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For Sale By Owner – Lot For Sale in San Marcos – USD $93,000

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

Land size: 57.3 acres (23 ha 1,935.49 m2)

Located in the coffee region of San Marcos in the providence of San Jose, Costa Rica. This land offers great views of the Pacific Ocean coastline from Parrita to the south of Manuel Antonio.

The lot currently has two large plantels (building sites) in addition to 4-5 other nice areas on the upper section of the property. This land is perfect for someone who wants to live off the land, explore the local rivers; fish, bike and bird watch in the mountains, raise animals or even grow your own coffee.

The average temperature is 75°F year-round. New owners could take a day trip to the surrounding beaches or cities. The land is accessible by car on a gravel road.

For More information contact Bruce Tomlinson

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For Sale By Owner – Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house in Turtle Cove, Lake Arenal. (Gated community) – USD $390,000

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

An entertainers dream, with large balconies that give you a 180 degree view of the lake and volcano.

The house is 340 sqm or just over 3600 sqf of living space, with a chefs kitchen and pantry, master bedroom and lounge that have a direct view of the volcano and lake.

Watch the sunrise over the volcano with an early morning coffee, or the sun set with a cocktail over the bottom end of the lake, hills and windmills. The house captures both perfectly.

An underground garage, with a locked storage room, full laundry, sits underneath this architectural designed home, with several fruit laden trees in the well manicured gardens.

Furniture, boat (25 ft Proline) and car (2010 Toyota Prado) can be structured into the deal. Turtle Cove has a marina and community pool, both located 500 and 100 meters respectively from the house.

Turtle Cove has cameras, controlled gate access and a guard 24/7. Lock up your home and leave with the comfort of security.

Turtle Cove is situated 10 minutes out of Nuevo Arenal, 35 minutes from Tilaran and 1.30 hours from Liberia airport.

[Not for rent, sale only]

For more information contact Brett Crowley

Absolutely Stunning Ocean View Estate Nestled in the Mountains Above Samara – Now Offered at USD $679,000

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

Enjoy total privacy and the security of a gated community, yet you are less than 15 minutes to the beach and center of Samara.

All three expansive bedrooms offer large luxurious private bathrooms, walk out terrace access and ocean views. The open kitchen, living, dining concepts provides a great area for entertaining. The covered terrace has its own wet bar and leads up to the infinity edge pool where you can take in the gorgeous ocean and mountain views. You can see the howler monkeys from nearly every spot on the property.

The two car garage and “cool tub” jacuzzi area complete with rancho style gazebo provide ample storage and an additional BBQ area. Large built-on two car carport with storage adds extra secure space and easy access. Two additional half bathrooms for additional entertaining and utility. When you’re not relaxing in the pool or tub, you can enjoy the community green space and hiking trails right out your door.

Executive style home with open spaces, vaulted wood ceilings, new fiber optic cable Wi-Fi, satellite dish, beautifully landscaped and many, many amenities including fully furnished and equipped for immediate move-in. Fully developed infrastructure with great low cost water with ample quality and quantity.

Although this property is in a very peaceful, private and secure gated community, the house has its own separate remote control ornamental Iron gate for extra privacy and security.

This property is a must see! Now offered at $679,000 Reduced down $70,000 from $749,000

Top 10 Favorite Things about this home:

1. Spectacular panoramic Ocean & Mountain Views

2. The Howler Monkey population adds much character to the property as well as the other wild critters.

3. Quiet, secure, peaceful well maintained development with great neighbors and good infrastructure including safe, clean, abundant low cost water.

4. The location in the development second to the top of the mountain with great views, security, gated, low traffic and plenty of community trails, paths, and fruit trees.

5. Design of the house with large rooms and executive on suite bathrooms as well as spectacular views and walk out balconies from every living area of the house. Very high quality construction with very few maintenance problems.

6. Wife loves the large executive granite top kitchen space with pass through windows to the back patio living area. Large counter top and contiguous living area was very conducive to group entertaining and cooking for crowds.

7. The aesthetic and refreshing appeal of the infinity swimming pool with it’s massive view of the mountains and the ocean. We would spend many afternoons eating out on the back patio then take an afternoon swim. Also good sunning area and place to relax and take in the view.

8. Living up on the mountain provides for not only the spectacular views but the cooler temperatures and nice comfortable breezes. The house has A/C in all bedrooms but the mountain climate does not require much use of A/C.

9. Well maintained development with nice scenic “right of ways” & roads, green spaces, trails, paths and walking areas with plenty of water flow in creeks, rivers and water falls in rainy season. Great functioning “Home Owner’s Association” with great neighbors and friends. Green space with fruit trees including mangos, bananas, limes, lemons, avocados, star fruit, pineapples, coffee beans and cashew trees.

10. Simply no limitations on what amenities you can find up on the mountain. Just can’t stress enough the high quality construction and the low maintenance designs with great spacious relaxing features. Tropical colors for a tropical location and a tropical mountain home. Pura Vida in the blue zone.

For more information contact W. Herb Hawkins or Loretta Hawkins
Phone Number Costa Rica (506) 8878-1111 / 8716-2222
US (479) 621-3622 / 531-4648 (English only)

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Lowered PriceFor Sale by Owner – Beautiful and Spacious Home in San Isidro de Grecia, Costa Rica – 4 BR, 2 1/2 Baths – USD $320,000

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

This spacious, 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home is in San Isidro de Grecia ridge at an elevation of 4800 feet. We are approximately 45 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 70’s to low 80’s and in the 60’s at night. No heating or air conditioning is needed. This home is in a private and quiet location.

The living, dining, and kitchen areas are of an open design well lit by an abundance of windows in the daytime and well-placed lighting at night. The kitchen has quartz counter tops with ceramic tile backsplash , native Costa Rican hardwood cabinets, gas cooktop, a waist high built in oven, and large stainless steel sink.

There is also a small mural of custom tile on the backsplash behind the cooktop . There is ample counter space and storage space in this well-designed kitchen. In the hall behind the kitchen is a large custom built pantry to match the other cabinets. The kitchen window looks out on to the landscaped garden.

A large – 3 1/2 meters by 3 meters – mural by a local artist adds color and provides a feeling of nature in the home.Large glass doors lead from the living area to the huge covered patio outside. There is space for a dining area, barbecue grill, and lounge chairs, to enjoy the wonderful climate and beautiful views .

Hot water throughout the house is provided by a solar system with a 300 liter tank and electric backup on those rare days when there is little to no sun. Lighting is largely CFL and LED. There is extensive outside lighting with dusk to dawn LED lighting on the garage and parking area.

On the first level there are 3 bedrooms, one full bath and a “powder room” Bedrooms are good sized, have a ceiling fans and large windows with garden views.

The master bedroom is on the second floor and is large enough to easily accommodate a king sized bed, bedside tables and dressers and an entertainment unit. The large windows provide views of the central valley and the Grecia watershed area. There is a private balcony looking to the west. There is also a walk-in closet.

The master bath has a large shower, hardwood cabinets with granite counter top, and a ceiling fan.

The large garage (450 sq. ft.) has plenty of work space, shelves, a 2500 Liter water tank and pump, as well as room for a car. There is ample off-street parking.

Both the house and the garage are fully alarmed with remotes for the house alarm.

The grounds were professionally designed and feature an irrigation system. Many tropical flowers and fruit trees abound. The entire property is fenced and has several gates for access easy.
This property is near protected areas, thus there is an abundance of birds to be seen, and many places to hike. The location is quiet and tranquil.

This beautiful property is surrounded by a coffee finca, the owner is a very good man who has been farming here for many years. He has been very helpful, has given us good advice, and has become our friend.

If you are seeking a beautiful, functional home, with privacy but not isolated, this house is for you!


  1. Open Floor plan
  2. 4 Bedrooms , 2 1/2 Baths
  4. Bodega
  5. Beautiful mural
  6. Solar Hot Water
  7. Titled
  8. Survey
  9. Patio
  10. Balcony Ceramic Floors
  11. Cook Top, Oven Pantry
  12. Ceiling Fans
  13. Large Inside Laundry
  14. City Water
  15. Garden
  16. Irrigation system
  17. Large Garage
  18. 2500 liter water tank
  19. Ample off-street parking
  20. Fully Fenced
  21. Fruit trees
  22. House and Garage Alarm

Things That We Will Miss About Our Home
1. Friendly, helpful neighbours
2. Sitting on the patio enjoying the gorgeous views of the mountains, the central valley and the garden.
3. The mild climate.
4. The natural light in the house.
5. The privacy, yet only about 150 meters to the bus stop.
6. The open design of the home is spacious yet usable.
7. The stunning mural which seems to bring nature into the house.

Contact Info

Cynthia and Greg Thomas
Phones: 2494-0205

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Is Something Going on With U.S. Occupation In Costa Rica?

The last official army Costa Rica had has been bordering on 70 years now. The country has had issues with the United States and Nicaragua landing on their soil, or very close to it. What has recently happened with Nicaragua have caused the locals to look back on the occupation done by the United States.

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Nicaragua’s Military Camp

The country of Nicaragua had a camp location on a Portillos Island beach, which was deemed bordering territory belonging to Costa Rica by an International Court of Justice ruling that was issued in December of 2015. While significant changes along the local coastline made it difficult to be precise where border delimitation was at the time, Nicaragua still had to pay a compensation.

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The History of US Occupation in Costa Rica

In 2013, locals of Talamanca witnessed the arrival of uniformed military personnel in a helicopter. They began to hand out bibles and played missionaries, but the locals were not fooled. They were spotted in the Bribri community of Alto Cuen practicing multiple military training activities.

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Locals and government officials have reported that helicopters have been arriving from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund from 2008, and that this disguise of humanitarian aid is nothing new to anyone.

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund, or CCSS, provides sanitation services, water, food, health, etc., to the private and public sectors. However, this is just a front, because locals have witnessed and gathered proof that these helicopters and occupations by “humanitarian aid” are really for the purpose of oil and mining prospecting.

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Zuiri Mendez, a coordinator from the University of Costa Rica’s Socio-Environmental Kiosk Program, had this to say on the matter of US occupation within Costa Rica being disguised for a completely different purpose:

“For over three years and counting, it’s been allowed by the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly that army fleets from the United States are able to use the ports within Costa Rica. They are able to travel to and from these ports unencumbered, and are not stopped throughout the country. They struck an agreement with our Ministry of Health, which allows them to fly their aircraft through our airspace, as well.”

Moving Forward from This Point

The United States has, in fact, collaborated with the Costa Rican government to focus their attention on fighting crime, money laundering, and drug trafficking within the nation. Locals, however, don’t see eye to eye with the occupation and blame it on the draining of resources, money, and power.

Airstrips and construction overall have been a draining source thus far, so moving forward from here can be a very touchy subject. Between 2009 to 2014, Costa Rica received over $25 million in assistance costs for safer communities, fair trials, borders, and more.

It’s unclear whether or not more will be given, whether the US will want more from Costa Rica, and what the future may hold for the government and the locals.

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Sea Lions Crashing the Party

Last Thursday, a sea lion decided to grab a bite at a hotel’s restaurant in Jaco Beach. Within the Puntarenas province on Garabito, this is the second time last week that a sea lion decided to pop up in the Central Pacific area. Locals and tourists have no complaints, though!

However, sea lions aren’t all that common in Costa Rica, so locals and tourists are wondering why they’re now here and what they may be doing.

Why the Sea Lions Have Arrived

Perez Reyes, a Biologist, and researcher from the University of Costa Rica and the National Training Institute had this to say on the matter:

“They are young and curious, just like all younger forms of life. The ones showing up are probably doing so because they have decided to move from their home turf. They have probably been getting carried far away from their original home islands by the current, so that could explain this.”

Not only are sea lions joining the party, but apparently a couple of years ago a few penguins were spotted arriving from the Galapagos Islands.

Perez believes that the arriving sea lions are actually Galapagos Sea Lions, which are a breed that is solely exclusive to the Galapagos Islands and the neighboring islands of Ecuador.

Time for Them to Return Home

Though people have gotten excited at the thought of more sea lions possibly arriving and maybe even beginning a population within these regions of Costa Rica, they are, unfortunate to some, going home.

Officials from the Environment Industry and the National Animal Health Service, or SENASA, of Costa Rica have taken the sea lions into custody to ensure that no harm will come to them. From what they’ve found, the sea lions are in great condition and will all be released fairly soon.

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The officials have begun to take all sea lions being found to the National Coast Guard vessels in order to take them to specific currents that are most likely to take them back home again. More specifically, the current located approximately 10 miles off of the coastline, which is close to rest and food areas for the sea lions.

Will More Come?

It’s safe to say that the arrival of the few sea lions has been surprising, especially in the case of the sea lion that decided to enter the hotel restaurant and say hello to the customers and the staff.

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