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Lot / Land For Sale in Coco Bay

Coco Bay Entrance
Building Pad Site in Place

• 2,685 sq. m. lot / land - $9,500 USD - Reduced from $225K

 -  More and More people are looking to Costa Rica for that special place to retire to, vacation and invest. This beautiful Ocean View lot has it all to offer. Enjoy a leisurely walk or play a heart pounding set of tennis, then head back to your tropical retreat to write a email to all your buddies telling them about your deep see fishing experience the day before all while gazing across the Bay of Coco while watching the parrots cruse by your veranda. This is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Many Ocean View Lots are on the market and most do not have a building site in place, if they do the price is substantially higher, meaning you have to spend even more money on site preparation before you can even start to think about building your dream home. Many Properties are moving fast if you think prices will go lower and want to wait longer, you will have already missed the boat.
Start Enjoying Costa Rica Now!!
*2685 M2 Ocean View Lot
*Ocean Views
*Underground Utilities include
Electric, Cable and Internet
*Legal Water Ready to Build
*Building Pad in Place
*Hand Laid Brick Paved Roads
*Gated Secure Community
*Walk to all Amenities
*Lighted Tennis Courts
*Tropical Lagoon Pool
*Well Equipped Fitness Center *Private Beach Club
*On Site Restaurant
*3 Minutes to Shopping,
Beach and Entertainment
*25 Minutes from Liberia
International Airport
All this for the only
Well Below Owners Cost!!!

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Lot / Land For Sale in Playas Del Coco

Coco Bay Estates Lot 42 r 1
Practically Giving it Away!!!

• 2,373 sq. m. lot / land - $40,000 USD - BELOW OWNERS COST

 -  This Beautiful easy to build on lot is located within the Coco Bay Estates Development; a premiere master planned private community. The lot measures 2373 Sq. Mt. just over a half acre and has a building site pad already cut. The lot is mostly flat for ease of construction. The Property is centrally located within the development and walking distance to all the amenities. The community boasts top quality tennis club, fitness center, full service spa, tropical lagoon style pool, outdoor recreation area, club house area, private beach club facility and 24/7 security. The development is only a short 3 minute drive to the beach and town of Playas Del Coco and which has all the things you will need from four grocery stores, to banks, pharmacies, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping, fishing and diving outfitters and so much more. Just 25 minutes from the Liberia International Airport and you are Home in your own tropical paradise!
If you have been waiting for a property that is worth investing in that will not break the bank, NOW is your Opportunity!
The owner said “Just Lower the Price and Sell It”
Originally listed for $199,000
Now Being Offered for the CRAZY Price of $40,000.
At This Price It Will Not Last Long!!!

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Single Story For Sale in Flamingo

oceanica flamingo condo cean view terrace
Luxury Condo Fully Furnished

• 1,585 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story - $424,900 USD - Reduced from $550,000

 -  Oceanica 816 is a fabulous 4th floor condo with stunning views embodying tropical charm with its beautiful woodwork and spectacular beach and ocean vistas from the bedrooms, dining room, and living room. World-class white sand Flamingo beach is a 2 minute stroll away. Relax on your large ocean view terrace with a cool cocktail, while gazing at the unsurpassed sunsets every night, then open the master suite windows to fall asleep to the rhythmic cadence of the Pacific Ocean. This wonderful ocean view Flamingo condo enjoys a well-appointed floor plan, very spacious and bright, with 3 bedrooms, 2 sleek bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen boasting stainless steel appliances and granite counters. The modern furnishings and chic decor create an ambience of tropical sophistication. The luxurious master suite at Oceanica 816 features a private balcony, king bed, and louvered windows that fold back to reveal the lovely ocean and beach views. The private master ensuite bathroom has a deluxe shower and more louvered windows that also open out to pristine Flamingo Bay. The comfortable second bedroom offers a queen bed, while the third bedroom has two twin beds and its own balcony with excellent views over Flamingo beach. This elegant ocean view Oceanica condo is nestled on the hill of the prestigious Flamingo North Ridge, overlooking the soft white sands of unspoiled Flamingo Beach. The Oceanica development offers a sparkling infinity edge ocean view pool, with BBQ rancho area, elevators, wireless internet, 24 hour security and parking on the grounds. Popular Flamingo restaurants such as Mar Y Sol and Maria's - as well as quaint shops, grocery store and bank - are just steps away. Flamingo is in the heart of Costa Rica's famous North Pacific Gold Coast, with world-class beaches, sport-fishing, signature golf courses, surfing, diving and eco-activities. The new Liberia International Airport is only 45 minutes away, and the best private schools on the coast are under 10 minutes away

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Single Story For Sale in Playa Hermosa

180 Degree Ocean View
Superior Construction SINGLE FLOOR PLAN

• 3,059 sq. ft., 4 bath, 3 bdrm single story - $799,000 USD - Reduce By Almost Half

 -  This Spectacular Custom Built 1800 Ocean View Home is located in the resort style community of Hermosa Heights in the center of Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste. The Gorgeous and Spacious Open Plan retreat features 3059sqf under AC containing 1 Master suite with private bath including a 2 person ocean view Jacuzzi. In addition there are 2 bedrooms with private baths, All having a stunning Ocean View. Nothing was spared in the construction of this home it has all the extra Upgrades that you could think of. Some of the features are a 10 Year Developer Warranty, Solid Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Construction, an Environmentally friendly, superior thermal and acoustic insulation, Zoned Central Air Conditioning, Superior quality, energy efficient Reflective Low E glass windows and Almond Wood Flooring with a 25 year warranty. The Chefs’ Kitchen was designed for ease of use containing High Quality Stainless Steel Appliances, Designer Viking Range Stop Stove, 2 Zone Wine Fridge and Built in Ovens. Granite Countertops and Custom Tropical Hardwood Cabinetry throughout finish off this great area. Enjoy lounging around in the 60 Ft. Infinity Edge, Travertine Tile Lap Pool or the Infinity Edge Jacuzzi that is attached to the built in BBQ and Wet Bar area. The Home also has Extensive Camera and Security Alarm System As well as Ceiling Speaker System installed inside and outside with top rated phoenix gold speakers. You do not need keys for this home with the Schlage Digital keyless locking system for the front door. Simply enter a code and you enter the house. The Home is reasonably price for the many amenities it has to offer.

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Single Story For Sale in Playa Hermosa

Walk to the Beach Gated Community

• 3,500 sq. ft., 4 bath, 3 bdrm single story "Great Floor Plan" - $425,000 USD - Just Listed

 -  This Exquisite 3500 Sq. Ft. Custom Built Family Home includes a 450 Sq. Ft. separate guest cottage and has every thing for the family and more.
Located within the prestigious community of Palo Alto in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste. This fabulous home is within walking distance to the beach. Less than 10 minute walk. This one level home features extra large Master Suite with walk in closet and room to spare, plus two additional bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, Large dinning, living and separate entertainment room. Enjoy lounging around the custom pool and waterfall nestled within the tropical landscaping of the back yard, with banana, mango and papaya trees,while enjoying the exotic sounds of tropical birds and monkeys. This awesome investment opportunity also features granite counter tops throughout, high end LG appliances, Ethan Allan brand furniture, separate large laundry room with lots of storage and a 2 car enclosed garage with auto opener. There is a complete security system with motion detectors and completely fence around the entire property with remote controlled automatic gate opener. This fantastic home features a private guest house for friends and family as well as many more amenities. The Home has just been newly upgraded and looks great.
Owner has been living here full time and relocation to the US has motivated him to sell
Now Being Offered Fully Furnished for $425,000
All reasonable offers will be considered

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3 Story For Sale in Playa Panama

• 2,140 sq. ft., 3 bath, 2 bdrm 3 story - $479,000 USD

 -  This Fabulous 2140 sq .ft. Custom Home features 2 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths. The Master Suite includes its own Ocean View Balcony. The Extra Large Kitchen has Granite Counter Tops and Custom Hard Wood Cabinets, GE Stainless Steel Appliances and a great Ocean View thru extra large window. Below the Spiral staircase is a great location for an office. The Roof Top Deck is perfect for partying or just relaxing, which is pre-plumbed with water and power. A perfect place to set up an out door bar and party area. Enjoy watching the Monkeys in the trees just off the side patio. The home also features a 2500liter reserve water system, irrigation and security system. Take a plunge in the custom built pool.
This Great investment is a bargain to own for a great home in Paradise.
Financing Available

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3 Story For Sale in Playas Del Coco

Mountian View
Very Well Appointed

• 1,049 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm 3 story - $140,000 USD - Turnkey Ready!!

 -  Can you see yourself enjoying a cold tropical fruit smoothie while lounging around a beautifully landscaped pool while monkeys play in the trees and song birds serenade you in your new Costa Rica dream? Serene Suites is a centrally located small boutique development with a 10 minute walk to 2 beaches and a 5 minute drive to all the activities and services of Playa Del Coco. This very well appointed two bedroom two bath top floor condominium is turnkey ready. All you have to do is bring your bathing suit, toothbrush and the clothes you like to wear. The vaulted ceilings make this 1043 square foot unit feel much larger than it is. The condo features solid local hardwood cabinets and built-ins throughout, granite counter top, stainless steel appliances, fully furnished including flat screen TV, cable and internet. The development of Serena Suites features 24/7 security, legal water, secure entry gates, on site property management, tropical pool and Jacuzzi, lush landscaping and VERY LOW HOA FEES of only $208.00 per month. This great property is waiting for you and reasonably priced below owners cost. Developer units are priced $5K less and are not turn key ready.
Offered for Only

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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, Costa Rica’s implantation of the new tax can only be considered one thing, a complete failure.

As anybody attempting to cross the border over the last month can tell you, the system suffers some major flaws that lead to long lines, delays and anger that eventually caused the Immigration Administration to temporarily suspend verification of the tax to keep some resemblance of order at the border.

1- Lack of Awareness

Costa Ricans, Nicaraguans and tourists from all over the world all had one thing in common when trying to leave Costa Rica, no one new that there had been a new Tax put into place and if they did it was unclear when it was going to be enforced. This tends to be a issues with the government, pass a new law and let no one know about it until the last possible minute.

2- Paying the Exit Fee

The new Costa Rican exit fee can only be paid at Bancredito branched or ATM’s. Now here is the kicker, there are no Bancreidto branched or ATM’s at the border. That is right, you can not pay the exit fee at the border… Confused, you are not alone on this one. The nearest branch is located Liberia which is an hour plus drive each way from the border.

Conclusion on Costa Rica Border Tax

Penas Blancas Costa Rica BorderAs of now the border issue has not been resolved and while the bank contracted to take the $5 exit tax has stated they will have ATM in place by next Monday. They also stated they would have ATM up and running by the time the tax would start to be enforced and we now know how that worked out. I am willing to bet that when they do put the ATM in it will only be that type of machine that dispenses money and not one that you can make a deposit in. But only time will tell!!

As soon as I verify that the ATM’s at the border are working and are the correct type, I will update this post but based on past experiences I would highly recommend doing the following.

To save your self the trouble of the ATM not being ready or not working after they are installed, before leaving town make sure you stop in Liberia and pay your exit tax before you start your drive to the border. You can even stop at the Liberia International airport as there is a branch there that take the $29.00 exit tax for all those flying out side of Costa Rica.

2 Story For Sale in Playa Ocotal

Contemporary Design

• 1,936 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story - $435,000 USD - Just Listed

 -  Casa de Buena Suerte “House of Good Luck” is a rear find in the area! There are not a lot of contemporary style homes built in the area. With a clean and crisp architectural design, this well maintained three bedroom, two and a half bath home is adorned with unique and modern features as in European style cabinets, granite kitchen counters, stained and stamped bathroom counters, vaulted ceilings and porcelain tiled floor. The Open Floor Plan living, dining and kitchen make entertaining a breeze along with the covered walk out ocean view terrace. Plenty of natural light makes this home feel larger than it is. The master suite with walk in closet and en suite bath is located on the same level along with the private walled in pool area and laundry room with outdoor entrance. Single floor living at its best! The lower level features the additional 2 bedrooms and full bath and storage room. The property is fenced and gated and is adorned with nice landscaping. The Property measures 335 square meters and the home is over 1900 square feet. This property is perfectly located only a short 30 minute drive from the Liberia International Airport and less than a mile walk to the soft black sand beach of Playa Ocotal. Playa Ocotal is a perfect small bay for swimming, snorkeling and just enjoying a day on the beach.
This one of kind gem is waiting for you!
Offered at $435,000

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2 Story For Sale in Playa Ocotal

Ocean Views Abound
Great Opportunity

• 4,304 sq. ft., 7 bath, 8 bdrm 2 story - $865,000 USD - Just Listed

 -  Walk to the beach and Ocean View B&B, Yoga Retreat or Family compound opportunity. Just think how great it would be for your clients or family to wake up and see views like this just before they stroll to the beach to go swimming snorkeling or a day of deep see fishing. This fully operational and legally permitted B&B has been in operation for well over 10 years. The property features a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment with full kitchen, living and dining room on the second floor with private entrance, covered terrace and room to sleep 7 with potential to add more beds. The pool level features a 1 bedroom apartment with living room, patio, kitchenette and one bath. In addition there are 4 separate hotel style room with own bath. All bedrooms throughout this great opportunity feature A/C , furniture, linens and TV. The B&B also feature a separate kitchen perfect for hosting morning breakfast or evening cocktails around the pool or under the covered topical landscaped gazebo, also there is separate laundry room and 2 storage rooms. The land measures over1140 square meters and has paved access all the way to the property, as well as a paved driveway and over 43 linear meters of landscaped road frontage. This great business opportunity is just waiting for the right owner to take it over and turn it into a gold mine. Centrally located in the quiet Playa Ocotal and only 30 minutes from the Liberia International Airport, 10 minute walk to the beach and 5 minute drive to the heart of all the action, entertainment and shopping of Playa del Coco. In addition there is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath contemporary style home right next to this B&B and could be the perfect owners retreat in addition to the B&B.
Villa Del Sueno a turnkey operation being offered for
Potential Gross Income and ROI
Potential is based on Daily Rental Rate/Bed: $95.00 (Area Average)
At 75% Annual Occupancy: $208,240.
At 50% Annual Occupancy: $ 138,700.
ROI at 75% Occupancy: %24.0
ROI at 50% Occupancy: %16.4
Payoff Time at 75% Occupancy: 4.15 years
Payoff Time at 50% Occupancy: 6.23 years
(Conservative formulations used base on other area B&B’s in operation, no guarantees implied)
Additional Features Villa del Sueno del Ocotal B&B
Security Camera System
Solid Hardwood Teal Ceilings
Backup Pressurized Water System
Pool Furniture
Ceilings Fans
Hot Water Heater for all Rooms
Irrigation system for the gardens
And Much More

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Single Story For Sale in Playa Hermosa

Totally Renovated

• 1,600 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story - $255,000 USD - Price Reduced By 50K

 -  This quaint 3 bedroom, 2 bath villa is within the well known resort community of Villas Sol. The villa comes fully furnished and has an extra large covered patio for entertaining and enjoying the tropical breezes. Solid wood beams adorn the cathedral ceilings, as well as solid Local Herd wood doors and kitchen cabinet. The community features pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, fitness center/Spa and onsite restaurants. Transportation within the development is supplied utilizing golf carts to take you to the calm surf of Playa Hermosa Beach or one of the fantastic restaurants or pools. Join the rental pool and earn great rental income in your absence!
Reasonably Priced for Quick Sale $ 295,000
All reasonable offers will be considered!!

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Lot / Land For Sale in Ocotal


• 2,488 sq. m. lot / land - $59,000 USD - REDUCED BY $150k

 -  This view could be yours!!! The perfect property to construct your paradise retreat upon. This great opportunity is located in the upscale area of Playa Ocotal. The lot measures over 2400 square meters (over a half acre) with a flat buildable pad site ready. The lot is bordered on 2 sides by a public road which makes access for construction much easier. This property is centrally located in Pacific Northwest region of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The property is just a short 35 minutes drive from the Liberia international Airport and 5 minutes to all the amenities and fun of the Playas del Coco. Other lots with in the same area of similar view and size are priced well in to the $200,000 range.
Being offered for sale for only $59,000.

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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 year. This is a normal rain fall as the average is between 40 and 60 inches

The great thing about Guanacaste is that we do not get the damaging rains like the central valley of Costa Rica or the southern zone. You don’t read about landslides and roads being destroyed and people having to leave their home because of severe flooding and raising rivers.

We are back to having low humidity, sunny skies and light breeze. The perfect time to be in Playa Hermosa to enjoy all the splendor and nature of Costa Rica

Here is an article from the local AM Costa Rica news site that describes the problems of landslides and road closures that happened yesterday.

Rains cause landslides that close key Ruta 32.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Heavy rains Monday afternoon north of San José caused landslides that closed Ruta 32, the key highway to the north and to the province of Limón. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad announced the closure about 5 p.m. and said that the area around the Río Danta and in Zurquí had problems. The highway runs through the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo where there are steep cliffs alongside the roadway. The road agency said that heavy machinery was on the job but gave no estimate as to when the highway would be reopened. It said motorists should seek another route. The most likely is through Cartago and Turrialba to Limón or through Heredia for travel to the northern zone. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said there were heavy rains Monday afternoon in the northern zone and on the Caribbean coast. Rains in the mountains caused rivers to rise. Elsewhere in the country there were high winds. The weather institute said that the winds and the rains would continue for the first couple of days of the week.

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4-Level Split For Sale in Playa Hermosa

Great Ocean View

• 1,425 sq. ft., 3 bath, 2 bdrm 4-level split "3rd floor Unit" - $182,000 USD - Price is Firm

 -  This Lovely 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath ocean view condo is located in the Colinas Paraiso Condo Development in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste. The spacious unit measure 1425 square feet and includes hardwood and glass cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, window treatments, stack washer and dryer, private balcony off master suite. The condo is fully furnished and ready to move in, just bring yourself. The development feature 24/7 security, community pool, covered parking, common areas and only 12 units. This great opportunity is only 20 minutes from the Liberia International Airport and close to all the amenities you can think of.
Reduced from $335,000

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Single Story For Sale in Isabella Resort

Just Listed New To Market

•  single story - $375,000 USD

 -  Have you ever dreamed of being on the top of the hill? Looking down over the valley with a bird’s eye view while being close enough to reach out touch those graceful soaring birds? Wake up and hear the sounds of the waves and see the sun rising to the east from your new tropical get away. This very easy to build on lot is the perfect location close to everything but very private. The property is located in the development of Isabella, in Playa del Coco, Guanacaste. The lot measures over 2700 sq. meter more than a half an acre in size. All services are readily available and at the lot. This lot features a 360 degree view of Playa del Coco and the views of the ocean.
Offered for sale at $375,000
Seller open to all offers
Contact me today for more information

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