Morning Coffee in Costa Rica Paradise

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Morning Coffee in Costa Rica Paradise

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While sitting here in my home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I was thinking back to my recent trip and my experience in Costa Rica.

My favorite time of the day, has always been, and especially in Costa Rica, the morning. I enjoy having a cup of coffee and relaxing as I plan my daily activities.  What I really enjoyed about my morning coffee while in Costa Rica, was the ability to open the doors in the Villa and let the breeze flow through, while sitting on the patio near the pool listening to the tropical birds and the jungle animals.

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Scarlet macaws flying in San Buenas, Costa Rica (c) Nick Halverson

The plethora of colorful birds in Costa Rica was very impressive. In Minnesota we have robins, blackbirds, blue jays, cardinals and sparrows primarily.  Although these birds are beautiful, and mildly colorful, they are not near as colorful and vibrant as the birds of Costa Rica.  The Scarlet macaw or Lapas as it is called in Costa Rica, is amazingly beautiful.

On my recent trip, we did make a few trips to the beaches, however on my next trip I think I will make more trips to the beach.  I have never seen a whale in its natural habitat, so this is on my checklist of things to do. I have also wanted to go deep sea fishing, and this is another item on my bucket list.

I appreciated the fact that the villas are well-equipped with washer and dryer and microwave and for kitchen, however I did not need to take advantage of those amenities. Personally, I enjoy dining out for most of my meals, so that is what I did on this first trip.  Similarly, the swimming pool was available, however I did not take advantage of that either.  The pool is however, a wonderful place to sit and enjoy nature.

Most people go to Northern Costa Rica because it is familiar to them with the capital of San Jose being there. Fewer people come down to visit in the Osa Peninsula area, only because they are not aware of how easy it is to access. There is a small airport at Palmar Sur that is very close by, and also a hospital, small city and only minutes from the beach.

I encourage you to inquire about the multiple properties, amenities, tours and opportunities provided by Osa Property Management.

BRAD MagicBrad GUDIM


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My first trip to Costa Rica (MagicBrad)

I recently took my very first trip to Costa Rica.

I have been to Brazil,  Paraguay, Jamaica, Hawaii, Thailand, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, and Bali. But this was my first trip to Costa Rica.

My preconceived image of Costa Rica was very green, lush and a rain forest jungle.  So, this is what I was expecting when we landed in Liberia.  However, if you are familiar with Costa Rica, you know that the northern part around Liberia is more flat and less jungle.  We rented a car at the Liberia airport, and headed our way, south down the coast line.

As we headed further south, the greenery and foliage rapidly, became much more apparent.

My friend Nick, did the driving, so I was able to look out the windows and take in the sights.  By the time we arrived at our destination, it was dark.  So we went to bed, and got some good rest for the big day tomorrow.

The photo below is Nick while we were having our morning coffee.

I am an early riser, and really enjoy listening to the birds and animals as they are waking in the morning also. The howler monkeys are abundant in Costa Rica.  With Costa Rica being a tropical location, the birds are all very colorful.  The scarlet macaws are a common site. They tend to travel in pairs, because I guess they mate for life.  One of my most memorable sides was when we saw eight scarlet macaws flying through the sky, and they were in four pairs.  The scarlet my car is a very vibrant red, blue, green and yellow.

We also had some chance to see toucans.  That took in is a very intriguing site and they had their beak is about the same size as their body.  When they fly, it seems like they would flip upside down.

One of my favorite nature sightings is the blue Morpho butterfly.  It is a huge butterfly.  The wings are blue on one side, and gray on the other. However I swear that I saw them as blue and orange.  I must have been hypnotized by the beauty of Costa Rica. LOL.

Check out this tree. Even tree bark in Costa Rica is colorful!

We also took some trips to the beaches  and waterfalls.  I understand that Costa Rica is self-sustaining using hydroelectric power.  Getting energy from natural resources intrigues me. I am also intrigued that Costa Rica does not have a military. From what I understand, they use the money for education rather than the military.

I could go on and on about the many sites and activities however I would prefer that you came yourself.

I hope to see you in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida (Pure Live)

 

BRAD GUDIM aka MagicBrad


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No Booking Fee Vacation Home Rentals

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No Booking Fee Vacation Home Rentals In Costa Rica

Osa Property Management has recently joined the “No Booking Fee Vacation Home Rentals” model for all of the properties that we manage in the southern pacific zone of Costa Rica. Our commitment is to make visiting Costa Rica a great and enjoyable AND affordable experience.

Although we continue to list our properties on VRBO and other vacation home rental websites, including our on site here, we have also invested in the growth and success of CostaRicaVillasRent.com

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No fee vacation home rental site dedicated to Costa Rica

Vacation home rental sites like VRBO have quietly been increasing their fees to customers over the past couple of years. Home owners are typically comfortable (to a certain financial point) with paying the hosting company a fee per booked guest, however, VRBO has now started charging the customers an additional fee – a fee which increases the cost to the customer. These fees, when added together can be over 15%!

There are other advantages (from a customer and a home owner’s viewpoint) of CostaRicaVillasRent.com versus other sites such as VRBO and airbnb, including:

  • Contact information between homeowner and prospective client are immediately known. Once a prospect sends his/her information on the website, the homeowner or property manager is immediately notified and contact information is known.
  • All payments are handled directly between the homeowner/property manager and the traveler. CostaRicaVillasRent.com does not handle or facilitate payments. This empowers the homeowner/property manager to decide, along with the customer, the best and most convenient way to pay (in terms of how and in terms of timing)

We are financially investing in the new website, so we are committed to its success. If you are a homeowner or property manager anywhere in Costa Rica, please visit the site or contact us for more information.


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Costa Rica Photo Retreat Video 2018

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We are planning a Costa Rica photo retreat for July 15-21, 2018.  Below is a video for more information. You can find ALL the details on our dedicated website of our Costa Rica photo retreat.


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Casa Lapas Vacation Home Video

Casa Lapas Vacation Home Video

Enjoy the 75 second Casa Lapas Vacation Home Video. Casa Lapas is a three-bedroom (all bedrooms are suites, with their own private bathrooms) vacation home in the town of San Buenaventura (south of Ojochal).


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Costa Rica Whale Watching

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Costa Rica is heaven on earth for my husband and I; this embodiment of unhurried and abundant life. Our little slice of paradise is waking up just before sunrise, sipping a cup of coffee, watching clouds and fog slip around the mountaintops, and listening to macaws and parrots and howler monkeys welcome the new day.

We are completely content doing nothing on our vacations. We might dabble a bit in hobbies, read, draw, or write, but we’ve not made a point to get out and try the activities Costa Rica is known for.

So, when we vacationed in Costa Rica last August, we decided on a tour. We’d heard a lot of good things about the dolphin and whale-watching tours, so we booked one.

Wow.

Am I ever so glad we did. What a humbling, awe-inspiring, amazing experience. Dolphins swimming right next to the boat, so close you can almost touch them. And the whales, what gentle giants. There is nothing quite like watching a baby whale play; breaching, flipping, rolling. It is beyond words.

I cannot say enough about the tour; the guides were all knowledgeable, very focused on safety, and went out of their way to make the experience memorable. They even packed fresh fruit for us to snack on while we were out.

I plan on repeating the tour…and this time, take lots of video!

 

 


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Staff Enjoying Pavones Waterfall

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Sometimes we all need a break…even when we live in Costa Rica. Recently a small group from Osa Property Management (and an architect that is working with us on a project) visited and enjoying Pavones waterfall.

This increasingly poorly kept “secret waterfall” is a wonderful place, especially during the warm season, to cool off from the hotenjoying pavones waterfall and humid weather. The pool is crisp and clean and invigorating!! The safest time of year to go swimming in the water is typically during February and March – towards the end of the dry season before the heavy rains start to fall – which fills up the creek.

“The Rock” is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and has been there for as long as anyone can remember. When enjoying Pavones waterfall, all you will need is a pair of sandals, or footwear, that you don’t mind getting wet.

Arriving at the Pavones Waterfall is quite simple. Head east from the Costanera Highway, just north of Punta Mala, and follow the gravel road for approximately 5 km (3 miles). The only real landmark between the Pavones waterfall and the Costanera Highway is the first (of two) tilapia restaurants on the road.

Most of the time was spent swimming, relaxing, skipping rocks and talking.

If you are interested in learning on where this waterfall is, or any other tour in the area, please fill out the Contact Us form below. This can be done by yourself and is free.

 


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Costa Rica Property Management YouTube

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Costa Rica Property Management YouTube Channel

Osa Property Management is happy to announce that we recently launched our YouTube channel. We are busy building up our video library and will be soon adding new videos every couple of weeks.

According to Nick Halverson, Osa Property Management’s CEO, “We want to not only use beautiful photos and great written youtube logo newdescriptions of the Osa region on our website and other marketing materials, but we also want to show visitors and locals alike, the amazing resources, homes and activities, beaches and restaurants, in and around San Isidro del General, Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, San Buenas and Palmar Norte. By no means are we professional videoographers, but our simple and raw videos will show what it is really like to live here in Costa Rica. We can’t wait to build up our library of videos!”

In addition, Abigail Vargas added, “In today’s world of seemingly decreasing attention spans, we will be providing videos with three minutes at most. The only time we plan on showing a longer video is if it involves an interview – of which we have several great interviews planned and scheduled.”

With that in mind, the first video put together is less than 40 seconds long and gives a brief overview of the Costa Rica Property Management services provided by Osa Property Management. See below to see our Costa Rica Property Management YouTube Channel and our first video.


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Our Costa Rican Architect is heading back home via Sansa Airlines

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Dennis, the Costa Rican architect is heading back home. We spent a couple days working on the Event Center project, surveying out the land, and getting the direction and layout of how the building will sit on the property. The west east direction is important for airflow, and is affected by the ocean tides.

He was very conscious of the direction, to allow the best air-flow coming into the jungle area, and also maximizing space for the various activities that we will be hosting here. (Destination Weddings, Yoga Retreats, Workshops, Business Masterminds, Fundraisers and Celebrations. We learned a lot from this experience.

The airline, if you are curious was Sansa, which is a very affordable and efficient airline for those that prefer not to drive from San Jose. (Although it is a beautiful drive some people would just like to get here to their destination ASAP and relax into our secluded spaces, and enjoy the natural habitat of the rainforest.) We can understand that.

If you are interested in Costa Rica as a destination for a celebration, retreat or special event, please give us a call with questions.

Also, if you are interested in this Event Center Project, we will be looking for a variety of vendors, caterers, retreat coordinators, wedding and event planners to wrk with us as we advance in this project.

Let’s Connect!


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Making Your Move to Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a beautiful place to visit and eventually move especially if you want to get out of the U.S. to a country where the quality of life is excellent, the average lifespan is 79 and there are plenty of things to do to keep you busy and well-entertained. The rainforest is one of the most fruitful places of the world and you can live right next door to it. This is a great place for those who are facing the retirement years, expats and families to move for the simple fact that it brings peace and tranquility into the hearts of everyone that lives here as well as those who are visiting or just passing through.

Why Live in This Beautiful Area

 Perhaps you chose to move because of the rich history of the country, the friendly citizens or just to enjoy the beaches and spectacular views for the rest of your life. One of the biggest sights to see in this area are the volcanoes that can be spotted in the lush wilderness. You can enjoy being able to see what each of them looks like up close and personal and if you venture to the shore, as everyone does in Costa Rica, the beaches have beautiful white sands and clear water and some of the best waves for surfing in the world. You can have many great days relaxing at the beach with fresh air that you can breathe and feel the salt on your face.

 Choosing a Place to Live

 Whether you are classified as a tourist who wants to stay as long as possible or you have started the steps to become a resident, you are going to want to choose a place to live and there are many options to go with. Depending on what you’re looking for, each area is priced differently. On just $1,400 a month, you’re able to live comfortably in Costa Rica. That may not sound like much when considering the costs of living within the United States. The cost of living in Costa Rica is a little different than in the U.S. You could even live off $1000 or less per month depending on where you choose to live and the type of life you want to live.

Many of the homes are priced at around $140,000 to $400,000 depending on what it is that you want. You can even go with an apartment that runs anywhere from $400 to $800 a month. Whether you want to live comfortably with a small apartment or house or you prefer to live in luxury, Costa Rica has many options available from one area to the next for you to choose from.

It is important to consider where you’re going to live prior to moving to the area. This will allow you to rent or purchase the property before moving to the country. When you arrive, even if you have a hotel booked, it’s important to have a proper place to sleep and unwind after a flight. A real estate agent will be able to assist with a house hunt and will be able to offer great insight into what various areas offer when it comes to lifestyle, home amenities and pricing for rentals.

 Moving Your Items

 Moving household items, as well as vehicles is something a lot of people must do when they make their move to Costa Rica. You want to ensure that you have your personal items within the new home for comfort and a vehicle can be helpful when you’d like to get around without having to take a taxi or when you are in a rural area where public transit may be virtually obsolete. To move these items, a professional shipping company should be contacted. They can provide a shipping container that can hold both vehicles and personal household property at the same time. According to A1 Auto Transport Inc this can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000 depending on where you’re coming from and what exactly you want to move.

It is important to have these documents ready for the move, as well:

Declaration of items

  • Title of the vehicle
  • Insurance and registration papers
  • Bill of sale if needed
  • Passport for photo identification
  • Taxes must be paid on the vehicle that you’re shipping, this can run around 59% to 79% of the value of the vehicle

When deciding to make the move, it is essential to consider these aspects ahead of time. This can put you in the best position to choose where to live, how much it will cost and to be as prepared as possible. Now is the time to make the change and move to somewhere that provides you with so much. Whether you want adventure or you prefer a calm lifestyle, Costa Rica is the place for you as this great country has so much to offer for people from all walks of life.


Experience in the Area

Our team has decades of collective experience in protecting and managing real estate assets in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, particularly in Uvita, Ojochal, Tres Rios, San Buenaventura, Palmar Norte.

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

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