Playa Hermosa Real Estate Blog


  • Costa Rica’s Turtle Invasion

    Picture this: You are walking on Costa Rica’s Ostional Beach on a dark, moonless night in November. As your eyes adjust to the dark, you see an armada of something coming out of the water and starting to approach you. It is a Turtle Invasion, well not really, it is the female olive ridley sea …

  • Living in Costa Rica

    Hello, my name is Joseph. Welcome to my blog about living in Costa Rica. I’m a 20+ year resident of Costa Rica (transplanted native New Yorker) and I started this blog many years ago because so many people were asking me about what it’s like to live in Costa Rica. Personally, I love living here, and …

  • Save the Monkeys “SalveMonos”

    SalveMonos (which means Save the Monkeys) is a small nonprofit organization in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica (primarily the Tamarindo and Playa Hermosa areas) created in 2004 by two local business women, Patricia Sterman and Simona Daniele, and their husbands, Larry and Pino. Karol Allard joined the group and started a northern arm of …

  • Safety in Costa Rica

    Many people ask about safety in Costa Rica.  So, is it safe? The answer is yes, very safe. Costa Rica is safer than most countries in the Americas, including major areas of Canada and the United States. So, should I be concerned for my safety? That said, however, there is crime in Costa Rica, as …

  • Costa Rica Property Taxes on Capital Gains

    Costa Rica property taxes underwent a change on July 1, 2019.  A 15% tax on the capital gains is now imposed when a property is sold. The new tariff is part of the broader “Law to Strengthen Public Finances” that was passed the previous December. Why was the new law enacted? Costa Rica real estate has …