Craft Beer in Costa Rica

Resultado de imagen para fuego dominical costa ricaA new restaurant and brewery has opened in Dominical, Costa Rica, providing the southern Pacific coast with the finest craft beers in the country! Fuego Brew Co. serves delicious food and locally-brewed, artisanal beers in the most stunning restaurant and bar setting in Dominical. Come enjoy happy hour and sunset views over the river and ocean; stay for a delicious meal and an opportunity to make new friends at one of the most happening spots in the zone!

Image may contain: sky, tree, house, outdoor and natureFuego Brew Co. has only been open for a few months, but it is already one of the most popular restaurants and bars in Dominical. With good reason – the beers and the food are excellent. Fuego usually has three or four of its own brews on tap, depending on what is ready to serve at any particular time. Some of our favorites are the delicious Guanabana Hefeweizen and the IPA. Fuego also has other locally-brewed beers on tap, including beers from Treinta y Cinco and Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Co. If you’ve ever been to Costa Rica, you know how rare it is to find a bar serving microbrews, let alone one that has numerous options on tap! Fuego is trulya beer-lover’s dream. And if beer isn’t your thing, don’t worry, they have wine, locally-brewed kombucha on tap, and they also mix excellent cocktails! Try the Moscow Mule or the spicy margarita.

Fuego’s menu focuses on fresh, healthy food with a local twist. There’s lots of variety on the menu and plenty of vegetarian options to keep the whole family happy. You won’t find a better tuna steak anywhere on the southern Pacific coast – it’s fresh and seared to perfection! The sliders or the pintxos (skewers) are both great choices, and the option to mix and match between chicken, veggie or fish makes for a more interesting meal. The organic curry is also popular, and the onion rings are irresistible!

One of the best things about Fuego is the incredible setting. The team behind Fuego has created a stunning building Image may contain: table and indoorin the heart of Dominical. Enter through the gorgeous bamboo gate just south of Danyasa Yoga on the main road through Dominical. Follow the long, winding pedestrian ramp leading slowly through the trees to Fuego’s second floor, where therestaurant is located. Upon entering the building, a glass panel in the floor will allow you to view the brew tanks below. The restaurant is open air, with a beautiful wooden and stone bar, as well as many other artisan touches that make the place truly unique. The third floor loft is an excellent place to watch the sunset over the Baru River and the ocean, or to gather with friends in a more intimate setting. Kids also love the swing chairs in the loft! Downstairs, you will find a tasting room, where you can enjoy Fuego’s excellent beer selection in a more quiet and relaxed setting.

Image may contain: 1 person, indoorRecently Fuego added a stage next to the river, another work of art with a giant dreamcatcher backdrop. There’s been
one concert at Fuego so far, the Envision Official Afterparty, with lots of great music and great beer! Fuego’s next event will be the Costa Rica Craft Beer Festival on April 1-2. This is an event not to be missed, with 40 local breweries serving hundreds of different craft beers, as well as live music and delicious food! We can’t wait for this event and more at Fuego.

For more information on Fuego Brew Co., please check them out on FaceBook or visit their webpage at http://www.fuegobrew.com. Or better yet, go to the brewery, enjoy the sunset and try the excellent beer and food! For more information about the Costa Rica Craft Beer Festival on April 1-2 at Fuego, check out their website at http://www.costaricabeerfest.com. For more information on living in the Dominical area, where you will be able to enjoy Fuego Brew Co. all the time, please contact Dominical Real Estate at http://www.costaricarealestate.net. Cheers!

 

 

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Costa Rica Ocean View Condo for Sale

..mA stunning ocean view condo walking distance to the beach in the desirable Canto Del Mar development is now available! This incredible stand-alone villa is one of the best, with front-row ocean views, a private location at the end of the road, and easy access from the coastal highway. Known as Villa HighPalms, this spacious 3-bedroom unit is the largest one currently for sale in the entire complex, and best of all, there’s plenty of room to add a pool. If you’re looking for a vacation rental, a retirement investment, or a place to call home, this Costa Rica ocean view condo is perfect for you.

Canto Del Mar is a gated community of 35 condos just south of Dominical on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The condos in Canto Del Mar are all stand-alone villas spread over a hillside with views of Dominicalito beach below. Villa HighPalms is located in the first row of condos in Canto Del Mar, so it enjoys unobstructed whitewater views without looking over the rooftops of other condos. This is one of the best views in the development. Additionally, Villa HighPalms is at the end of the road, so it is very private. It is nestled in the jungle canopy, providing lovely shade and opportunities for viewing wildlife without obstructing the incredible view.11

Villa HighPalms is a two-story villa with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The entrance to the villa is on the upper floor, where you will find an open kitchen, dining room and living room, all with gorgeous ocean views. There’s a combined terrace and patio to the side, providing more stunning beach views and lots of comfortable outdoor living area. The three bedrooms are located downstairs and all enjoy excellent ocean views as well. The master bedroom has floor-to- ceiling windows on two sides and looks over the tops of the palms to the ocean below; it has a lovely feel. There is a master bathroom and an additional bathroom downstairs; the third bathroom is located upstairs where it is accessible to guests.

21There are multiple options for adding a pool to Villa HighPalms. A pool could be tied into the existing patio, for example, for a seamless addition. Villa HighPalms is currently a successful vacation rental, but with the addition of a pool, it would be one of the most desirable vacation rentals in the area. Stunning views, ability to walk to the beach, an incredibly private location, regular wildlife viewings, and 24-hour community security all make this condo a perfect short-term vacation rental with plenty of potential to produce income. These characteristics would also make it a great place to call home!

Villa HighPalms is one of the best condos in Canto Del Mar, and for only $375,000, it could be yours! If you’ve dreamed of relocating to Costa Rica, retiring here, or simply making an investment in an incredible place, this is the condo for you. Watch the waves crash on Dominicalito beach and enjoy visits from monkeys, toucans and sloths from the comfort of your jungle terrace. Walk to the beach to surf, SUP, or relax and read a book. Or just sit back and watch the income roll in from vacation rentals. Whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity to own Villa HighPalms, an incredible ocean view condo in Costa Rica.

 

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Costa Rica Ocean View Condo for Sale

 

..mA stunning ocean view condo walking distance to the beach in the desirable Canto Del Mar development is now available! This incredible stand-alone villa is one of the best, with front-row ocean views, a private location at the end of the road, and easy access from the coastal highway. Known as Villa HighPalms, this spacious 3-bedroom unit is the largest one currently for sale in the entire complex, and best of all, there’s plenty of room to add a pool. If you’re looking for a vacation rental, a retirement investment, or a place to call home, this Costa Rica ocean view condo is perfect for you.

Canto Del Mar is a gated community of 35 condos just south of Dominical on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The condos in Canto Del Mar are all stand-alone villas spread over a hillside with views of Dominicalito beach below. Villa HighPalms is located in the first row of condos in Canto Del Mar, so it enjoys unobstructed whitewater views without looking over the rooftops of other condos. This is one of the best views in the development. Additionally, Villa HighPalms is at the end of the road, so it is very private. It is nestled in the jungle canopy, providing lovely shade and opportunities for viewing wildlife without obstructing the incredible view.

Canto Del Mar is a gated community of 35 condos just south of Dominical on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The condos in Canto Del Mar are all stand-alone villas spread over a hillside with views of Dominicalito beach below. Villa HighPalms is located in the first row of condos in Canto Del Mar, so it enjoys unobstructed whitewater views without looking over the rooftops of other condos. This is one of the best views in the development. Additionally, Villa HighPalms is at the end of the road, so it is very private. It is nestled in the jungle canopy, providing lovely shade and opportunities for viewing wildlife without obstructing the incredible view.

Canto Del Mar is a gated community of 35 condos just south of Dominical on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The condos in Canto Del Mar are all stand-alone villas spread over a hillside with views of Dominicalito beach below. Villa HighPalms is located in the first row of condos in Canto Del Mar, so it enjoys unobstructed whitewater views without looking over the rooftops of other condos. This is one of the best views in the development. Additionally, Villa HighPalms is at the end of the road, so it is very private. It is nestled in the jungle canopy, providing lovely shade and opportunities for viewing wildlife without obstructing the incredible view.

Villa HighPalms is one of the best condos in Canto Del Mar, and for only $375,000, it could be yours! If you’ve dreamed of relocating to Costa Rica, retiring here, or simply making an investment in an incredible place, this is the condo for you. Watch the waves crash on Dominicalito beach and enjoy visits from monkeys, toucans and sloths from the comfort of your jungle terrace. Walk to the beach to surf, SUP, or relax and read a book. Or just sit back and watch the income roll in from vacation rentals. Whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity to own Villa HighPalms, an incredible ocean view condo in Costa Rica.

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.

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.

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.http://www.dominical-real-estate.com/

Homes for Sale in Costa Rica

Homes for Sale in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the nicest countries in Central America that offers plenty of real estate opportunities. The country is really appealing to those that want to invest in real estate property due to the lower costs of living and the nice scenery. There are lots of homes for sale in Costa Rica, and it all depends on your personal choice. You can find all kinds of homes, stunning villas, cottages, bungalows, beach houses and other properties which you can buy at affordable prices.

One great advantage for buying a home in Costa Rica is their good property laws. They are completely the same for both Costa Rican residents and foreigners, so there is no unnecessary bureaucracy. There is no requirement for you to live in Costa Rica in order to own a house. Property tax is also relatively low, and there are many other advantages for you to look at the market and search for homes for sale in Costa Rica.

Here are some of the best reasons to look for homes for sale in Costa Rica:

The country has wonderful landscape. From rain forests to nice sandy beaches, blue

skies and unrealistic nature – Costa Rica has it all. Owning a house in any region of

the country is like having a house in paradise.

 Amazing homes. All kinds of properties can be found in Costa Rica for any pocket.

Homes for sale in Costa Rica are well priced in comparison to other countries in

North or South or Central America and Europe.

 Great climate. Costa Rica is a tropical place and it has a nice, warm climate

throughout the whole year. Even in the rainy seasons the average temperature remains

pleasantly warm. The climate is perfect for those people that want to escape from

harsh winters and chilly autumn seasons.

 Costa Rica has rich biodiversity. It is a home to some of the rarest plant and animal

species in the world, which makes it a very exciting and exotic place to own a home.

Due to the rich biodiversity, Costa Rica attracts lots of people from all over the world,

so buying a home in Costa Rica is a great investment choice.

 Another reason to buy a home in Costa Rica is the higher standard of living. Due to

the increased number of rich people that search for homes for sale in Costa Rica, the

standard of living constantly improves which makes the country really attractive for

homeowners.

 Costa Rica is also very stable nation, free of political turbulences and unrest. There is

no active army, as it is safe country without problems and tensions with other

countries. That makes them perfect place for investing money into properties.

 Last, but not least – Costa Ricans are welcoming and friendly people. They take pride

in the natural beauties of their country and are used to international people. Those

people that buy homes in Costa Rica and invest into the country are highly regarded

and respected. You will definitely feel at home if you buy a home in Costa Rica.

 

Costa Rica: Visit for the Experience, Stay for the Lifestyle

 

Costa Rica is a small country of 4.5 million people, located on the narrow neck of Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. To the left is the Pacific Ocean, and to the right the Caribbean Sea. It has the distinction of being a world-class tourist destination, with its lush vegetation, warm weather and world-class health care. There’s a saying that if you visit, you’ll end up making Costa Rica your home.

After many travellers see what the southern Pacific coast has to offer, they return to buy real estate. Costa Rica has some extensive environmental policies to protect the natural habit of plant and animal species. It’s the only country in the world to meet all five criteria for environmental sustainability. Recreational hunting has also been banned, to protect the wildlife.

Costa Rica is a country that used to be mainly dependent on its agriculture, but that’s now shifted to finance, pharmaceuticals, and ecotourism. It has some of the best health care in the world, with a large percentage of its tourist base coming here for special medical treatments either not available in the Western world, or requiring a long waiting list. Hospital and clinics focus on medical tests, treatments, and surgery for the tourist, as well as mental health wellness spas.

Costa Rica has an interesting history. Prior to the 16th century, it was populated by indigenous people. After that time, the Spanish settled in. It declared its own sovereignty in 1847. It abolished its army in 1948, joining the list of nations without one.

Costa Rica is a great place to educate children. It’s one of the top countries in the world with an extremely high literacy rate. There are other interesting facts about Costa Rica lifestyle. The temperature remains steady throughout the year. 18 degrees Celsius/80 degrees Fahrenheit is the average temperature for most of the year.

The most common language spoken is Spanish. The capital is San Jose, and the currency is the Costa Rican Colon. Bananas is one of the country’s major exports.

There are few countries around the world that have lovely weather, yet are stable politically, and Costa Rica is proud to be one of those countries. The foreign traveler can safely travel around the region, without fear of combatting armies.
The people are genuinely warm and proud of their Latin heritage. The people of Costa Rica enjoy peaceful
democratic elections since 1948. They nickname themselves “Ticos”. People are gentle, and often don’t like to raise their voices. The word “no” is not commonly used, which can be frustrating for a visitor, until they get into the swing of things.

Some of the best places to live on the southern Pacific coast include the towns of Playa Dominical, Uvita, and Manuel Antonio. If you enjoy the Costa Rica lifestyle, you may be interested in searching for a luxury vacation rental or permanent homes in this lovely country.

 

 

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.