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Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Joseph Emanuelli

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Interesting and Fun Stuff about Costa Rica
Ø “Pura vida” Your here it everywhere you go in Costa Rica. This is the national saying, a literal translations is “pure life,” It is used for many types of responses to a question or as a greeting, goodbye, or if someone Read More...
A Day at the Feria in Liberia Costa Rica
The Cost of 3 medium pineapples = ₡ 1000 or $1.87. Yes….you read that right! These are the juiciest, best tasting pineapples ever! The feria (farmer’s market) in Liberia is open on Thursday afternoons and all day on Friday. Each of the vendors Read More...
A visit to Caja (The Medical System in Costa Rica)
Once you receive your official residency in Costa Rica, you become a “voluntary” member of Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS or Caja). This enables you to access the socialized medical system here in Costa Rica. By voluntary, this Read More...
New Lower Gas Prices in Costa Rica
When gas prices drop in Costa Rica it is a big deal for consumers! Costa Rican's pay some of the highest gas prices in all of Central America. This decrease has been one of the largest and thus, most exciting for Costa Rica. The Public Services Regulatory Read More...
Costa Rica Property a Sellers’ Biggest Mistake
As a professional real estate broker here in Costa Rica, I come across some crazy stuff and sellers that sometimes are very unrealistic. This happens to brokers worldwide as well but it seems to be a recurring theme here. Let me give you some back ground Read More...
Building a House in Playa Hermosa Costa Rica? It is Easy or a Nightmare?
Well about a year ago after a good search Pam and I finally found a lot that we really liked to build our Costa Rican dream home on. We spent probably 2 months looking around the area and standing on a lot of properties until we finally decided on the Read More...
Playa Hermosa Costa Rica, Where is the rain for 2014?
Well it has been a long time since I wrote a blog here and I apologize about that, I am not making any excuses, although I might have some really good ones but I won’t. So you can call me lazy, you can call me not interested or whatever you want. Read More...
Costa Rica, Land Border Tax, So Typical
Costa Rica has recently passed and started enforcing a new exit tax of $5 (USD) on people leaving Costa Rica at both its northern and southern borders. While the fee is very minimal and is a common practice at many border crossings through out the world, Read More...
The rains may have finally come to end in Guanacaste!
Well this past week we had a passing thunderstorm that lasted about 20 minutes in Playa Hermosa. A total of .2 of an inch was recorded and I feel this will be the last measurable rain this season. The total amount received was 54.8 inches of rain this Read More...
Hidden Cash Crop of Costa Rica and it is not Drugs
Juicy and delicious oranges that could rival those grown in California, Florida, Brazil, ad Spain are being grown right here in Costa Rica, particularly in certain coffee farms in Guanacaste where citrus trees are being introduced to break up the monoculture Read More...
Guanacaste Rainy Season Still Going
Guanacaste Rainy Season Still Going Well here we are the beginning of the second week of November and the 2013 Costa Rica rainy season is still chugging along. In past years the rains had stopped in the end of October with just an occasional thunderstorm Read More...
Going golfing for a good cause at Costa Rica’s luxurious Four Seasons
I found this article on www.TicoTimes.net web site. What a great idea, I am going to have to round up some of the hackers I know here and played golf with in the past, and play in this tournament. Normally it would cost about the same amount for a non-member Read More...
Insurance in Costa Rica
There are many types of Insurance available in Costa Rica from Home Owners, Liability, Car, Health and Life, Since the enactment of CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which was enacted in in 2008, the country of Costa Rica was required Read More...
The Costa Rica Rainy Season is in Full Force
In the past I wrote about the weather on a daily basis, and as I also have written that I bite off a bit too much. See I don’t sit at home every day, I have to make a living to. Although I would like nothing more to retire for good I guess I am Read More...
Costa Rica Beach Front Property Getting a Tax Break
Expats and Costa Ricans alike that have a concession property in the maritime zone (this is the area of beach front land starting from the 50 meter, or 54.68 yards, median high tide mark going inland 200 meters or 218.7 yards) may be getting a tax break. Read More...
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