Let me give you a little background on our area.  Playa Hermosa is part of a group of beaches that make up what is known as the Golfo de Papagayo:  Playa Ocotal, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama.

We are located in Guanacaste province on the NW Pacific coast region of the country — known as the ‘Gold Coast’.

Costa Rica is very reminiscent of Hawaii in the 60s and 70s with active volcanoes, spectacular beaches and great climate.  Costa Rica is recognized world-wide for its biodiversity, housing over 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, has no army and prides itself on good education and health care systems.

Although tourists have been coming here for years, just recently investors from all over the globe are increasingly attracted to the peaceful lifestyle and excellent infrastructure that Costa Rica has to offer.  Over the last few years, Guanacaste has been the focus of that investment, and most recently, the Gulf of Papagayo.

The Daniel Oduber Liberia International Airport (LIR)

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The new Liberia airport, with its new $18 Million terminal is located just outside of Liberia, the capital of the Guanacaste Province and is only 20 minutes away from our beaches, with daily commercial flights from DeltaUnited, American, Jet Blue, US Airways, Air Canada , West Jet, Air Berlin, Taca, and Frontier  with plans for more European flights as well. Copa Airlines is providing flights from South America and will allow easy connection to Panama City which will open up the whole Caribbean, Central and South American Region. Nature Air and Sansa provide an extensive in-country and regional network of flights daily to all corners of Costa Rica.

Now tourists and investors alike can arrive in a matter of only hours from their doorstep to our area and be on the beach within minutes of exiting the plane.

There are plans for millions of dollars of expansion to the airport and its surroundings, including hangars for private jets and freight centers for international shipping.

The Solarium  Center is just across from the Liberia International Airport and boasts a 169 room Hilton Garden Inn  and conference center along with a massive mixed retail/warehouse complex with plans for a Tech Center and Tax Free Zone as the area grows.

Add to that newly paved roads, municipal water, new developments, excellent private schools, first rate medical and dental services, great golf courses, world-class fishing and scuba diving, pristine beaches and some of the best surfing in the world — you begin to see the allure.

The Four Seasons And Other Hotels

Their newest gem to the Four Seasons family was an investment of over $500 million into the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo  with a 181 Room Hotel, an Award winning Arnold Palmer Golf Course and amenities directly across the Gulf of Papagayo from our beaches.  

There are two newly minted luxury hotel within minutes with the Hyatt Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort  opening a 153 room upscale, super chic property in December 2013 right next to the Marina Papagayo  and the Costa Rican controlled Enjoy Group inaugurated in January 2014 Hotel El Mangroove, an 85 room hip and high end beach side hotel just steps from our Playa Panama RE/MAX Office.  

The RIU Hotel Group out of Spain has just completed the second of three hotels that it is building on nearby Matapalo Beach, just 20 minutes from our offices and now have the Hotel RIU Guanacaste  with 701 rooms of all inclusive pleasure and the just completed Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica, an upscale all inclusive property with 538 upscale rooms.  

The Sol Melia Papagayo Bay Hotel and Resort is underway on the North end of Playa Hermosa Bay and there are currently plans for over a dozen resort hotels to be built here in the Papagayo Region including the Ritz Carlton, Miraval Hotel and Spa, One & Only, Marriot, Aman, Rosewood, Viceroy, Starwood Luxury Collection, Canyon Ranch and Andre Agassi Resorts and a Bulgari Hotel at the Peninsula Papagayo. 

There are plans for a major marina in Playas del Coco to compliment the newly opened Marina Papagayo adjacent to the Four Seasons Resort.   

Just up the road from our office is the new Papagayo Golf and Country Club  which is a change of pace from the pristine championship resort courses and includes luxury homes and single family golf lots.  

All of this has everyone very excited as property values, tourism and business will skyrocket over the next few years making this one of the best investment opportunities in the world.

There are many reasons why the majority of investment is focused on the Papagayo Region.

Proximity To Hospitals And Medical Care

There is a 400 bed state of the art Public Hospital located just 25 minutes away in Liberia along with two brand new private Hospital facilities.  Hospital CIMA Guanacaste is the second CIMA Hospital in Costa Rica and is now open and fully functional located right next to the Papagayo Do It Center just 15 minutes from the beach areas.  Hospital San Rafael El Arcangel opened in downtown Liberia in the beginning of 2013 and has 24 hour emergency care and 40 different specialty Doctors on staff to provide affordable, quality full service care.  

There are plans to construct two more hospitals in the area a Hospital La Catolica and a Hospital Clinica Biblica medical center directly across from the new airport.

Weather And Beaches

The Papagayo Region and the Northwest coast of Costa Rica has the best weather in the country, with over 320 days of sunshine. The beaches of the Papagayo are the best in the country, as they are the only beaches that are not surfing beaches, making them excellent for resort and residential tourism. Snorkeling, scuba, fishing and a number of other water activities are very popular here.

Large Ex Pat Community

The Papagayo Region is known as a community of Americans and Canadians. Many people choose this as their home or retirement as there are a number of foreigners that live here.

Private Schools

Since so many North Americans are relocating with children to the Papagayo area, we have seen some wonderful private bi lingual schools open in this area over the last few years. If you would like more info on the schools please let me know


Due to all of the growth and development in this area, the Papagayo Region has some of the best roads in the country. It is one of only a fraction of areas that has access to municipal water and high speed internet, as well as all of the comforts of home. There are dozens of restaurants in the area and shopping as well, and with all of the malls and marinas being built, those comforts will only increase.

Playa Hermosa And The Surrounding Papagayo Beaches

Playa Hermosa and the surrounding beaches are famous for their spectacular ocean view properties and year around sun. Although most of us come to Costa Rica with the vision of living on the beach, we soon find out that living on a hill, overlooking the Golf of Papagayo and the Pacific Ocean offer views that are unmatched anywhere in the world.

Once you have seen this in person you are drawn back time and time again. There are a few fabulous new communities with ocean view lots, currently selling at this time.  These are all gated communities with paved roads, electricity, municipal water, cable TV, phone and internet access.  

Lots in these developments run anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000 depending on size and view.  This is a steal compared to other areas of the world and even Costa Rica.  Having lived in Southern California for 10 years, I was blown away at what my money could buy me here in this area. A view like this in Hawaii or Malibu California, if you could still find one, would run into the millions of dollars.

Over the last 5 years we have seen some phenomenal homes built on these hills and a few of them can be purchased for the right price. Obviously with the down turn in the US economy it has never been better to be investing in Costa Rican Real Estate.

I tell most of my clients that investing in Costa Rica is not like investing in the States or Canada. You can’t just buy anywhere. You have to pick your spots. The government of Costa Rica, compared to other Central American countries, is very well off.  But they do not have an unlimited supply of money.  

So when they decide to focus on an area, like they have here in Guanacaste, they are going to make sure it succeeds.  They can’t afford to make a mistake, because they can’t afford to throw money away.

The government has decided that this is where all of their investment dollars will be going over the next 10 years.  They have sunk millions into upgrading the infrastructure: roads, municipal water, telephone, internet and cable and satellite TV.  

They have backed hundreds of projects from golf courses to resort hotels to marinas and have even expanded the airport to handle all of the incoming traffic.  Putting your money into the Papagayo Region is about as safe of an investment as you can get.

What I am seeing is that due to the poor returns most people are getting in the stock market back home and due to the stagnant economy and real estate market in the US and Canada, more and more people are moving their money to offshore investments such as real estate here in Costa Rica.

We expect to see some major growth in the Papagayo Region over the next 5 to 10 years as hundreds of millions of dollars continues to be invested in our area by major resort developers, hospitals and government infrastructure.

It has the best weather, the best beaches, the calmest bays, a brand new Airport and Hospital.
Guanacaste will ALWAYS be Costa Rica’s baby

The Papagayo Region is the crown jewel!

Why Are Many Expats From The USA & Canada So Passionate About Living in the Papagayo Region of Costa Rica? With free video…

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