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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...
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...
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...
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...
Playa Hermosa Rainy Season so far not that bad!
Last year I had started doing the daily weather and realized I must have been nuts to take that on, so I have been just doing some month updates of the rain amount we have received so far this year. As of yesterday September 4, 2013, I have measured a Read More...
Mothers’ Day in Costa Rica
Well today being August 15, here in Costa It is the official Dia de madre, or mothers’ day. Unlike in the US where it always falls on a Sunday in May, here in Costa Rica no matter what day of the week the 15th of August is it is Mother’s day. Read More...
Half Way Done with the Rainy Reason!
Well I have been pretty lax with writing about the weather, been busy, but I still record the rain fall we received here in Playa Hermosa as this hobby of mine will never end. As you may or may not know the rainy season can start sometime in late April Read More...
Some New Scuttlebutt about the Marina Project in Playas del Coco
Yes many people were very excited years ago about the thought of having a marina in Playas Del Coco. The thoughts of many local fishermen were, “Great I don’t have to drive to Sardinal with 5, 10 gallon containers to fill up with gas and then Read More...
10 foot waves in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste! Can’t be can it?
I was surfing the local English Costa Rican newspapers and came across this article this morning and thought it should be passed on. The Local weather experts are predicting very large waves for the Pacifico Costa of Costa Rica for this weekend, due to Read More...
Great New Restaurant Open in Playas Del Coco
Great New Restaurant Open in Playas Del Coco Just this past week one of my friends told me about a new restaurant that was opening in Playas Del Coco, so he informed me it is in the development of Las Palmas, just past the anchor as you enter the development. Read More...
Johnny Rockets open first Costa Rica location!
Well it was inevitable that you just can’t get away from the fast food franchises, even here in Costa Rica. Now don’t get me wrong, I like a Burger King Whopper once every Blue moon and even Jonny Rockets is not a bad quick meal for on the Read More...
5 Start Hotel Breaks Ground in Guanacaste
Construction has just begun on the Paradisus Papagayo Bay Resort & Luxury Villas, which is the second of two major hotel ventures to break ground in the Papagayo area in the last month. The newest of the Papagayo 5 start resorts will feature 382 deluxe Read More...
Costa Rica Joins Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc
As of Thursday (May 23, 2013) Costa Rica has received its approval to join the Pacific Alliance trade bloc that includes Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. Costa Rica was voted in by all of the Pacific Alliance members, who in total represent 36 percent Read More...