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Favorite Costa Rica Restaurants

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My husband and I have taken several vacations to Costa Rica. Before our first trip together, I’d been warned that Costa Rica ‘was not known for its cuisine’. Simple meals, prepared with seasoning – such as rice and beans, chicken or fish – are common throughout the country. I figured I’d find it boring, but I was in for a huge surprise. The food was so fresh and flavorful everywhere we went. Seafood, fish, fruit, and vegetables…harvested at just the right time (quite possibly that same day). Pineapples were sweeter, juicier…better than anything I could buy at home in the US.

While there may not be much in the way of fancy Tico food, there are still a lot of restaurants in Costa Rica. Many restaurants are run by ex-pats who wanted to bring flavors of home with them.  This makes it possible to sample menus from all over the world. And sample, we did… and developed a few favorites.

We have many more places to try, so it’s possible new favorites await us. Until then, here’s our Top Five. (I’ve noted price range by each name).

 

Citrus ($$$)

Curried Shrimp at Citrus

My absolute favorite, Citrus is perfect for a romantic dinner or a get-together with friends. The open-air restaurant located in Ojochal is nestled in rain-forest and bathed in soft indoor and outdoor light. The ambiance is dreamy and inviting, and the menu boasts flavors from around the globe, served with a distinctly French flair. Citrus’ offerings include several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes, ranging from appetizers to desserts.

Citrus is open for dinner and serves wine, beer, and spirits. I strongly recommend making reservations: the restaurant is popular with vacationers and ex-pats alike, and fills up quickly.

 

Diqui’s ($)

Mother’s Day at Diquis

Diqui’s is a great casual restaurant situated on the edge of Palmar Norte, a short drive from Las Villas de San Buenas. The open-air restaurant is also a heladeria (ice cream parlor) and offers cones, smoothies, naturales, and frappés. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Diqui’s menu includes both Tico and ‘Western’ favorites.

Free wifi and friendly service.

 

Fusion ($$)

Pollo Tropical at Fusion

Fusion, located in Ojochal, just 5 minutes from Playa Ventanas, is a fantastic restaurant with an array of delicious offerings, including a full sushi menu. Decadent dishes like the Pollo Tropical pictured above boast unusual combinations of flavor that strike a savory balance. Here, strawberries are paired with basil pesto, wrapped in a seasoned chicken breast, and grilled to perfection. Served over a strawberry-balsamic reduction with salad and fried plantains.

Fusion serves alcohol and is open for Lunch and Dinner; it’s an excellent place for families and groups.

 

Restaurant Terraba ($$)

Restaurant Costa Rica

Authentic, bold dishes are hallmarks of this unassuming roadside restaurant. Enjoy the relaxing, casual environment, generous portions, and friendly service. Terraba’s moderately priced menu offers Tico and ex-pat favorites. Enjoy a casado for lunch, and pasta carbonara for dinner!

 

Villa Leonor ($$)

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Curried Shrimp at Villa Leonor

Villa Leonor offers delicious, authentic cuisine in a fun, casual atmosphere. Access the beach just beyond the restaurant to catch a phenomenal sunset before dinner. Or enjoy a dip in the restaurant-adjacent pool, and swim up to the bar.

The Sunday BBQ menu is especially delightful. If you dined at Leonor during the week, it’s worth the additional trip. So flavorful! I recommend the Pollo (BBQ chicken) and the Pinchos Camarones (pictured above).

 


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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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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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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.

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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.


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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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