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Beach Hopping Holidays

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July and August are considered the summer months in North-America and Europe, and are related to school vacations! How about spending part of those holidays beach hopping around the surf town of Tamarindo?

The beach of Tamarindo is known for its great waves, for beginners and expert surfers, so from early morning to sunset you will always find some surf buddies to hang out with! Take the opportunity of a surf class with one of the many surf instructors around. The non-surfing part of the family will not be bored: they can enjoy themselves kayaking to Capitan’s Island, boogie boarding, building sand castles, playing beach volleyball or taking a nature boat tour on the estuary nearby. And around 5:30 pm you can all join together for a cocktail watching the gorgeous sunset over Tamarindo Beach lounging with your feet in the white sand.

Taking Tamarindo as an excellent base hub, you will be able to fill your holidays with a different beach every day. You will be amazed with the choice and variety of beaches around, all within easy reach from Tamarindo.

To start with, take a little local “panga” to cross the estuary and walk the north part of the Tamarindo Bay, known as Playa Grande, which is part of the Las Baulas National Park. Here the large leatherback turtles come at night to lay their eggs, and the more advanced surfers enjoy the larger waves. Keep walking until the large rock formations that separate Playa Grande from Playa Ventanas, and spend some time looking for crabs and marine life, before continuing your walk on Playa Ventanas, you will have the beach almost to yourself.

Further north, you can choose Playa Conchal: start at the north part, with its crystal blue waters and fun snorkeling right from the beach, then take a long walk along the bay, to pass the middle section of the beach, where you can hire a jet-ski or go banana-boating, until you reach the less known but very tranquil south part, ideal to go kayaking on the still waters or take an easy swim.

For the more adventurous, Playa Bahia de las Piratas is tucked away and reached with a little more effort. Once there, you can explore and climb the islet that can be reached walking at low tide, and take a long walk southbound to watch the birds play in the waves and to explore desolate inlets and beaches.

Adjacent to Playa Conchal lays Playa Brasilito, a very large bay that offers quiet waters, ideal for swimming.

Going further north, spend an afternoon on the white sands of Playa Flamingo, and have a cocktail at the Coco Loco bar, or take a sailing class or rent a stand up paddle at the Costa Rica Sailing center at Playa Potrero, a very large, darker and uncrowded beach.

And I can keep going: how about Playa Prieta, Playa Penca, Playa Pan de Azucar or Playa Danta? All beautiful beaches, where you will have plenty of room to yourself and many things to do.

Taking the direction further south from Tamarindo, Playa Avellanas is a great option for advanced surfers and their families, who can play in the waves and have lunch at Lola’s restaurant on the beach. Down from there, Playa Negra and Blanca are also awaiting you, plenty of room to explore and to look for big shells and fun-shaped rocks.

All of these beaches are unique, all offering wonderful sunsets, others great waves or beautiful shells, some with more infrastructure, others completely desolate! In short, something for everyone!

And all this, within a 30-minute drive distance from Tamarindo! Amazing how spoiled you can get in Tamarindo! But that’s far from all! I haven’t even mentioned the paradisiac small beaches that can only be reached by boat or my two favorite, hidden gems.

Come on down and I will take you!

By: Karen Fabré

 

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Tamarindo Azul 6 – Spacious ocean view penthouse at a great price – Reduced to $209,000

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Great opportunity! Don’t let this turnkey dream slip by. This very much turnkey Penthouse has a spacious layout with an open kitchen/living area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, fully equipped kitchen, and a sunset view you’ll never get tired of. Close enough to walk to the beach and the culturally diverse town of Tamarindo, the Tamarindo Azul Condominium is the answer for those who want to be near the action and also have the option of tranquil seclusion. The facility comes…more info.

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New Listing – Grande 2HA – Two Hectare land in Playa Grande with two small homes

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Looking for a piece of land that is close to the beach, already developed with water electricity and two homes, storage area plus plenty of room to grow? Well, look no further because this is the perfect opportunity for you. Grande 2HA is a two-hectare (approx. 5 acre) property located just 2 km (1.25miles) away from Playa Grande’s beach right on the main paved road. It comes with water rights for future structures and has lots of potential because of the land size and the location. 70% of the property is flat and easy to build on. The remaining part is a hillside in the back and surrounded by lush tropical…more info.

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Condo Leora 105 – Short walk to the beach, possible owner financing – Reduced to $189,000

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Affordable 3 bedroom unit at a short walk to the beach. This modern and attractive unit comes partially furnished with 3 bedrooms, two full bathrooms, granite counter tops and a spacious terrace great for barbequing the catch of the day. Its common area includes a large pool along with an ample BBQ area and a small gym, all in a lush tropical setting. It’s conveniently located at an easy 5 minute walk to the beach and the culturally diverse town of Tamarindo that’s full of fun amenities…more info.

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SOLD – Diria Matapalo #403

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Tamarindo Diria Matapalo #403 is a luxurious two bedroom, two and a half bathroom unit right at the heart of Tamarindo. Along with a very pleasant condominium, you will have access to the 10,000 square foot lagoon pool with swim-up bar and Jacuzzi. Around the building lays a tropical garden, with indoor parking area, a gated perimeter, and 24-hour security. Unit #403 is located in a fourth level with over 1,500 sq. ft. of living area. It has a terrace overseeing the resorts gardens and pool and a peak a boo view of the ocean. It has two bedrooms, and two and a half bathrooms, along with a spacious living room…more info.

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SOLD – Finca Valle Solo Vistas

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This is a beautiful piece of the tropics located at a very short drive to Playa Tamarindo, the world class surf of Playa Langosta and Playa Grande, and just down the road from a private bilingual school. There’s a hill on the property with amazing uninterrupted ocean and valley views, perfect to build your dream home on. The lush vegetation provides privacy and tranquility while also being close to multiple amenities like; great restaurants, banks, markets, pharmacies, veterinarians, hardware stores…more info.

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Casa Vista del Mar – SOLD

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Great ocean view home in Playa Langosta just south of Tamarindo at a three minute walk to the beach. Casa Vista del Mar has four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The building’s configuration allows to isolate a large studio with its separate kitchen from the other three bedroom area. The first floor has a gorgeous designer kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and a comfortable lounge…more info.

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Casa Oasis Europeo – SOLD

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When you walk into this recently finished house, it feels immediately like home, thanks to the high-quality interior finishing, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and white wooden walls. Here you can combine being in your own natural oasis with a pool and huge garden, away from artificial noises. From your terrace, you can enjoy the natural environment that envelops the very well built, stylish and cozy home. It is set on a completely fenced 5,900m² lot and is surrounded by a lush tropical forest…read more.

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Funds Arriving for Costa Rican Police

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Starting September 1, 2017, the tax on corporations (Sociedades Anónimas) will be reinstated. This year the payment will be just for the months between September – December, then starting 2018 the payments will be yearly, and will apply to both active and inactive S.A.’s.

The funds obtained will be distributed as follows; Ministerio de Seguridad (Costa Rican Police) 90%, Ministerio Público 5%, and to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ, Costa Rica’s version of the FBI) 5%.

In January 2015, the Sala IV declared the old text that created this tax illegal due to procedure flaws. Since then the Asamblea Legislativa has been working on creating the new version of this tax, and on March 16, 2017, in the second debate, this new version was approved.

It is advised to make the payments on time and not try to evade payments. For those that do default, there will be a fine + interest calculated by day, that will represent yearly 11.73% of the total amount owed. Also, those defaulters will not be able to participate in any contracts with a public entity, the National Registry will not issue them certifications of legal status, they will not be able to register any documents in favor of the taxpayers and they are exposed to the preferential legal mortgage or pledge of their assets.

Corporations (Personas jurídicas) Sept-Dec. 2017 Yearly, 2018
Inactive corporation (Sociedad inactiva) ¢21,308 ($37.91) ¢63,930 ($113.75)
Active corporation (Sociedad active) Income below ¢51 million ($90,747) ¢35,513($63.19) ¢106,550($189.59)
Active corporation (Sociedad active) Income between ¢51 million – ¢119 million ($90,747 – $211,743) ¢42,616($75.83) ¢127,860($227.51)
Active corporation (Sociedad active) Income above ¢119 million ($211,743) ¢71,026($126.38) ¢213,100($379.18)

US$1 = CR¢562 Proper funding (or lack of) for our Police has been an issue for many years. Costa Rica is full of beautiful places attracting more tourists every year, and this is something that will contribute to maintaining the safety and peace we are all accustomed to here. This will be a huge breath of fresh air for the Police and will help in motivating them to look over this wonderful country.

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The Green is Back

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This year the rainy season has begun with strength. It has only taken a couple of weeks of rain to bring back the mesmerizing green and lush vegetation Costa Rica is known for. The rain doesn’t mean that the sun won’t shine. A normal day in the wet season will be with sunny mornings and rain in the afternoon, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beach and catch all the rays your body can take. If you’ve never been here during the wet season I definitely recommend that you give it a try and delight in all of the multiple side’s life in the tropics can offer.

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New Listing – Plaza Tamarindo Local #15 – $104,000

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This is your chance to take advantage of owning a furnished, corner unit for sale in Plaza Tamarindo. With the size of the unit being 70m² (753.47 sq.ft) and having 2 floors it gives you the opportunity to create and imagine how your store can be. Nicely and centrally located in Tamarindo with walking distance to the beach, surrounded by plenty of shops…more info.

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Casa Matapalo – SOLD

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Incredible home, custom designed and decorated from floor to ceiling. Casa Matapalo is immaculate, filled with designer touches throughout. The perfect home for entertaining. Bask in the pool on balmy summer days and enjoy an outdoor shower under the stars at night. Savor your morning coffee on the patio listening to the monkeys as they congregate in the trees of your own oversized private garden…read more.