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October Property Management Promotion

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PROMOTION: No Monthly Dues through October 2020

Due to the COVID19 crisis, Osa Property Management has decided to offer an "October Property Management Promotion".

We are offering to waive all monthly dues until November 2020 for any new customer who signs up for our 'turn-key' property management program. Our 'Turn-Key Program' includes:

  • Vacation rental management
  • Bill pay
  • Landscaping (twice per month)
  • Pool service (twice per week)
  • Sign annual service contract

All services must be provided by Osa Property Management to qualify. That means if you have an existing landscaper or pool service provider, those services need to be transferred over to Osa Property Management in order to take advantage of the promotion. We work with other landscapers and swimming pool service providers, so we don't have any problem doing that either. If that is what a property owner wishes, that is what we will do - however, the property owner will not qualify for the promotion.

Contact us today for us to visit your property and to provide a no obligation, no cost, property management proposal.

Simply fill out the form below, and one of our team members will contact you within 24 hours.


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Ballena Tales Magazine July 2020

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Below is the Ballena Tales Magazine July 2020 edition. Osa Property Management has an advertisement inside along with a full-page ad about our new offices in Uvita.


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Surfing in Dominical

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Surfing in Dominical

Visiting Costa Rica is a lot of fun and it can bring in some extraordinary experiences in your life. One of them is definitely Surfing in Dominical. Since Dominical is widely known for being a small surf town that’s peaceful and full of great waves, it makes a lot of sense to check it out. There’s an amazing vibe here, and you get an interesting mix of tourists, business professionals and hippies that all come to this beach for relaxing.

Where can you find the best places for Surfing in Dominical?

Maybe the ideal spot here is found at the Playa Dominical. This is right at the river mouth of the Rio Baru. You have some really good sandbars that make Surfing in Dominical a dream come true. The waves are very large especially if you surf close to the river mouth. There’s also a lot of consistency with the waves, since they are big throughout the year, more specifically from June to September.

Aside from that beach, you also have the Playa Hermosa or the Diominicalito. It certainly helps bring in a lot of value and quality, and you will find yourself surfing and having fun without dealing with crowded beaches. The weather is always warm and you get to enjoy your time without dealing with a lot of pressure. Plus, the surf report is always positive, which means you just take the board and embrace the waves, and you will have a lot of fun.

Exploring a fun, small surfing town

One of the coolest things about Dominical is that you can access it with ease, in fact it’s just a 3 hour drive from the San Jose Airport. You have great accommodation for any type of travelers and prices are very accessible. Plus, you have supermarkets as well as bars and restaurants. It’s by far the best place where you can to and relax. Surfing in Dominical is obviously the main thing that you want to do, but at the same time it’s a great location if you just want to go to the beach as well.

Start learning how to surf in Dominical

Aside from being a target for existing surfers, Dominical is also a great place to learn how to surf. There are a lot of surfing teachers that will help you overcome your fears as you start surfing. It’s a fun idea and opportunity, and you will certainly enjoy it more than you might imagine. It’s well worth a shot even if you’re a newcomer.

As you can see, Surfing in Dominical is one of the coolest activities you can perform. It’s interesting, rewarding and it allows you to just unwind and have fun. It encourages you to try out something new while keeping all the unwanted challenges and emotions away from your life. Give it a try, start surfing and you will have an amazing time in Dominical. You want to check it out and give it a try for yourself, then the results can be staggering every time!


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Uvita Vacation Homes

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Uvita Vacation Homes

Costa Rica is well known for its magnificent nature, from the amazing beaches to the rainforests.  There is something in this small country for anyone who yearns for and loves the outdoor lifestyle.  One of the more lovely locations is in the southern part of the country, a small town called Uvita. There are plenty of Uvita Vacation Homes available in the Bahia Ballena region.

Uvita has some of the best nature preserves in all of Costa Rica.  There is even a small outcrop on the beach shore of Marino Ballena National Park known as the “Whale’s Tail".  The 'Whales Tail' looks exactly like its name suggests. However, it is also a great launching point to go whale watching. Contact Epic Costa Rica Tours to book your trip. 

Each year, starting in the winter and through the spring, humpback whales come to the area to mate, making the opportunity to see these majestic creatures one of the ‘must do’ for all who come to Uvita for a vacation adventure experience.

Uvita itself is a small, quaint town with lots of activities beyond the whale watching tours.  There is the waterfall, and a short boat ride takes visitors to Caño Island, home to some of the most varied wildlife in Central America.

When you get ready to book your Costa Rica vacation, be sure to consider an Uvita Vacation Homes as part of your visit.  We at Osa Property Management have a vacation home opportunity available for those who seek something beyond San Jose and the more tourist-centered areas of Costa Rica.

Contact us, and let us help you book a vacation experience you are certain to remember.


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Uvita Property Management Office

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Uvita Property Management Office

Today, May 18, 2020, we opened our Uvita Property Management Office in the Plaza Perla del Pacifico, Suite #1. This is a great opportunity for Osa Property Management as we are more centrally located in the Bahia Ballena region now.

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Juan Carlos and Abigail getting ready to open the new office in Uvita.

Location. Location. Location.

The old real estate adage is true in this case also. We are more easily found in our new location, closer to more customers, and potential customers, and looking forward to meeting new and existing customers more often.

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Perfectly located on 1st floor and close to Lone Star BBQ Restaurant

Advantages Uvita Property Management Office

There are several important advantages with our new location.

  1. We are happy to be centrally based in our focused area, which is between Hatillo and Chontales.
  2. The office in Uvita is larger than our previous location. The increased space will allow us to more comfortably meet with our home-owner clients, rental clients and provide our employees a more comfortable work environment.
  3. Epic Costa Rica Tours will also be using our office. This is a huge advantage as we will have a tour-focused and specialized tour guide, available to discuss and book tours for our clients. We will be sharing more information about our partnership with Epic Costa Rica Tours in the next couple of months.
  4. Plenty of parking spaces
  5. Handicap Accessible
  6. Next door to Lone Star BBQ Restaurant. This is good for our rental business (and the homeowners who own the homes we manage) as many tourists visit Costa Rica multiple times.
  7. Across the street from the gas station in Uvita. Everyone needs to fill their vehicles up with gas and we are visible from the gas station pump islands. We will put up more signage in the near future to be even more visible than we are now.
  8. Storage area for our equipment. The new office space will provide us a centralized location for most of our work and field equipment.
  9. Private bathroom and shower. Our guests will feel more comfortable being able to use private facilities rather than shared and public ones.
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Dominical Property Management

Our new Uvita Property Management Office means that we are closer to our clients in Hatillo, Dominical and Playa Hermosa, than ever before. If you have a home or a property In Dominical, please contact us about a no obligation bid for us to manage your property. We can provide everything from full-service property- and vacation-rental home management, or simply an element or two.

Ojochal Property Management

We have many clients in Ojochal and between pool services, landscaping service and property checks, one of our representatives are in Ojochal almost daily. In addition, our Office Manager, Juan Carlos lives in Ojochal and makes periodic checks on properties there. We are never more than 20 minutes away from most of our homes in Ojochal.

San Buenas Property Management

Our new office in Uvita is also beneficial to our San Buenas and Tres Rios clients. Most clients arrive in San Jose and drive down the Costanera Highway. They will be able to stop in Uvita, pick up their groceries, meet with Osa Property Management to pick up keys, confirm trip and tour details and then continue on their way. Additionally, we have employees that live in Coronado (5 minutes north of San Buenas and just below Tres Rios) and in San Buenas, so we are extremely close to all of our homeowners and rental clients.

We have a great team!

I can't express how happy and proud I am of our team who quickly moved our office and set up our Uvita Property Management Office. Please be sure to drop by on your next visit to the Bahia Ballena region. If you are a homeowner needing a property management solution, please contact us immediately. We are still working and can help ensure your property is in proper condition.

Stay safe! Pura Vida!

Nick Halverson

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Costa Rica Vacation Memories

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Costa Rica Vacation Memories Video

As we all adjust to the challenges of COVID19, our staff has put together a video montage of "Costa Rica Vacation Memories". Most of the photos come from our vacation rental clients. We appreciate their willingness to share their memories with everyone! Costa Rica is such a wonderful and beautiful place to visit, but right now the country's borders are closed.

Muchas gracias!

Let us know if you have a Costa Rica Memories photo you'd be willing to share. We will make a new video in the next couple of weeks. We didn't want to make the video too long, but we have been contacted by other guests wanting to see themselves in one of our videos.

Quick Update on COVID19 in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican government has closed all of the beaches and National Parks due to COVID19. Therefore, the Costa Rica Memories you see in the video is the best way to experience Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal and San Buenas right now. We will keep everyone updated as the restrictions are eased.

The great news is that Costa Rica has only had six deaths related to the coronavirus (as of May 4th, 2020). This is due in large part to the strict enforcement of their social distancing plans.

Want more information?

If you would like more information about renting a vacation home in the Bahia Ballena region, please fill out the form below. We will contact you within 48 hours. Alternatively, feel free to send us a text message or a WhatsApp message to either +16128198154 (North America) or +50671001006 (Costa Rica).

We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you make your own Costa Rica Vacation Memories!

Pura vida!


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Meeting President of Costa Rica

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Meeting the President of Costa Rica

On August 23, 2019, Abigail Vargas and I attended the re-opening celebration of the Palmar Sur regional airport. As many of our readers know, we have been providing almost monthly updates on our YouTube channel on the remodel. We knew the President of Costa Rica was going to be there. President Carlos Alvarado Quesada is the 48th President of Costa Rica and has committed to improving infrastructure for Costa Rica tourism.

We were thrilled when the airport was finally finished in mid-August 2019. In fact, two of our clients were some of the first people to use the new terminal building.

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Panoramic palmar sur airport with Presidential plane in foreground

Photos from the Palmar Sur Opening. We have high-resolution, non-watermarked, photos available for media outlets that would like to use them.

We arrived approximately 45 minutes before the 'official' start time of the ribbon cutting ceremony. We parked across the street under a mango tree and walked into the airport. There were a handful of tourists waiting for their plane to arrive but we could see more people in the waiting area, located on the west side of the terminal. Arriving there the was approximately 50 people there. A handful were talking with the President, including Osa Mayor Alberto Cole.

Personally, I love politics so this was a great 'work' trip that gave me personal satisfaction as well.

Mayor Cole knows me and has been to my house several times since I also own a real estate development in San Buenaventura. However, I didn't want to interrupt anyone so I walked up to within a meter of them, and simply took some photos and listened to what they were discussing. It was fascinating to me that it was possible to simply walk up to a President of a country without any security clearance or having to walk through any metal detectors.

Mayor Cole and President Quesada each said a few words and then the throng of people moved outside. Abigail recognized several people from the community and we both saw Dagmar from Ballena Tales there.

Presidential Airplane

One of the reasons I love Costa Rica is the safety. For clear evidence of this, take a look at the airplane the President travels on during his domestic travels. For those aviation enthusiasts, I believe it is an Harbin Y-12 (hat tip to Josh Berman for the ID).

Not only is it a "simple" airplane, but also, look how close we were allowed to get to it. Although I've never met a sitting USA President, but I can assure you that non-security personal would not be allowed to walk up to the airplane.  I was able to walk completely around the airplane and even under a wing. Had this been Air Force 1, I probably would have been arrested (at best) or shot (worse case scenario) for simply walking up to the Presidential airplane.

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

After approximately thirty minutes inside the airport terminal, it was time to go outside for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. A mixture of politicians, engineers and civic leaders all grabbed a piece of a long ribbon and then the President counted down and cut the ribbon. The airport was now officially open! The video below shows the cutting of the ribbon.

Osa's Increasing Importance to Tourism

Costa Rica's Tourism Board (ICT) has invested millions of dollars in the Osa Peninsula over the past two years. They have driven the airport upgrades in Golfito, Drake Bay, San Isidro del General (not in Osa but nearby) and now Palmar Sur. For the Costa Rica President to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and spend a couple of hours in the area, show how important tourism is to the Costa Rica economy. It would have been very easy to send a senior government official or an ICT official, however the President wanted to show his support. This is a great sign for anyone with a home or a business in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula region.

Fun Day!

It was a fun day to meet the sitting President of Costa Rica and to experience the event of opening the airport. I have attended several other ribbon cutting events during my time, but it was only the second time the President was there. The first time was when I attended a ribbon cutting event attended by Oscar Arias that opened up a new water system.

Let us know if you, or anyone you know, is interested in visiting the Bahia Ballena region (Uvita, Ojochal, San Buenas, Chontales), please contact us in the form below. We can line everything up for them.

Pura vida!

Nick Halverson

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San Buenas Asphalt

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San Buenas Asphalt Project

For several years there have been rumors of the paving of the principal road in San Buenaventura. We are happy to report that the San Buenas Asphalt Project is underway! In fact, we produced a short two-minute video in 2018 when most people in the area believed the work would be starting.

We reviewed publicly available planning committee budgets and notes throughout 2019 and saw the funds had been earmarked for the project. However, Costa Rica has spent a tremendous amount of money recently rebuilding bridges and improving other large infrastructure projects in the area, and we weren't sure if the San Buenas Asphalt project was going to be done in 2019 or not.

Why now?

The federal government and local government have made a continued effort to improve education in Costa Rica. Not just improvement in the classrooms, but access to the classrooms. Over the past couple of years the elementary school in San Buenaventura received overnight lighting, fencing around the whole property and a new set of bathrooms. Once the schools had been improved, providing better access to schools via roads became a priority. In San Buenaventura the asphalt goes from the Costanera Highway to the edge of the property line of the school.

One reason for going past the school entrance and all the way to the edge of the property line is for health reasons. Gravel roads kick up a lot of dust and asthma is a common problem for children in Costa Rica. By putting asphalt on the roads immediately outside the school the amount of dust will be greatly decreased.

Benefit to Homeowners in the Area

We manage, and offer, quite a few homes in the San Buenaventura-Tres Rios area that will greatly benefit from the San Buenas Asphalt Project. Click on the photo of the property below to learn more about each vacation rental property option that directly benefits from the new road surface.

Villas San Buenas and San Buenas Golf/Osa Golf Course are two developments in San Buenaventura that will benefit greatly from this work. The road will be paved to within 300 meters of the boundary to Villas San Buenas and within 100 meters to the entrance of Osa Golf Course.

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Osa Golf Condo
Casa Cusinga
Vista al Cielo 1
Vista al Cielo 2
Villa Cascadas
Casa Trogon
Casa Tinamou
Casa Kingfisher

Below are photos from September 2, 2019.

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Osa, Costa Rica, Alcalde (Mayor) Alberto Cole and the road building team

Back in December 2018 we made a video when it first appeared that the road project would be started. It turned out this was just a regularly scheduled maintenance project. However, at that time, other locals and business owners had heard the San Buenas Asphalt project was moving forward.

Improved Infrastructure

The San Buenas asphalt project is another visible and wonderful improvement in the infrastructure in the Tres Rios-San Buenas area. Over the past two years Ojochal and Coronado have been paved. It only made sense for San Buenaventura to be next.

Everyone in the area is thrilled with the new road. The one important thing to keep in mind, however, is that there are still plenty of children in the area to not speed when driving on the new road.

Stay safe! Pura vida!

Nick Halverson

September 3, 2019


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Palmar Sur Airport Open

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Palmar Sur Airport Open

After almost a year of being closed for a major remodel, the Palmar Sur Airport Open. Check out the video below for a 'walk-through' of the new terminal building. There was a ribbon-cutting event that the Costa Rica President attended (and cut the official ribbon) to celebrate the new airport.

Improvements

I really like all the changes that they made to improve the Palmar Sur airport. Below are just some of the changes - the ones we know about:

  • Completely enclosed structure. The previous airport terminal was open-faced and when it rained it was near impossible to stay dry. Flying in an airplane with wet clothes is never fun. The huge and numerous windows still allow passengers to enjoy the natural scenery and can watch planes landing and departing.
  • Runway changes. The runway length was increased. The width was increased. The new runway is illuminated 24-hours a day with LED lights. This is one of the few regional airports with landing lights. This is a great safety feature given all of the rain and fog that is common during the rainy season.
  • Emergency service capabilities. The increased runway length, width and lighting, was installed for safety reasons. The airport can now be used 24 hours/day in emergency situations. There is the regional hospital 15 minutes away and now patients can be Medivac'd anytime day or night. Also, in the event of a small-to-medium-sized airplane emergency, Palmar Sur is now large enough to handle them. There are new fire hydrants and a huge submerged water tank that can be used in the event of a fire.
  • Distinct departure and arrival areas.

Location

The airport is located between Palmar Norte and Sierpe in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Turn right, towards Sierpe, after crossing the Palmar Norte-Rio Terraba bridge as you head south on Route 2.  Turn right approximately 400 meters down the road, as the main road curves left. The airport is on the left-hand side.

Palmar Sur Airport Open Event

There was an inauguration event on August 23, 2019, to celebrate the opening of the terminal. This marked the "official" opening of the new airport facility.

 

Remodeled Palmar Sur airport is now open!

Inside of Remodeled Palmar Sur Airport Open

 

We recommend all of our clients who are visiting Uvita, Ojochal, San Buenas or Chontales, to fly from San Jose to Palmar Sur. It is an easy 35 minutes flight and a wonderful way to see the amazing topography of Costa Rica.

Contact us if you'd like more information about the Palmar Sur airport, property management needs in the area or renting a vacation home to use during your time in Costa Rica.


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Osa Golf Update

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Osa Golf Update

We met with one of the new administrators and have an Osa Golf Update for our readers. We recently spent over an hour with one of the three new administrators of the only golf course in the southern pacific zone. It used to be called San Buenas Golf Resort but now it is called Osa Golf Course. The time we spent with George was productive and we are extremely optimistic about golfing in the Osa region.

Osa Golf Update Plans for Low Season 2019

According to George, the course will have several significant changes from the previous administration of the golf course. Below are some of the most important and relevant changes about the Osa Golf Update:

1. Open to public seven days a week. Previously the golf course was only open six days a week. In theory the course was always open to the public, although it was never officially known. The new owners have made it clear that YES! the course is open to EVERYBODY who wants to play.

2. More affordable to play. The new price to play a round of golf at Osa Golf Course, for the low season 2019, has been decreased from $60 to only $25. In addition, all-day passes can be purchased for $40 per day. For golfers who want to rent an electric golf cart those are available for only $15 per person. These prices are for the low (rainy) season 2019. Prices will increase in late 2019 or early 2020 for the high-season. The exact pricing for the upcoming high-season is not yet known or published.

Other Changes and Information for Osa Golf Update

New Signage in Osa Region

New management will start to aggressively promote Osa Golf Course. Per my earlier blog post, I always felt that the course has been under-promoted. Some of the newly planned promotion of Osa Golf Course includes more, and new, signage from Quepos to Palmar Norte. In fact, yesterday, August 20, I saw one of the new signs put up on the Costanera Highway between Palmar Norte and Osa Golf Course. It is our understanding there will multiple signs on the Costanera Highway promoting the golf course.

New Scorecards

New Osa Golf Course scorecards will be designed and handed out throughout the zone.

New Signage on the Golf Course

We were shown one of the new custom made tee box maps. Each hole has their own custom made signage.

What Stays the Same at Osa Golf Course

Osa Golf Course will keep using the existing office and golf cart storage area.


Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal Property Management

Osa Property Management Experts  have lived and managed homes in the region for over 16 years. Not only do we live here, but we are one of the few LEGAL property management companies in the area with legally working, full-time, and fully insured employees (this protects YOU from potential legal problems also).

Our Team will ensure your property is well-maintained and actively rented (if you want to offer your home as a vacation rental).

We are focused on Hatillo, Dominical, Playa Hermosa, Uvita, San Buenas, Chontales and Ojochal property management.

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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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