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Palmar Sur Airport Remodel Update October 2018

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Palmar Sur Airport Remodel Update

We recently visited the Palmar Sur Airport Remodel project currently taking place at this popular airport for travelers vising the Osa Peninsula and nearby towns of Sierpe, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal, Uvita and Dominical. The following video provides an update and some great information about the Palmar Sur Airport remodel.

Click on the photo below to watch or view it on our YouTube Channel.

As mentioned in the video, everyone here at Osa Property Management is hoping that the airport is completed with the remodel by the end of calendar year 2018.

We are recommending to our scheduled guests to have a back-up plan in place if their plans include arriving into San Jose's Juan Santamaria's airport first, and planning on flying down to Palmar Sur. We can help with securing a car rental in San Jose, or hiring a private shuttle for you and your travel companions.

Once the Palmar Sur Airport Remodel is completed, this regional airport will be one of the nicest in the country. Palmar Sur serves travelers from Sierpe, Rio Claro, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal, Uvita and Dominical.


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How to Eat Rambutan Fruit or Mamones Chinos

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Rambutan Fruit (Mamones chinos)

The following video shows the proper way to eat rambutan fruit. In Costa Rica, rambutan fruit is also known as mamones chinos. I use the term mamones chinos in the video. However, both names are used.

Tip: Make sure you have a napkin nearby when eating them!

I've spoken with friends of mine throughout the world, and Costa Rica is one of the few places were the term 'mamones chinos' is used. Rambutan fruit is much more popular and even used in the United States of America and Canada.

Regardless if you call it mamones chinos or rambutan fruit, what is important and recommend is that during your next trip to Costa Rica, please make sure you take time to try this amazing fruit. It is in-season from approximately July through September each year. I've seen them as late as November, but the rambutan fruit doesn't generally taste as good when it is harvested so late in the harvesting season.

As with all fruits, there are those that claim it helps with great health and can even help prevent or treat certain kinds of cancer. We do not attest to that or that rambutan fruit will cure anything. However, eating fruits is almost always beneficial to one's health and for that reason, we would recommend eating them while in Costa Rica.

The Osa region of Costa Rica is home to some of the largest mamones/rambutan farms or orchards in Costa Rica. They are almost all owned by local, individual farmers (or family farms) and the buyers come all over Central America to purchase them. In fact, in San Buenas (located between Chontales and Tres Rios), every season a semi-truck arrives from El Salvador, along with a crew of three, who purchased over 50% of the town's rambutan fruit and haul it back to El Salvador to sell there.

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Golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort

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Golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort

Below is a video that we recently took of Nick Halverson and Abigail Vargas golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort with some clients of ours. Golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort is a great activity to enjoy regardless of skill level.

This particular afternoon, the group made a last-minute decision to go golfing late in the afternoon. They quickly gathered up their clubs, headed down to pick up the cart, and jumped on the links at about 4 pm. One advantage of golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort is that with their membership program, and for those renters who rent the condominium we manage, clients can enjoy unlimited free golf.  That's correct - unlimited FREE GOLF during your vacation in Costa Rica.

San Buenas Golf Resort is the only golf course in Costa Rica's Osa region. In fact, it is the only golf course between the country of Panama and Jaco. Here is more information about the golf course at San Buenas Golf Resort. Don't worry about packing your golf clubs, they have plenty of sets for rent. Guests don't need to pack any special gear as golf balls, golf tees and other supplies are readily available for purchase. Additionally, electric golf carts are available for rent.

We recommend during the summer months of Costa Rica (December - March) to golf at first daybreak or at the end of the day. Golfing in Costa Rica during mid-day can be very hot, as the sun will be directly above the earth. However, if one is used to weather in Florida during the day, then golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort will be just like golfing at home.

Contact us below if you would like more information about golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort, a Costa Rica vacation rental in Ojochal, Uvita or San Buenas, or if you would like a no-cost, no-obligation, bid to manage your property in the Osa region.


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Palmar Sur Airport Update

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Palmar Sur Airport Update

In August 28, 2018, we visited Palmar Sur regional airport to get an update on the construction project there. The following is our Palmar Sur Airport Update.

In early August 2018, we had a client who had a scheduled flight from San Jose to Palmar Sur, via Sansa airlines. They were planning on a weeklong vacation at Casa Lapas. Approximately 24 hours prior to the clients' departure, they were notified that the Palmar Sur airport was close and no other information was available. After scrambling to get the clients rescheduled to Perez Zeledon's regional airport, we decided to investigate what was going on.

Below are a couple of videos that provide how the Palmar Sur Airport Update will improve traveling to the southern pacific zone of Costa Rica in the not-to-distant future.

Here is a list of the changes taking place at Palmar Sur airport. All of these changes are scheduled to be completed in four months - with a goal of being completed by January 2019.

  • Existing terminal is going to be increased in size from 750 square feet to over 5,000 square feet. It is still unclear whether or not the existing terminal structure will be kept or if it will be torn down.
  • Rental car kiosks and other kiosks will be built
  • The width of the runway is being widened

One of the goals of the increased width of the runway is to allow more models of aircrafts to be able to make emergency landings if necessary. Palmar Sur is relatively safe compared to other airports in the area due to the flat topography and ease of landing for planes coming in from the west/Pacific Ocean side.

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Sansa airplane at Palmar Sur airport (when the airport was operating). The Palmar Sur airport is scheduled to reopen in early 2019.


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GoPro Walking Through Cave at Playa Ventanas

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Playa Ventanas is one of the best all-around beaches in all of Costa Rica, and it is my personal favorite. A couple of years ago I strapped a GoPro camera on my head and recorded my journey from the front of one of the caves, all the way through, and out on the other side. Enjoy the GoPro Playa Ventanas video below!

CAUTION: DO NOT TRY THIS! IT IS VERY DANGEROUS! I made the video so it is not necessary for you, your guests or friends, to do it themselves.

The caves at Playa Ventanas are the inspiration for the name of the beach itself. 'Ventanas' means 'window' in Spanish. Therefore, these are not caves, these are 'windows' of the beach.

The windows (or caves) at Playa Ventanas are equally beautiful and fascinating. As the tide rises, and more water is forced into the holes of the caves, the louder the WHOOSH!! BANG!! gets, caused by the accelerating water. The best time to visit Playa Ventanas is NOW! Regardless if it is during low tide or during high tide. As you can see from the GoPro Playa Ventanas video, during low tide, it is easy to enter and explore the caves/windows.

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The best time to visit Playa Ventanas is during low tide. During low tide, the Pacific Ocean is receded and the beach area is enormous. During low tide Playa Ventanas is a great place to walk or jog on the sand, join in one of the many soccer games that takes place or simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds and salty smell of the ocean.

If you wish, make your own GoPro Playa Ventanas video and send us a copy as we'd love to see it. In fact, if you wish, we can add it to our Osa Property Management YouTube channel.

Exploring caves playa ventanas

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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. This is true for all of the properties we manage in the southern pacific zone of Costa Rica. Our commitment is to make visiting Costa Rica a great, enjoyable AND affordable experience.

Although we continue to list our properties on VRBO and other vacation home rental websites, including our own 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 this Casa Lapas Vacation Home Video. Casa Lapas is a three-bedroom Costa Rica vacation villa located in the Osa region of Costa Rica. One advantage of this Costa Rica villa rental is that all three bedrooms are suites. Below are all of the advantages, as can be seen in the Casa Lapas Vacation Home Video:

  • Three bedrooms. All suites. Each bedroom has their own private bathroom, including shower, sink and toilet.
  • Private pool
  • Private rancho with grill
  • Great WiFi service (not shared with any other property)
  • Satellite TV
  • Fully stocked kitchen
  • Privacy
  • Amazing wildlife heard daily
  • Perfectly located between Ojochal and Chontales
  • 10 minutes from Playa Tortuga and the Reserva Playa Tortuga turtle sanctuary

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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 proudly announces our official YouTube channel. Every week or so we will be adding new videos to our video library.

According to Nick Halverson, "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 Chontales. By no means are we professional videoographers!  However, our simple and raw videos will show what it is really like to live in Costa Rica. We can't wait to share more!"

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."

Do us a favor and subscribe to our Costa Rica Property Management YouTube channel. The advantage is you will be notified each time we add a Costa Rica video.

Below are a couple of videos we have recorded in the area.

Sunset at Playa Dominical

Nauyaca Waterfall Costa Rica


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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