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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...
November Business Round Up - Costa Rica
As November comes to an end we are one month closer to high season here in Costa Rica. With every high season comes a fresh buzz in the air as local businesses get ready for their busiest time of the year. Black Friday in Costa Rica Even though it is 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...
Chase Bank Not allowing International wire Transfers!!!
I tend not to be an alarmist, there are a lot of conspiracy theorists in the world, and some of them are just plain crazy, but I feel it is important that I share this link with you only because the US main stream media does not cover real news any longer. 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...
October Costa RIca Business Round Up
As many of you may know, October tends to be one of the slower months here in Costa Rica. In Guanacaste we see our only true rainy month of the year which gives people time to take a break from the hard life of spending time at the beaches or playing 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...
Crocodiles Attacking People in Costa Rica!!!
Crocodiles Attacking People in Costa Rica, REALLY!! Wholly Molly!!! I read this article in the Tico Times about a surfer that got clawed and bit by a crock while surfing in Tamarindo. Below is the link. I don’t know about you but that kind of stuff 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...
September Business Round Up
September has brought a lot of news on the business front here in Costa Rica. Not only have several major US franchise announced their opening dates here in Costa Rica for their flag ship stores with plans to open more country wide, one long awaited project 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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