Costa Rica Real Estate for Sale

 

Screen shot 2015-04-03 at 8.27.33 PMCosta Rica Real Estate for Sale

Costa Rica can be considered as an area that is equipped with a very diverse real estate market. The real estate market that prevails in this area has the potential to cater to the needs of everyone. From bare lots and farms to fully furnished condos and homes, you can find beautiful properties in Costa Rica at a great price. Costa Rica also offers excellent opportunities for the people who are planning to invest in development projects.

Even though the building costs are relatively equal throughout the entire country, the value of land has a significant variation based on its location. The northwest region of Costa Rica is known as the Gold Coast of the country. If you purchase a home in this area, you will get the opportunity to experience a stunning view of the ocean.costa rica real estate However, the prices are extremely high and you will need to spend about half a million dollars to purchase a 5000 square meter lot. You will be able to purchase a lot for a much cheaper price in the Southern Pacific coastal areas including Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal and Hatillo to name a few. On the Southern Pacific coast you will get views that are just as spectacular plus you will get large green mountains with plenty of wildlife and empty beaches to explore!

Costa Rica is a hotspot for tourist and it has created a tremendous impact on the real estate industry of this area. You can find an excellent variety of available properties that range from residential homes, commercial lands to fully furnished luxury estates that come along with excellent views of the ocean. Costa Rica has got everything for the real estate seekers including vacation rentals, exquisite condos, mountain properties and farmscosta rica beachfront real estate.

Plenty of reasons are available out there for the people to purchase a home and settle down in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is known as one of the best destinations outside of the United States for retirement. The excellent warm weather that can be found throughout the year has played a major role behind the above mentioned fact. The environment that can be found in Costa Rica is serene and it is ideal for raising families. People who live in Costa Rica are quite friendly and they have a positive attitude towards the lifestyle. Foreigners who live in Costa Rica have the same rights as locals.

People who live in Costa Rica will be able to experience excellent health care services at a very low cost. Moreover, it is quite easy to qualify as a retiree in this area. In other words, the Pensionado Program will only ask you to provide $1,000 per couple per month from the pension, disability or social security.

The cost of living in Costa Rica is low when compared to other parts of the world. When it is paired with the excellent health care services and beautiful surroundings, Costa Rica will become one of the best destinations outside of the United States for the people to settle down. You can easily look for real estate for sale in Costa Rica through our website and choose the ideal destination to settle down.costa rica yoga retreat for sale

Festivals in Costa Rica

There are many fun festivals in Costa Rica. If you are interested in music, surfing, craft beer, yoga, art, or all of the above, there is a festival for you the southern Pacific zone! Festivals area draw for locals and tourists alike, and they provide a great place to connect with others with similar interests. The festivals in the area make this a wonderful place to live or own real estate.

One of the biggest and most exciting festivals in Costa Rica is the Envision Festival. This 4-day celebration of art, music and yoga is truly special and unique. Visitors from all over the world come to the Envision Festival to attend workshops of all kinds, view and create amazing pieces of art, and dance the night away. Held on an old pasture just south of Uvita, the Envision Festival grounds have direct access to beautiful Playa Hermosa. Watch the sunset, learn to surf, go skinny dipping at sunrise - this beach is incredible!

Although it is hard to top the natural wonders available at the Envision Festival grounds, the incredible art pieces give Mother Nature a run for her money. Visit the art gallery, watch a live painting exhibition, or enjoy one of the many art installations dispersed throughout the grounds. Even the stages are incredible pieces of art - for example, last year musicians and dancers performed from within a driftwood jaguar’s mouth. Other art pieces are more hidden, but worth seeking out. A personal favorite from previous years was the human-scale spider web, constructed with stretchy rope in the trees. Climb the bamboo bridges and leap into the spider web, if you dare!

Many come to the Envision Festival primarily for the music. There are three stages offering awide variety of music from mid-day until sunrise. Live bands and DJs from all over the world perform at the Envision Festival, and the festival attendees love to dance! Stay for Random Rab’s sunrise set, if you can endure all night. Envision is held every year at the end of February or beginning of March. Visit www.envisionfestival.com for more information.

 

If you love music, especially reggae and jam bands, Jungle Jam is a festival in Costa Rica which is not to be missed. Held annually in March in Jaco, Jungle Jam is primarily a music festival. In past years, this four-day event has featured artists such as Thievery Corporation, Steel Pulse, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Max Creek. Music begins in the afternoon and late night shows continue until dawn. If you attend Jungle Jam, during the day you can also enjoy all that Jaco has to offer, from luxury condos and hotels, to excellent restaurants, to the lovely beach. For more information on Jungle Jam, visit www.junglejam.com.

In recent years, there has been a explosion of craft breweries in Costa Rica. The Costa Ballena Craft Beer Festival is a festival in Costa Rica that offers a chance to try many local varieties of beer and mead. Each year in January, brewers from all over the country congregate in the Uvita area and offer samples of their concoctions. The Costa Ballena Beer Festival is obviously a fun event people who enjoy drinking craft beer, but even if you don’t drink, it is a great social event that draws crowds from all over. Visit www.ballenabeerfest.com for more information.

If you’re more interested in outdoor activities than beer, music, art, or yoga, then Pilon Paddlepalooza is for you. The Pilon Paddlepalooza is a multi-day competitive festival in Costa Rica consisting of various events, such as a long-distance SUP race, a SUP surf contest, and our personal favorite, the SUP surf slalom. The Paddlepalooza is good clean fun for all ages. If you are an    experienced paddleboarder, go for the gold! If you’ve never set foot on a SUP, that’s okay too. Event organizers Shawn and Nathalie are excellent teachers, and you may win a prize even if you come in dead last. Good sportsmanship goes a long way at the Paddlepalooza! Pilon Paddlepalooza is held annually in August in the town of Pilon, which is near Pavones in the farthest southern reaches of Costa Rica. It is a magical place where you will find pristine deserted beaches, an abundance of scarlet macaws, and perfect waves. Check out www.aguavidasurf.com for more information.

 

As you can see, there are an abundance of festivals in Costa Rica, and there is a festival to suit any taste in the southern Pacific zone. Whether you’re an athlete, an aspiring yogi, an artist, a dancer, a musician, a connoisseur of great beer, or just someone who loves to have a good time, you will find an opportunity to explore your interests in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. Thinking about purchasing real estate in the Dominical area? Whether you plan to live here full time or buy a vacation property, the variety of festivals in Costa Rica will add value to your investment.

 

Restaurants In Southern Costa Rica

From Manuel Antonio to Ojochal, there are many excellent restaurants in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica.  Whether you are looking for a romantic meal, a family dinner, or a night out with friends, the southern Pacific zone has a restaurant that can meet your needs.  Today, we will focus on restaurants offering dinner; check back later for another blog covering your breakfast and lunch options!

If you’re looking for a fabulous dinner in Dominical, don’t miss Dominical Sushi.  Their sushi rolls and sashimi are excellent and very fresh!  Our favorite roll is the Summer Roll, which combines crispy tempura shrimp with a creamy sauce. Other standouts are the Tico Roll and the Dominical Roll, which incorporate fresh fruit.  The miso soup is also excellent, and somewhat unusual, as it is garnished with chunks of fresh avocado.

 

Patron’s restaurant, Dominical’s newest addition, is also worth trying, especially if you are looking for a more refined experience.  The ambiance is sophisticated, there is an extensive wine list, and they have two excellent microbrews on tap.  Everyone loves the ribs, which are slow cooked and fall off the bone.  Patron’s also offers concerts regularly, with big names such as Gyptian and Debbie Nova. 

Rounding out the dinner offerings in Dominical is Tortilla Flats, a great beach bar and restaurant with a fun vibe.  Early in the day, this restaurant is perfect for a family meal; watch the waves break from your table while the kids play pinball.  Later in the night, Tortilla Flats turns into a beach bar with a fun, relaxed vibe.

Looking south of Dominical, Porque No is one of the best restaurants in area.  Located at the Costa Paraiso hotel, restaurant guests are able to enjoy a beautiful, dramatic view of waves crashing against rocks.  Go for the view, stay for the food - in addition to numerous delicious entrees, Porque No offers coal-oven pizza, excellent salads, and the locally famous Porque No pulled pork sandwich.

Further south, check out Cuna del Angel.  The elegant restaurant at this hotel has a very extensive menu.  Don’t miss the Truffle Portobello soup - it is out of this world!  And be sure to save room for dessert.  You won’t want to miss the show put on by the waiters when they dim the lights and wheel the flambé cart to your table.  This restaurant also has the unique attribute of being completely gluten-free!  Don’t let that scare you though, you would never know you’re not eating gluten.

Even further south, in Ojochal, Ylang Ylang restaurant is another favorite.  Run by a Dutch husband and wife who both grew up in Indonesia, the flavors at Ylang Ylang are delicious and authentic.  The menu changes nightly, and the owners are happy to recommend a dish to suit your taste.  There is also an extensive wine list.

In Manuel Antonio, options abound for excellent dinners.  One of our favorites is El Lagarto, an unusual kind of barbecue.  At this restaurant, a fireplace full of hot coals is mounted on a wall and attached to two conveyer belts.  Hot coals are shuttled down the conveyer belts to the grill, where chefs cook up fish, meat, vegetables and potatoes with an herb butter good enough to eat alone.  El Lagarto is an experience not to be missed!

La Luna Restaurant at Gaia is also an excellent choice.  Be sure to arrive early enough for happy hour, where you can watch the sunset in a comfortable lounge chair while sipping on delicious cocktails and nibbling on appetizers - all at happy hour prices!  Stay for dinner and enjoy a romantic, fine dining experience.  In addition to the regular menu, La Luna also offers a vegetarian menu.

 

All of these great dining options make the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica an excellent place to live or visit!  Whether you want a special date night with your partner, or you didn’t make it to the farmers’ market, or you just don’t feel like cooking, there’s plenty of options for everyone.  So contact Dominical Real Estate today about finding your dream property.  If you are considering relocating to Costa Rica or investing in a rental property here, restaurants like these will make you and your guests feel at home.

 

 

Whales And Dolphins Festival

September is an excellent time for whale watching in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica.  At this time of year, humpback whales congregate around the Whale’s Tail formation in Marino Ballena National Park, and the town of Uvita hosts its annual Whales and Dolphins Festival (or Festival de Ballenas y Delfines).  The Festival is a great place to find a whale watching tour, learn more about humpback whales in Costa Rica, and meet others interested in marine life.

Whale watching tours are most common by boat, and numerous boat tours are available.  We recommend tours from Costa Rica Dive & Surf at the entrance to Marino Ballena National Park.  They have a comfortable boat and an excellent captain, and are happy to arrange private tours or group tours.  On a recent tour with Costa Rica Dive & Surf, we saw a humpback whale family - father, mother, and calf - and watched them swimming and waving their tails for over an hour!  We also saw dolphins, a turtle, and lots of sea birds, and checked out the caves and swam near Isla Ballena.  Whale watching tours by boat are a great activity for kids of all ages, just remember to brings lots of snacks, water and sunscreen!

 

For experienced paddlers, it’s also possible to go whale watching by SUP or kayak. It’s a bit harder to find whales on a SUP or kayak than it is by boat, because you can’t cover as much ground looking for whales or travel towards the whales as quickly when you see them.  But when you do find whales , the experience is so rewarding!  You feel so much closer to the whales on a SUP or kayak.  Last year we were fortunate to SUP within 20 yards of a mother and her calf!  They stayed partially on the surface, breathing, for several minutes while we watched.  If you go whale watching by SUP or kayak, please be sure to respect the whales: be quiet and don’t get too close.  And don’t forget your waterproof camera! 

Although September is a common time for whale watching, humpback whales are actually present in Costa Rica almost year round.  Humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to Costa Rica from August to October; others come from the Arctic from December until April.  So no matter when you are here, you may be able to see whales!  We’ve even heard reports of orca sightings near Caño Island.    

There’s never a shortage of wildlife sightings in the Dominical area, but watching whales swim with their calves is one of the most special sightings of all.  If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing whales, come visit us! Or better yet, consider purchasing a home in the area and you will be able to go whale watching anytime.  Dominical Real Estate can help you find the perfect property to suit your whale watching needs, whether it’s a house close to the beach for those early morning whale watching SUP trips, or an ocean view property where you can watch whales breaching from your front porch!  

 

 

 

Quepos Real Estate

quepos costa rica real estateThe bustling town of Quepos serves as the gateway to the paradise that is Manuel Antonio National Park. This convenient stop on the way to Manuel Antonio offers a wealth of goods and services solidifying it as the capital of Aguirre canton in Puntarenas Province. It’s highly driven by the tourism industry and you’ll even find nightclubs in Quepos. There are many hotels, restaurants and markets within the town as well as an airport, Quepos La Managua Airport. Most visitors desire to live or stay in Manuel Antonio, but are not even aware that Quepos is an option that is very close in. Year around the town has a population of about 22,000. Searching for a great area to invest in? Quepos Property here would be extremely easy to rent if you desire rental income.

In 2011, Manuel Antonio National Park was listed by Forbes as being among the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks. You know the beautiful beach photos that you often see in magazines and commercials. Many of those beaches are found in the Southern Pacific Zone of Costa Rica. For those desiring to live in town, Quepos has some great options. Manuel Antonio is an area widely known for its Costa Rica condos/villas and gorgeous luxury Costa Rica real estate. Many listings such as this one – Vista Oceana , are within walking distance to the beach! The area is also known for its world class fishing, Quepos is home to some 100 different sport fishing boats and outposts.

We are a full service Costa Rica real estate realty company. We are fluent in English and Spanish and would love to help you in the process of buying a home in Costa Rica. We work with all types of buyers including first timers that have never purchased real estate in a foreign locale as well as developers that are looking to develop large scale projects.

Costa Rica Real Estate Beachfront

costa rica beachfront real estateBeachfront Properties –  Offer More than Just the Views….

Costa Rica offers an irresistible coastline and great prices on beachfront real estate.  It’s no secret that having a front row seat on the ocean and beach area is a huge investment feature. But you may not realize that Costa Rica offers so much more than just beachfront and ocean view real estate. The Central American country also has rainforest, mountains and diverse geographic features. Many of the Costa Rica Beachfront real estate properties also offer attractive features such as un-chartered rainforest. How many other beachfront real estate areas can promote that they also come with virgin rain forested areas and / or are close in to ecological parks that have been set aside for preservation, recreation and pure enjoyment.

The Southern Pacific Zone

Unlike the northern parts of the country, the Southern Pacific Zone is a tropical paradise. When you see beautiful photos of the country with lush jungle coves and gorgeous sands you are usually viewing a photo from the southern zone areas. In fact, many of the northern regions are classified as an arid desert environment. Dominical Real Estate sells Costa Rica real estate properties throughout the Southern Pacific Zone. We cover the areas of Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, Hatillo, Playa Matapalo, Platanillo, Tinamastes, San Isidro, Manuel Antonio, and Pavones. We also feature Dominical Costa Rica rentals available for rent as well. We are a full service Costa Rica real estate firm, owned and operated by someone who probably like you, desired to live in the world class surfing paradise of Costa Rica and decided to make the leap.

A great thing about the Costa Rica real estate beachfront properties that we list is the endless amenities that come with the homes and villas. Think private infinity pools, eco environmentally friendly home features, private gardens and orchards, complete outdoor kitchens, and secluded estate residences and villas. That’s what you will find when you look through our properties.

Here are some fantastic beachfront Costa Rica real estate opportunities.

Dominical Property with front row views of the ocean

Live Just Steps from the Beach 

Private Oceanfront Property for Sale

You simply cannot find the views and home amenities at rates this low anywhere else. Here is an excerpt from International Living magazine online story ‘Beachfront Property in Costa Rica’

One of the draws of the country is that you can still buy an established home on the beach for much lower prices than a comparable home in Florida or California. A condo near the beach may cost $40,000 in a less developed area, up to $150,000 in a more developed beachfront zone, and up to $500,000 for a beachfront condo right in popular, well-developed tourist destinations. Homes on the beach start at around $100,000, with homes on the Pacific coast generally more expensive than homes on the Caribbean.

Are you an investor seeking land to develop with building site opportunities? We would love to speak with you. Click to send us a message. Costa Rica is a developers dream. There are several tracts of buildable prime, Dominical Costa Rica real estate available, SEVERAL that have been approved for various development endeavors, hotels, and shopping centers.

Luxury Costa Rica Real Estate

Luxury Costa Rica Real Estate for Sale – 106 Acres with 1 km + of Coastline for $11.5 Million

On the hunt for amazing privacy and investment? Our Costa Rica real estate firm, based in Dominical, offers luxury Costa Rica real estate listings including one of the most sought after properties in the entire country. Right now we have listed some 40 + luxury listings in Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, Manuel Antonio, Tinamastes, Hatillo, Pavones, Quepos, and Platanillo. They range in price from $11.5 million to just $1 million. Click up top on Listings to view our Costa Rica real estate listings  and you’ll be taken to a list of ALL the properties we currently list. The top ones listed are the luxury listings. They are sorted by price and you can easily see the ‘quick’ details such as acreage, bedrooms, bathrooms, and location on the list page. Find a few that you like and click on them to view more photos and details about the property.

Wondering about the details of the most expensive property currently listed? It’s a prime piece of property that is fast becoming one of the most popular real estate tracts in the country. The magical Ventanas De Osa offers 106 acres in Ojochal , 1+ km of which is pristine coastline for $11.5 million. The property sits in a coastal peninsula and provides outstanding views of the Pacific and is truly one of the last properties of virgin rainforest. It is perfectly suited for eco-resort development and located in between the beach at Playa Ventanas and Playa Tortuga.

For now this property remains listed, but one day it will likely be the home of a world class destination resort as it has been approved for development of a 150 suite Condo Hotel Village with amenities including restaurant, pool, clubhouse and spa, 52 additional units of multi-family residences in the form of luxury villas, condos, tree-top residences (YES you read that right!), and Timeshares. The 60 acres of titled property also gives the buyer the ability to increase the density of the resort if they should desire by adding an additional 20-30 units of multi-family villas. These add-ons would also include nature trails, canopy walks, wild-life corridors and provide a diverse amount of tourist activities.

Another luxury property is Sibu. Listed in Uvita Costa Rica, this property offers 300 acres of virgin rainforest and beachfront and ocean view land. Sibu, is the largest contiguous parcel located in the Southern Pacific Coast zone just south of Dominical. On this Costa Rica property, the mountains LITERALLY meet the sea. Imagine living, or vacationing on this property, filled with unchanged rainforest lands that haven’t been developed. They have literally been left untouched for thousands of years. It has been described as the property that most people envision when they think of Costa Rica. It has all the makings of paradise including waterfalls, jungles and healthy plant and animal life. It is the complete opposite of the lands that developers are building on in the northern areas of the country. Sibu is located just 20 miles north of Manuel Antonio as well, another locale known for its luxury Costa Rica real estate listings.

Platanillo Costa Rica

We feature the best properties in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific zone. If you are searching for the perfect mountain property in Costa Rica, we would love the opportunity to assist you. We provide you with the tools and information to find a house, getaway, ranch, or commercial Costa Rica real estate in the most beautiful areas of the country. Invest in real estate in Costa Rica’s Platanillo area.

Just 15 minutes from Playa Domincal and about 30 minutes from San Isidro is a little mountain town with great paved roads and some wonderful Costa Rica home and property options. Platanillo’s main draw is its mountain climate and expansive farm lands. Residents are a mix of locals and expats from the United States, Canada and European countries. The elevation ranges from 1,200 to 1,600 feet and provides cooler evening temps, making the need for air conditioning almost non-existent for most. The refreshing daytime temps are cooler than the temps in areas at the beach.

Many properties feature amazing commercial and investment opportunities such as a hotel with 2 pools, restaurant and 17 rooms for sale for less than a million U.S. dollars. You can also find large tracts of farm land here in these mountains. Take a look at one property with 348 acres of Costa Rica ranch land for sale, or 63 acres of Costa Rica Real Estate with build-able areas and river frontage. Many of the Platanillo Costa Rica real estate properties also feature ocean views or views of magnificent waterfalls.

Buying a Home in Costa Rica

Considering Buying a Home in Costa Rica?

buying a home in costa rica When one thinks of Costa Rica one word should come to mind; amazing! Costa Rica has been proclaimed by many to be the Switzerland of the Americas with regards to its gorgeous mountain ranges that form the backbone of the country. Its shores and beaches have been hailed as some of the best surfing in the world. Combine these with the country’s rich biodiversity and picturesque scenery and throw in the amazing progressive programs that entice tourists and investors alike, and what you have is a formula for paradise.

Expats and investors love Costa Rica for its beauty, lifestyle and affordability. Costa Rica is fortunate to have a lower cost of living than the United States and Canada and this makes real estate prices for ocean view and beachfront properties exceptional. With as many as 3.3 million American baby boomers planning to retire abroad and live the ‘pura vida’, we wanted to provide some helpful insights on buying a home in Costa Rica.

Buying a home in Costa Rica has never been easier. Our Costa Rica real estate firm can offer sound advice and help you navigate the process of buying a home in this beautiful country. We are based in Dominical but having lived here for many years, we know all about the various locales, new developments and the overall direction an area is going. We can help you find your dream home in Costa Rica to enjoy during retirement.

The first step is to decide about location. It’s all about the location. This country has it all. Everything from mountainous terrain, jungle properties and beachside real estate listings can be found here. Consider the access points and closeness to cities and airports such as San Jose International Airport in the country’s capital, Liberia International Airport in the northern region, and Palma Sur in the country’s southern zone.

We would love the opportunity to show you Costa Rica real estate listings in Dominical, Playa Dominical beach, and wonderful investment opportunities throughout Bahía Ballena de Oro and the southern zone including Uvita and Ojochal. We specialize in offering listings of Costa Rica properties in these locales: Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, Hatillo, Playa Matapalo, Platanillo, Tinamastes, San Isidro, Manuel Antonio, and Pavones.

7 Reasons The Costa Rica Southern Zone is the Best Place to Purchase Property

Costa Rica Real Estate

The Costa Rica southern zone is one of the most biologically diverse and complex ecosystem’s in the world. Vast amounts undisturbed rainforests comprise much of the Costa Rica southern zone. For surfers, adventure seekers and ecologically minded people, it is an ideal place. Visitors can enjoy eco-adventures, yoga retreats, surfing and down time. It’s a place people come to in order to escape the high stress lifestyle of the modern cities. Continue reading