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That wonderful massage

by Mark Venegas, Real Estate Consultant

YES! More, harder, that’s it, that’s it, right there….. Whether you simply would like to enjoy a relaxing massage, a professional massage therapist, or even a chiropractor, you’ll find several options in Tamarindo to satisfy your needs. You can find them at different locations, on the beach, at Spas, and some will even come to you house or Condo. Feel free to ask us for a recommendation, and we’ll be happy to tell you about our favorite places. You deserve to be pampered.

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Summer Fun is around the Corner!!

by, Mark Venegas, Real Estate Consultant

As the rains begin to dissipate, local businesses are getting ready for what will surely be another active dry season full of tourists. Besides simply enjoying the magnificent white sand beach and relaxing, Tamarindo is visited yearly by thousands of tourist that traditionally come here for:

Surfing at various spots in Tamarindo, Langosta, Playa Grande, Avellanas and Playa Negra. Tamarindo being an ideal “command center”.1

Paddle boarding has also become popular in Tamarindo.

• Excellent sport fishing, up and down the coast.


Other popular things to do are:
•  Diving and snorkeling, with trips to the nearby Catalina Islands.
•  Play golf at either of the two world class courses at Hacienda Pinilla or Reserva Conchal.
•  Miniature Golf.
•  Tennis.
•  Take a relaxing estuary tour up the Tamarindo estuary that is part of Las Baulas National Park. Or rent some kayaks and tour it yourself.
•  Also in Las Baulas National Park you can see the amazing Leatherback Turtles. The to4ur season to see these incredible animals are between mid-October – mid February.
•  Get muddy, or dusty (depending on the time of the year), being part of some fun ATV tours.
•  Jet Ski rentals.
•  Various options for a fun Canopy (zip line) tour.
•  Close to town, or adventure farther inland for some bird watching.
•  Horseback riding.
•  Take a tour, or rent a car, and go enjoy some nearby National Parks like; Las Baulas, Barra Honda, Volcan Rincon de La Vieja, Santa Rosa (where you’ll find the famous Witches Rock surf spot), Palo Verde (great for bird watching), Arenal Lake/Volcano.
You will also find in Tamarindo various tour companies that can take you too many of these places.
•    View this beautiful area from the air upon a two person Gyrocopter tour.
•    Catamaran/Sailboat tours that offer day trips or a soothing sunset ride.
And of course we cannot forget the incredible dining that Tamarindo has to offer. You can find from a tasty burger or taco to fine Costa Rican and international cuisine all through Tamarindo.

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Very Convenient – Online payments

ABC Real Estate Costa Rica

This funny phrase is becoming history: “Banco Nacional, mas cerca de usted…donde la fila llega hasta su casa”
The banks in Costa Rica are providing a better online service to make our lives easier. Now you can pay many services online from home / your office; even if you are out of the country. Never be late or forget to pay water, electricity, cable TV, Central Government Taxes, security services, Seguro Social CCSS, school fees, etc and many more. Some services like paying local taxes with the municipalities are not ready yet, but are in the process and hopefully working soon.
Did you know that you can now pay your HOA fees monthly and automatically to your property manager?
You can also make donations for the Tamarindo association ADITamarindo or make monthly automatic payments of 30, 60 or US$100. Just set the amount, the start and end date.
Here are detailed instructions in English and Español for Banco Nacional users:

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Have your street light fixed by the internet.


Si Señor, you can do it in two easy steps.

1. open this link:

2.Fill in the required fields like your name, email and phone and the number of the light post with the damaged light.

Just like magic…your street light get fixed shortly. Pura Vida

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Slow Down in Costa Rica’s Surfer Paradise

ABC Real Estate Costa Ricaby: International Living

When Valerie and Gaylord Townley first visited Tamarindo, it was a simple fishing village. The only visitors were pioneering surfers (Gaylord was one of them) and sport fishermen. There were a few small hotels, only a few phone lines, and no TV. The number of permanent expats could probably fit in one of today’s larger restaurants.

“My husband’s a surfer,” says Valerie. “So one of the main reasons we moved there was for surfing. Back in the early 1980s it was almost unknown. We were also looking for an alternative lifestyle. I guess we thought there was more to life than a small Southern-California town.”

Today’s Tamarindo is a major tourist destination, with large hotels and high-rise condos—still funky and laid-back, but definitely on the radar of travelers and expats.

With good reason. There is a cosmopolitan vibe, thanks to the visitors and residents of every nationality. And there’s nothing better than escaping the heat of the day by sitting under the palms at one of the many bars and restaurants that line the beach. And, according to Valerie, it’s still home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.

“Life here runs at a slower pace. We like the small-town feeling. We have felt more in control of our own destiny living in Costa Rica versus the States,” notes Valerie.

“When I visit back home I like how clean and organized everything is. But I don’t like the amount of stuff everyone has. To me, simple is better. Who needs five of everything? Why go into debt over it?”

The Townleys had to make a living when they first arrived, and they showed that do-it-yourself, self-sufficient spirit common among expats in Costa Rica.

“Another reason we moved was there was work here. Tamarindo has always been known for its sport fishing, leatherbacks, and bird watching. There was a way to make a living,” says Valerie.

And for 13 years, while Gaylord ran a sport-fishing charter boat, the Lonestar, Valerie ran a supermarket, the first in Tamarindo. “The supermarket was the hub of the town,” says Valerie. “Back then we pretty much knew everybody.”

And that was only the beginning. There were plenty of niches to fill. Valerie later ran a B&B for six years. And the couple started one of the town’s first schools, Escuela Tamarindo, and managed it for 15 years. Their two daughters, both of whom came back to Costa Rica after college, attended it. So did other expat kids.

They were busy but made time for the important things. “We got to spend a lot of time with our kids. They know the meaning of family and community. I think that’s lacking in many parts of the U.S. And it was nice for them to grow up bilingual,” says Valerie.

These days, though they still own some properties in the area, they have slowed down. Gaylord is still surfing. Valerie focuses on her art. It’s a mixed-media approach, combining fresh-picked driftwood—Playa Langosta, just south of Tamarindo, has the best, says Valerie—with wood putty, recycled paper, and acrylic and metallic paint. If you’re in Tamarindo on a Saturday morning, be sure to stop by to see her work at the farmers’ market. It’s in front of Cafe Tico and the Jaime Peligro bookstore.

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Beach Town Life in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

ABC Real Estate Costa Rica

by: International Living

Moving from New York City to a small town in the U.S. is quite a culture shock on its own.

But Rick Macsherry, 60, and Christina Spilsbury, 58, did one better. In 1989, they moved to a small fishing village on Costa Rica‘s northern Pacific coast.

Back then, Tamarindo was tiny and remote, accessible only by a bumpy dirt road that fronted the beach.

“When we moved here, there were only about 50 people, locals and expats,” recalls Christina.

The only foreign visitors were sport fishermen (Tamarindo remains a fishing destination today), pioneering surfers in search of consistently good waves, and a handful of adventurous tourists who stayed at the few small hotels in town. Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves, flooded the area between Christmas and Semana Santa, or Holy Week, as they still do today.

But otherwise, Tamarindo was a very quiet place.

Today, it’s a tourist destination and busy little town full of expats of various nationalities—from Italian to Argentinian to Israeli to Canadian. There are restaurants, from take-away to sit-down gourmet of every cuisine. Grocery stores are packed with imported items like hummus and frozen waffles.

But it still manages to retain a funky, laid-back character. It’s a beach town through and through. Where sunset drinks on the beach are the only unmissable appointment on your calendar. And while there might be plenty of tourists walking the streets and laying out on the beach during high season, the town’s long-term residents remain close-knit.

Christina’s grandmother was from Costa Rica, and she had family in San Jose, the country’s capital. So the couple had visited the country before and traveled around extensively. The funny thing is despite their obvious affinity for the place the couple never intended to move here permanently.

But then Christina, a writer, was offered a grant to work on her next project. Knowing the money would be enough to support themselves for a while in Costa Rica, they headed south. And during that year-long stint in Tamarindo, they fell in love with the place. After a short trip back to New York, they moved back to their new home.

Location was a big factor: “I love the beach,” says Christina.

But so was lifestyle.

“We really thought the thing that’s most valuable in life is time,” explains Christina. “We definitely pace ourselves so we have time to enjoy the place we live. And we have a lot of friends. Here there’s time to make friends…and plenty of public space like the beach to meet people.”

Christina and Rick have seen a lot of changes over the years.

Cost of living in Costa Rica, for one, has increased since the 1980s. But…

“We can still afford to have a gardener and a cleaning woman, something we couldn’t afford in the States,” says Christina.

Plus, health care is cheap. The couple feels blessed not to have had any serious medical issues over the years. But they do report that their local dentist charges a fifth of what it would cost in the U.S. for treatment.

These days Rick and Christina keep busy with their catering business, based in Playa Langosta, just south of Tamarindo. The area has become a destination for weddings and large family reunions over the years, according to Christina, and Sunset Catering serves that need. But they still make time for what’s really important.

“We walk the beach and swim every day,” says Christina. “And at the end of the day we always watch the sunset.”

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JetBlue Launches New Flights to Costa Rica’s International Airport in Liberia


JetBlue Airway announced four weekly non-stop flights to Liberia, in Costa Rica’s rich Guanacaste region, from its home base at New York’s JFK Airport. To celebrate, the airline is also offering an inaugural fare of only US$119 if booked by December 1, 2011 for travel through February 15, 2012.

The first flight was yesterday, Thursday, November 17.

Liberia, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, will be the airline’s second destination in the country. JetBlue has served Juan Santamaria International Airport in the capital, San Jose, with nonstop service from Orlando, since 2009.

Named after the national tree of Costa Rica, Guanacaste is one of the country’s most popular vacation and ecotourism destinations thanks to nearly a dozen well-known biological reserves, national parks and wildlife refuges. Known as a haven for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike, stunning Pacific coastlines are plentiful in this northwestern province, as are the seemingly endless hours of summer sunlight.

“Liberia is a world-class destination with a really diverse set of attractions,” said JetBlue Director Schedule Planning Dave Clark. “We’ll be offering the only direct service from JFK and we’re excited to make it easy for customers to get to the beautiful Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.”

“JetBlue’s inaugural flight to Liberia is certainly a momentous occasion for Costa Rica, as travelers will now have unprecedented access to the country’s Northwest region, home to a bounty of attractions that satisfy travelers’ every need. We look forward to welcoming JetBlue passengers into our country, where they can experience first-hand our rich culture, commitment to sustainability and the happiness that is unique to our country,” commented Costa Rica Minister of Tourism Allan Flores.