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New Listing – Villas Cerca del Mar #4 – $479,000


Villas Cerca del Mar #4 is a private villa located literally within steps to the beach in Langosta. The tranquil and exclusive Langosta community is conveniently located just minutes from Tamarindo´s multi cultural live and its amenities. Surf, banks, markets, pharmacies, shops, great restaurants… you´ll find all you need in this charming beach town…more info.

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New Listing – Las Mareas 6 – $770,000


Discover easygoing elegance at this tropical hideaway. Tucked away on a lush Guanacaste hillside, you will be swept away by the panoramic views over the ocean and over the protected green areas of Las Baulas national park while enjoying the soothing sea breezes. Located within a high end gated community, Las Mareas is an exclusive home overlooking Costa Rica’s pristine Pacific coastline…more info.

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Lot #34 Punta San Francisco – Corner lot in gated community with direct access to two beaches – SOLD


Beautiful site for a single family home at Punta San Francisco or Punta Madera as the locals call it. This magnificent piece of land makes the division between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. Punta San Francisco or the so called “The Point”, is a low density community with a total of 62 lots. The only one of its kind in a beachfront…more info.

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New Vindi grocery store coming to Tamarindo center

Vindi is part of Automercado and smaller more like a Am Pm or Fresh Market. They will open before the end of this year when the new building is finished. It will have just 3 stores with new well known businesses, the two others are not confirmed yet. For now we are excited to have Vindi in town soon.

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Projects in the Tropics


Years back the reality and needs of Costa Rica in general were very different, the need to approve and complete large projects wasn’t so urgent, but the popularity of this beautiful country has been, for quite a while, basically forcing the government to step up and address multiple infrastructure needs throughout the country. Our own bureaucracy, and politics, make that large projects seem to take forever to get approved, but eventually they do and were able to then envoy, for example, the new Liberia International Airport, the expansion of the Interamerican road, Liberia – San Jose, and more close to home the new road between 27 de Abril and Tamarindo.

For various years local governments, ASADAs, and towns all around Tamarindo have been trying to get the central government to solve the water issue the coastal towns have been experiencing. They stepped up and this is now being done with the Nimboyores project that will bring water to the coast from an inland wetland. This project has begun and is underway.

The new Flamingo Marina project has been at a standstill for years, but just days ago the permit remaining to be approved, needed for the go-ahead, has been approved. The project will consist of 211 slips accommodating yachts up to 110′, fueling station, dry dock, a boutique hotel, a convention center with capacity for 800 people, a commercial area for restaurants, bars, etc. This is very good news for the area and hopefully construction will start soon.

Our electricity provider, Coopeguanacaste, recently inaugurated the Juanilama Solar Park that will help bring clean energy to our area, and they plan on building more solar parks in the area. They are also working on installing various wind turbines just outside Santa Cruz.

The road accessing Tamarindo was recently re-surfaced making that ride much smoother. The Santa Cruz Municipality has promised, again, funds for the Tamarindo – Langosta road. I know that the ADI of Tamarindo (asociación de desarrollo integral de Tamarindo) and local residents will be vigilant to make sure this project materializes.

Tamarindo has gone through its own “growing pains”, and due to that new building codes are now in effect and the town is thriving in a more orderly fashion. New businesses have been popping up and in the past 2-3 years and there are easily around 25 new homes built, more under construction and also those awaiting permits. And we’re going to have a real movie theater in town! This is set to be completed in late November.

Large projects may take more time to complete here than in the more developed countries, but life in these wonderful tropics is good, more tranquil and Tamarindo offers all kind of amenities needed to live a modern lifestyle. It will be our pleasure to help you find your spot so you can begin to enjoy the Pura Vida life.

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New Listing – Punta San Francisco #60 – $110,000


This lot is one of the very few remaining lots at Punta San Francisco or “The Point”, a beachfront gated community that makes the division between and offers access to Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta, so from this lot both beautiful beaches are only a few steps away. Punta San Francisco consists of 61 lots, and already boasts several luxury villas right on the beach and many new villas being constructed at the moment. This much desired community has underground electricity and cable TV/Internet, a state of the art septic system, and paved internal roads. Supermarkets and restaurants are at walking distance…more info.

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New Listing – Casa Mar Azul – $499,000


Casa Mar Azul is a spacious and comfortable house with breathtaking ocean views, conveniently located, just a 5- minute walk from Prieta Beach, between the project town of Potrero and the newly built town of Las Catalinas. The property consists of the main house (280 m²) and a guest house (70 m²), each with a private access and separate parking spaces. The main house has two spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main floor. The second floor offers a guest bedroom as well as a master…more info.

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Guanacaste launches solar park that will provide electricity to 2,000 homes


Coopeguanacaste, R.L., an electricity distributor in the Guanacaste province, inaugurated this week the Juanilama Solar Park which has a capacity of five Megawatts (MW), which accredits it as the largest in the country using this source of clean generation.

The Solar Park is in Juanilama, Belen de Carrillo, Santa Cruz, in Guanacaste on five hectares of a property owned by the cooperative. According to the entity, the facility would provide a year nine gigawatt hours (GWh), which would directly benefit 2,100 households in the province.

The investment was around $ 8.6 million and was achieved through a loan with the MGM Sustainable Energy Fund (MSEF); which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the continent.

The Juanilama Solar Park is, by the way, the first Latin American project to be carried out thanks to a bilateral agreement between the governments of Japan and Costa Rica called the Joint Accreditation Mechanism. This plan is focused on mitigating the effects of climate change with the use of clean technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Credits to: Juan Fernando Lara, La Nacion.

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New Listing – Casa de Gracia – $749,000


Located within a short 7-minute drive from the center of Tamarindo, Rancho Villa Real is a master planned development. Its location is very convenient. Around there are supermarkets, pharmacies, appliance stores, restaurants, private schools, and the gas station (all within 5-15 minutes away) and always accessible through good paved roads. In less than 30 minutes…more info.

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What’s next for the rental industry?


Hotel owners and landlords in Costa Rica are creating an effort to draft a legislation that would tax vacation rentals such as condominiums, apartments, and other housing/lodgings that currently fall into a legal gray area.

The plan, which is near to being introduced in the Legislative Assembly, would apply a hotel tax on rentals in Costa Rica booked through online platforms such as VRBO, Airbnb, FlipKey,, and HomeAway.

Traditionally, the revenue raised has gone to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), but the new bill would redirect resources to the national parks, which are a primary source of attraction for tourists, and to the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) for the implementation of the Animal Welfare Law, that was approved in June 2017, which is in desperate need of resources.

Gustavo Araya, President of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hoteliers (CCH), is one of the leaders of the initiative. Araya said they are waiting for a good moment to introduce the bill, so that it doesn’t get mixed up with the fiscal reform initiatives that are currently obstructing the legislative agenda.

“The additional cost would be charged to the tourist who decides to stay in condominiums, whereas if they decide to stay in hotels, the tax corresponds to the hotel, and not the tourist,” added Araya.

“We do not think it is an issue of unfair competition, we are not increasing the tax burden. It was a burden we had for years and we did not complain,” Araya argued.

Credits to: Wendy Anders, The Costa Rica Star