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This beautiful turnkey contemporary Bed and Breakfast with 2 Professional Tennis Courts and 6 units can be yours for business or pleasure or both! Located in the stunning area of Tamarindo, on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Province of Guanacaste, where the main attractions are surfing and eco-tourism.

There is a total of 7 bedrooms so you can use one for yourself & the rest for your family, friends, or guests. It is short walk to Tamarindo’s main surfing beach and the business center. Playa Tamarindo is a long, rocky beach with excellent waves and two main breaks for advanced surfers.

Some eco-friendly activities in the area include watching turtles nest during their season, diving, snorkeling, body surfing, zip-lining, estuary trips, sailing, horseback riding and fishing.

Guest suites include a 2 bedroom apartment, 2 – 1 bedroom suites, and 3 guest rooms with a total of 7 bathrooms. Also included is a restaurant and a gorgeous pool which creates a great spot for entertaining. Imagine sitting out by this pool in the morning sipping some fresh Costa Rican coffee from the nearby mountains. The property is 1600 Square Meters with 300 Square Meters of structures. This property offers the owner several means of income & attracting a variety of guests. All of these wonders can be yours for $1,195,000.00.

Tamarindo is easily accessed from Liberia Airport (approx. an hour or so away) with airlines from many major cities arriving daily. Commercial airlines include: Air Berlin, Air Canada, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Jetblue, US Airways and several others.

As well as 3-4 supermarkets, a farmer’s market is held every Saturday morning.  With such fresh food & so many outdoor activities available, it is easy to see why so many are moving to Costa Rica for La Pura Vida!!

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful property. Thank you so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Costa Rica Punta Loros

Punta Loros, a planned luxury resort and development property that spans 800 acres in the Central Pacific coastline of Costa Rica, recently tendered its environmental impact study to the Technical and Environmental Secretariat (Spanish acronym: SETENA). The study is an important part of the compliance process required to make this ambitious project a reality.

Jaime Lopez  http://news.co.cr/planned-luxury-resort-costa-rica-moves-ahead/35476

According to a news report by Spanish tourism trade publication Expreso, Punta Loros will require a $400 million investment and will consist of three hotels, 34 multifamily residential buildings, an 18-hole golf course, and plenty of luxury amenities to deliver a lifestyle reminiscent of upscale resorts in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Punta Loros is located in Tarcoles, a touristic coastal area of the Garabito canton of Puntarenas. This beach community is just a 45 minute drive from San Jose, and it is part of the Orotina and Jaco Beach region where a future International Airport will be developed to accommodate the growing tourism and retirement industry in Costa Rica. In other words, Punta Loros is prime real estate. Here’s a description from the developers:

Nestled along the coastline on the Central Pacific province of Puntarenas in stunning Costa Rica you will find Punta Loros, an 800-acre, luxury resort and development property.

An easy 10-minute drive off of the main highway near Orotina, this development parcel or large private estate offers investors enormous potential on a unique and perfectly located property. Real estate is and always has been about value, and location, location, location, and Punta Loros absolutely delivers both.

Punta Loros has a gently sloping topography with ocean views from almost ninety-five percent of the titled and deeded property. There is one-mile of Pacific beachfront with several distinctive bluffs with spectacular vantage points for optimal placement of hotel sites, an old world waterfront village, meandering golf course, world class spa, beach club as well as multi-use residential sites.

Although the building permits in Punta Loros will allow for different architectural styles, the resort facilities will feature the elegant Spanish Colonial design. Up to 5,000 residential units will be constructed in Punta Loros over a four-phase period.

Jaime Lopez  http://news.co.cr/planned-luxury-resort-costa-rica-moves-ahead/35476

Well, we made it to Friday and TGIF to all! It has a very busy and productive week for me.
But now it’s time to take a break with a deep breath and spend a few minutes watching a little manatee video before getting back to work.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

GoPro: Gentle Giants

 

# 8: Costa Rica

costa-rica-statue

If you’re ready for la pura vida, “the pure life,” you might want to consider a Costa Rica retirement. This country of just over 4 million is tucked
between Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Costa Rica has a lot going for it…it’s a nature-lover’s dream, with green-carpeted mountains, oh-wow volcanoes, and that blue, blue ocean.

It’s got top-quality, affordable healthcare and is known as one of Latin America’s most peaceful nations (it has enjoyed over 60 years of uninterrupted
democratic rule). Costa Rica has a wide variety of inexpensive housing, along with a wealth of every imaginable activity to keep you busy and happy.

Costa Rica is one of the most popular countries in the world for second home buyers, and it’s not difficult to understand why. The country’s Pacific and
Caribbean Coasts enjoy tropical climates, while much of the Central Valley experiences spring-like weather all year around. It’s also a small country—about
the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined—meaning you can travel from the Valley to the shore in less time than it takes many Americans to commute to work.

Costa Rica is a prime location for outdoor activities. Popular hobbies here include fishing, bird watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and
horseback riding. If this level of activity sounds too strenuous…you can dine and dance under the stars, or just relax around your backyard pool.

NPCA AppThis is pretty cool. Now if I only had an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. I’d be all set. Maybe next year.

NPCA’s National Park Field Guide app (for the iPhone, iPod
Touch, and iPad) has recently reached more than 20,000 downloads. Unlike any
other mobile app on the market today, the guide provides a comprehensive
ecosystem review of 50 national parks. Users can access bird portraits,
bird-call recordings, information about endangered and poisonous species, range
maps, and a complete overview of park wildlife. Plus, it’s free! Download
today!

Learn more > >

Dolphin Tale is the new movie based on the true story of a bottlenose dolphin named Winter. Winter was rescued off the Florida coast after she lost her tail in a crab trap and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

A boy, his mother, a vet from the local marine hospital & a doctor all work together to  create a prosthetic to replace the dolphin’s missing tail & thereby save the dolphin’s life.  With a cast of Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr &  Morgan Freeman starring in the movie, you know that it will be a good movie. It opens on September 23rd.

So not only has Winter had a movie made about her, she is now credited with saving the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The film could bring millions of tourists and dollars to our little Gulf Coast community for many years. Clearwater plans to promote itself as the home of Winter, the dolphin from “Dolphin Tale”. How cool is that? Attendance at the aquarium has already risen.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is launching a $12.5 million expansion and opening a “Dolphin Tale” exhibit downtown. The rest of the community will certainly benefit from this-restaurants, hotels & the like.

To learn more & see photos go to:  http://www.seewinter.com

A colleague of mine has a beautiful 5.2 km beach front property for sale in Rio Lagartos, in the state of Yucatan in Mexico.

Playa Kuká, as it’s known, is located 2.5 hours drive away from Mérida, the state capital, very close to the Rio Lagartos fishers town and the Coloradas salt mines.

Kuká is the name of a palm tree endemic of that region.

The owners ask a price of $1,500.00 USD per lineal meter of beach front. Considering that the usefull land of the property is 186 hectares, that would be $4.19 USD per square meter.

The entire property is for sale, but they may also sell one part of it as they have already divided it in several 100m beach front lots and some of them are as large as 40,000 m2 (4 hectares).

They would also consider the option of selling a part of the property and participating with other part as partners of a good project.

Playa Kuká has been a private property for more than 30 years. They have all their legal papers and even some permissions to make a .75% density ecological development because it’s part of the reserve of the biosphere of Rio Lagartos.

If necessary, the owners would open a Stewart title escrow account for the transaction.

Playa Kuká is like a private island where you can keep in touch with everybody by cellphone and internet (Telcel) and from which you can get back easily to the civilization when you want, and it’s a great place for people who would like to have a nice and peaceful beach front property away from the crowds or for developing a private resort.

Pilotes 1 House

Also for a sale a 300 hectares ranch in mainland, just 10 km away from Rio Lagartos and Playa Kuká, that is out of the biosphere reserve so it’s possible to make a complementary development there even with a golf course.

Enjoy a wonderful beach home in a Mexican tropical paradise at a reasonable price.

Playa Kuká is the most environmentally respectful coastal development in Yucatan: 100 meter beachfront lots inside the spectacular Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve.

Río Lagartos is a small fishing village of 3,000 inhabitants on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, 21/2 hours from Cancún or Merida.

Most of the population is devoted to small-scale fisheries, including spiny lobster, octopus and grouper. Río Lagartos is home to the second largest harvester of sea salt in Mexico.

There is a thriving ecotourism industry that attends visitors who enjoy local Activities & Attractions. Small hotels and inns are found in the village, as well as restaurants with regional cuisine and fresh seafood.

Cabana Playa Kuka

Strolling along the waterfront you will see traditionally built wooden houses; fishermen repairing their nets; and neighbors enjoying the cool breeze off the lagoon.

Yucatan is the State with the lowest crime rate in Mexico, comparable only to that of the world’s safest countries such as Denmark and Iceland. Río Lagartos is known for its tranquility and safety to the extent that locals do not consider it necessary to lock their doors.

The inhabitants are friendly and warm and very much attached to their traditional values.

The Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is renowned for its wildlife and biological processes. It also has the most important nesting site for thousands of American Flamingos that are only found in Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula.

In Río Lagartos there is always something to do!. Depending upon your personal interests and available time, you can make interesting plans for a day, a week or a month.

view from the water

On the beautiful Beaches you can swim, walk along miles of white sand, collect shells, practice water sports and enjoy spectacular sunsets. Popular activities include boat tours, sport fishing and birdwatching.

The more adventurous people can walk the trails or kayak through the mangrove canals…interacting more intimately with nature.

To complete your visit do not forget to eat at one of the restaurants specializing in fresh seafood or regional Yucatecan dishes.

Get “lost” on white sand beaches bordering the emerald-colored sea and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets from the terrace of your house at Playa Kuká.

Here’s another “bucket list”. This one is from the Sierra Club.

Sierra Club Grand Canyon

Backpacking the Grand Canyon’s
South Rim, Arizona. Photo by Tony Fuentes

Which of the world’s wild places should every hiker try to experience at least once in their lifetime?

Here’s our unofficial “bucket list” of not-to-be-missed favorites in Alaska, Hawaii, the Lower 48, and beyond. Click on each destination to read more about a Sierra Club trip that’s headed there soon.

Want to know where we’re headed in the future? Sign up for our Explorer newsletter for monthly roundups of the very best new and featured trips.

1) Acadia National Park, Maine

The Northeast’s only national park boasts an extensive system of foot trails leading to incredible views of islands, valley lakes, Frenchman Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

2) Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

This jagged landscape is home some of Alaska’s most spectacular and challenging mountains, as well as grizzlies, wolves, dall sheep, musk ox, and caribou.

3) Dolomites, Italy

Don’t miss this sunny corner of the Alps packed with dramatic and colorful mountains, jutting peaks, fertile valleys, and a diversity of local cultures.

Sierra Club Grand Italy's Dolomites

Italy’s Dolomites. Photo by Gene Goldberg

4) Grand Canyon National Park,
Arizona

One of the world’s most enduring natural wonders and a hiking paradise, this ancient and brilliantly-colored chasm is rich in human, geologic, and natural history.

5) Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Choose from a multitude of hiking
options in the last large piece of the
southern Appalachian forest which
contains some of the richest biological diversity in the U.S.

6) John Muir Wilderness, California

Visit the wilderness wonderland named
after Sierra Club founder, John Muir,
dotted with alpine lakes, glaciers, towering granite peaks, and lush green meadows.

7) Kauai, Hawaii

A trip to Hawaii’s “Garden Isle” means diverse trails, breathtaking views, lush
flora and fauna, and a refreshing dip in
warm surf at day’s end.

Sierra Club North Cascades, Washington

The rugged North Cascades,
Washington. Photo by Sascha Paris.

This article is so true. When I visited Costa Rica last year, I thought how easy it would be for me to just stay & live in this area. The lifestyle, the people, the views & the food are so inviting. One of the properties that I visited is very close to this site. As I got out of the car, I could see the beautiful Caribbean sea, exotic flowers, monkeys, toucans & macaws.

 If you are interested in seeing some of the photos I took from that part of Costa Rica, please click on the following links:   

 http://www.visualtour.com/shownp.asp?sk=13&T=1978717&sk=13

http://www.listingbook.com/propdetail?mlno=416658:PINELLAS&report=4

International Living Postcards

 winter 2010

Daniel has a great story about Costa Rica. Even though his tale is unique, it’s a type of story I’m hearing a lot these days.

You go to Costa Rica…maybe for a vacation…or to visit friends…and then WHAM! Before you know it, you’ve quickly fallen in love with the place and make it your new home.

There’s something about this country—its coasts in particular—that can seduce almost anyone who goes there.

There’s something about this country—its coasts in particular—that can seduce almost anyone who goes there.


Costa Rica Might Get You, Too
By Daniel Hodges

I went to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, to attend the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) class. There is ALWAYS a job teaching English in virtually every corner of Costa Rica.

After school I traveled to Cahuita to check out the Caribbean side of the country…and immediately fell in love. We figured we already knew enough about living in Costa Rica—so my wife and I sold everything and made the move!

Costa Rica

Cahuita is about 45 minutes south of Limon and a stone’s throw from the Panamanian border. The road to Cahuita is lined with emerald green rainforests blended with mountains and clear fast moving rivers.

I stayed at a hotel on the north side of town, about a 30-minute walk to Cahuita. (You can rent houses here for $350 – $800 per month.) The black-sand beaches here were mostly deserted save for the wildlife that lives comfortably alongside the people. From my hotel I was able to watch sloths, iguanas, monkeys and toucans. There is no better experience on earth than waking up at sunrise (5.00 a.m. in Cahuita) to the haunting screams of a howler monkey troupe.

I have visited beaches the world over—but nowhere compares to this. I can hear the crashing waves from inside my room (400 feet from the beach).

The coastline here is lined with a plethora of sun bleached coral reefs. As I snorkeled just steps off the beach I was taken aback by the colors, shapes and sizes of the marine life. Vibrant yellows, greens and blues stood out against the bleached white backdrop of the coral and I found I only yearned for more.

My passion in life has always been to travel the world and explore cultures and customs that enrich my life in so many ways—and none more so than the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky to help a friend celebrate her birthday on a sunset cruise in the St Petersburg, Florida harbor. It is always absolutely wonderful for me to be on any kind of boat be it a sailboat, power boat, canoe, kayak, hydrofoil or a cruise ship but his one was special. The 6 of us went out on a rented 24 ft electric boat that was so quiet that at times I had to check to see if the engine was still running! As we boarded, I was chosen to captain the boat out of the harbor & around the city pier. I was a bit shocked as I thought I was an invited “guest”. After a very busy week & an especially hectic day, I was ready to relax, drink some sparkling wine & enjoy the sunset. At first I was nervous not being familiar with this boat but within minutes of maneuvering around the anchored boats in the harbor, I felt very comfortable. Gorgeous views of downtown, dear friends, fellow boaters, the quiet, DOLPHINS and no gas fumes!  What more could one ask for?   

 for videos:   http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1454916650500

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1454916650500#!/video/video.php?v=1454920850605

http://www.facebook.com/video/?id=1160834619#!/video/video.php?v=1454932090886

for info on renting electric boats in St Pete, see www.electricmarina.com

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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