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New Listing – Condo Guapinol 9 – Pleasant condo at a short walk to the beach in Playa Langosta


Villas Guapinol is a nine unit condominium complex in the quiet residential area of Playa Langosta. A great location, within a short less than five minute walk to the beach. The condominium has a large pool with pleasant sitting areas around it and an on-site caretaker all day long. Its two-bedroom two ½ bathroom floorplan with an open living area and a size of 1286 sq. ft. makes it a very pleasant living space. It also can be a top performer in the lucrative vacation rental market…more info.

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What about the water?

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It is more than evident that the local real estate market in Tamarindo and surrounding areas have become steadily more dynamic year after year. We in the business keep on selling more of the usual existent seaside vacation residences: either condominiums or single-family homes. Nevertheless, perhaps within the last 12-24 months, the sales of lots has reactivated coming back after the real estate boom that ended in 2008.

Available lots have been selling and owners that had kept their properties dormant waiting for a better time to sell them, or simply who had invested originally to build homes that they won´t do anymore, are coming around now. Gated communities that offer home sites, which had plenty of options still available for years now run scarce on inventory. El Tesoro and Punta San Francisco are almost sold out. In Punta San Francisco we´ve sold 20 lots within the last 24 months and with two more under contract this month, there are only three more available in the entire community. New construction on these sites and in random lots around town is evident. Other communities that are not right at the beach like Rancho Villareal, Tamarindo Heights and the ones inside Hacienda Pinilla are seeing considerable action now as well.

A typical question buyers of these lots have is What about the water? Some are worried that water service might be denied for building on the lots. The basis for this concern usually is the crisis we experienced a year ago after three unusual rainy seasons in which it almost did not rain to El Niño climate phenomenon. Those times were harsh in that sense and it was common to see several water trucks delivering in town and a lot of owners had to invest in backup water tanks and pumping systems which now we realize is a good thing to have just in case.

Luckily, that drought is over, and it opened the competent institution’s eyes to see that a well-structured, consistent solution to attend to the water demand for the coming decades in a flourishing seaside region has to be achieved.

In the recent tour president Luis Guillermo Solis did through the province of Guanacaste from July 20th thru July 25th celebrating 193 years of the ¨Anexión del Partido de Nicoya¨, this matter was addressed. The president spoke about the huge project called “Proyecto de Abastecimiento de Agua para la Cuenca Media del Río Tempisque y Comunidades Cercanas (PAACUME)”. This initiative pretends to create a new reservoir fed by the existent Arenal one and have it feed a lot of the water need for the province. The government has projected that the studies for its construction will be ready this year, and actual construction starts in 2019.

A local solution is also moving forward. This is the creation of the Acueducto de Nimboyores. This will bring water from a healthy water bed that is not that close to the ocean through around 30 km of pipes. It would service along the way fourteen ASADAS (local water system administrators) on its way to the coast (servicing Potrero, Flamingo, Brasilito, Playa Grande, Tamarindo, San José de Pinilla). We witnessed months ago topographers from Acueductos y Alcantarillados doing the field work establishing where these pipes would go through. The cost of this project is said to be USD$15 million, money is secured, environmental studies have been done, and it is projected that work will start before this year ends.

In the practice and speaking with knowledge based on recent experience, I can tell you that a water letter for a residential project in Tamarindo can be obtained with no hassle. I personally solicited three water letters for apartment projects in three random lots in town. I presented the file in the local Acueductos y Alcantarillados office in Plaza Conchal on July 28 and got the documents delivered at the same office on August 9. Anyway, when buying a lot, your legal representative should make sure that as part of the due diligence, you get the assurance that you will be able to build what you want on the property and having access to water is a must in that sense.

You can check our lot listings in the following link: and please, do not hesitate to reach your ABC Real Estate agent if you have any questions.

Credits to: Federico Fernandez

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Lot #19 Punta San Francisco – Lot in Gated Community – PENDING SALE


This nice lot is located at Punta San Francisco or Punta Madera as the locals call it. It makes the division between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. It is very close to the beach offered for an excellent price. At Punta San Francisco or the so called point, all the 62 lots are within a gated beachfront community with up scaled residential homes and villas. This nice community has underground electricity and cable TV/Internet. A state of the art septic system had just been recently installed. This lot has trees and is just a few steps away from the two beautiful beaches…more info.

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Lot #18 Punta San Francisco – Lot in Gated Community – PENDING SALE


This nice lot is located at Punta San Francisco or Punta Madera as the locals call it. It makes the division between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. It is one of the closest to the beach offered for an excellent price. At Punta San Francisco or the so called point, all the 62 lots are within a gated beachfront community with up scaled residential homes and villas up to US$2.9 Mio right on the beach. This nice community has underground electricity and cable TV/Internet. It also will be soon upgraded to a state of the art septic system. This lot has trees and is just a few steps away from the two beautiful beaches, both are famous for surfing…more info.

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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


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


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


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


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


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.