Semana Santa in Costa Rica – Easter Done Up!

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  Semana Santa Sunday parade in Atenas, Costa Rica Semana Santa is a Christian public holiday, often called Easter Holy Week, celebrated in Costa Rica and around the world. In North America, this holiday is generally referred to as Easter and is usually observed only on easter Sunday with many more devout worshipers observing Ash Wednesday through Sunday when the traditional Easter Bunny visits, leaving candy and chocolates for thrilled children to find and eat. But most everywhere else, the entire week is taken with quite a bit more reverence, and Costa Rica is no exception. Semana Santa Sunday parade
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The Annual Costa Rican Horse Parade: Horses, Food & Beer

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This Sunday, during my regular pilgrimage to San Ramon, I was treated to the annual Horse Parade. These parades happen throughout Costa Rica during this time of year (North American spring time), and the bigger the town, the more lavish the production. But in a small town like San Ramon, which is fast becoming one of my favorite places on earth, this event held a much more relaxed and personal feel. When I asked “where is the parade?” the answer was, “where ISN’T it?” Most of the main streets, small as they may be, marked the parade route throughout the
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Retirement Homes in Atenas, Costa Rica: Now Is The Time!

A Mountain Home in Atenas, Central Valley, Costa Rica.

When you think of retiring or re-locating to Costa Rica, Atenas should always be strongly considered for it’s famous perfect weather, Costa Rican lifestyle, ex-pat communities and proximity to the U.S. And now, with the US economy on the rebound, prices are bound to start heading up, and there’s lots of home inventory to choose from in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, all of them with that spectacular Pura Vida lifestyle. VIDEO:  Atenas Mountain Home For Sale 2BR w/Valley View Pool Terrace – $274,990 VIDEO: Retire In Costa Rica: The Perfect, 4BR, Family Mountain Home w/Stunning Views – $550,000
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Cheap Beach Condos in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica – From $175,000


Today’s market is decidedly a “buyer’s market”, which means there are many VERY affordable beach condo’s for sale in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region. Because of it’s central location and spectacular coastal setting, this is the most popular beach region of the Costa Rica. VIDEO: Cheap Central Pacific Beach Condos in Costa Rica A Vacation Condo AND Rental Income Investment Usually located only steps from town, these condos are in secure, gated communities, on or near the beach, most of which come fully furnished and are totally turn-key, which makes these units excellent vacation condos while presenting an excellent rental income opportunity as most who purchase a vacation condo only
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Is Costa Rica Dog Friendly? In a Word… YES!

A dog and his owner enjoy the Central Valley views of Costa Rica

A topic often overlooked when mulling over your retirement decision is how friendly your next home is for a cherished family member… your dog. Where Costa Rica is concerned, there are a few factors that have to be considered here and I’ll touch on each one. After living in Florida for 30 years where most dogs are practically prisoners, Costa Rica, for a dog and it’s owner, is certainly a breath of fresh air. Dogs are a part of the culture here for a couple reasons… 1) They’re Animals:  and most every Tico has a strong reverence for all living creatures.
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Where Do I Retire?… TIP: Cheapest is NOT Best!

In my business, I am constantly asked questions regarding the merits retiring in one country versus another. A very valid question to be sure as retiring off shore can be a harrowing experience. And of course, being a realtor in Costa Rica, I just might have a bias opinion, and that’s ok because admittedly, I do. But you also might consider that it’s a justified bias based on a qualified opinion after living here for several years, and helping many expatriates relocate and retire in this fantastic part of the world. This blog was motivated by a recent article I read from Yahoo Finance about the
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Buying a Small Hotel in Costa Rica: Making the Right Choice For You

Buying a small Hotel in Costa Rica can be an interesting learning experience as you’ll understand economy of scale, cost of maintaining a business, compensation for Costa Rica employees, and what it takes to be a successful marketer in the hospitality industry in Costa Rica. Escazu 10 Room Boutique Hotel, Restaurant, Bar & Owners Apt $998,000 You learn that many different things come into play such as the location as it relates to area traffic and asking price, annual return and growth, depreciation allowances, and over all condition of the hotel you are buying. Escazu Quaint, 8-Apartment Complex $790,000 TWO
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Brand New CHEAP RETIREMENT HOMES in Atenas, an Upscale, Gated Community in Costa Rica

A small, upscale, gated community in Atenas, in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

A Brand New, Single Family Retirement Home in an Upscale, Gated Community in Atenas, Costa Rica For Only $178,000! A small, upscale, gated community in Atenas, in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. This is your opportunity to purchase a high quality, 3 bedroom, single level home, in an upscale, gated community in one of Costa Rica’s most popular mountain towns, said to have the best year-round weather in the world! This is indeed, a rare occurrence as Atenas has long been the desired destination for retirees and reasonably priced, quality projects are hard to come by. But this one
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Substantially Discounted Real Estate Opportunities in Costa Rica

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How Can You Be The First To Know About Distress Sales, Foreclosures & Blood-In-The-Street Deals? Doesn’t it seem that everyone is getting great real estate deals in Costa Rica except you? You read about it on the internet, you heard about a friend who capitalized on the buyer’s market, but you can’t seem to uncover these opportunities until after the fact, when someone else has scooped it up. It’s not an uncommon tale, and there’s a reason for it… Who Knows First? If a seller here in Costa Rica is in a must-sell, distress situation due to any number of
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Crime In Costa Rica: Giving it to You Straight

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There’s so much written on crime in Costa Rica, it will make your head spin. I know, I just looked it all up and realized that I can’t possibly put this down to tidy statistics to make a point. So instead, I’ll rely on my personal experience of moving to Costa Rica in 2011, and shoot from the hip… so to speak. Violent Crime: Where violent crimes like rape, assault & murder are concerned, Costa Rica is, by far, the safest county in Central America and most of South America. It’s crime statistics, per capita, are below or equal to that of
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