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195 Aniversary of the ¨Anexión del Partido de Nicoya¨: Guanacaste Then and Now

Last July 25th the 195th anniversary of what is called ¨Anexión del Partido de Nicoya¨ took place. This basically celebrates the decision of the inhabitants of what is now the province of Guanacaste of being part of Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua, being independent. Such an event took place less than three years after Costa Rica, along with the rest of Central America, became independent from its colonizer: Spain.

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Progress Report

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When you live permanently in a location, you tend to obviate the changes in your environment. However, looking in detail into the last few months, several good things have been going on in Tamarindo and its surrounding areas. Just a few days ago, a very natural incident took place. Last Wednesday April 10th, we had the first rainfall of the year. This is typical of the dry/rainy season transition that might happen as early as late March or as late as May in a regular year.

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Water Project

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We are in the middle of our dry season and the question remains: “Is there enough water to make it through to the rainy season?”

Last year the water situation caused the AyA (Acueductos y Alcantarillados, Costa Rica’s national water provider) to stop the approval of water permits for new constructions in Tamarindo. The situation is and has been serious, but there is a solution on the way.

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From Danta over Tamarindo to Junquillal

Playas Costa Rica

ABC Real Estate is located in the center of Tamarindo and that is not a coincidence! Tamarindo was once a quiet fishing village, until some adventurous pioneers and visionaries discovered its quality surf break, and the word spread amongst surfers across the globe. The growth and interest hasn’t stopped since; neither have the wonderful surf waves.

The founder of ABC, Jogi Jürgen Gerner, felt the good vibes as well and decided to root his company in Tamarindo. Along with the growth of the area, came the expansion of activity range of ABC. Just as Tamarindo is now the starting point and hub for many visitors to explore the several dozens of pristine beaches to the North and the South of it, ABC Real Estate is active in the ample area from Playa Danta to the North, over Playa Grande and Tamarindo, down to Playa Junquillal.

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New Water Hook Ups on Stand By

Water hook upFor the next couple of months or so, Tamarindo and the surrounding communities are going to have some dificulties obtaining new, or renovating water letters. Here below you can find an official report from the Asamblea Legislativa of the AYA regarding the water situation in Tamarindo and surrounding areas.

Durante los próximos meses, Tamarindo y las comunidades aledañas tendrán algunas dificultades para obtener nuevas cartas de agua o renovarlas. A continuación, puede encontrar un informe oficial de la Asamblea Legislativa del AYA sobre la situación del agua en Tamarindo y sus alrededores.

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The future looks black!

Road to Langosta

Finalmente!!! The road work to Playa Langosta has started in mid-April and the part from Mono Loco hotel to the Y intersection was paved. Plus, the part from Ex-Villa Alegre to the Occidental Hotel. Now the rest has to follow after the missing drainage’s and an additional compacted base was installed. Jose Carlos from ADI Tamarindo kindly provided this information and mentioned that all the work has been done as planned so far and within the assigned budget. We expect that the work will continue the latest in November 2018 to have the Langosta road completed by the beginning of 2019.

Credits to: Jogi Juergen Gerner

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The driving experience to San José and around Liberia got significantly better

Ruta 27by: Federico Fernandez, Real Estate Consultant

The completely redone tract of the Inter-American highway consisting of 50.5 km (31.6 miles) is now ready and open. This is the road between the cities of Liberia and Cañas. Costa Rica’s national route N°1 is part of the Pan-american Highway, a route with about 19,000 miles, that basically crosses the continent from north to south.
Liberia is the main city in the province of Guanacaste. In it, the closest international airport is located. Within an hour drive, for us here at Tamarindo, the city of Liberia is on the way to the main northern border crossing with the neighboring country of Nicaragua (Peñas Blancas). Now that this new road down south of Liberia is open, it makes it an attractive alternative for us to drive to the central valley and other sites of interest along the route.

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Construction is back to Tamarindo

by Mark VenegasTamarindo construction

For various years, after 2008, the sale of lots to build on in Tamarindo was almost unheard of, as well as construction of new homes. This bringing the development of new homes or businesses to a standstill. Since then, in general, the market has been recovering with multiple Homes and Condos being sold, prices stabilizing, and the apparent need for new homes in Tamarindo growing more and more. With the quality inventory reduced like this many buyers were met with this reality, and for about the last three years something interesting has been happening, people are back to buying lots, and almost immediately submitting plans to obtain building permits.

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Finally, distributed generation in Costa Rica!

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by: Mark Venegas

After a long wait the electric companies are expected to offer, starting April 7, 2016, the price structure for net metering in homes and businesses, which will allow consumers to save on their electric bills through distributed generation. This is a huge step in the right direction for distributed generation in Costa Rica, especially for those that have or want to install solar panels. This was announced on March 17 by the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) and will allow consumers to connect and send electricity back into the national grid. The tariffs will range from around ₡12-28 per kilowatt hour of electricity that is sent back into the grid, depending on the power company.

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Aeropuerto de Liberia en Guanacaste invertirá $10,3 millones en nuevas salas y espacios comerciales.

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by: Luis G. Tenorio, Inversion Inmobiliaria

El amplio crecimiento en el tráfico de visitantes que está experimentando el aeropuerto internacional Daniel Oduber en Liberia, motivó al concesionario a ejecutar un plan de expansión de las instalaciones, para lo cual pretende invertir alrededor de $10,3 millones.

De acuerdo con CORIPORT, a cargo de la administración y operación de la terminal guanacasteca, sólo durante el último año la cantidad de turistas que se movilizaron por el lugar creció en un 33% y para este 2016 se espera que transiten por allí alrededor de un millón de turistas.

Debido a ello la empresa decidió emprender un proyecto para aumentar la cantidad de salas de abordaje, construir una nueva área de recepción de equipaje y ampliar la zona de espacios comerciales.
La meta, de acuerdo con César Jaramillo, gerente general de CORIPORT, es establecer en este lugar nuevas tiendas de conveniencia y oficinas.

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We have a well prepared international airport with an increasing traffic less than 1 hour away!

Southwest flying to Liberia airport

by insidecostarica.com

November 2nd, 2015 (ICR News) Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste received its first arrival by the world’s largest discount airline, Southwest Airlines on Sunday with 127 passengers on-board that departed from Houston, Texas.

The inaugural Southwest flight marked the opening of the company’s new daily route between Houston and Liberia, which the company announced in May.

In addition to daily service from Houston, Southwest will also offer once-per-week service on Saturdays between Baltimore and Liberia beginning this Saturday.

Meanwhile, the British charter airline, Thomson Airways, is set to make its inaugural flight to Liberia on Monday from London’s Gatwick airport with some 300 passengers aboard a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner.

“This is a package holiday flight for 300 people who will arrive on Monday of each week to [Liberia], Costa Rica, from November to April,” Luisa Pastor of the British Embassy in San Jose said of the new Thomson service when it was announced last month.

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