The Process Of Purchasing Real Estate In Costa Rica

The Process Of Purchasing Real Estate In Costa Rica

Can a foreigner obtain real estate in Costa Rica? Of course they can, and every foreigner has the same rights as a citizen in Costa Rica, excluding voting rights.

Since foreigners have the same rights as citizens when it comes to buying property; the government has made the process very simple. There are a few key factors you need to know in terms of where a foreigner can purchase real estate, and you will learn all about that in this article.

It is important to know that a foreigner cannot own 100% of the property if it is located in a Maritime Zone. Titled property is any piece of land that is beyond 200 meters from high tide. The first 50 meters from the high tide line, is public property that is protected. Within 150 meters adjacent to the high tide line- this is known as the Maritime Zone and the property can be leased from the government.  

Real Estate Attorney:

It’s essential to hire a real estate attorney and someone who is bilingual if you don’t speak Spanish. Hiring an attorney with experience will ensure no problems will arise with the property you want to purchase. They will look over everything and make sure the property is in good standing.   

A Good Real Estate Agent:

It doesn’t matter if you are buying property in Costa Rica or anywhere in the world; it’s always essential to use a good/reliable real estate agent. Choose a real estate agent who has been in the business for a few years and who is familiar with the area you want to invest in. Make sure they match all your requirements and they postulate outstanding service. It’s always good to stick with one agent and get to know them on a personal level. This will make the buying process that much easier.  If you are speaking to several different agents, you will get confused and you won’t have that hands-on experience that one agent is willing to provide you. With Dominical Real Estate, we ensure you have a positive experience from the first time we speak to you- to after you are settled into your property. Our agents go above and beyond to assist you with every possible need. We are only a call, text, or email away from finding you the property of your dreams.

Making An Offer:

You will want your real estate agent to write up an offer and deliver it to the seller instead of making a verbal offer. It is always better to have this information written down on paper. After the offer is accepted, your agent will have your real estate lawyer draft up a formal purchase of sale agreement. When both parties sign the agreement, you will be required to send 10% of the property price into an escrow account that you will need to set up. Once the 10% deposit is deposited into the escrow account- the agreement becomes lawful.


Depending on whether you will be in Costa Rica during this process if for some reason you will not be- you should leave the power with your attorney, or real estate agent. They will be able to obtain the real estate property in the name that you approve of. You will need to have your property registered in your name or a corporation. Remember to always look at all the fees associated with your property. From utilities to condo fees, corporation tax, property tax, etc.

If you have any other questions regarding the process of purchasing real estate in Costa Rica, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I would be happy to answer any questions. I want to make this process as easy as possible for you and ensure you have a positive buying or selling experience with Dominical Real Estate! ☺

Why Buying Property In Costa Rica In 2019 Is A Good Investment? 

Why Buying Property In Costa Rica In 2019 Is A Good Investment? 


Let’s face it- Costa Ricans are some of the happiest people in the world, with Costa Rica being ranked as one of the happiest countries in the biosphere. Why wouldn’t someone want to buy property in Costa Rica with a classification like that?

Buying property anywhere in the world is typically a safe investment; nonetheless you want to look at places that will exploit your income in the long run. Deciding when to buy real estate and where, are usually the two big questions. When it comes to buying property in a foreign country for the first time, you want to take many factors into consideration and make sure you are aware of the process. Costa Rica is currently a buyers market and has been for a few years. There are many different places on the market, which allows you to be picky and find the perfect place. With the abundance of real estate on the market, come more affordable prices that make investing in real estate more cost efficient for foreigners. It’s always important to take your time and not make any decisions based on impulsiveness. A lot of people come to Costa Rica for the first time and distinguish they will be back for good. Take some time and experience the country a bit, once you see how scenic and tranquil it is, than make your purchase.

Let’s take a look at the different reasons as to why Costa Rica is a good investment for the upcoming year:

  • Minimal taxes
  • Growing tourism
  • Buyers market
  • A safe country
  • The market is down
  • Permanent Residency
  • The weather
  • The diversity in the country

Costa Rica is known for their minimal land tax. You have to pay 0.25% of the registered property value in your municipality. You have the option to pay this on a quarterly basis or one payment for the year. You will get a small tax break if you pay it all at once. In terms of the growing tourism here in Costa Rica, many people are coming to Costa Rica because of safety reasons and all the places to explore around the country. Costa Rica is an extremely safe country to travel around and to live and many female expats travel the whole country by themselves.  In the past 10 years, the tourism industry in Costa Rica has grown at a steady rate of approximately 8% each year. Tourism in the country generates about 13% of employment.

With the crash that happened in the real estate market in 2008, the market is still recovering. With that being said, prices of real estate are down, which makes this the perfect buying opportunity for anyone who wants to own a property or income property in Costa Rica. With the tourism rate growing at a fast 8% each year, the market will eventually stabilize and real estate will rise. The government is working to cultivate new areas of the country and continue with new highway development. A new international airport is suppose to develop in Orotina in 2025, which will compete with the hub of Central America in Panama.

Between the beautiful weather year around and the diversified landscapes spread out across the country, what better reason to invest in Costa Rica? There are beach properties close to the turtles and fishing ports, and there are properties in the rainforest, which are surrounded by monkeys and sloths. You have the choice to pick where you want to invest in Costa Rica. Also, after an investor invests over $200,000 they are granted temporary residency. Then they would wait three years and could opt for permanent residency or citizenship.

For any real estate questions pertaining to properties in Costa Rica, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, as I would be happy to assist you through out this journey! ☺

Guide to Importing a Car and Other Household Items into Costa Rica

Guide to Importing a Car and Other Household Items into Costa Rica – Written by Jason Mueller


It’s understandable why anyone would want to move to Costa Rica. The country has a majestic landscape, exciting outdoor activities, low cost of living, favorable foreigner/expatriate policies and ample working opportunities. Costa Rica is however known for high import duties. Living in Costa Rica as a foreigner is easy. Moving is the main hurdle especially if you want to move with your car and personal belongings such as household items. To move seamlessly, there are several things you must know/understand.

Laws and regulations
Costa Rica’s Customs Law has several articles relating to the importation of used goods/items. Duty varies depending on several factors i.e. when and how you import the goods. Here’s an important criteria to consider.
Your household items are exempt from duty if; you are an adult who is importing the goods for personal use (not for sale). The items must also be used (at least 6 months old) and the importer must enter Costa Rica within three months (90 days) prior to custom clearance. If your shipment meets the above criteria, your household items will be exempt of duty. If you have new items, duty is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) as well as the value of those items. It is worth noting it is cheaper to ship more items.

Shipping a vehicle
Shipping a vehicle to Costa Rica is costly (costs more than shipping household items). Total costs vary depending on factors such as the; tax, size of the car, age of the car, how the car is shipped (i.e., in a container). It’s worth noting that taxation is charged against the original price, not the age or condition. The average retail value of the car is considered. The import value of a car can be established in the Ministry of Treasury Valuation Database: .
Total cost of importing a car to Costa Rica is highest for older car models. Cars manufactured in 1999 or earlier pay approximately 80%. Cars manufactured in 2000 to 2004 pay approximately 65% while those manufactured earlier i.e. 2004 and earlier pay approximately 55%.
International moving companies such as A-1 Auto Transport Inc. can assist with moving household goods and vehicles to Costa Rica. For more information visit .

Important considerations


After considering the cost of shipping your car and household items to Costa Rica, you may become reluctant. However, most foreign residents, as well as Costa Ricans, prefer imported goods from countries like the U.S. because they are of better quality. If you value quality, you may want to go ahead and import. If you don’t mind living without luxuries, you can consider living in furnished apartments or consider what you need locally. Remember, what you need to import solely depends on your own preferences and budget. However, don’t ship what you can get cheaply or easily in Costa Rica. You should also make an effort to declutter before shipping. Also, avoid bulky items to avoid excessive shipping and taxation costs. It may also be smart to talk to foreign residents in advance just to get firsthand insights.

Port proximity

You should also consider shipping from the nearest port. If you live in the U.S. for instance, you should ship your car and household items from Miami, the U.S. port that is nearest to Costa Rica to enjoy lower shipping costs.

Tax waivers on household items

Foreign residents in Costa Rica are allowed to import merchandise worth $500 tax-free after every 6-months. This waiver is in addition to regular traveler’s luggage. You can take advantage of this waiver to import the items you need overtime. However, you must not exceed the $500 limit to avoid additional charges and customs restrictions.

Container shipping

It is very expensive to import large items by air. For items such as refrigerators, washing machines, etc. that exceed 500 pounds, consider shipping such items in a large container. You can choose a large or small container (40-foot or 20-foot). It costs approximately $1,500 including tax to ship items to Costa Rica using a 20-foot container. Large 40-foot containers cost approximately $2,000.

You need a customs agent to get all your household items and belongings (such as your car) out of customs seamlessly. You can find a reputable customs agent by conducting a simple search online or asking for referrals.

Required documents

Documents required to clear a shipment through customs include; a copy of your passport (the main page) plus the page containing last entry. This is required for your shipment to be treated as personal effects given customs must clear personal items within 90 days of a person’s arrival. You also need a packing inventory showing the value of the declared items. If the items are imported via air, you need an original airway bill. Freight forwarders send airway bills with shipments. Airline agents usually give you this document after you pay Terminal handling fees.

The above information summarizes the process of importing a car and other household items into Costa Rica. Since it is a lengthy and tedious process, most people prefer paying custom brokers/agents to handle everything on their behalf. It may cost more; however, you will save valuable time and effort.
Best of luck and pura vida!

A Canadian expat, Jason Muller is currently living in Costa Rica and operating a small business. Jason enjoys travelling to many exotic locations and enjoyed meeting new people and telling related stories. Life is short, live your dream


Eco Friendly Costa Rica

Written by Jason Mueller


Costa Rica is the ideal country for anyone to relocate to that is conscious about their footprint on mother earth. Costa Rica is the perfect place for anyone looking to retire and they can even do it on a budget when saving money living a greener lifestyle. This pristine piece of paradise is very popular for tourism coming to see the abundance of wildlife and beauty within. The countries residents and government are very conscious about keeping Costa Rica as beautiful as it was before tourism became the number one income earner for the country. You must learn how to become more sustainable before you step foot in this country in order to pay your full respect.

This is a peaceful country where you will rarely find a negative confrontation. In fact, Costa Rica renounced their army in in 1949 making it one of 15 countries with no army. The prior military budget was put towards culture, health and education. The most popular words that come from every one’s mouth is “pura vida” This translates to pure life and seems to be a way of life for laid back locales.

Costa Rica is rich in bio-diversity from coast to coast. The country is incredibly small with only 19,730 square miles. That equals .03% of the surface of the globe. However, the country is proud to say that it is home to 5% of the total biodiversity in the world.

Over 25% of the countries land is protected by national parks and conservation areas. The government even pays landowners to conserve their own private land, this is referred to as “selling the air, yes you can even make extra money while doing your part to save the planet in Costa Rica.

Roughly 50% of Costa Rica is forested and 7.5% of that is classified as primary forest. Primary forest is the most bio-diverse forest known or unknown to man whichever way you look at it. Primary forest means that there are no clear indications of human activities and the ecological processes are left undisturbed.

Renewable Energy

When you turn on the lights or use any sort of electricity in Costa Rica you can feel a little better about your decision knowing that the country runs nearly 100% on renewable energy. In 2016 the country ran for more than two months straight on 100% renewable energy. They accomplished this task twice. That means the country ran for 150 days on 100% renewable energy. One of the biggest goals for the country is to be completely running on renewable energy in the near future.

Costa Rica is giving huge incentives for those looking to go green and import an EV. Import custom duty taxes of 52.29% on new vehicles and 79% for vehicles 6 years or older make vehicles super expensive in Costa Rica and fully electric vehicles under $30,000 are 100% exempt from customs taxes. Also, there is a 10-year exemption for EV parts.

ECO Tours

The country does capitalize on the natural ecology for tourism that is for sure. There is an abundance of eco-tours to choose from. The most popular eco-tours are the nature tours such as monkey tours, tree top tours, crocodile tours, and turtle tours. Many of the beaches are protected areas for turtles to nestle, only certain guided tours are allowed to explore these beaches. It is highly recommended that a guide accompanies you into the wild because there is so much that you would miss if you were all alone.

There are 9 volcanoes in Costa Rica and all of them are a sight to see. The most popular and spectacular ones are Poas, Irazu, and Arenal. Turrialba has recently been active in 2016 and the beginning of 2017 canceling some flights in and out of the San Jose International Airport.

Manuel Antonio National Park is the most visited park in the country and is only 45 KM from Dominical. There are 184 species of birds in the park and 109 species of mammals. Monkeys are the main attraction and you are certain to spot one when visiting the park. The trails within the park are in great condition offering an easy path for elders to enjoy the scenery. The white sand beaches within the park are the perfect place to relax for the day.

One of the best ways to really appreciate the land is to join a tour that teaches you all about the agriculture in Costa Rica. There is an organic pineapple tour and organic coffee tours. Saint Michaels Organic Farm offers free education for sustainable farming, they also welcome volunteers looking for a free place to stay, look for them on WWOOF.

Adventure meets eco-tour with the affluence of zip line canopy tours in the country. Many people don’t know it but zip lining was first invented in Costa Rica. Biologists first used this method in Costa Rica to access previous unreachable and unexplored rainforests.

A Canadian expat, Jason Muller is currently living in Costa Rica and operating a small business. Jason enjoys travelling to many exotic locations and enjoyed meeting new people and telling related stories. Life is short, live your dream

Brand New Home in Pavones Near the Beach

New to the market in Pavones is this new 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on a titled lot walking distance to the beach. Listen to the sound of the waves from your bedroom! This beautiful brand new home near the beach features high ceilings, lots of windows, a large covered outdoor living area, and a modern style. Its solid construction techniques, secure bodega, and integrated security system make it a secure choice as well. And priced at only $189,500, this is a deal that can’t be beat!PAV008-0

Pavones is located in the southwestern portion of Costa Rica, about three hours south of Dominical. It’s a magical place, with pristine, deserted black sand beaches, an abundance of scarlet macaws, and waves out of every surfer’s dreams. Pavones is on the Golfo Dulce, the “sweet gulf”, where marine life abounds and it is not uncommon to see devil rays, dolphins and even whales. In the small town of Pavones, you will find a few restaurants, a couple grocery stores, a soccer field, and a world-class left point break. This brand new home is about eightminutes by car from the town of Pavones, halfway between Pavones and the fishing village Pilon. The house is on titled land only 400 meters from a beautiful, empty beach.

This brand new home near the beach has a clean, efficient design. It is full of windows for lots of breeze and light. The high ceilings and wood-style tile floors give the home a modern feel. The heart of the house is a combined kitchen and living room, which connects through a sliding glassdoor to the covered outdoor living space. The first bedroom and bathroom are located off of the kitchen. There is also a loft in this area, accessed from the living room, that would make a great third bedroom or home office. The last bedroom and bathroom are accessed by another sliding glass door from the outdoor living area, providing them with a bit of extra privacy. There is also a secure bodega with a steel door, an excellent feature for added security when you are out of town.

PAV008-4Situated on a lot of 1/8 acre, there is enough room for a garden of vegetables or flowers, or both, depending on your choice. Maybe you’d like to have a bigger garden? Or move to Costa Rica full time and enjoy fresh mangos and avocados from your backyard? If you're interested in more land, or if you’d like to get residency in Costa Rica, the sellers of this home are offering a package that might interest you. The base price of $189,500 will get you this brand new home by the beach and 1/8 acre. For an additional $30,000, you can own the titled lot adjacent to the home, and you will also receive the seller’s assistance in obtaining residency in Costa Rica as an investor (which requires at least $200,000 investment in the country). What’s better than finding your dream home and becoming a resident of Costa Rica at the same time? For only $219,500, you can own a brand new home on 1/4 acre and have your Costa Rican residency.

This brand new home near the beach is perfect for anyone who is looking for a more affordable family home, a vacation house that could also be an income-producing rental, a surfer’s retreat, or a nature-lover’s getaway. For $189,500 (or $219,500 for more land and residency), you simply won’t find another deal like this. Don’t miss this chance to own this new 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, modern-style home in stunning Pavones, nestled into the jungle yet only 400 meters from a pristine beach, minutes away from one of the world’s best waves. Contact us now for more information and check out the listing here:

0.125 ACRES – 3 Bedroom Brand New Home Conveniently Located Close To Several World Class Point Breaks!!!


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Costa Rica Development Property for Sale

LoHAT070-1oking for an opportunity to to invest in land development in Costa Rica? This 24.6-acre property on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica is perfect. With 6 available building lots, 12.75-acres of flat land with commercial potential, and a pre-existing 2-story home with a stunning ocean view, this is a development property with tons of potential. The building sites could be developed with cabinas, a boutique hotel, a retreat center, or a family compound; the flat land could host multiple businesses; and the existing home would make a wonderful B&B. It would also be an option to sell the individual building lots, or to subdivide and sell lots from the flat portion of the property. With all of these possibilities, it is easy to see why this property is a great investment.

A gated internal road about one kilometer long leads from the Hatillo road through the flat portion of the property and continues up the hillside to access all of the lots. This internal road is in excellent condition and is paved in places. The building lots are ready to develop, with driveways, flat building sites, and power and water located on site. Most of the building lots have an ocean view; the higher lots have breathtaking sunset ocean views. All of the lots enjoy a lovely breeze as a benefit of their elevation.HAT070-29

The pre-existing home is located on a 1.25-acre lot that also hosts a second ocean-view building site. The second building site is perfect for a guest house, a rental cabina, or an owner’s home if the buyer prefers to build a custom home. In this case, the pre-existing home would make an excellent vacation rental, especially with the addition of the pool. The property also hosts numerous fruit trees including mangos and oranges.

The location of this development in Hatillo is excellent. It is easily accessible from the coastal highway in only minutes. The nearest beach is Playa Guapil, which is amazingly beautiful and almost always deserted; Playa Linda, Playa Matapalo and Playa Dominical are all also within ten minutes of the property. Hatillo has a few delicious local restaurants and small grocery stores. Larger grocery stores, including a health food store, and many restaurants can be found in nearby Dominical. Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park are only thirty minutes north of the property. Here you will find an airport, a hospital, gourmet restaurants, and many other amenities.

This development property in Costa Rica is an excellent opportunity for investment in Costa Rica. Options for HAT070-36profiting from the property abound, from simply selling lots to developing a retreat center, rental cabinas, or a residential community. There is also excellent commercial potential on the flat portion of the property with 100 meters of road frontage. This entire property, including stunning ocean-view building lots, a pre-existing home, and over 12 acres of flat land with commercial potential, can be yours for only $1.1 million. For more information, contact Dominical Real Estate


Portions of the property are also available for purchase separately:

12.75 acres of flat land with road frontage and commercial potential,

$350,000: acres-flat- usable-pasture- land-with-paved- road-frontage- in-town- of-hatillo/

4-bedroom ocean view home with separate building site, $325,000: acres-4- bedroom-2- story-ocean- view-house-plus-a- large-second- building-site/#


Sunset ocean view building lots, $125,000: acres-expansive- ocean-view- property-with-large-building- site-in- gated-community/



Ocean view building lots, $89,500: view-property- with-great- access-in- gated-community- at-a- great-price/

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Great Opportunity: Costa Rica Hotel for Sale


Costa Rica is a beautiful country that has managed to preserve its rainforests and parks, while offering ex-pats a place to buy an affordable home. It’s also country where it is easy for an ex-pat to own and run a business. For younger ex-pats who need to make a living, this is great news! Even for retirees or others with savings, owning a business is a perfect way to meet travelers from all over the world. An opportunity hasncome up to actually own an established, profitable boutique hotel and restaurant with a stunning ocean view in southern Costa Rica. Just imagine the possibilities!

The hotel is located in Uvita and it flows over two acres of land with a breathtaking view of the coastline and the 1.1Whale’s Tail. It is a full service, four star boutique hotel. There are twenty different rooms for guests, each with private balconies, ocean views, and air conditioning. The rooms are located in two blocks, the upper block and the lower block. The upper block consists of twelve ocean view rooms on three levels; the lower block contains eight ocean and jungle view rooms on two levels. While both blocks boast ocean views, the ocean and sunset views are unparalleled from the upper block, while the rooms in the lower block are closer to the jungle canopy and are great for viewing wildlife, such as toucans and sloths.

The hotel has a unique infinity pool that is fun for everyone. It was completely refurbished in 2015, with multiple levels, a water feature, and LED lights. Guests can enjoy the ocean view and amazing sunsets while lounging beside this incredible pool. Whale watching is a popular activity in the region, and guests might even be lucky enough to see whales or a pod of dolphins swimming off the coast!

8The hotel’s restaurant, located poolside, also has incredible ocean and Whale’s Tail views. It’s enjoyed by locals and hotel guests alike. With a combination of typical Costa Rican food and North American cuisine, everyone will find something to enjoy. There is also a bar and lounge located next to the pool and restaurant. The restaurant and bar add value to the purchase, as they provide separate sources of income for the owner and tap into a different market – the locals and ex-pats. The hotel and restaurant also have the capacity to host large events, such as weddings, conferences, business meetings, and retreats. The poolside deck, with incredible views, is a stunning location for a wedding ceremony. There is also a banquet room which holds up to 100 people, and is perfect for business conferences, wedding receptions, and banquets of all kinds. The ability to host large events is another reason the hotel is popular and profitable.

The location of the hotel makes it a perfect place for guests to call home while they explore the many wonders of Costa Rica. The Uvita area has so much to offer. Marino Ballena National Park, only five minutes from the hotel, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you’d like to get in the water, there are plenty of opportunities to surf, SUP, snorkel, SCUBA dive, or just swim and play in the waves. Other nearby attractions include stunning waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, and a horse ranch. Numerous tours can be arranged for guests, including rafting, canyoning, and zip-lining. With the commissions provided by tour operators for referrals, this can be another source of income for the hotel owner. There are also lots of amenities in Uvita, including banks, restaurants, grocery stores, doctors, yoga studios, salons, and a gym.6

Owning the Vista Ballena Hotel is a dream for anyone looking for a profitable business or boutique hotel in Costa Rica. You and your guests will love the beautiful scenery and the gorgeous ocean view from every room. You can watch the sunset from your personal balcony, or from the restaurant or bar. The ocean view is truly beautiful and it goes on forever. The hotel’s location, reputation, diverse sources of income, and ability to host large events will help ensure its profitability into the future. This is a special chance for anyone looking for a turn-key business opportunity in Costa Rica. Don’t let it pass you by – contact Dominical Real Estate for more information today!


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The Waterfalls Of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is full of breathtaking landscapes that will help your mind and body relax. Being in Costa Rica is like a stepping into another world, helping you to forget the stressors of life. Water provides one of the best ways to relax, and Costa Rica has several types of water attractions where you can get away from it all. Visiting one of Costa Rica’s dramatic, secluded waterfalls is a great way to unwind and enjoy a day in nature. There are two major waterfalls, Nauyaca Waterfalls and Diamante Waterfalls, that you must visit during your stay in Costa Rica.

Nauyaca Waterfalls is a beautiful, double-tiered waterfall on the Rio Barucito in Southern Costa Rica. It is hidden away by a canopy of lush green growth and trees within a wide canyon. When you first approach Nauyaca, you will hear the falls before you see them. You must descend a flight of stairs along the side of the canyon to reach the waterfalls below. Upon first sight, Nauyaca Waterfalls will take your breath away. The taller, upper waterfall is an impressive forty-five meters high and the lower waterfall is twenty meters high. The river cascades into a deep, wide pool at the bottom of the lower falls, then meanders downstream through the jungle. The setting is absolutely stunning.

When you visit Nauyaca, be sure to take the time to hike to both the upper and the lower falls. It will only take you 15 minutes to get from one to the other. During your descent into the canyon, there is a fork in the staircase. The stairs to the right take you to the upper falls, which are taller than the lower falls, and are surrounded by tall, dramatic cliff walls covered in greenery. The stairs to the left take you to the lower falls, a wide cascade into a deep, refreshing pool where swimming is permitted. Here you can swim across the pool into small caves beneath the water falls or climb the rocky face to jump back into the pool below – if you dare!

Nauyaca Waterfalls is located on private property and you must pay an entrance fee to enjoy it. The easiest access to Nauyaca Waterfalls is through Don Lulu’s walking trail or horseback tour. The walking trail takes about 1.5 hours and goes through variable terrain. Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen if you plan to hike to the falls. The horseback tour provides a less strenuous way to reach the falls, and you will get to eat a traditional meal with Don Lulu’s family on the way. For more information, visit

Diamante Waterfall and cave is another great spot not to be missed while you are in Costa Rica. Diamante is also located in the southern part of the country, in the village of Las Tumbas. High in the mountains, Las Tumbas is lush and green and often covered in clouds. Las Tumbas is near Tinamastes and Platanillo.

There are ten different waterfalls in Diamante canyon. The hike to the waterfalls is steep and strenuous, with lots of stairs, and takes about two hours. Once you have arrived, there are numerous falls where you can swim, jump, or simply enjoy the beauty of the canyon. You can also hike to the top of the tallest waterfall in Costa Rica, which cascades six hundred feet to the rocks below! From the top of this falls, you can see the ocean when the weather is clear.

One of the best ways to explore the waterfalls is to spend a night in Diamante cave. The cave is located at one of the main waterfalls in the canyon, a twin cascade of about ninety feet. Between these twin falls is Diamante cave, a large, open cave equipped with a kitchen, elevated platforms for sleeping, and bathrooms! Since it’s impossible to see all ten waterfalls in one day, spending a night in the cave is a great way to explore the area and give yourself a chance to enjoy everything that Diamante has to offer.

Like Nauyaca Waterfall, Diamante Waterfalls are located on private land. You must have a guide to access Diamante Waterfalls. Tree of Life Tours offers numerous options for day tours or overnight tours. More information is available at

Whether you are seeking relaxation, immersion in the beauty of nature, the adrenaline of cliff jumping, or simply the pleasure of swimming in cool, fresh water, the waterfalls of southern Costa Rica are not to be missed! There are so many beautiful waterfalls in the area, but Nauyaca Waterfall and Diamante Waterfalls are both truly special. For more information on properties near these waterfalls, or properties with waterfalls of their own, contact Dominical Real Estate today!

Organic Gardening Costa Rica

Organic Gardening Costa Rica

Organic Gardening Costa Rica

Many homeowners in Costa Rica are interested in gardening both edibles and ornamentals to beautify their property and provide access to healthy, fresh food. Numerous houses in Costa Rica are located on lots of an acreor more, where there is plenty of room for gardening. With a year-round growing season and the potential to grow a wide variety of foods, from bananas to kale, Costa Rica is an excellent place to have a garden. Interest in organic gardening in Costa Rica is growing as people learn more about the dangers of non-organic pesticides and fertilizers.

Gardening is a great pastime for many ex-patriates living in Costa Rica. A beautiful organic garden adds value to a property. Gardening offers a wonderful opportunity to spend time outdoors, and it’s a great activity for the whole family. It also can teach responsibility to children and encourage healthier eating. Some ex-pats are hobby farmers, growing vegetables and fruits for themselves, and perhaps offering excess produce for sale at one of the many local farmers markets to earn a bit of extra income. There are also numerous small farmers in the area who make their living selling produce at these farmers markets.

There are many delicious foods you can grow that do well in Costa Rica’s climate. Some popular choices for vegetables are sweet chile peppers, basil, cherry tomatoes, and pumpkin squash. Many gardens in Costa Rica include fruit as well, such as bananas, pineapple, and watermelon. A number of herbs and medicinal plants grow well in Costa Rica too, including noni, turmeric, and moringa. Flowers are a beautiful addition to any garden, and an incredible variety of gorgeous tropical flowers thrive in Costa Rica. Some plants are both beautiful and edible, such as Jamaican hibiscus, a plant with attractive flowers that can be dried and made into a delicious tea.

Interested in gardening yourself?

If you’re interested in gardening on your property in Costa Rica, you may want to consider building a greenhouse. During the rainy season, plants are inundated with water and many cannot survive. A greenhouse will allow you to regulate the amount of water your plants absorb, extending your growing season. You may also want to consider building raised beds or supplementing the existing soil. Many parts of Costa Rica have depleted soils as a result of past clearcutting, but over time, you can build healthy soil again. Composting is a great way to recycle organic waste from your property and use it to create a rich soil additive.

For the last few years, an organization in Tinamastes called Vida Auténtica has been teaching local farmers how and why to grow organic. Vida Auténtica offers assistance to local families to grow organic produce and sell it at the organic farmers market held every Tuesday morning in Tinamastes. The organization also offers organic gardening classes in English and Spanish, covering topics like composting, seed starting, and pest control. These classes are very helpful for anyone who lacks experience gardening in a tropical climate.


Organic products have become more readily available in the Dominical area, in part because of the increased interest in organic gardening in this part of Costa Rica. A natural food store, Mama Toucan’s, has recently opened in Dominical and offers numerous organic options. There are also three farmers markets in the area where you can buy organic produce, dairy, meat, and prepared foods. Local nurseries sell organic soil and compost, but it is still difficult to find organic seeds in the area.

A healthy lifestyle is popular in Costa Rica, and organic gardening in Costa Rica is growing as a result. This country has some of the longest lifespans in the world today. Many may attribute it to protected national parks, good healthcare, and access to plenty of healthy food that is free of preservatives and artificial additives – like the food you could be growing in your own organic garden. For anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle, Costa Rica is an excellent place to retire, relocate, own investment property, or even just take a vacation. Contact Dominical Real Estate today for more information on properties for sale and vacation rentals in the Dominical area.

Best Places for Birdwatching in Costa Rica

Best Places for Birdwatching in Costa Rica


Within Costa Rica’s hundreds of acres of lush tropical rain forest, there are plenty of amazing plants, wildlife, and especially birds. There are bird species living in Costa Rica that you won’t see in any other part of the world. Because of this opportunity to see unusual birds, bird watching is a popular activity in Costa Rica. One of the best spots for bird watching is at Hacienda Baru in the Dominical area.

Hacienda Baru is a National Wildlife Refuge and Lodge located just north of Dominical on the Pacific coast. It is comprised of over 800 acres of protected land and includes a wide variety of habitats. Within Hacienda Baru and the adjacent areas, 330 different species of birds have been identified.

One of the best ways to enjoy bird watching at Hacienda Baru is to participate in one of the guided bird watching hikes. Guides have local knowledge and can take you to the areas that have the best bird watching. They also know how to spot the tiny birds, so that you won’t miss anything.

The best time to do your hike is early in the morning. This is when the birds first become active, so it gives you the best opportunity to see them. But don’t worry, you’ll be offered fresh coffee to help wake you up!

The Lowland Bird Watching Hike begins at the Hacienda Baru Biological Research Center. This location is one of the best spots for seeing many different types of birds. You’ll have the opportunity to see toucans, honeycreepers, spotting tanagers, vireos, and saltators. On this hike you’ll have lots of chances to take photographs, so it’s perfect for someone wanting to practice their photography techniques.

The path of the Lowland Bird Watching Hike travels from the Research Center down to the rookery. There is also plenty of other wildlife in the Hacienda Research area, and a great spot to view them is at the rookery. You can expect to see egrets, herons, and ibis as well. After you’ve had a chance to take photographs from the rookery, the path moves along the mangrove, and then loops back to the Biological Research Center.

Guests can enjoy having a good breakfast at the Research Center when they return, which will provide needed nourishment for the final leg of the journey. The last section of the Lowland Bird Watching Hike includes another portion of forest, as well as the beach.

The three kilometer stretch of beach at Hacienda Baru is beautiful, untouched and usually deserted as far as the eye can see. At the beach you’ll have the opportunity to see different shore bird types, such as sandpipers, plovers, phalaropes, whimbrels, pelicans, sanderlings, and frigatebirds. If you are lucky, you may see evidence of turtle nesting too. After an enjoyable visit to the beach, you can return to the Research Center where there are washroom facilities.

If you are looking for a different kind of guided tour, you can try the Rainforest Bird Watching Hike, which will take you past old cacao plantations and right into the rainforest. It’ll take you about two hours to hike up to a campsite where there are plenty of bird watching opportunities. You’ll see birds that forage through this particular habitat. In this region you’ll have a chance to see some birds that are harder to spot, such as motmots, trogons, antshrikes, manakins, curasows, and more.

Hacienda Baru is one of the best spots for birdwatching in Costa Rica. Don’t miss it next time you are in the Dominical area! And if you’re interested in seeing some of these birds right outside your house, contact Dominical Real Estate today.