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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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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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Costa Rica – poverty, homelessness and panhandling

Rob made an interesting observation on our recent Costa Rica trip – he saw no homeless people sleeping on the streets or in parks, and we didn’t see a panhandler during our entire visit. Yes, people were selling wares and yes, people were selling services, but no one had their hand out looking for something for nothing.  Does Costa Rica have poverty and poor people? Of course. We need to remember, though, that money and happiness aren’t necessarily synonymous. People can have few materials goods and lead a happy life. We love the Ticos and celebrate with them  Pura Vida!

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Fishing in Costa Rica – a client's perspective

Catching a sailfish in Costa Rica

Catching a sailfish in Costa Rica

This morning one of our clients stopped in to our office, and we started talking about Costa Rica. Robin loved the two vacations she spent in Costa Rica at Crocodile Bay Resort at Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula on the southwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Here’s their story of great sport fishing in Costa Rica.

They caught sailfish, mahi mahi, blue marlin, roosters, snapper, jack crevelle and king mackerel. Perhaps equally exciting was seeing a Humpback Whale that did a full breach right beside them.

There are many locations along the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica where there is great sports fishing.

If you’d like to buy a vacation home in Costa Rica to enjoy sports fishing on a regular basis, contact The Simms Team.

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Costa Rica is the “happiest” country

Playa Bejuco Costa Rica

CNN reports that Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world. It says a recent report from an independent research group in Britain says that the Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and the second-highest average life expectancy of the new world. 143 countries were surveyed. The United States ranked 114th and was greener and happier 20 years ago.

From personal observation, the Costa Rican people, or Ticos, are friendly, welcoming and enjoy the Pura Vida. It’s a pleasure to be around them.

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Costa Rica

Sunset at the beach Costa Rica

Sunset at the beach Costa Rica

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