Costa Rica Beaches 2018 Photos

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Costa Rica Beaches 2018 Photos

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Costa Rica Beaches 2018 Photos

The Osa region of Costa Rica has many amazing beaches that are wonderful to photograph. We will be updating these Costa Rica Beaches 2018 photos throughout the entire year. All of these photos are owned by Osa Property Management and their use without written permission is not allowed. However, you can share on Pinterest if you use the Pinterest share button and keep the link to this page. We appreciate you legally sharing our photos and hope you enjoy them! Pura Vida!

 


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The Vision for the Costa Rica Event Center

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Costa Rica Event Center

We are very excited about a new planned project for the Osa region of Costa Rica which will be a Costa Rica Event Center. The

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The survey team during their GPS work

owners of Las Villas de San Buenas have been working for several years on the idea and location for the Costa Rica Event Center, while at the same time I was tirelessly looking for the right in-country partner to engage with, in order to build my dream of an event center in Costa Rica.  Collectively, we have been working behind the scenes for several years to get it to this point and now they are starting to share a bit of information at this time. Nick Halverson and I have known each other for years – and our timing was perfect.

Vision for the Costa Rica Event Center

The vision for the Costa Rica Event Center is a destination to host a hybrid of events, including, but not limited to:

  • Travel & tourism
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    Survey of the land, with trees marked, for the Costa Rica retreat center

  • Costa Rica Real estate investing training and tours
  • Yoga (scheduled locally and yoga retreats)
  • Writers Retreats
  • Entrepreneurial Mastermind Events
  • Photography Retreats
  • Corporate Training
  • Corporate Retreats
  • Pilates
  • We will also rent out the space to other retreat leaders who would like a beautiful space and location
  • Self-renewal events…the ideas are endless.

With an event center at its hub, and private cabinas within 100 yards, this project promises exciting opportunities for retreat coordinators, event planners, wedding planners, tour operators, real estate investors, and the local community for private events. 

Our live event opportunities provide participants a platform for people to meet people on a social as well as business level. The types of events will range from yoga retreats, business masterminds, hands on workshops, educational seminars, destination weddings, renewal of vows, honeymoons, tours,activities and attractions.

Environment is Intertwined with the Design

We have surveyed the area, cleared an old logging road (from 50 years ago) and marked all old-world and protected trees with costa rica retreat center tree GPS, to ensure we have minimal impact on the existing land. Our planned location of the Costa Rica retreat center located adjacent to a quebrada (stream/creek) that flows all year (including during the dry season). Thanks to the jungle tree canopy, it is rarely too sunny or too hot (it can get a bit humid – you are in a tropical rain forest after all!) and given the proximity to the creek, simply take a refreshing dip to cool off.

In fact, not only is it planned to be in the middle of a jungle, next to a river, but it is also only a five minute walk to an amazing waterfall.

Retreats

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Hollywood star, John Kapelos (R) (The Shape of Water, The Breakfast Club) and Poet Zach Roz (L) enjoy the nearby waterfall during their time at the Writers’ Retreat of San Buenas

The basic concept of a retreat is to get away from your daily routine so that you can see things from a fresh new perspective. Retreat opportunities are available for yoga and Pilates practitioners, we also do writers retreats, photography retreats, as well as spiritual and personal development retreat.

Workshops, Seminars, Clinics

These types of events will be for coaches and consultants to work with their clients on expanding their projects and business. It is not all about business however. For example, golf clinics could available for helping golfers up their game, and being able to practice and play at the nearby golf course. Workshops, seminars and clinics may also be about a specific profession for example photography. Photographers need to learn about the latest techniques technology and equipment. Real estate investors need to learn about the market and learn from experienced professionals.

Entrepreneur Masterminds

Mastermind events are designed to get clients through various stages in the lifecycle of their business growth. Sometimes costa rica retreat center creekbusiness owners reach a plateau and can not understand why they are not growing. By masterminding with other entrepreneurs, business owners and business leaders can learn ideas and insights from others that may have had a similar challenge. No matter what level in the organization someone is, or the size of the business, it is always a good idea to reflect, and possibly, rethink, processes in order to break through business challenges. 

Destination Weddings and Vow Renewals

Getting married to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with should be memorable.costa rica destination wedding The event itself and the environment should also be unique. Imagine going through your wedding photo album and seeing pictures in exotic rain forest settings and tropical plants and animals.

Another wonderful Costa Rica wedding option is to have your ceremony at one of the numerous beaches here in the Osa/Bahia Ballena region. The sounds of the waves crashing, the sun beginning its beautiful blaze orange decent at the end of the day, and you and your guests may be lucky enough to see whales or dolphins in the ocean (depending on the time of year).  Let us help you and your special someone, begin your new life together, with an amazing Costa Rica destination wedding.

We can provide you with a turn-key in-country wedding solution for you and your guests. We work with several hotels in the area and can also provide vacation home rental options.

We are in the final planning stages of the Costa Rica Event Center, and every day we are more optimistic about hosting future events at what will be an amazing Costa Rica destination. In the meantime, if you have an interest in photography as a beginner or professional, we invite you to attend our next Costa Rica Photography Retreat.

More details are available HERE and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or text my mobile phone. We will continue to update everyone on the status and designs as they become available.

If you are an Event Planner or Retreat Coordinator, and would like to book your event(s) on our property, call and let’s chat.

Also, if you have an interest in becoming a partner, collaborator, event planner or even an investor, please feel free to inquire about our opportunities and options for expansion and growth. We are excited!

Event-fully Yours,

BRAD “MagicBrad” GUDIM
Mobile: +1-612-242-6468

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Best Activities in Costa Rica include ziplines and photography retreats

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A common question we receive is ‘what are the best activities in Costa Rica’. The answer isn’t so simple. It depends on activity levels and interests, however, we recommend ziplines and retreats. That’s right…retreats

Best Activities in Costa Rica

There are countless ways to enjoy the amazing country of Costa Rica. Undoubtedly, if you have looked into visiting Costa Rica, I am sure you have noticed that zip lining is a popular activity. In addition, to zip lining through the treetops of the rain forest, here are a few other activities you might enjoy during your time in Costa Rica (Osa Property Management can line all of these tours up for you, simply contact us):

  • Visit a rain forest. There several different options nearby, some on public lands and some in private preserves. nauyaca waterfall costa rica
  • Waterfalls: Nauyaca Waterfall and El Pavon (“the stuck rock” waterfall).
  • There are several nearby National Parks, including Bahia Ballena (Whales Tail in Uvita), Manuel Antonio (the most popular tourist destination in Costa Rica), Chiripo (the tallest peak in Costa Rica of over 13,000 feet), Piedras Blancas National Park and Corcovado National Park (National Geographic has stated that Corcovado National Park is the most bio-diverse and bio-intense place on the planet).
  • White water rafting.  There are all sorts of levels for beginners to advanced to experience the white water rapids in the Osa Peninsula and surrounding area.Costa Rica cacao making

  • Coffee and chocolate (cacao fruit) are a popular commodity in Costa Rica.  The environmental factors and climate of the mountains in Costa Rica are an ideal environment for growth of coffee and chocolate.  We can arrange a tour of a coffee plantation or a “make your own hot chocolate from cacao educational experience”.

  • Yoga classes and retreats or massages, all led or performed by experienced leaders. 

  • Surfing. Even if you’ve never surfed, we can line up a half-day of surfing with a professional, and if you don’t get up and surf, you don’t pay for the lesson. What an awesome guarantee!

  • Fishing: Deep-sea fishing or freshwater fishing: The southern pacific coast of Costa Rica is world-renown for its diversity of fishing, including dorado, sailfish and tuna. We also know several locals that offer freshwater fishing options in the hand fishing costa rica spoolsintercoastal waterways and rivers nearby. This is an entirely different type of fishing as there are no poles used. Simply a reel of fishing line, a hook with some bait and a sinker.

  • Golfing: There is one golf course in the Osa Peninsual and that is San Buenas Golf Resort.

  • Whale-watching and dolphin watching.
  • Turtle sanctuary. 

Costa Rica Retreats…the ultimate Costa Rica (Learning) Experience

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The ultimate Costa Rica experience…explore, learn and enjoy!

With all of those activities to consider, beaches to visit and wildlife to observe, why not turn your trip to Costa Rica into a wonderful learning experience too? We also offer several week-long retreats throughout the year. We would like to promote our upcoming (July 2018), Costa Rica Photo Retreat (click here for details). This week long retreat takes place in the southern pacific area and includes daily teaching from a professional photographer, all lodging and most meals. 

Please contact us if you are interested in an amazing itinerary to enjoy Osa and/or if you would like more information about our Costa Rica Photography Retreats or Costa Rica Writers’ Retreats. 

So, what are the best activities in Costa Rica – we have our opinion, but let us help you plan your next trip so you can have your own opinion (and we’d love for you to share it with us!). 

Regardless of which option you choose…..don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Follow Osa Property Management on Instagram

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Follow us on Instagram

We have been busy taking and organizing photos and scheduling our feed on Instagram. osa property instagram

If you have an Instagram account, please be sure to Follow Us – we will follow you back. Here’s the link to our account (a new page will open) or merely open Instagram on your mobile device, go to the bottom and click on the magnifying glass, then start typing “Osa Property Management” – our account should appear at the top.

We love Instagram as a primary way to share the beauty of all Costa Rica has to offer. There are days we may publish five or more photos, depending on what catches our collective eyes or what our clients are sharing with us.

You may have also noticed that we have included an Instagram feed on the right side of our website. We added that especially for those who don’t currently have an Instagram account and for those that do have one, it provides a great way to see the type of images we share.

We try to keep our Facebook posts to no more than five per week as we don’t want to inundate anyone’s Facebook account with ‘too much’ information.  However, be sure to Like us on Facebook also for up-to-date news and information about the Osa region of Costa Rica.

All of our photos in Instagram were taken by our staff, our guests or provided to us by others to use with their permission. We can show you exactly where the photos were taken if you want to take a tour. Simply pick out the photos you like, and we will line up a tour to see them.

Contact us for more details.


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How Many Species of Costa Rica Monkey

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White faced/headed capuchin monkey photographed in Costa Rica (c) Osa Property Management

Costa Rica Monkey Species

According to National Geographic, Costa Rica is home to over 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, and included in that amazing list is the four types of Costa Rica Monkey. 

Considering there are over 250 different species of monkey found throughout the world, the fact there are only four is surprising. By contrast there are over 1,300 species of orchids found in Costa Rica. 

The four species of Costa Rica monkey are:

  • Central American squirrel monkey
  • White-headed capuchin monkey
  • Mantled howler monkey
  • Spider monkey

There is only one location in Costa Rica where all four species of monkeys are found, and that is inside Corcovado National Park. We can help line up tours for you and your group if you are interested in visiting Corcovado National Park. 

In the Osa region of Costa Rica, it is quite common to hear howler monkeys on a daily basis. They are typically heard just before sunrise, thirty minutes before sunset and anytime in-between if they feel threatened or want to communicate. The howler monkey’s “grunt” sometimes confuses first time visitors to Costa Rica into thinking they are hearing a large dog bark. 

Technically speaking, all four species natively found in Costa Rica are classified as “New World Monkeys”. For more information about these monkeys please visit the Wikipedia page dedicated to Costa Rica monkey.


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Daily Flights from San Jose to San Isidro del General Perez Zeledon

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When looking to visit the Osa region of Costa Rica, a visitor or traveler must balance how long it will take to get to the area versus how much time they have in the country. We encourage our visitors to fly from San Jose’s Juan Santamaria airport (SJO) to one of the local airports in the Osa region. There are not a lot of options to choose from when flying from San Jose to San Isidro del General, in fact, there is only one. Additionally, there are several locations to choose from including:

  • Quepos
  • San Isidro del General/Perez Zeledon
  • Palmar Sur
  • Golfito
  • Puerto Jimenez

Sansa Airlines is the only local airline that offers daily flights into San Isidro del General. Below is Sansa’s schedule:

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San Isidro is a great location to start your trip in Costa Rica. It’s large population, variety of stores (even a movie theater) and its proximity to other cities, make it a great place to get your trip ready.

San Isidro is within 30 minutes of:

  • Town of Dominical
  • Reptilandia attraction
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls

Please contact us here at Osa Property Management if you would like assistance putting together your Costa Rica travel itinerary or your flight from San Jose to San Isidro del General.


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Meetings, Incentive Trips, Events and Excursions in Costa Rica

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Cost Rica Incentive Trips are MAGIC!

Meetings, sales incentives, team building programs and events taking place in Costa Rica can plan various excursions that take advantage of the magnificent natural beauty and can combine multiple activities and adventure, sports, and other recreational activities. Creating incentive trips around the beauty of nature is always intriguing and desired.

Eco-Adventures

This area of Costa Rica’s cultural and natural heritage offers a significant amount of protected areas for Eco-Tourism including water, land, mountain and coastal eco-systems. Visitors can explore and experience hiking trails that show many different natural, architectural, cultural, religious, and commercial attractions.

In addition to Team Building and Corporate Incentive Trips we offer extra activities such as Horseback Riding, Beaches, Diving, Golf and Sport Fishing.

Cultural and also Historical Sites and Attractions

A culturally and historically diverse selection of wonderful museums are in the country of Costa Rica, including the National Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Museum of Costa Rican Art, Gold Museum, Popular Culture Museum, Juan Santamaria Museum, Orosi Museum, Entomological Museum, La Salle Museum, Jade Museum and others.

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2018 Photography Retreat to Launch in Costa Rica

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We here at Osa Property Management are excited to welcome PHOTOGRAPHER’s from the United States, Canada and from around the world to a Costa Rica Photography Retreat. With the huge success of our recent retreat for writers, we have launched a new program for professional photographers and videographers.

WHAT: Costa Rica Photography Retreat
WHEN: July 15-21, 2018
WHERELas Villas de San Buenas – Costa Rica
WHO: Professional and Aspiring Photographers and Videoographers and Hobbyists
HOW: To reserve and book your retreat call 612-242-6468

NOTE: Villa choices are limited, so book early to lock in your choice.

If you have been to Costa Rica, then you know that this place is a photographers dream. If you have not been to Costa Rica, then this retreat experience is your epic opportunity to create lasting memories for years to photography retreatcome. If you are a photographer that enjoys taking photos of wildlife and nature you will not be disappointed on this Costa Rica Photo Retreat. Whales, dolphins and surfers are common on the ocean beaches. In the jungles we will see multiple species of monkeys, insects birds and other animals.

Our featured local guest PHOTOGRAPHER will be David Roy Fulton. David has been a professional photographer for over 40 years. He has published his works in Alaska Day by Day, Frommers, and other national and international Publications. David has photographed with Nikon, Cannon and Sony, so regardless of the make/model of your DSLR camera, you will learn how to operate your camera better than ever.

We will be discussing marketing techniques, business elements of a photography business, social media as well as defining your specific niche and dominating your marketplace…and of course taking some amazing photos!!

For more information about the upcoming retreat go to CostaRicaPhotoRetreat.com or questions can be directed to myself, by calling +1.612-242-6468.

See ya there!

BRAD “MagicBrad” GUDIM

 


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Yard and Landscaping Maintenance

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For home owners in the Bahia Ballena area of Costa Rica (southern pacific zone), it is a constant challenge to keep ahead of the yard and landscaping. I’m originally from the Midwest, United States, where grass grows for half the year, and the other half it is covered in snow. Here in Bahia Ballena, in the wonderful and beautiful tropical rainforest region, plants, grasses and ornamentals grow 365 days a year. The size of a lot is an important consideration when purchasing a lot in this area. The normal thinking is typically that “bigger is better” when it comes to purchasing a home lot. However, please keep in mind that some trees and plants will grow over two feet a month here in Costa Rica!!


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Most Worthless Question When Building a House in Costa Rica

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Most Worthless Question when Building a Home in Costa Rica

Building a home in Costa Rica can be a daunting task that many ex-patriots are intimidated to do. There are, indeed, many steps that need to take place once the decision is made to build a home in the Bahia Ballena area (or any area).

The number one question that is asked in Costa Rica, is entirely worthless in my opinion.

The most worthless question…“How much per square foot (or per square meter) will it cost?”

In reality, no respectable builder should be able to tell you that, without first qualifying what is included. Questions that must be addressed before a per square foot number can be given include:

  • What type of building material is used? Block? Pre-fab? Treated lumber?
  • Where is the lot located? Is it easily accessible? Will the builders arrive and leave daily (closer to larger towns) or will they need to build a temporary shelter?
  • Does the lot already have electricity?
  • Does the lot already have LEGAL water? (more on that later)
  • What kind of finishes do you want? Granite counters? Marble floors? Cedar doors?
  • Do you want air conditioning? Ceiling fans?
  • What is your timeframe? Do you want to build right away or are you willing to wait?

For years the magic number that many of us heard was $50 per square foot. It sounded impossible…and it was. It is possible to build walls for $50 per square foot using block. However, what we came to discover was that many local builders will quote a price, but the price does NOT include any cabinetry or counter tops, electricity outlets, interior doors, toilets, light switches, etc. Once all of those were included, most builders quickly increased their bid up to the $70s/$80s per square foot range.

Again, keep in mind, that there can be a wide range of legitimate costs based on availability of the desired product. If you have a long horizon to build, then it provides more opportunities to take advantage of hardware store sales and other cost saving measures.

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When building a home in Costa Rica make sure the quoted cost of the home includes costs and designs for closets, cabinets and other finishes…or have us facilitate the work for you.

  • However, many cost saving measures must be completed by you, the consumer.
  • Are you going to carry items from your home country into Costa Rica?
  • Are you going to take the time to price shop every item? What is that time worth to you?

I have met several retirees who love to hunt for “the deal”, have the skills to do a lot of the work themselves, and have the time to do it. Others simply want the easiest method to get their dream home built.

These decisions are entirely up to you! When building a home in Costa Rica there are many things to think about – we’ve done it numerous times, let us help you.

One of the services we provide is construction management. We also can recommend a trusted architect and engineer to design and build the Costa Rica home of your dreams.

If you would like an independent team to keep an eye on costs, workmanship and timetables, please contact us for more information.

 


Experience in the Area

Our team has decades of experience in protecting and managing real estate assets in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica.

We are experienced in property management, land development, working with government agencies and permitting issues.

We ensure our clients, whether renting a home, or buying to develop, have a positive experience.

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