Playa Hermosa Real Estate Blog


  • THE DREADED ANNUAL TRIP TO RITEVE

    So, today you have an appointment to do something painful, and because the dentist isn’t available to do a root canal, you are taking your car to Riteve for its annual inspection. Riteve stands for Revision Tecnico Vehicular. Cars are required to undergo inspection once a year, and taxis twice a year. It can be …

  • HAVE YOU TRIED THESE COSTA RICAN FRUITS?

    We all love the deliciously ripe, sweet mangoes, pineapples, papayas and bananas that we eat daily in Costa Rica. Have you noticed how much better fruit tastes here? It is because we are eating fruits picked at the peak of ripeness, not picked green for exportation. But maybe there are a few fruits that you …

  • ALVARADO VS ALVARADO, COSTA RICA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

    On February 4, Costa Rica held its presidential election. Thirteen candidates hoped to charm an electorate. Voter turnout was at about normal levels, although 34% of voters stayed home. Political analysts consider the election “atypical,” saying that Costa Ricans felt they could not fully back any of the candidates and, instead, simply chose the lesser …

  • THE FLIP SIDE OF “PURA VIDA’

    As a visitor or resident of Costa Rica, you often hear a local (Tico) greet you with “Pura Vida”. They use it to say hello, goodbye, or to let you know everything is cool, OK. It is their way of letting you know they don’t stress the small stuff. It is said that the term …

  • DID YOU CALL ME A SLOTH? MAYBE IT IS NOT THAT BAD!

    Sloth is defined as “a disinclination to work or exert oneself,” and is included in the Catholic Church’s list of the “seven deadly sins”, along with pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, and wrath.  Sounds a bit like a description of my last vacation, how about yours?  Without the wrath. Well, maybe I felt a little …