Great Opportunity: Costa Rica Hotel for Sale

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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 http://cataratasnauyaca.com.

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 http://treeoflifetours.com/index.html.

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!

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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 www.thetranquilolodge.com.

Ocean View Home for Sale

Ocean View Home for Sale

http://www.costaricarealestate.net/listings/show/394/2-5-acres-2-bedroom-home-in-lagunas-with-sunset-ocean-views-and-sunrise-mountain-views/There 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 http://www.costaricarealestate.net/listings/show/394/2-5-acres-2-bedroom-home-in-lagunas-with-sunset-ocean-views-and-sunrise-mountain-views/takes 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.

http://www.costaricarealestate.net/listings/show/394/2-5-acres-2-bedroom-home-in-lagunas-with-sunset-ocean-views-and-sunrise-mountain-views/One 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!

 

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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.

 

Source: 1. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/home/