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Guanacaste Costa Rica more accessible from Canada

Guanacaste Costa Rica will be even more accessible to Canadians through the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste. Air Canada announced that their subsidiary, Air Canada Vacations, will be offering charter flights directly to Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  Air Canada will be offering 48 flights a week from Canada to Costa Rica, including Guanacaste, which is becoming the most popular vacation area. The beaches of Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Ocotal, Playa Panama and the Papagayo Peninsula are just 15-20 from the airport, driving through the peaceful countryside.

The Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia LIR was recently approved for an expansion project for a $35 million terminal which will be able to handle 1,500 passengers simultaneously. Liberia will see increased medical tourism, too, with the expansion of both Clinica Biblica Hospital and CIMA Hospital from the capital, San Jose.

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Frontier Airlines adds flight to Guanacaste Costa Rica

Frontier Airlines has been flying from Denver to San Jose Costa Rica. They recently announced that beginning in February 2011 Frontier will add a weekly nonstop flight from Denver to Liberia Airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Many of the wonderful beach communities on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica are within 15 – 20 minutes from the Liberia airport: Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Ocotal and a little further away are Flamingo and Tamarindo. The Four Seasons Resort at Papagayo is also within 30 minutes of the airport.

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Costa Rica Happy Independence Day

Flag of Costa Rica with red, white and blue stripesHappy Independence Day, Costa Rica! Today, September 15th, is the 189th anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica and is a national holiday in Costa Rica. Banks, businesses and most retail operations will be closed for the day.

Tuesday night starts the celebration with Ticos gathering to sing the national anthem and lighting candle lanterns. Parades will be held around the country. Some road sections will be closed. . Many Ticos will sing patriotic songs and carry flags.

Most parades are scheduled for early morning so that they will beat the afternoon rains that are typical of the rainy season – also known as The Green Season.

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Costa Rica calendar from Sylvia Guardia M.

This month’s Costa Rica calendar from photographer Sylvia Guardia M. is a photo of the Rincon volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Rincon Volcano in Guanacaste Costa Rica

You can download the Guanacaste September calendar here.

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Buy a Costa Rica condo with friends – through a corporation

Most people buying a condo or home in Costa Rica do so through a Costa Rican corporation – and if they own multiple properties, they generally have a separate corporation for each property. Some developers in Costa Rica already have a corporation set up for each lot. Many attorneys have empty corporations ready to transfer.

Buying a Costa Rica condo with friends – just in case you’re not ready to make the whole investment yourself – is much easier through a corporation. No “tenants in common”, here parties buy shares of stock. Is one friend going to use the condo twice as much as the others? They can buy twice the amount of stock.

You and your friends may want to alternate times in the property, or sometimes you may want to go and enjoy it together. If there’s time left over, you may want to rent it out, either through a local company or online or a combination of both.

Many people now want to invest SOME of their assets outside the US, but not as much as would be necessary to buy a property outright, especially if you’re looking for a property with great amenities in a gated community. So – you may want to consider getting together a group of your friends or business colleagues and purchasing it through a Costa Rican corporation.

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Playa del Coco in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Michael Mills just published this short video of Playa del Coco in Guanacaste Costa Rica

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Costa Rica calendar for August from Sylvia Guardia Monserrat

Below is a desktop background you can download from the link below the photo: from our favorite photographer in Costa Rica, Sylvia Guardia Monserrat:

August 2010 Costa Rica  photo calendar

August 2010 Costa Rica photo calendar

Download calendar photo here.

If you need a photographer in Costa Rica, Sylvia does an excellent job – weddings, architecture, nature, commercial, real estate, portraits. She’s a delightful person as well. Check out her website (linked above) for examples of her photography.

Thanks for letting us share this, Sylvia!

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Rainy Season in Costa Rica is the Green Season

Rainy afternoon in Tamarindo Guanacaste Costa Rica

Rainy afternoon in Tamarindo Guanacaste Costa Rica

It’s now the Rainy Season in Costa Rica, which the locals charmingly call The Green Season (sometimes referred to as dry season and green season). The summer season in Costa Rica is November to April and the green season is from May to October, with the heaviest rains coming in October.

Our first trip to  Costa Rica a few years ago was in August and I have to admit that going to the tropics during rainy season had me a bit worried.  Much to my pleasure, I found that it was no worse than summer in Florida, where a heavy afternoon rain is typical, but surrounded by sunshine on both sides of the rain. The green season also has the appeal of lower rates and less crowded restaurants and attractions.  When it’s raining – think Pura Vida! and enjoy relaxing under cover while you listen to the captivating sound of the rain.

Ken Schaafsma does a great job of dispelling some myths in his blog posts. I liked his post yesterday about the Costa Rica rainy season. He also gave a few weather facts I wasn’t aware of:  1) the length of daylight hours in Costa Rica varies by only about 15 minutes from June to December; and 2) Costa Rica averages 13 hours of sunlight every day.

You may know that Costa Rica doesn’t play with Daylight Savings Time.  What is, is.  So, in December Costa Rica is one hour behind Florida time and in the summer Costa Rica is two hours behind Florida time.

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Costa Rica high on Environmental Performance Index

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Costa Rica in the dry seasonCosta Rica ranked 3rd out of 163 countries on the 2010 Environmental Performance Index, up from 5th in 2008. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with many different environments, but is keeping its environmental quality up while the country continues to develop. Even now 80% of their electric energy is from renewable sources, hydro and geothermal, and wind farms planned for Guanacaste will raise that.  Costa Rica’s plan is to be totally carbon neutral by 2021. One of their plans is to require all construction and renovations to be “green building” certified. Only Switzerland and Iceland ranked higher on the index. Globe-net described Costa Rica as “the green jewel”.  And it’s only a 2.5 hour flight from Florida!

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Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica

Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa RicaMarina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica has opened its first phase, with 100 slips including facility for large yachts. The fuel dock has opened as well.  Scott Cutter, my real estate colleague in the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area of Costa Rica, took this night shot of the marina. You can see several additional photos on the Marina Pez Vela site. The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is one of the best sports fishing areas in the world. This is probably an hour’s drive south of the marina at Los Suenos, and half an hour south of Del Pacifico.

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