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New Roads On The Way

By: Federico Fernández
Funds for these projects are secured from a loan with the IDB (Interamerican Development Bank). They represent an investment of over USD$182.5 million.
Travelling between our beautiful coastal area and the Central Valley is frequently a necessity for us residents and visitors. Whilst heading to San Jose from Tamarindo, we basically have three options.
Them being:
  1. The first one, to drive first north to the city of Liberia and take there the Inter-American Highway (Route #1) down south,
  2. The second one to drive down the peninsula towards the city of Nicoya, take later a left, cross the bridge over the Tempisque river and eventually hit the Inter-American Highway (Route 1), or
  3. The third one, drive further down the peninsula and take a ferry boat either at Playa Naranjo or Paquera, crossing the Gulf of Nicoya towards the port city of Puntarenas.
Such a journey could take slightly less than four hours if you drive at night or with little traffic, or up to 6 hours if you take it easy or run into heavy traffic.
In any case, current improvements in infrastructure will reduce the time that trip takes in up to one hour. In the past month of June, the Central Government signed the contract with the consortium that will oversee the expansion of the 50 kilometers between Limonal in Guanacaste and Barranca in Puntarenas.
This is part of Route #1 in the northern Inter American Highway. It is currently the narrow two-lane strip, with a lot of tree shade, old bridges, and few chances to overtake on slow moving vehicles and dozens of trucks that come from the Nicaraguan border.
Work on this will start any time now. It includes turning the route to four lanes all along, building five crossings that will grant access to neighboring communities without breaking the continuity of the highway, fixing up or building new bridges over the eleven rivers or creeks along the way, sixteen pedestrian crossings and thirty nine animal crossings, eighteen of them through the tree canopy and twenty one underground.
Work on this should start any moment now. The contract demands its conclusion in thirty months or less.
Considering that the road was redone to four lanes between the cities of Liberia and Cañas a few years ago and that the same work between Cañas and Limonal is over 40% done and to be delivered by April, 2021, traveling down south from Liberia all the way to Puntarenas should be a pleasant, safe drive all along two years and a half from now.
A complementary project included in the contract is the 3 kilometer that connect the narrow peninsula of Puntarenas with the mainland. This part currently has a heavy rush hour in the mornings and afternoons as it represents a bottleneck on the way in and out of the city.
It affects drivers headed from Route #1 to Route #27, the fasted way to reach the Central Valley if you are coming from Guanacaste. The work includes bike lanes and pedestrian walkways.
This project should be finished according to the contract within 12 months.
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Travel update for tourists visiting Costa Rica

Travel Update

Costa Rica continues increasing the countries from which it will welcome foreign tourists.

Tourists wishing to visit Costa Rica via a flight must comply with these requirements:

  • Complete the online “Health Pass” epidemiological form:
  • Show proof of a negative RT-PCR test for the coronavirus. The sample for the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure. For a multi-flight itinerary, the departure time of the first flight is used.
  • Obtain travel insurance. This can be either a pre-approved Costa Rican policy from INS or Sagicor, or an international policy that covers COVID-19 medical expenses of at least $50,000 and $2,000 for lodging. Tourists with homes/property in Costa Rica can contact and request an exception to the lodging insurance portion.

Tourists must have remained in an authorized country for at least 14 days before travel.

Authorized countries for Costa Rica tourism:

  • UNITED STATES: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wyoming California and Ohio.
    • As of Oct. 15: Residents of Florida, Georgia and Texas.
    • As of Nov 01: All U.S. citizens and residents.
  • CANADA: All citizens and residents.
  • MEXICO: All citizens and residents.
  • THE EUROPEAN UNION SCHENGEN ZONE: All citizens and residents.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: All citizens and residents.
  • CENTRAL AMERICA (including PANAMA): All citizens and residents as of Oct. 15.
  • SOUTH AMERICA: Citizens and residents of Uruguay.
  • THE CARIBBEAN: Citizens and residents of Jamaica.
  • ASIA: Citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.
  • OCEANIA: Citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.

Feel free to contact us or your embassy for further details.

Source: tico

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Extended hours on beaches

Hours in which beaches are open extended starting October 15

Good news for Tamarindo and other coastal destinations! The Central Government, in its daily press conference in regards to the Covid-19 pandemic management, announced today changes in the current restrictions. New guidelines lean towards a gradual opening. Beaches, which were open from 5:30 a.m. thru 2:30 p.m., will have its opening hours extended. This applies from October 15, on. The new opening hours will be from 5:00 a.m. thru 10:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 5:00 a.m. thru 8:00 p.m. on weekends. This matches the vehicle circulation restriction.

So for the first time in months, you can enjoy the wonderful sunsets our Pacific coast offers every day right at the beach!

To follow the official guidelines and news, you can look into:


Hours in which beaches are open will be extended starting October 15

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Travel updates for US residents

New updated list of US residents  allowed to enter Costa Rica
As of September 1st: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Virginia and DC, New York.
Starting September 15: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Michigan.
Starting October 1st: California, if the epidemiological indices remain within the parameters approved by the Ministry of Health.
The US traveler must carry either State ID or the driver’s license showing that the person resides in one of those states.
Also, as any tourist who visit Costa Rica, US travelers, must comply with the following measurements:
a. Tourist must follow all the health and airport protocols implemented by Government
b. Proof of a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica, minors too.
c. Fill out a digital epidemiology form that will be provided by the Government.
d. Proof of a Travel Insurance to cover all Covid-19 medical expenses of at least US$ 50,000 and travel costs and lodging of US$ 2,0000.
Layover en route to CR: no more than 18 hours and traveler can’t leave the airport.
We will provide more detailed information once the decree is duly published.
Credit to GM Attorneys
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Sold – Casa Nya – Brand new home in gated community

Home in gated community

A brand-new stunning home located at the private residential community at Tamarindo Beach. Anyone who wants to experience the energy of the beautiful white sand Tamarindo beach, its restaurants, surfing for all levels, shopping, amazing tours

and much more. It is also located just a short walk to Playa Tamarindo.

This modern one-story home includes high ceilings, big glass sliding doors that open up for an ideal indoor/outdoor living space.  You’ll feel the refreshing breeze from the pool, the garden with the big Panama tree, the Senderos lake just across the home and you can hear monkeys, tropical birds singing and wildlife all around you.

The master bedroom is on a higher elevation with a private terrace and overlooking the garden. It has a walk in closet and en-suite bathroom that includes a full separate shower, double sink, his and hers and an open-air private bathtub.

The additional two bedrooms have independent bathrooms and built in closets. One includes a terrace that opens to the patio and green areas where you can enjoy the views to the garden and pool area.

The living area combines all in one single space, kitchen, terrace, living room, pool area and deck. The modern kitchen comes fully equipped with brand new appliances and a spacious pantry. State of the art AC mini splits are installed throughout the entire house.

The landscaping is designed around a huge magnificent tree so you can enjoy the refreshing shade all year long. more info

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Essential Information if you are flying to Costa Rica and Requirements.

Info about Who can fly to Costa Rica and Requirements for tourists to enter Costa Rica

  • All people entering Costa Rica must complete the digital epidemiological form. This is known as the “Health Pass” or “Pase de Salud.” Click here for a link to the form.
  • Tourists must obtain a negative PCR coronavirus test. The sample for this test must have been taken at most 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica.
  • Tourists must purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. This policy can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurers.
  • Tourists from the United States must demonstrate, via their driver’s license or State ID, that they live in one of the authorized states.

Authorized countries and states

As of September 1, Costa Rica allows tourists from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. These two states and the capital have been added to the following, previously announced states: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut.

As of September 15, the list will be further expanded with Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado.

In addition, people who have resided in the below 44 countries for at least 14 days can fly to Costa Rica:

1. Australia
2. Canada
3. Swiss Confederation
4. Vatican State
5. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
6. Ireland
7. Japan
8. New Zealand
9. Principality of Liechtenstein
10. Principality of Monaco
11. Kingdom Belgium
12. Kingdom of Denmark
13. Kingdom of Spain
14. Kingdom of the Netherlands
15. Kingdom of Norway
16. Kingdom of Sweden
17. Kingdom of Thailand
18. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
19. Czech Republic
20. Cypriot Republic
21. Republic of Austria
22. Republic of Bulgaria
23. Republic of Korea
24. Republic of Croatia
25. Republic of Slovenia
26. Republic of Estonia
27. Republic of Finland
28. Republic of Hungary
29. Republic of Iceland
30. Republic of Latvia
31. Republic of Lithuania
32. Republic of Malta
33. Republic of Poland
34. Republic of San Marino
35. Republic of Singapore
36. Slovak Republic
37. Federal Republic of Germany
38. French Republic
39. Hellenic Republic (Greece)
40. Italian Republic
41. Republic of Uruguay
42. People’s Republic of China
43. Portuguese Republic
44. Romania

To summarize the laws as simply as possible:

  • Tourists can visit Costa Rica from any of the authorized countries or states, given they meet a series of requirements. Tourists do not need to quarantine. Click here for more information from the Costa Rica Tourism Board.
  • Citizens and residents can enter Costa Rica from anywhere. Whether or not they need to quarantine varies on their point of origin and whether they obtained a negative coronavirus test.

If you have more specific questions, we recommend contacting the nearest Costa Rican Consulate for clarification before booking a flight. Costa Rican authorities have and will reject visitors who do not meet the entry requirements.




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Sold – La Esquina#2 Condominium in Langosta

Located in the exclusive Langosta community, La Esquina #2 is a fully furnished, two bedroom, two bathroom ground level condominium. The La Esquina is a quiet, low-density complex consisting of two, three story buildings, both featuring an ocean view rooftop terrace, which are perfect to enjoy a sunset cocktail… more info

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New Listing – Development property near Tamarindo- US$4,000,000

Finca Laila is a huge development property near Tamarindo located next to the exclusive golf resort community Hacienda Pinilla and just 2.5km (1.55 mls) or an 8 minutes drive to Tamarindo center and the beach. This large unspoiled piece of land is mostly flat and includes the top of one of the highest hills with breathtaking 360 degree views. The hill is known by the locals as Cerro Zonchiche, an amazing landmark within the entire area. Water and electricity is in proximity and 3 rural roads are bordering the finca; a plus for any future developments.
Finca Laila has lots of development potential and is truly a promising investment close to the beach and because of its proximity to Hacienda Pinilla and Playa Tamarindo.

Contact us here for more information.


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Estate Planning in Costa Rica – Testamento

“Da tua dum tua sunt, post mortem tunc tua non sunt”.
(Give that which is yours while it is yours; after death, it is not yours).

Executing a testamentary disposition or a will, in Costa Rica called “testamento”,can be one of the most reliable alternatives in estate planning.

The “testamento” is the legal instrument, executed in accordance to formalities established by CR Law, that allows a person, testator, to determine how his or her assets will be managed and distributed at the time of death as well as to appoint the executor of his estate.

In the event that a person dies without a valid “testamento”, either by absence or invalidity, the person is considered to have died “intestate” and the distribution of his assets will be governed by the intestacy laws of CR, which determines that the estate of the deceased will be transferred to the “legitimate heirs” according to a previously determined hierarchy who, although blood relatives, might be people the testatordislikes or with whom he is unacquainted.

The “testamento” can be limited to disposition of assets within Costa Rica only and has no legal effects until the person’s death. Previous to that moment, the “testamento” can also be revoked or modified.

If you are considering buying any real estate in Costa Rica or already did, you should get proper advice from a CR real estate attorney, who will help to properly set up your CR estate planning and further explain the restrictions or limitations upon the freedom of testators, the requirements and types of “testamentos”, and how to avoid inconsistencies with any testamentary dispositions granted in another country.

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