Tranquilo Lodge


Tranquilo Lodge is a luxury ecolodge with a stunning view in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. It’s a great place to call home while you explore the Osa Peninsula, a hotspot of biological diversity and incredible natural beauty located in
southern Costa Rica. Drake Bay has a lot to offer, including sport fishing, excursions into Corcovado National Park, SCUBA diving at Caño Island, zip lining, waterfall tours, night walks, and more. Head to Tranquilo Lodge to be pampered while experiencing the jungle right outside your door!

The vista from the pool and rancho at Tranquilo Lodge will take your breath away. The Lodge looks out over the ocean and rolling hills of untouched jungle. Sit in the pool and watch waves breaking along the coast for miles to the Rio Sierpe. Sunsets will light up the sky as you meet your fellow guests and discuss the day’s adventures over a beer or a soda.

The top tier of Exclusive Deluxe Cabinas share the pool’s stunning view, as they are located on the hilltop around the
pool. Each cabina is made from beautiful, locally-sourced hardwood, with a large covered porch featuring a cozy hammock. The cabinas have A/C, comfortable beds, and spacious outdoor showers.

Because it is off the beaten path, many travelers to Drake Bay choose to stay at a lodge that can cater to all of their needs. Like many lodges in the area, Tranquilo Lodge is all-inclusive, offering three meals a day and free transfers to and from the local airport or boat drop area. It is possible to fly directly from San Jose to Drake Bay on one of the local airlines, Sansa or Nature Air. We arrived by water taxi from the town of Sierpe, which was an adventure in itself! We cruised down the Rio Sierpe, through a maze of mangroves, out the river mouth and down pristine coastline to arrive at Drake Bay’s calm shore.

There are many adventures to be had on the Osa Peninsula. Wildlife abounds in this area of Costa Rica, including scarlet macaws, four types of monkeys, two kinds of sloths, and even the elusive, rare tapir. Hearing that the Corcovado hikers had seen a tapir made us want to sign up for the Corcovado tour the next day! There is also excellent sport fishing in the area, offering opportunities to catch marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi, among other things. Some of the guests we met at Tranquilo Lodge had caught a 50-pound snapper the day we arrived! There are many other tours and activities available, and the people at Tranquilo Lodge are happy to help their guests find the perfect experience.

After all those tours, you will be hungry by the end of the day! The food at Tranquilo Lodge is excellent. Everything is locally-sourced and homemade. We especially enjoyed the BBQ night, when the outdoor smoker was used to impart perfect flavor to our steak and fish. And don’t miss the delicious homemade bread at breakfast! All meals are served family style at two long tables in the main lodge, which is another fun opportunity to chat with fellow guests.

Although there are plenty of adventures to be had in Drake Bay, it’s worth spending a day being tranquil at Tranquilo Lodge. There’s a beautiful, deserted beach right out front, and it goes on for miles. Go for a long, romantic walk, swim in the ocean, discover an estuary, maybe you will even see monkeys or other wildlife right on the beach! It’s also easy to wile away the hours in the hammock on the porch of your cabina or in a lounge chair by the pool, watching the scarlet macaws fly by.

Tranquilo Lodge is the place to stay when you are visiting Drake Bay. It is a luxurious home base for all of your adventures on the Osa Peninsula. Couples, families, and solo travelers alike will enjoy the gorgeous views, comfortable cabinas, perfect pool, delicious food, and fun atmosphere. Book your stay now at

Ocean View Home for Sale

Ocean View Home for Sale aren’t too many places in the world where you can buy a beautiful house, with acreage and a stunning ocean view, for under half a million dollars. No, it’s not a misprint, this beautiful house is located just outside of Dominical, Costa Rica, and is listed at $489,000. You could be the owner of this amazing home for less than the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver, New York, or San Francisco!

This gorgeous tropical home was designed to soak in the incredible views available in almost every direction. Floor to ceiling windows bring the outdoors in. From the open living room and kitchen, watch the waves breaking along the coast all the way to Manuel Antonio National Park. The living room and bedroom also enjoy dramatic mountain views, including sunrises over Mt. Chirripo, the highest mountain in Costa Rica. Sunsets over the ocean will light up the sky and can be viewed from the house, large porch with dining area and lounge chairs, or the teak sunset deck.

The house is situated on 2.5 acres of land, with numerous mature fruit trees including bananas, limes, mamones, and mangos. It is located in the prestigious Lagunas community, with excellent water and roads. Because it’s 900 feet above sea level, it benefits from cooling breezes in the mornings and evening, and cooler temperatures at night. Even though it’s in the hills, driving to the beach in nearby Dominical only about twelve minutes!

This home combines an open, modern floor plan with a rustic, contemporary style. The house features a great room with combined kitchen, dining, and living spaces. A dramatic hardwood bar made from a single slab of wood connects the kitchen and living room and provides space for meals or entertaining. The kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances, gas stove, and cedar cabinets.

There are two bedrooms and one bathroom. The bedrooms are spacious and bright, with handmade wooden beds, side tables and closets. The bathroom is large, with a walk-in rain shower, a beautiful hardwood counter, and a hand-painted sink. There is also a dehumidified, secure storage bodega with washer and dryer, a 2-car covered parking area, and an alarm system and gate. All the furniture in the home is included in the sale. of the best features of the house is the sunset deck with outdoor tub and shower. This teak deck was added in 2016 to take advantage of some of the best views on the property. A gorgeous Balinese stone bathtub sits on the edge of the deck, along with an outdoor shower. Watch the sunset over the ocean, or look for shooting stars under a dark night sky, while enjoying a soak in the tub. The deck is also perfect for yoga or for simply relaxing in a lounge chair with a book. There’s also plenty of space to add a pool with rancho next to the sunset deck and in front of the house.

A second building site, separate from the main house, makes this property unusual. This second building site is currently home to an organic greenhouse and caretaker’s cabin, but it could easily be developed with another luxury home or rental house. This property has the potential for expansion, allowing for a business opportunity or a larger family.

This ocean view home for sale is special and unique. The views are stunning in every direction, the home is modern yet rustic and comfortable, the community is safe and convenient, and there is opportunity for future growth. It’s the perfect home for a young couple who wants to expand, a retired couple who wants to keep it simple, business partners looking to develop rental homes or cabinas, or anyone who loves ocean breezes and sunsets. Don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity!


Chirripo National Park

Chirripo National Park

Costa Rica has many beautiful parks that are popular destinations for travelers and residents alike. Chirripo National Park is one destination that you won’t want to miss, as it is home to the highest mountain in the country. This park had its name established in 1975, and it falls over three different provinces: Cartago, Limon, and San Jose.

One of the most notable features of Chirripo National Park is Cerro Chirripo, which is the tallest mountain in the country. It rises to over 12,530 feet, or 3,820 meters. In addition to the peak, there are many notable valleys and walking paths where you can enjoy a short or a long hike.

One of the most popular hikes runs along 10.3 miles (16.5 kilometers) on a trail that starts in San Gerardo de Rivas. From here you’ll end up at the park ranger’s refuge in Los Crestones. Many will stop here and return to the start, but for more adventurous spirits, they’ll want to hike up to the peak of the mountain. This adds an additional 3.1 mile (5 kilometer) walk to the summit. From here, if the weather is clear, you can view the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

During walks and hikes you’ll get to take in interesting plant and wild life. For example, the park is home to several fascinating and colorful varieties of mushrooms, but look, don’t touch!

Visitors to the park can experience a variety of different ecosystems. There are five counted in the park: lowland tropical wet forest, premontane tropical wet forest, lower montane wet forest, montane wet forest, and subalpine wet forest. These forests can change to wet desert during the hottest parts of the year.

You’ll experience two different types of climates in the park. One happens during the dry season which is from December to April. The wet season starts after that and lasts from May to November. Like many forests in other countries, Costa Rican forests are highly susceptible to fires in the dry season. Fortunately, caution has been exercised, and the last major fire was in 1992, which decimated nearly 8 square miles of vegetation, and forced the closure of the park for many months.

You’ll be surprised to learn that Costa Rica does suffer from sub-zero temperatures, particularly in Chirripo National Park. In the past the park has recorded low temperatures of -15°F (-9°C). Many visitors will want to pack a jacket, as the park can be one of the coldest spots in Costa Rica.

Visitors who’ve had their fill of hiking can stop in for a visit to the Las Nubes Centre for Neotropical Conservation and Research. You can find this building on the southwest corner of Chirripo National Park. This Centre is managed by the York University of Toronto, Canada.

If you’re searching for more of a rain forest type of park than a beach park, Chirripo National Park is sure to offer plenty of opportunities to get outdoors into fresh, cool air, where you can experience the natural habitat of some of Costa Rica’s valued plant and animal species. As home to Costa Rica’s highest mountain, it is also an excellent destination for hikers.

Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena National Park is just one of Costa Rica’s protected zones where visitors can take in fresh air, and view lush tropical plant life and a wide variety of birds and wildlife. There are many activities to choose from at this park, which features a large green forest that borders a lovely sandy beach. It’s located in the Southern Pacific portion of the country and encompasses 270 acres of land. What makes this park unusual is that parts of the ocean are also included in this park, with over 5,400 marine hectares being protected.

This park is located about 180 km southwest of San Jose, only a day trip away. This park is one of the newer officially registered parks in the country, as it was registered after 1990. You may be curious to know that this park has one of the largest coral reefs on the Central American Pacific side.

Visitors to the park can participate in many water sports, such as swimming, boating, and scuba diving. There are rocky reefs filled with sea life where you can enjoy excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. Camping is allowed within the park if you’re interested in staying for any length of time. There are also many hotels and rental homes in the nearby communities of Uvita, Escaleras, Dominical, and Ojochal.

Whale watching is a popular activity during the months of December to April. This is when the humpback whales migrate from Alaska, Hawaii, and other closer destinations, down to Caño Island, located off the Osa Peninsula. Viewers can see the whales from several great vantage points along the beach, or hop on one of the many boats offering these types of tours.

There are many beautiful beaches in the park, but the Whale’s Tail beach is not to be missed. The Whale’s Tail is a natural sandbar which looks exactly like the tail of a whale when seen from above at low tide. You can walk almost a kilometer into the sea onto the Whale’s Tail, just make sure to visit the park when the tide is low. The beach has soft, light sand, and is more protected from waves than some of the other beaches in the area, so it is a great beach for children.

The Marino Ballena National Park offers horseback riding to help visitors to see more of the park during their visit. Some other regions of the park you won’t want to miss include a visit to the mangroves. Here you’ll see many marine iguanas and Hawksbill turtles. There is also Ballena Island which is a two mile trip from the beach. Visiting the island by boat or SUP might give you a chance to see marine life, such as dolphins or whales, from the water.

The Park connects with the town of Uvita, which is a commercial center in the area. There are many tour companies in Uvita who can provide more information about activities in the park. We recommend Costa Rica Dive & Surf, which has a shop right next to the entrance to the park. There are also numerous restaurants in Uvita, as well as groceries store, banks, pharmacies, yoga studios and more.

Whether you are living in Costa Rica or just visiting, a trip to Marino Ballena National Park will be fulfilling. It is a beautiful place with unique natural features and excellent opportunities to view marine life.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Costa Rica has a large number of protected National Parks that are popular with both tourists and locals. One of the distinctions of Manuel Antonio  National Park is that it’s located right on the beach, and just minutes from Quepos, Puntarenas. There’s plenty to do in the park, from walking tours, to water sports, and also animal watching. Visitors head here for the great beaches and hiking trails where they can see lush plant life and different types of animals.

The park is situated on the southern coast of Costa Rica. It’s part of the Central Pacific Conservation Area where plant and animal species are protected without fear of building development. This park encompasses over 1983 hectares of land and had its name first established in 1972.

There aren’t too many parks around the world that can boast having great sandy beaches. You can stand on the beach, yet see the mountains and forests lingering in the background. There are also some beautiful coral reefs.

When you arrive at the park, you will find the Visitor Centre, which was designed by well-known architects and provides information to tourists who are new to the area. Here you will find guides who can provide tours through the park and offer information about the many different types of animals and plants found there. Besides sea life the park is home to nearly 184 species of different types of birds, and nearly 109 species of different types of mammals. You’ll be able to see birds animals here that you don’t see in the US, such as monkeys, sloths, and toucans.

If you decide to try one of the many trails at the Park, there are over eight to choose from. Waterfall, Lookout, and Beach Espadilla are popular trails where you can see plenty of breathtaking sites. There is an approximately one hour walk that begins at Esapadilla, and ends at the top of Punta Catedral. The lookout at the top of this route is spectacular and is perfect for many photo opportunities.

After a good hike through the forest many people like to relax on one of four beaches inside the park. It will be a difficult choice between Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Playita, or Teloro, because each beach is very beautiful. These beaches have soft pale sand where the family can wind down at the end of a long day. Tidal pools add to the landscape. Some of these beaches have lifeguards to ensure the safety of water activities. The beaches with tidal pools have snorkeling programs where you can get super close to sea life. You can also try scuba diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking. There is lodging nearby for those who wish to visit for a while, as well as plenty of restaurants and other facilities.

When you visit Costa Rica you’ll want to include a trip to one of Costa Rica’s top national parks, such as Manuel Antonio, to experience the beauty and nature that this country has to offer.

Bringing Pets to Costa Rica

Bringing Pets to Costa Rica

Whether you’ve decided to move permanently to Costa Rica, or to just visit for a greater part of the year, your pets are like family, and you don’t want to leave them behind. You’ll both miss each other, and you may not wish to bentrust their care to a stranger. It’s actually easier than you think to bring your dog or cat to Costa Rica. Why leave them at home, sad in your absence, when you can bring them with you? With a small amount of preparation and documentation, you can bring your dog or cat with your to Costa Rica.

Be sure to check for all documentation required in advance, as there is usually a two week window where you’ll need to get all tasks done, and to be aware of any fees required.

You’ll first need to get a health certificate from your pet’s veterinarian. It will then need to be endorsed by a veterinarian (VS—Veterinary Service) who works for the USDA—US Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

To find these veterinarians, you’ll need to find the local office that is in your state. You may visit the APHIS(1) website to find these listings, and then the “Travel with my Pet” link.

The vet will examine your dog or cat to be free of infectious illness, and to be declared healthy. This visit must be done within two weeks of the departure date. Cats must be vaccinated against rabies, while dogs have a more extensive list, including rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, etc. If dogs and cats are over three months of age, they must have current vaccinations.

Your vet will use the International Certificate APHIS Form 7001 for small animals. It will need to be written in duplicate. You do not require a Notary Public Stamp for it, nor for a Costa Rica Consular office stamp.

If you’re bringing animals into Costa Rica for resale, you’ll need an Import Permit, but if you’re bringing your pet in, as long as they will reside with you, you do not need this permit. Be sure to clip your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate to the rest of the forms. When you enter Costa Rica these documents will be examined, and possibly your pet as well.

If you wish to return to the USA from Costa Rica, you’ll need to visit a vet in Costa Rica. They’ll be able to provide the required certificates. This will require stamps and a fee, but involves only a one stop trip.

While the process may seem a bit cumbersome at first, it’s more than worth it to be able to bring your beloved pet with you to Costa Rica, and back home again too. Once you’ve gone through the routine once or twice, it’ll become a part of your process for moving between both countries, and be easier the next time round.


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Real Estate for Sale in Costa Rica

Real Estate for Sale in Costa Rica

Costa Rica makes the perfect home away from home for many residents of the USA, and Canada. While many set up their base permanently, many people spend part of their year in Costa Rica, before returning home again. A great way to obtain residency status in Costa Rica is to purchase a house or condominium. As long as you return at least once a year to Costa Rica, you’ll be able to maintain this status. Your spouse, and your family will also be allowed to achieve residency status too.

Costa Rica 9.3has a warm climate which is perfect for people who need a retreat away from a bustling work environment. Life is slower and happier in Costa Rica. The climate invites you to rest and relax. Of course if you’re ready for adventure, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you and your children to enjoy. Costa Rica contains world class beaches along northern or southern coastlines. You can get away to relax on a lounge chair, or go swimming, or boating.

Many expats choose to make their home in Manuel Antonio, Playa Dominical, and Uvita. There are plenty of homes that your real estate agent can help you choose.One of the biggest decisions facing an American is whether to buy a house or a condominium. Each offers their own special benefits. A house is the same as back at home—it always requires more upkeep. But if you plan on spending the majority of your year in Costa Rica, and have a larger family, it may be your best choice.

Condominiums make the perfect choice for the single person, a couple, or a couple with only one or two children. There’s no need to worry about leaning the common spaces, or doing the gardening, as these are handled by the home owners’ association...1

If you’re planning on leaving your home vacant for any length of time, to return to home, or to travel, a condominium may be the best choice for you. You won’t need to worry about the upkeep of your property while away, as someone else will be doing it for you.

Another great option that many property owners in Costa Rica consider is renting their property while they’re back at home in the USA. Since home owner fees can accumulate even when you don’t live there, rental income can help cover these fees, and provide an income source. People who have residential status in Costa Rica are able to earn an income from their property, and it is considered tax-free.

Searching for real estate for sale in Costa Rica means that you can stop pouring money in a hotel or an apartment rental, which is much like a sieve for all your hard-earned cash. You can make an investment in buying a house or a condo, and benefit from the equity. Your dreams for living in a warm climate can be achieved more easily in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Private Schools

Costa Rica Private Schools

If you’ve decided to set up permanent residency in Costa Rica, you’ll discover that there are many great schools where your children can be nurtured and be inspired to grow. The curriculum is diverse and promises to provide the growth needed to keep your child entertained and educated.

The following three schools are often chosen by new residents because their beliefs and goals will align with what you want for your children, while also providing a bilingual environment. Escuela Verde Costa Bellena, Uvita Christian Academy, and Colegio Delfines are three that are worth having a closer look at for your kids.

Escuela Verde Costa Bellena

The philosophy of Escuela Verde Costa Bellena is to nurture the entire child. Once they begin to feel accepted within their community, they’ll be inspired to learn. The school aims to do this by allowing children to have a hands-on approach to activities, rather than merely observing. There are many activities planned throughout the year, including indoor and outdoor events. Students will receive a bilingual education in both English and Spanish.

This school encourages parents to take an active interest in their child’s learning, and believes that the process of learning is more important than the final result. Students may enroll for pre-kindergarten up to sixth grade.


Uvita Christian Academy

Uvita Christian Academy provides an individualized learning environment to your children, all while teaching Christian morals and values. The school teaches in a bilingual environment, so students may develop both English and Spanish skills. Graduates from the UCA will qualify for a USA high school diploma. Students from kindergarten to grade twelve will be able to study here.

Each student at UVA is treated as an individual. They’ll receive their own study guides and individual attention from their teachers. The school is a flexible school, so that in the event of absences, the child may bring school work with them, whether they’re sick at home, or travelling with family. There are separate learning centers for each grades level, and plenty of hands-on learning activities for all ages.


Colegio Los Delfines

Colegio Los Delfines offers children a chance to be taught in English classes, and likes to place a strong focus on music, computer skills, and physical education. They focus on providing education while keeping children fit through a variety of physical activities. They believe in placing the student into their particular skill level, to keep them focused on learning. They offer classes from kindergarten to grade twelve.

The school has a variety of clubs for children to join, including the arts, music, soccer, and swimming. The school is located in Paquita, and encompasses over fifteen acres of land. The learning center has large classrooms, well-maintained sports fields, recreation areas, and green areas. The school has an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Children have plenty of space for learning, as well as providing a secure and nurturing emotional environment. All facilities are modern, and each class has its own bathroom.


Opening a Bank Account in Costa Rica

Opening a Bank Account in Costa Rica

If you’ve decided to move to Costa Rica you’ll need to set up a bank account to either prove income source, or to have a way to deposit rental or company earnings into your bank account. While you’ll definitely need to set up a bank account if you’ve applied for Costa Rica status, in some instances they allow the tourist and student to set up an account too.

In Costa Rica, you’ll find a range of different banks. You may recognize Citibank or Scotiabank from Canada and the USA. There are also international banks with branches here.

You’ll have the option to open up an account in Dollars or Colones —official currency of Costa Rica.

Setting up an account may be more cumbersome than setting up one at home. There can be a lot of paperwork involved. It’s best to remain patient—it will be done in time. Even daily transactions may involve more  time.

Should you decide to open an account with a state-owned bank, there can be many benefits. For one, your deposits will be guaranteed. You’ll also find more banks to do your banking, with extensive branches throughout the country. This is beneficial if you live in a remote part of the country. This can already cut down on part of the time required to bank in Costa Rica.

To begin the process, you’ll start with a savings account. These usually offer a small amount of interest that can accrue over time. You will receive a debit card that you can use to deposit cheques at one of the ATM machines. The bank may also offer an international debit card that you can use in your home country, or when traveling abroad. If you choose to use a state-run bank, expect longer lineups on the 15th and last day of each month. You can avoid some of this by using the ATM.

You may choose to use a private bank. These will often be bilingual, and they’ll have better service, and fewer lineups.

Before deciding to open a bank account, ensure that you have the following documentation with you, otherwise you’ll have to return to your home to get it and waste more time.

You’ll be required to have your DIMEX card—Documento de Identidad Migratorio para Extranjeros. Tourists need only show their passport, but if you’re a foreign resident, you’ll need to show this card. If you do not have residency it is much easier to open a bank account using a local corporation known as a Sociedad Anonima. A local attorney can help you set one up.

You’ll also be required to deposit a minimum amount. Find out in advance if it’s $25, or $1000. You’ll need to show the bank a utility bill for proof of residence. You also need to provide a proof of income.

For USA citizens, you’ll need to fill out several forms and documents to let the IRS know that you are opening an offshore bank account. Expect to be able to visit your chosen bank during the weekdays, from 9 am to 4 pm.

If you’re considering purchasing property in Costa Rica, please give us a call and we can help you with your questions.

Costa Rica Property

Costa Rica Property

Many people choose to live in Costa Rica—a vibrant country full of friendly people and beautiful sights. It’s one of the more popular destinations for travelers from Canada, USA, and Mexico, but often after their first visit, people begin plotting how to take up residence in this beautiful country. There are about five major ways to gain residency, one of them being to purchase Costa Rican property.

Many people may weigh the options between purchasing a property, or continuing on with a long term rental. It’s best to place things into perspective, and examine the benefits of buying versus renting.

Simply renting a house, condominium or staying at a hotel is not going to gain you residency status in Costa Rica. You’ll need to qualify as a pensioner, investor, marry a Costa Rican, have a child who is born in Costa Rica, or be a company representative.

To gain residency, it can be as simple as purchasing a house, or condominium. With residency status you’re going to be able to return to your property whenever you want, as long as you visit Costa Rica once a year.

It may be expensive renting a property in Costa Rica, which you’ll need to continue paying for, should you decide to travel back and forth between the two countries. You also have the option of shuttling your belongings back and forth each time, but that can be cumbersome, plus there’s no guarantee that your favorite apartment will be waiting for you upon your return.

If you purchase a property, you have a permanent place to call home in Costa Rica. There will be no worries about where you’ll stay during your next visit—your home will be waiting.

There is also the possibility of earning rental income through your property. This is allowed when you have achieved Costa Rican residency status, and are allowed to earn income through the rental of your property. You can have it managed by a property management company in your absence. They provide their services for a modest fee, which provides you with not only an income, but cleaning services, rental management, and peace of mind.

You simply notify the management company on your chosen residency dates, and they’ll rent out your property around your plans.LA LIBELULA - 4 Bedrooms Brand New Luxurious Villa On A Quiet Secluded Private 3-acre Estate !!

Owning a property means you can build up equity over time, which can be profitable should you decide to sell in the future. You may wish to upgrade to a better home, or to purchase two new homes, and only rent one of them out.

Just like at home, you can either buy a property outright, or choose to have a mortgage where you make monthly or biweekly payments to pay it off. While financing would be similar to rental payments, you’re actually investing in your own home, rather than giving it to a landlord.

If you are considering purchasing a Costa Rican property, please contact us today. It can be a life-altering decision to move to a new country, and we can help to make that transition easier.

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