For Your Dog

I’m told the cost for this type of surgery and aftercare is in the thousands of dollars in the States. The cost here is slightly over a thousand US dollars if there are no complications. I’m hoping all goes well. The doctor says, if so, she should make a full recovery and return to her prior level of function. Summer is just around the corner and she loves to go hiking. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how she does.

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.