Why go to Costa Rica

Why Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a land of unparalleled beauty. This small country is a paradise of clean sun-drenched beaches, tropical rainforests and smiling and friendly inhabitants.

With an area of ​​50.895 square kilometers, Costa Rica is a bit larger than Switzerland and is the second smallest country in Central America. But within its borders can be found vast areas of forests, countless rivers, an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, breathtaking volcanoes and beautiful beaches.

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Besides its impressive biodiversity, one of the main attractions of Costa Rica is its fantastic climate, with 266 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature in the Pacific Coast of 24-29 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

The natural beauty of Costa Rica is combined with the hospitality and warmth of its people.

Costa Rica is a very special country because among other things has most of its territory protected as national parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves.

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Being one of the most sought after tourist destinations, Costa Rica has a lot to offer in terms of modern hotel infrastructure. All over the country you can find hotels of different ranges and prices, and also a wide variety of food to suit all tastes.

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Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its pristine beaches and beautiful reefs, and the reputation he has earned by conducting a smart conservation attracts tourists from around the world . Nature lovers, families, surfers and adventure, honeymoon couples, students and specialized groups.

Costa Rica offers all this and more.

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Seven resorts of Costa Rica are among the best in Central and South America

Seven hotels resorts in Costa Rica were placed among the top 15 in Central and South America, according to travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
According to the ranking published on the website of Condé Nast Traveler, the hotels in Costa Rica that were placed on the list of privilege are the following: Xandari Resort and Spa, Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, Hotel Punta Islita, Los Sueños Lodge & Spa, Dreams Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Arenas del Mar and the Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa.

The magazine presents the Ranking after conducting surveys with readers, which are rated with different aspects such as service, activities, location, rooms, food and others.
The Westin Playa Conchal, highlighted its location between these top 15 resorts in a press release this morning. They said it is the only luxury all-inclusive resort in the region.
“This is a motivating surprise. It is the first time Condé Nast Traveler, U.S. magazine nominates Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal. For the hotel and its employees it is a matter of pride, because for us it is very important to complete with the quality of service and wellness that we promise to our guests”, said general manager Herman Binaghi.

We invite you all to come and visit Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a lot to offer, volcanoes, beautiful beaches, friendly people, interesting real estate, golf, surf, amazing flora and fauna and much more. Come and spend some time in Costa Rica, now you can stay in the best resorts in Central and South America. At this moment we are in a buyers market so there are very good real estate deals available.

Triathlon in Los Delfines Golf & Country Club Playa Tambor, Costa Rica

Get ready for some action here in Playa Tambor Costa Rica. Tomorrow Los Delfines Golf & Country Club is once more the location of a sport event. In Costa Rica sports which you can practice in the open air are very popular, such as mountain biking, marathons, ATV tours, hiking, but also triathlon. Therefore Costa Rica also sent 1 triathlon athlete to the Olympics in the capital of England, London.

Tomorrow the International Triathlon starts here in Playa Tambor, where they will swim in the Whale Bay or Bahia Ballena which is perfect for the event because there are no high waves nor under currents. They run on the beach and enter Los Delfines Golf & Country Club where they will pass beautiful lakes and will probably appreciate Scarlet Macaws, Blue Jays, Humming Birds, Howler Monkeys and much more. Yes, it is sometimes a zoo here at Los Delfines, Playa Tambor. It is pretty big event and therefore Costa Rica national television, canal 7, will be present and will film obviously the athletes but also the natural tropical sceneries.

I will be present and enjoy the event, all the hotels and cabins in Playa Tambor and surroundings are booked because of this. We are now in the rainy season although it normally only rains sometimes at night, therefore everything is very lush but the humidity factor is pretty high making it even harder for the athletes. Because we live in this beautiful natural setting for us there is no need to go look for a place to practice sports. We live steps from the beach and can play golf, tennis, basketball, soccer or even practice triathlon and living in the very unique blue zone can it get any healthier than this?

So tomorrow at Playa Tambor, Costa Rica the event starts at 1 pm with the category for children first and at 2.30 pm the Olympic and Sport category. Athletes from Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama and obviously Costa Rica will participate. All participants are approved by the united federation of Triathlon. Hopefully Costa Rica can show how it needs to be done!

Today Guanacaste celebrates in Costa Rica

Today is a holiday, the 25th of July  is the day of Guanacaste, it remembers the annexation of the province of Guanacaste to Costa Rica. This happened on the 25th of July  in 1824, before this Guanacaste was part of Nicaragua. The civilians of Guanacaste requested to be united to Costa Rica because Nicaragua was actively involved in several civil wars at that time. Don’t think Costa Rica took it from Nicaragua, the Nicaraguans requested this themselves. The annexation was approved by the Federation of Central America, so since July 25, 1824 Guanacaste is a province of Costa Rica.

The inhabitants of Guanacaste are very proud of being Costa Ricans, their slogan says “part of Costa Rica by our own choice” and this shows again the values of democracy in Costa Rica!

Today is the day of Guanacaste, but this day is celebrated nationwide and is considered a public holiday with lots of activities, parades, parties, events. Today being a public holiday don’t go to the bank or municipality, shops, etc because everything is closed. This show how important this day is for Costa Rica!

How do they celebrate this special day? Well a couple of typical cultural celebrations have parades, folk dances, bull riding, cattle shows and more. Similar to the festival of the Virgin Mary the parades here involve children running through the park or village wearing masks and dressing up as clowns or other personages.

The streets and parks of Guanacaste fill up with stands and typical Costa Rican food like tamales, corn, rice and chicken,  and tortillas. It is a celebration for all ages, for the adults there are concerts, dances, BBQ’s etc also part of the celebration.

Guanacaste is the northwest province of Costa Rica and the capital is Liberia or as the locals call it the white city, named after their large white church. Guanacaste is named after a large tree, which is very common in the province. Guanacaste’s mayor income source is agriculture and cattle although tourism is becoming very important as well. In Costa Rica there are only 2 international airports and 1 is located in Liberia, this helped Guanacaste to grow very fast. In Guanacaste there are beautiful beaches and several big hotel chains, such as Marriot, Hilton, Four Seasons, RIU, Sol Melia and more have established their hotel in this beautiful province of Costa Rica.

Life steps from the beach and golf course in Tambor, Costa Rica.

Imagine walking or relaxing on the beach or swimming in the ocean after playing 18 holes on a spectacular golf course surrounded by flora and fauna, scarlet macaws, deer, blue birds, monkeys and colourful flowers. At Los Delfines Golf & Country Club in Playa Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica this is a normal day well spend. You add to this having a drink or bite to eat at the 19th hole in the clubhouse or a delicious pizza at the pizzeria on the beach.

Los Delfines Golf & Country Club in Playa Tambor, Costa Rica is a beautiful place to live or spend your vacation because of the convenience, all infrastructure in place, 24/7 security, tropical beach, flora & fauna, golf course, access, rental opportunities, property management, peace, tennis, basketball courts and much more. At Los Delfines Golf and Country Club, you will experience the charms of a tropical setting with a beach which stretches for more than 3 miles.

The best part of all this that you can purchase a home at very reasonble prices. There are also short and long term rentals available.

We have the following duplex homes for sale. The villa measures 100 m2 or 1,100 sq ft of construction including the roofed terraces, featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining-living room, front and back terrace overlooking the front and large back yard. The villa sits on a 500 sq meter lot (1/8 acre). These villas are in very good shape as they were recently remodeled, repainted, they changed all the lights, clean up both front and back yard, revarnished all closets and doors. In the kitchen and bathrooms they placed brand new Granite counter tops and stainless steel sinks and new fossets.

The price for these particular units is only $115,000 which is below market value. The owner is willing to finance the purchase as in house financing. Ask Century 21 Beach Area Properties for more information on this villa or any other type of real estate in Costa Rica.

Cobano on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica

Cobano is a busy town, considered being the hub with lots of action here on the southern Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Cobano is our main shopping town where you will find just about everything you will need from fresh fruit, meat and fish to several imported products along with everyhting from clothing and appliance stores, to hamburger, taco joints and a variety of pubs, hotels and restaurants. Also if you are looking for professionals, such as topographers, attorneys, mecanics Cobano is the place to be. The Banco Nacional is present, as well as a Post Office and Bus Stop with services to the San Jose International Airport.

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There is also a full service farmacy and a hospital as well as private doctors, dentists etc.
From December until April Cobano hosts lots of parties including Bull Riding, Civic Festivities, Horse Shows, Parades, Dances which is an important social aspect of the culture in Costa Rica.

You will pass Cobano when you go the the popular beaches, such as Montezuma, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Manzanillo, Cabuya and Cabo Blanco. Because the beach towns are growing Cobano is expanding as well. They are now building a small commercial center, in the middle of Cobano.

Cobano also has a private bilingual school and kindergarden, with both foreign as well as local teachers.

Cobano is located at 20 minutes from Tambor and 45 minutes from the Ferry terminal of Paquera. Because you are not at the beach and therefore do not have the ocean breeze it can get pretty hot in Cobano. The people in Cobano are very friendly and will be very helpful if you need anything.

Personally I go to Cobano for grocery shopping, once in a while have lunch and of course enjoy the festivities as they are very popular and are lots of fun.

Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Mal Pais, Costa Rica — Best Beaches in Nicoya

Mal Pais is one of the more famous beaches in Costa Rica where you can learn or practice the sport of surfing while enjoying white sand beaches, tide pools and ocean breezes with a backdrop of splendid tropical nature. This marvelous place on the Nicoya Peninsula has captured the hearts of international guests for its spectacular beauty and memorable sunsets. Mal Pais is rapidly becoming a hot spot of interest as famous celebrities have begun popping up around town and on the beaches.

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In recent years the area experienced an injection of monetary investment resulting in provision of a wide range of comfort for every level of tourism.

Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve borders on the eastern edge of town which is mostly residential and creates an optimum balance with nature. The original town was primarily a small fishing village. Today, the fishing harbor of Mal Pais boasts a fleet of small boats which continues to provide sport fishing, boat tours and fresh caught fish for the local residents and restaurants.

Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica

The oldest established tourist destination on the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, Montezuma is a small town located on the shore just inside the Gulf of Nicoya only a few kilometers east of the tip and Cabo Blanco Reserve.

The beautiful sand beaches along this part of the coast are of southern exposure to the Pacific Ocean. Montezuma is yet another town geared for tourism.

Well known for its exuberant and diverse nightlife, Montezuma is an international tourist destination with a European flair and artsy feel to it. Downtown is home to a variety of boutiques featuring local arts, and crafts and some unique waterfront bars and restaurants. One of the better restaurant on the Nicoya Peninsula you can find here in Montezuma. There is one that is called Playa Los Artistas, which is a beachfront restaurant and the food and setting is just amazing. On the beach of Montezuma there is bar with dancing and sometimes live performances, the bar is called “chicos” which is very popular.

Traditionally known as a backpacker’s town , many young people come to Montezuma to enjoy fun in the sun. On an average accommodations here range from small to medium budget hotel rooms. Restaurants are abundant and the food is diverse, from local fare to international cuisine. You can either get a hamburger or lobster, whatever you prefer.
There are enough activities to keep visitors busy. Horseback rides and ATV rentals are popular and there is a magnificent waterfall, located a short walk from the center of Montezuma.

Montezuma is only 30 minutes from Tambor and I go there on regular basis, either to enjoy the beach, have lunch, dinner or go dancing. The road from Tambor to Cobano is paved and from Cobano to Montezuma the road is being improved right now making it very accessible. Come to Montezuma in Costa Rica and enjoy!


Tortuga Island

One of Costa Rica’s landmark tourist destination s is just a shora boat ride up the Coast from Puntarenas, Montezuma, Tambor and Curu. World famous for its white sand beaches lined with tall Coconut Palms, Tortuga Island has crystal clear water with no Ocean currents whihc makes this the ideal place for beginners and young people alike to swim and practice their snorkeling skills.

Due to the classic beauty of Tortuga, cruise ships from Puntarenas visit the island daily bringing toursits that are bussed down from San Jose on a full day tour. The boats from Montezuma, Tambor and Curu arrive a couple of hours before the Cruise ships begin to show up and have the island all to themselves. When the cruise ships begin to arrive with people from around the world that invade the island with their BBQ’s, tropical drinks and Marimba bands. Let the party begin! It is not uncommon to see a couple of hundred people during the summer months dancing under the coconut palms and snorkeling or kayaking in the crystal clear waters of Tortuga Island.

For those who like to hike, there are footpaths on the island that can be enjoyed while taking in the ambience and nature at Tortuga Island.

Fun on Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

People sometimes ask me what do you do when you have a day off. Now it really depends on what kind of mood I am in, no I cannot go shopping something I don’t mind at all but I can do other things like visit local beaches, as on the southern Nicoya Peninsula you have a large choice of beaches.

In Tambor you have a wide sandy beach perfect for swimming because it is on a bay with no high waves or undertow. I can go to Cocolito, Montezuma, Cabuya or Las Manchas which all are very nice beaches as well. Cocolito has a waterfall that falls into the ocean, not something you see every day. Las Manchas has natural pools between the rocks.

Montezuma is a lively town with lots of restaurants, bars and shops and features a beautiful waterfall with a canopy tour where you fly over the waterfalls and can swim under them. I sometimes go to Montezuma to have a nice lunch and enjoy the setting.

Cabuya features a natural reserve called Cabo Blanco. This Reserve measures around 3000 acres of mixed forest, classified as moist tropical forest. There more than 150 types of trees identified. You find the most amazing types of trees, there is 1 of the spiny cedars in Cabo Blanco of 165 feet and measures 10 meters in diameter. Besides the trees you can find white-tailed deer, armadillos, anteaters, howler, spider and capuchin monkeys, collared peccary, coyotes, porcupines, raccoons and coatis. Cabo Blanco translated as the white cape also features a white sand beach with beautiful clear waters where fishing is prohibited but snorkeling or scuba diving is great.

Then there is Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen and Manzanillo. Endless beaches where you can walk for miles and miles and enjoy the most spectacular sunsets you have ever seen. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais have become world famous destinations for their magical atmosphere, breathtaking wild sand beaches and sunsets. Santa Teresa is very well known for its consistent surf all year round with waves from 3 to 10 feet high. Here you will find all kinds of restaurants, bar, shops etc. It is perfect to spend the day, have some nice lunch and finish the day with a beautiful sunset. Lots of surf events take place here where surfers from all over the world come a participate. Manzanillo is a tranquil town with a beautiful beach as well where they do sandcastles competitions every year.

We can also go horseback riding, sport fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, ATV rides, Golf, Tennis, Surfing etc. I am foreigner but I can tell you it is really easy to make friends here so lots of times we just visit friends and hang out with a BBQ or nice drink.

Costa Rica is such a small country where you easily daytrips to go see whatever you want! I am from the city with endless stores etc but if you ask me that is boring, here you can really enjoy nature and life at the fullest. When you come to Playa Tambor to spend your vacation you don’t want to leave.