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Profiteroles de Chocolate at Donde Johann’s

Profiteroles de Chocolate at once Johann's

 Sometimes a dessert is just irresistible, such as these Profiteroles de Chocolate at Donde Johann’s in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica.  Johann is from the south of France and he prepares some wonderful dishes. In addition to a large main menu, there is also a sushi menu and a pizza menu.


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Why are Canadians coming to Guanacaste Costa Rica?

Beach along Papagayo Gulf in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Canadians are coming to Guanacaste Costa Rica because of the great travel deals now available. yyzdeals.com shows round trip flights from Toronto to Liberia Costa Rica for $299.00! In 5 to 5-1/2 hours you can be transported from cold Canada to warm Costa Rica. Many condos and homes along the beaches of the Papagayo Gulf are only 30 minutes from the Liberia airport. 

It’s not enough, though, for a destination to be affordable. Canadians are coming to Guanacaste, Costa Rica because of the weather, of course, since the days are warm with low humidity. Spend your day relaxing by the pool or at the beach. They’re also coming because the people in Costa Rica are so friendly, helpful and welcoming. After all, Costa Rica has been named the country with the happiest people in the world. 

It’s an excellent time to buy real estate in Costa Rica. Buy a vacation home for winters and summers; buy a Costa Rica home or condo as an investment: rent it out if you’re not going to be using it. Buy now for retirement later – or just decide to retire now and enjoy life in the Papagayo Gulf area. Guanacaste offers a wide variety of properties, from a small studio condo to homes over 10,000 sq ft. 

Find out more about Costa Rica real estate.


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Escape the cold in Costa Rica

Pacifico Beach Club Costa Rica

 As another cold spell hits St Pete, you may want to consider escaping to Costa Rica. In Guanacaste, on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica, temperatures have been low 70s in the morning, rising to the low to mid 80s in the afternoon – consistent throughout the year. Low humidity, cooling breeze, no need for a heated pool here. It’s warmer than St Pete in the winter and cooler than St Pete in the summer. So – if you’re tired of the cold, hop on a plane for Liberia Costa Rica (LIR) and half an hour later you can be relaxing in the pool or at the beach.

These condos at Pacifico in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste are in a lush, gated community that’s within walking distance of a supermarket and a variety of restaurants and shops. It’s a 5 minute golf cart ride to the Pacifico Beach Club. Furnished resale condos at Pacifico are available from $215,000. Other properties being offered from less than $100,000 to $1 million plus. Contact us for more information on buying a property in Costa Rica.


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Early Retirement in Costa Rica


View from the Guanacaste shore in Costa Rica

Pacific coast view in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Moving to Costa Rica is the topic of an article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. The article talks about taking early retirement and moving to Costa Rica. Here’s what the article says were their criteria:

Warm weather
Maximum 4 hour plane ride from the US
Adequate and affordable health care
Located near or by an ocean
Clean and abundant fresh water
Affordable housing
Cost of living at least 50% lower than in the US
Good coffee
People choose Costa Rica for many reasons: early (or timely or late) retirement, a less stressful restart, a vacation property, an investment property to rent out, second home, or just to get a portion of their money outside the US. Whatever the reason, many people have found their goal in Costa Rica. It’s not perfect, but then – no place is.
Talk to us about the pros and cons of Costa Rica.

Originally posted in http://www.cocopacifico.com

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National Instruments expanding to Costa Rica

National Instruments announced today that it will be opening an operations center in San Jose Costa Rica in the second quarter of 2011. This Austin, Texas based global technology company is planning to hire 200 people over the next 5 years for financial services, information technology, customer relations and sales operations.  Their reasons for choosing Costa Rica:

  • talented workforce
  • culture promoting education and continuous learning
  • people with a desire to succees
  • competitive business infrastructure.

National Instruments joins many US and global companies in establishing operations in Costa Rica.

… See InsideCostaRica

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Pacifico condo closeout sale Playa del Coco Guanacaste Costa Rica

Pacifico condos at Playas del Coco Guanacaste Costa Rica

Pacifico condos at Playas del Coco Guanacaste Costa Rica

Pacifico is having a condo closeout sale on their last completed condos at Playa del Coco in Guanacaste Costa Rica.

At Lifestyles, the three story buildings surrounding swimming pools, there are seven left. These prices represent 30% off the base prices, with existing upgrades and options free. Prices vary by location and upgrades.

1 bedroom 1 bath with 1,168 sq ft:
Furnished Model on the ground floor $184,000
Furnished Model on the second floor $196,250

2 bedroom 2 bath  –  all sold.

3 bedroom 2 bath with 1,599 sq ft
Furnished model on the 2nd floor  $268,967
3 second floor units, one at $203,000 and two at $210,000 each
1 third floor unit at $189,000

Clubside condos and Townhomes are also available. Contact The Simms Team at ALVA International, Inc. for more information.

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Costa Rica calendar for November 2010 from Sylvia Guardia M., Photographer

Costa Rica calendar November 2010 by Sylvia Guardia M Photographer

Costa Rica calendar November 2010 by Sylvia Guardia M Photographer

This month’s Costa Rica calendar from photographer Sylvia Guardia M. is a photo of Playa Esterillos on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

You can download Sylvia Guardia M’s calendar.

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Some Costa Rica roads still closed after heavy rains

Some Costa Rica roads are still closed after heavy rains. InsideCostaRica reports that 23 road sections are totally closed and 33 others are partially closed.  Quepos is particularly hit this time with 3 roads completely closed, including the one access road to Manual Antonio. You can check the government transit website for current details on the closures.

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Costa Rica rainy season is rainy this year

Rainy season in Costa RicaThe Costa Rica “rainy season” is rainy this year and Ticos are saying, “Rain, rain, go away!” Many of the main highways have seen closures, especially those going through the mountains. Some of the roads are open to cars and buses but not to trucks.

If you are traveling to Guanacaste, during the rainy season you may want to fly directly into Guanacaste rather than taking a cheaper or direct flight into San Jose – the drive between San Jose and Guanacaste, normally 4-5 hours, is extremely unpredictable this year due to road conditions.

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Flights from Dusseldorf Germany to Guanacaste Costa Rica

Direct flights from Dusseldorf Germany to Liberia (LIR) Guanacaste Costa Rica have been announced by Europe’s largest travel agency, TIU. Costa Rica is the first country in Central America to receive these Airbus flights through TIU.

These additional flights will certainly increase not only vacationers but people interested in second homes and spending their winter months in Costa Rica.

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