October Property Management Promotion

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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 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.

uvita property management office front 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.

uvita property management office lone star bbq 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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Ojochal Library

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Ojochal Library

In the community of Ojochal de Osa there is a library full of stories and unforgettable moments. Access is available at the Ojochal Library for local residents and visitors alike. This library is the result of many people working together to make this dream come true.

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Ojochal Library Project

The Ojochal Library project was completed in 2009. It all started with an ex-pat visitor who wanted to find a place to donate her books while on vacation. The idea generated a lot of interest in the community. A run-down community building was not being used in the middle of town. It was decided that would be the best location for the library.

Locals and ex-pats alike volunteered to remodel the building. Thanks to many donations of time, money and other resources, the library became a reality in 2009. It is a shining example of what Costa Rica and what the Ojochal community is like. Friendly. Working together.

Books in Three Languages

This library has more than 2,000 books, stories, novels and learning for adults, adolescents, and children. Additionally, there are books in three languages: Spanish, English, and French. Donations have come from residents of Ojochal, who come from many parts of the world.

ojochal library inside Please consider donating to the Ojochal Library

Donations are Welcomed

The library is always looking for more books to grow its collection. If you are traveling through, or you currently live in, Ojochal, please consider donating any books you no longer want. Additionally, the library would appreciate any tables, chairs, desks, boardgames, crayons, pencils, etc. These donations help ensure that those that need these resources most, have easy access to them.

Ojochal Library Hours of Operation

The hours of operation may change at any moment, but they currently are:

  • Monday: 10 am – noon
  • Wednesday: 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am – noon

All workers at the library are volunteers. They are always looking for more volunteers to be able to keep the library open more hours of the week. Please contact them directly if you are interested in volunteering, or send Osa Property Management a note and we will contact them for you.

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Ojochal Library Hours of Operation

Ojochal Library Contact Information

The people in charge of managing this place are the members of the Development Association (ADI), but if you want to collaborate with this valuable initiative you can do so by contacting Katherine Sturk by email: [email protected] or WhatsApp +506.8432.2724

We offer several Ojochal Vacation Rentals in Ojochal that are within minutes of the library. Contact us if you would like more information about one of the home rentals in the area.


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RITEVE 2020

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RITEVE 2020 New Rules

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Hours of operation for RITEVE 2020 Palmar Sur

Due to the events about the Coronavirus/COVID19, and the health measures ordered by the Ministry of Health and the government of Costa Rica, RITEVE 2020 has rules. These new provisions are in place to better serve and to protect those needing a vehicle inspection.

What is RITEVE?

All vehicles in Costa Rica must be inspected annually for a variety of electronic, mechanical and ‘output’ testing. For RITEVE 2020 there are new schedule hours during the month of April 2020. The following is for the mobile Palmar Sur RITEVE 2020 inspections. The dates of operation are April 14-30, 2020. During the week RITEVE 2020 will be open Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are also available by appointment for special circumstances.

All appointments must be made in advance via the RITEVE official website.

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Rules explaining the health precautions being taken by RITEVE during COVID19

However, they warn that they will not appear in the following cases:
*People with symptoms related to COVID-19.
*People who have been in quarantine or with relatives confirmed with the virus.
*Customers who come with other passengers in the vehicle (only one person is served per vehicle).

These are the corresponding rates according to the type of vehicle that must be paid before the vehicle is tested.

Light vehiclePriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 14.095,00¢ 1.832,35¢ 15.927,35
Reinspección¢ 7.047,50¢ 916,18¢ 7.963,68
MotorcyclesPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 9.285,00¢ 1.207,05¢ 10.492,05
Reinspección¢ 4.642,50¢ 603,53¢ 5.246,03
Heavy vehiclePriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 18.560,00¢ 2.412,80¢ 20.972,80
Reinspección¢ 9.280,00¢ 1.206,40¢ 10.486,40
EspecialesPrice   IVATotal
Inspección¢ 18.560,00¢ 2.412,80¢ 20.972,80
Reinspección¢ 9.280,00¢ 1.206,40¢ 10.486,40
BusesPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 18.560,00¢ 2.412,80¢ 20.972,80
Reinspección¢ 9.280,00¢ 1.206,40¢ 10.486,40
TaxisPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 15.205,00¢ 1.976,65¢ 17.181,65
Reinspección¢ 7.602,50¢ 988,33¢ 8.590,83
MAG card lightPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 10.711,00¢ 1.392,43¢ 12.103,43
Reinspección¢ 5.355,50¢ 696,22¢ 6.051,72
Heavy MAGPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 12.438,00¢ 1.616,94¢ 14.054,94
Reinspección¢ 6.219,00¢ 808,47¢ 7.027,47
AgricolaPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 8.545,00¢ 1.110,85¢ 9.655,85
Reinspección¢ 4.272,50¢ 555,43¢ 4.827,93

You can consult the rates directly the following link: https://www.rtv.co.cr/tarifas/

There is an initial Inspection rate that all vehicles must pay, based on the type of vehicle. The type of vehicle is determined by RITEVE and cross-referenced with the license plate history of the vehicle. Most vehicles do not pass all of the tests the first time. Every time a vehicle goes through the inspection process there is a fee to pay. Each subsequent fee after the first inspection is charged at the re-inspection rate. The re-inspection rate is less than the original inspection fee.

If a vehicle fails to pass all of the tests, then that vehicle will not be able to legally be on the road within 30 days of the original inspection or at the end of the month of the expiring RITEVE.

For appointments and information call 905-7880000 or visit the website https://www.rtv.co.cr


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Juan Santamaría is a Costa Rica Hero

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Juan Santamaria

His name is Juan Santamaría. Today his name may be recognizable for those traveling into or out of San Jose’s largest airport. The airport in San Jose, airport code SJO, is officially named after Juan Santamaria.  He is known by Costa Rican’s as a national hero.

Early Life & Death

He was born on August 29, 1831, in Alajuela, Costa Rica. At the time Alajuela was the capital of Costa Rica, following Costa Rica’s independence in 1821. He died on April 11, 1856 in Rivas, Nicaragua during the second battle of Rivas.

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William Walker Conquers Nicaragua

The story of Juan Santamaria starts with William Walker. Costa Rica was in the middle of a war against William Walker. Walker was a power-hungry physician-lawyer-mercenary from the United States of America who was attempting to overthrow all of Central America to establish English speaking colonies under his control. Walker was successful in overthrowing the Nicaraguan government in early 1856 and declared himself President of Nicaragua on July 12th of that year. After overthrowing Nicaragua, he continued heading south to Costa Rica, where he declared war against Costa Rica on March 1, 1856.

Walker Starts War with Costa Rica

The President of Costa Rica (Juan Rafael Mora Porras) publicly asked for any man who was able to fight and to defend Costa Rica to band together and head to Nicaragua. History states that Juan Santamaría was a poor laborer and the illegitimate son of a single mother. In other words, he had very little prospects or hope for much success. Seeing this as an opportunity to have an adventure and possibly improve his situation, he proudly joined the army as a “drummer boy”. Even though he was twenty-five years old at the time, the term “drummer boy” is still used to describe him in multiple online locations.

Juan Santamaria Dies

The Costa Rican troops headed north from Alajuela and won a small battle in Santa Rosa, Guanacaste. Walker lost 26 soldiers in the battle. From Santa Rosa, the troops marched fifty miles to Rivas, Nicaragua arriving on April 8, 1856. The goal of the Costa Rica army was to drive Walker out of a hotel or inn, that provided an advantageous fighting position. The battle that broke out is known as the Second Battle of Rivas. The Costa Rican’s were unable to gain an advantage and resorted to trying to burn down the building that Walker was based in. Juan Santamaria, the ‘drummer boy’, agreed to lead the charge to burn down the building where Walker was hiding. Santamaria grabbed a torch and set fire to the building which resulted in the Costa Rican army winning the battle, but unfortunately Juan Santamaria was killed during the battle.

His actions were immediately remembered, and his spirit for freedom and decisive actions, is still celebrated today.

Costa Rica Remembers Juan Santamaria Every Year

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Children in Ojochal celebrating Juan Santamaria day.

For his delivery despite being so young (25 years) in his honor, the Alajuela International Airport bears his name and there is also the Juan Santamaría Historical Cultural Museum, there is also a bronze statue in a park in Alajuela and another in the Assembly Legislative of Costa Rica.

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Children in Ojochal celebrating Juan Santamaria day.

In schools and some public institutions every April 11 is celebrated as the day of Juan Santamaria (Battle of Rivas) with costumes and typical dances of Costa Rica.


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Team Building at Artesian Chocolate Tour

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Recently, the staff of Osa Property Management and some of our vacation home renters, spent an unforgettable day at an artesian chocolate tour. This was the first team-building exercise we had done at Osa Property Management. With much expectation and prepared to spend some pleasant hours, we arrived at the place where Ronald Alpizar was waiting for us in charge of this educational tour. The first thing that surprised us was a monkey and a sloth who were in one of the wonderful trees typical of this area, attendees had the opportunity to take great pictures.

The tour begins with a talk about the production and origin of cocoa to Costa Rica and as according to history the ancestors used these seeds to change them as money, also in rituals chocolate was known as “the drink of the gods” .

During his explanation, Ronald tells us how they make the process by hand so that the cocoa beans become a delicious cup of chocolate, for that we made a tour on the paths where the trees are planted and thus be able to observe the fruit , which changes from green to yellow when ready to be picked up.

After observing the plants, get to work to make the chocolate. When we opened the fruit we could taste the seeds after extracting them. The next step is to roast them on the fire for a few minutes until they change the color to black, in this process all the attendees of the tour can participate cooking the seeds, it is very fun to move them. Then the shell is removed and ground by hand with an indigenous stone to form a homogeneous paste. In the fire the milk is placed in a cooking pot and the ground chocolate is poured to enjoy a delicious, completely handmade and natural drink with the only flavor of true chocolate.

If you would like to experience and enjoy the Osa Artesian Chocolate tour, please contact us below. Simply fill out, and submit, the form below. Likewise, contact us via WhatsApp/text/call at +506.7100.1006


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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