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Growth Continues in Guanacaste

Growth continues in Guanacaste!  This is great news for the communities.  Not only will this growth create more local jobs, it will also bring more people to the area will continue to boost the local economy!  With more people coming to the area, property values are sure to go up! The latest announcement of another hotel coming to the area is great news! The Wyndham Hotel Group announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the first resort in Costa Rica […]

Fun In The Sun In Costa Rica

One of the great things about living in the Playas Del Coco, Guanacaste area, including Playa Hermosa, is a great choice of sunset cruises to choose from. When people come to visit me in paradise, we like to plan the last full day of their visit as a sunset cruise. So you ask, “What makes these cruises so special?” Let me break down some of the differences. Most of the trips include all-you-can-eat and drink while on board. They will […]

Turrialba Volcano Erupts!

Turrialba Volcano blows! Turrialba volcano erupts! Last Wednesday night (Oct. 29) a huge volcanic eruption spewed ash, rocks and possibly magma from the Turrialba Volcano, located 60 kilometers northeast of Costa Rica’s capital, San José. As strange as it may sound, this is a dream — especially if you are a volcanologist!  Among the observations by volcanologists conducting inspections in the area around Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano were craters in the earth measuring up to one meter in diameter – […]

The British airline, Thomson just announced its first scheduled route to Liberia, Costa Rica. New airline service consisting of one time per week, non-stop flights will start Nov. 15, 2014 (capacity: 291 passengers) between London’s Gatwick and LIR in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This is great news for Guanacaste and especially the beach areas of Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Ocotal and Panama.  Attracting tourists, visitors and guests from foreign destinations such as Europe continues to be a challenging task without […]

President Solis Gets Good Marks – 1st 100 days in Office.

President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica has recently completed his first 100 days in office. Recall, Solis, a professor and not a career politician beat the Liberation Party and vowed to get Costa Rica back on track (Tico Times link below).  I am no political analyst and will refrain from any political ranks — especially in a country where I am a simple resident and not a bonafide citizen, I will however, comment that Solis has his work cut […]

Mobile Data and Voice Outages Planned in Costa Rica

Are you ready for the Costa Rica’s new 4G network? Judging by the planned service outages that will effect all Kolbi wirless services, ICE is clearly not. On March 25th and 26th the areas including Nuevo Arenal, San Ramon and Tilaran will be affected with outages. Then on the 26th and 27th there will be a nation wide outage from 10pm to 10am, so if you count on your mobile service for anything be prepared. The outages are part of […]

What is happening in the Guanacaste Real Estate market?

To give a short and brief run down, the market has picked up considerably from the lows of 2009 to 20011. We stated see more buyers coming from the US now that the stock market had been on a 3 year rise.  Now that the Canadian dollar is hovering around 90 cents to the US dollar the buyers from Canada are slowing down a bit, but those that are tired of the cold winter months are still coming down.  More […]

Costa Rica Nets in Stricter Tuna Fishing Regulations

During the Fourth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) in Playa Herradura, Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla used her opening remarks as a platform to announce stickter tuna fishing regulations. The new law will require fishing vessels to “show proof” of their knowledge of the Costa Rican law that bans the use use of any Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). Many people believe that the use of these devises has played a major roll in the over fishing of many of […]

Thanks to the great response from many generous people, the Paya Hermosa School Backpack program was a success!! 24 Children received a backpack with new shoes, socks, uniforms, pens, pencils, rulers, books and binders. The group that organized this were able to give children in need the opportunity to go to school and learn.Thanks to all that donated it is really appreciated.

Costa Rica See’s Increase in Tourism in 2013

It is no secret that Costa Rica has started to see a resurgence since the market collapse in late 2007 and the evidence is even more clear with the numbers the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) have just released. In 2013 Costa Rica received some 2.4 million tourists visiting the country which shows a nice increase of 3.6% from 2012. Of the tourists visiting Costa Rica the largest increase was a from the number of people flying into the country […]