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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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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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Panama Shopping Trip

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Some new friends were planning on making a Panama shopping trip at the Costa Rica-Panama border this week and they asked if we wanted to join them.  We were unable to go on Tuesday as planned so they changed their plans and we all went on Wednesday instead. So many wonderful and nice people in Costa Rica!

Heading to Panama Border

There is a city in Costa Rica called Paso Canoas which is on the border of Panama-Costa Rica. This was our destination for Panama shopping! We live in San Buenaventura, which is 20km south of Uvita, so we headed south on the Costanera Highway (HWY 34) to Paso Canoas. San Buenaventura is approximately two hours from Paso Canoas (or 2 1/2 hours south of Uvita). It's a simple drive. Head south to Palmar Norte, take a right turn at the intersection of the Pan American Highway and Costanera Highway. Cross the Ri0 Terraba River over the iconic Palmar Norte bridge, like you're going to Palmar Sur and Sierpe. However, stay on Highway 2 (Pan American Highway).  The drive is pretty flat and easy, aside from it's a two-lane road the whole way!  There is a larger town Ciudad (city) Neilly which has a hospital, which is where some of the specialty doctors are located. 

Golfito, Costa Rica

About 1/2 way to the border is a town call Golfito, which has duty free shopping. Well, up to $2,000 tax free per year. Plus, there are limitations on how much you can buy of certain items, such as 3 carton of cigarettes or 12 liters of alcohol every 6 months; or one washer every year; or one stove/oven every 2 years; etc. This is separate from the $500 tax free when entering via the airport.

You must get a shopping authorization cart (TAC), which is how they keep track of what you've purchased.  Now you have to get this TAC, but can't use it for 24 hours.  And once you use it, you can't use it again for 24 hours after pick up.  So basically the first day you put everything on husband's card....then the next time you go back, you pick up the husband's card (which can't be used for 24 hours), so you buy everything on the spouse's card; and you keep switching like that...until you have to get a new card each year.

Golfito is known for cheaper prices on electronics and appliances. We didn't stop there today, as we didn't need anything and our ride wasn't going there. However, we'll write up another blog when we do visit!

Panama

As we get to the border, there's a big huge building in the middle of the road, which is the border for Panama.

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We turned left on the road right before the building, the left side of the road is Costa Rica and the right is Panama, but it's just a normal road.  When you go down the road a little ways and find a parking lot, you pay and they watch your car for you 500 colones/hr (~90 cents per hour).  We only had one reusable bag here in Costa Rica with us, so that's all we took with us. However, you leave it in the car because if you take it into the store, then they take it and tag it and you can't get it back until after you check out and everything is already in bags?!?!  So we left those in the car.

We walked into the building (which is on the Panama side--so we're in Panama, but we didn't have to check out of Costa Rica and check into Panama--you only have to do that if you need your 90 day visa)  WHAT?!?!?!  Well at least in this area of stores..more to come on that...

City Mall (in Panama)

First thing you see when you walk into the store is a McDonald's....oh it smelled so good!!!!  We didn't eat there today, but we will in September when we go back for our visa!!!!!

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OHHH the smell...I haven't had McDonald's fast food in months!!!

So this store has everything--you name it...shoes, hair products, makeup, clothes, sunglasses, pharmacy, groceries, electronics, etc. etc. etc.

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City Mall at Costa Rica-Panama border

It's this huge two story building and apparently Panamanians LOVE U.S. brands. Everything is grouped by brand. So there's a Guess section; Tommy Hilfiger section, Nike, Speedo, Toms, Bahama Mama, etc...just everything.  It's weird because all the women, men's and kids clothes are all in the same location, which is so weird.

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Stores display products by brand.

And then the SHOES....thank goodness I don't need tennis shoes here, because I could have gone crazy. My brother would love this store as there were just walls and walls of all types of shoes and most cheaper than the U.S. Nike was a little less, but not like the other brands.  For example TOMs are around $80 in the USA but only $35 here.

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I've never seen so many shoes in one place!!

Groceries in Panama

And don't get me started on the groceries!!!! So many more choices and mostly cheaper than in Costa Rica. They even had cheese from the USA so I had to get some Gouda, Havarti, and Muenster. It's one thing I miss about living in Costa Rica is the availability and affordability of cheese. I miss my cheese and crackers.  Ritz crackers were only .87 USD (this store shows prices in USD), so had to do some calculations to compare to the prices in Uvita which are priced in Costa Rica colones. After a while I gave up because they were all cheaper and I didn't want to think that much while Panama shopping! Plus, I'm used to converting colones into US dollars, not the other way around.

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Inexpensive and large variety of cheese! These are tough to find in Costa Rica

I was worried this would happen...we had nothing on our list but we ended up spending $71. In addition to the specialty cheeses and crackers, we bought some batteries (way cheaper). I also needed shredded cheese for tacos tonight and this way I didn't have to go to the store when we got back home.... and it was cheaper!!! LOL! I got some soft cat food as treats for the cats that we give them on Sundays as a treat; lunch meat was $3 cheaper per bag and we can freeze that.  Okay not even going to lie, we both got 2 HUGE Hershey's chocolate bars---it's not something you can find in the stores in Uvita.  I can't even remember what else we bought, but we had 3 sacks worth. Thankfully our friends had brought a cooler so we could put our cold stuff in there.

Stamp or no Stamp???

We lost our friends for a little while--we finally found them, they had already checked out and once you check out you can't get back in, so they had to go get the car and he ran in to find us--thankfully we were trying to stand in a central location and not move!  After checking out, we went down the road (the opposite way) to a Soda for lunch. 

I have never, in all my travels seen a border like this! There was a two lane road (that we were on) in Costa Rica. Then there was a strip of land that had stores, gas stations, grass on the other side of that was a two-lane road and that was Panama!!  After lunch we stopped for gas. We pulled in from the Costa Rica side, and we had to make sure to pull out on the right side. Turns out if we would have gone out on the Panama side we would have driven down to the border crossing and we would have been in trouble because we didn't have our in/out stamps...scary!!!  It was confusing, but intriguing, and I'm not sure what the planners were thinking when they designed it. Welcome to Central America.

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One side of this gas station is Costa Rica and the other is Panama--make sure you go out the right exit!!!

After lunch, it was LIQUOR time!!! As I mentioned, in the middle island separating the Costa Rica and Panama roads are shops, and there were liquor stores. Every Panama shopping trip should include a visit to a liquor store. The prices are great! Cheap! The first place we went to, only took cash but doesn't ask for your passport (like they are supposed to)!!  Bottle of Disaronna $12. Not as cheap as making it, but the stuff we made hasn't sat well with my stomach (more about making Disaronna in a future post) could be the cheapness of the vodka!!! LOL.  (and no it's not about the quantity either!!!)  They also had Moscato. Tt's Barefoot, which isn't the greatest, but it's the first Mascato I've found. Plus, it was only $4 a bottle.  So we picked up a stash.

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Cheap liquor!

So we didn't actually passport stamp in and out in Costa Rica or Panama. You don't have to do that to just go Panama shopping, which is so weird. Unless you go on the wrong road and then you could be in trouble. Our friends showed us the building where we have to get our passports stamped, pay the immigration fee, then the building to actually check out of Costa Rica. Also, they showed us the building above with 'PANAMA' is where you go in/out for Panama....gosh, I hope we can do this ourselves next time in September!!!!

Once we made the last stop, we headed back north to home.  There is a check point about 1/2 way where they stop you and look in your windows..if you have a lot of bottles in your car, they may ask to see your paperwork/receipts, but they just looked and waved us on through.  We're told to go there after 4pm as they are closed!!! lol

We LOVED Panama shopping!!! We felt like we were kids in a candy store! We think it's better than Quepos, even if it is slightly longer drive. There are advantages like everything is in one location and it has more products and variety!


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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.


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Osa Golf Course is New Name

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Osa Golf is the New Name of San Buenas Golf Course

Osa Golf Course is the new name of what used to be known as San Buenas Golf Course in the San Buenas Golf Resort. The reason for the name change is that the golf course is under new management. The real estate development itself is still owned and operated primarily by Robert Frazier and the development is keeping its name of San Buenas Golf Resort (I think).

We are still managing a condominium that is available for vacation rental at the development however. Neither Osa Property Management nor the owners of the condo, have received all the details yet.

New Management Team at Osa Golf

As I understand it today, the new management team consists of three investors. They are an investor who also owns a condominium unit at the resort, an outside investor and the current Osa Golf Course Superintendent. The three of them all have a vested financial interested in the success of the golf course.

My Thoughts on the 'Old Course'

San Buenas Golf Resort is a beautifully designed course with plenty of challenging holes to play. In fact, I've 'donated' (translated = lost) several dozen golf balls while playing the course throughout the years.

I've known a variety of people involved with the golf course throughout the years. I believe that they are great builders and operators. Where their skill set was lacking, in my opinion, was in the marketing and the promotion of the course. Up to a couple of years ago, the course was always in pristine condition. It was beautiful to play and to enjoy, but few people seemed to know more than the general idea of where it was actually located. I also felt the pricing was prohibitive and out of line for a nine-hole course. Keep in mind, this is not a Par-3 course of nine holes, it  is a world-class designed course.  However, I believe to attract customers and new players in the area, pricing should always be evaluated and adjusted as needed. I felt the last couple of years it really seemed to lose its energy. Collectively, all of these issues meant that there was never too many players on the course. That's great if you like to golf, but it is an unsustainable business model.

There are several reasons for this but suffice to say that the current management team was simply tired and run down in my opinion.

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Osa Golf Course is the new name of San Buenas Golf Resort.

My Expectations on the 'New Course'

I am very excited and optimistic about the new operational and ownership structure of the golf course. We are still learning more about some of the proposed ideas and improvements, but there is a rekindled passion being put forth. As many of you already know, I own 150 acres immediately adjacent to San Buenas Golf Resort (Villas San Buenas). It has always been my hope that the course would increase marketing and promote the region a bit more. That would be a true 'win-win' for everyone in the community. The successes of Osa Golf Course and of Villas San Buenas, with its 100+ lots, can benefit each other.

One advantage of the new management is that they are focused exclusively on the golf course and the customer experience. They will not have the responsibility or the distractions associated with the development of the real estate. As a developer of 150 acres, I can tell you there are many things that can distract you. The people involved at Osa Golf live full-time in, or near, Osa Golf Course. This proximity allows them to work, to see and to experience the course daily.  They have a truly financial and time interest in the success of the golf course. That investment increases the likelihood of success. I look forward to hopefully working with them to see if there's anything us neighbors can do to help each other.

I wish the new management team of Osa Golf Course wonderful success!!

Sincerely,

Nick Halverson

August 15, 2019

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Ojochal Luxury Home

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Ojochal Luxury Home: Casa Aventura

Osa Property Management is proud to announce the newest Costa Rica vacation home rental option: Casa Aventura. This is an amazing Ojochal luxury home with:

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 beds
  • Comfortably sleeps 12 adults
  • Private swimming pool
  • Private Jacuzzi
  • Modern, high-quality, kitchen
  • Open floor plan for easy flow
  • Huge outdoor covered patio area with pool and ocean views
  • Gated entrance
  • Hi-speed internet
  • Cable TV
  • One floor living so all guests are on the same level
  • Close to the best restaurants in the area (less than 5 minutes from Exotica, Citrus, Mama e Papa)
  • Five minutes from Playa Tortuga and Reserva Playa Tortuga (turtle sanctuary)

The staff of Osa Property Management is still taking inventory of everything in the home and we hope to have the home available and ready beginning September 1st. We allowed a group of friends to spend a weekend in the home for some immediate feedback, ideas and input - the feedback has been WOW! Amazing! We're coming back!

Currently the home is unavailable to rent as we work with the new owners on repairs, re-painting, buying some new furniture and replacing some artwork. However, please contact us immediately if you would like to reserve this home for your vacation or party.

Inside Ojochal Luxury Home

The open floorplan allows for easy passage from one part of the home to another part of the home. There is an easy and open flow from the kitchen area to the outdoor area (including a huge covered outdoor living area) since all rooms are on the same level.

Swimming Pool Area Ojochal Luxury Home

These large and private swimming pool and Jacuzzi provide a great place to relax - day or night during your time in Ojochal.

Photos of Bedrooms

There are a total of five bedrooms in Casa Aventura.

  1. Master Suite: King-size bed, walk-in shower, dual sinks, huge walk-in closet.
  2. Suite #2:  King-size bed, private walk-in shower, private balcony.
  3. Bedroom #3 is a huge bedroom with two queen-size beds, ocean- and pool-view.
  4. Bedroom #4 has a queen size futon is located in the office and comfortably sleeps two adults.
  5. Bedroom #5 is the third suite is located in a separate building, providing absolute privacy. This secondary building is only ten feet from the main house, but this building has its own private bathroom, shower and queen size bed.

Each of the three suites at Casa Aventura have their own privacy. In the main home, the two suites are on the "suite side" of the home. The doors for each suite are over fifteen feet away from each other in the hallway. Each of the main house suites has its own unique feature with the Master Suite having a double walk-in shower (stay tuned for photos) and Suite #2 has  a Private balcony.

We are still preparing this house for rent and will have more photos and videos coming soon. Be sure to Contact Us if you'd like to be kept updated on this. Also be sure to follow our social media channels (look for logos on top of page).

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Citrus Restaurant Ojochal

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Citrus Restaurant Ojochal

Citrus Restaurant Ojochal is, arguably, the best fine-dining restaurant in the entire Costa Ballena region. Every year it seems there is a new fine-dining restaurant that opens in the area, offering new and exciting options. In fact, I would suggest, that there isn't a bad fine-dining restaurant in the region. However, even in an increasingly crowded marketplace, Citrus continues to stand above the others.

The reason can best be described in one word: DETAILS

One reason why I prefer Citrus Restaurant Ojochal is that it has been open for nearly as long as I have been visiting and living in Costa Rica - which dates back to 2005. Back in 2005 the only real fine-dining option in Ojochal was Exotica (another amazing restaurant in Ojochal, and some would argue, an even better option than Citrus - we will discuss Exotica in a future post). Marcella Marciano opened Citrus a couple of years later. The exact location has moved between two locations, but the current location is brand new.

Menu & Food

Let start off by saying, "I am NOT a foodie or a food snob." However, I LOVE the food at Citrus Restaurant Ojochal. The menu is unlike any other restaurant in the area, and does not have a clear definition. On the company's Facebook page, they state "Gourmet Mediterranean inspired menu". The Every time I go, I make myself try something new.

There is a lunch menu and a dinner menu (starts at 5 pm). The lunch menu has fewer options and is more affordably priced. The dinner menu is robust with many options to choose from. They also have options for vegans, vegetarians and almost any other dietary custom.

Service at Citrus Restaurant Ojochal

The service at Citrus is always fast, friendly and knowledgeable. They are experienced in providing great service at fine-dining restaurants. Most of them grew up in the area, and if you have a question about either the menu item or the area, they will probably know the answer. After just a couple of visits staff members will remember you and say, "Hi" (even if you are not seated in their area).

My experience is that they all speak Spanish (obviously) and English. I believe several of them may speak French also. This would make sense as the owner is a French-Canadian, and Ojochal is a large French-speaking population from the Quebec area of Canada.

I appreciate that the staff has a low turnover rate, which means that the staff is extremely knowledgeable about the food, drinks and the menu changes. It also shows that there is job satisfaction.

The Chef's focus on both taste and presentation. Annually, Marcella takes several trips to locations in the world to learn new techniques and to get inspiration for new dishes for Citrus.

Desserts, Coffee

Citrus offers a full variety of coffee, lattes, espressos and cappuccinos. During the day, the price for a specialty coffee is less than you will find at a Starbucks in the world. When one considers the ambiance, service and quality, it is the perfect place for a business meeting or to plan the next days' excursions.

The dessert options are a mix of decadent chocolate, fruit and a number of other deliciously 'sinful' options.

Vacation Rentals Nearby

If you're a foodie, or if  you'd like to spend your time in Ojochal within five minutes of Citrus, please consider one of the following homes:

Casa Aventura

Lluvia de Brasas (coming soon!)

Ojochal Suenos


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