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Relaxing Playa Hermosa

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Relaxing Playa Hermosa, (between Dominical and Uvita)

Most of us here at Osa Property Management work between five and seven days per week. Given our business, there are clients typically checking-in or checking-out on any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday (and all the other days of the week), so every week is different than the week before. We had several clients ask for a late check-out today, and those properties did not have anyone checking in later today, so that meant that my entire morning was open. It was a welcome break after a very busy week of meeting with visitors, checking the work of our landscaping and pool cleaning crews and scheduling excursions. I decided to take some time relaxing Playa Hermosa

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Playa Hermosa, between Uvita and Dominica, Costa Rica

Family Fun at the Beach

We got there just as the tide was nearing its lowest point. Here's a link for Costa Rica tide charts. That allowed us to enjoy a large amount of sandy beach. My friends brought a small portable grill, charcoal (carbon as it's known here) and some meat. I brought some soft drinks, sandwiches for the kids and a hammock for my day relaxing Playa Hermosa. I took full advantage of the trees on the beach and the hammock - check out the photo at the top of this page. Pura vida indeed!!!

Relaxing Playa Hermosa

The adults in the group enjoyed preparing the food, having a few drinks and catching up. The kids loved the huge area to run around and to dip their feet into the amazing Pacific Ocean. Playa Hermosa is one of the few beaches in the area with full-time lifeguards, but it is still advisable to take great caution when swimming in the water at the beach. The riptides can be powerful.

Although I would have preferred to have spent the entire day at the beach, and to watch the breathtaking sunsets there, I had to get back to our clients.

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Facing north at Playa Hermosa between Uvita and Dominical.

If you would like more information about Playa Hermosa, visiting Dominical or visiting Uvita, please contact me by filling out the form below. We have a couple of vacation home rentals available within five minutes of Playa Hermosa.

I look forward to seeing you here soon!


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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour in Dominical

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Earlier this week, we decided to take a Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour, located just a few kilometers north of Uvita right off alturas wildlife sanctuary tour logo smallHighway 34. The sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation center for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. While the sanctuary tries to release the animals back into wild; there are many animals that are unable to go back into the wild, so they become permanent residents of the sanctuary.

The sanctuary was originally started up in the mountains above the town of Cortes, which is the town just seven minutes south of our house; however, the sanctuary was not able to continue at that location due to several logistical issues. However, an owner of a hotel had extra land and buildings and inquired on what he could do to help the sanctuary. So in 2014 the sanctuary was moved to it's current location between Dominical and Uvita.

The sanctuary will take in any non-domestic animal. There are five main reasons animals end up at the sanctuary:

  • Animals that have been electrocuted by the power lines
  • Animals who have been hurt on the highway
  • Animals who have been orphaned by the parents due to sickness/deformity
  • Animals who were unintentionally orphaned by people who didn't realize the parents were around (hence the need for more education)
  • Animals that have been previous 'domestic' pets.

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour Information

Typically tours are 15 people. When we signed up it was just the two us, but by the time we arrived, the tour had 17 people. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and spoke great English. We weren't allowed to go into the vet center, as they don't want any diseases to be transferred or to bother the sick animals. There was also the rehabilitation location and the baby housing, which we couldn't go see. We were only able to see the animals who permanently live in the sanctuary. These are typically animals who have been pets and now don't know how to live in the wild or they have disabilities and wouldn't be able to survive in the wild.

The tour cost: $25/adult ($32 if you want lunch), $15/kids (ages 3-12)

Below are some pictures of the animals we saw:

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White faced capuchin monkey

Photo below of sloths: 3 year old sloths--actually 2 there hugging each other. When sloths in captivity when they are little, they are given stuffed animals to hug, but because they were put together they hug each other all the time.

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3 year old sloths--actually 2 there hugging each other.

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Aracari Toucan

Photo below: Spider monkeys (these two were about 75 years old, which is extremely old for them--so they don't move around munch)

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Spider monkey

Photo below: The Amazon Parrot lived in a hotel for 35+ years and doesn't know that it can actually fly. There is nothing wrong with its wings and is kept in an open area, but it never flies away.

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Amazon Parrot who lived in a hotel for 35+ years.

Below: Baby Scarlet Macaw who couldn't fly due to wing issue and does not eating the natural food, so can't go back into the wild.

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Scarlet macaw (locals call them lapas)

Below is a photo of a Peccary - not related to the wild hog or any pig even though it has a snout like a pig---male was very 'angry'.peccary alturas wildlife sanctuary

Photo below: Scarlet Macaw mate for life and like a real live love story, one of the birds couldn't go back in the wild so the other one stays at the sanctuary, even though it can fly away.

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Okay this was a white frog that was just on the side of the hotel building wall...not really in the sanctuary, right by here there alturas wildlife sanctuary frogwas a pond that had a large koi fish and at least 5 small baby turtles.

Nocturnal and Other Animals

There were a few nocturnal animals that we weren't able to see; hence no pictures. Those were a porcupine, kinkajou (also called honey bear; small and related to raccoon) and There was also a small American crocodile, but it was hiding in the water as it had just arrived a couple days ago, so couldn't get a clear picture. We did see two squirrels, but we've all seen those so I didn't take a picture! LOL.

Panama Owl Monkey

This animal is native to Panama, but it was illegally brought into Costa Rica over the boarder in a back pack when it was just a baby. Costa Rica was unable to get Panama to respond on how to get it back to them and into the wild there; so now it must stay by itself at the sanctuary since it's not native and also wouldn't know how to live in the wild now after so long. So sad really, since they are very social animals that typically roam in groups of 15+ - so sad for this guy!

Hotel Villas Alturas

I love animals, but besides the animals, the views at this hotel were AMAZING. You'll be able to see the whale's tail down on the shore (well hopefully you can see it!).

Tips about Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

A few things to note if you're going to visit: you can eat lunch there, but we didn't so can't provide any feedback on that. The volunteers were working towards the end of our tour (approx. 2PM) and it was slightly distracting and annoying as they were loud so it was hard to hear the guide. Not sure when they do the volunteer work (i.e. feed, water, clean the animals), but beware!!!

They do provide umbrellas, as you know it can rain at anytime in Costa Rica! However, they do not provide any insect repellent and there are lots of bugs that bite, so take some with you!

The path to the enclosures is a rock path which is steep both up and down, so ensure you're able to walk if you book the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary tour.

Volunteer Opportunities

They are always looking for volunteers to help out. In fact, several times volunteering was mentioned, but it was for a full week or, even months at a time. The reason for this is that there is quite a bit of training needed. I did inquire if a local could volunteer and it sounds promising(!), so I'm going to check into that. How amazing would it be to be around these animals once a week! Fingers crossed!

Comparing Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

This is the second wildlife sanctuary we have visited while in Costa Rica. The other one was the Toucan Sanctuary and Reserve in San Jose. While we liked the Toucan Sanctuary/Reserve in San Jose, we liked this one slightly better. The main reason we like the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour a bit better was because it was more in the jungle and the animals' typical habitat. The Toucan one was in the middle of a residential neighborhood, which didn't have quite the same feel. However, both tours are well worth visiting and the entry fee is donated to the reserves to help these animals, which is the best part!

Contact Us for more information about this tour or other services

Amy & Jason | CRLiving@osapropertymanagement.com


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Dominical Paved Road

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Dominical Paved Road

There have been fewer rumored infrastructure projects discussed in the Bahia Ballena/Osa region than whether or not there will be a Dominical paved road or if it will stay as gravel. As one can see, the rumors are finally becoming a reality. As of December 2018 there will be a Dominical Paved Road running from the Costanera Highway (Highway 34) down 50 meters into Dominical (past Delicias), turning left (south) at the first intersection, at the only stop sign in town, and then going all the way through Dominical until the ICE tower.

Additionally, the Dominical Paved Road will head north from the stop sign for several hundred meters also.

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Below is Abigail Vargas explaining the Dominical paved road in Spanish.

Throughout Dominical (both north and south of the stop sign), large, new drainage systems have been built or are in the final stages of completion. All told, this is a very large infrastructural project that is being completed by the Osa Municipality to improve the customer experience of visiting Dominical.

The Dominical Paved Road is not without its opponents, however. There is a group of long-term resident ex-pats who prefer to keep the ruggedness of Dominical and consider the dusty, bumpy, road as Dominical's "charm". I used to work for a company based in Dominical's main street and I can attest that breathing in the dust all day, fighting for precious parking spots on the narrow and undefined road and watching vehicles and buses come dangerously close to hitting pedestrians, will not be missed by many.

As many people know, Dominical is home to some of the world's best surfing, has a great funky and energetic vibe and is a beautiful place to watch the sunset. Due to these amazing benefits, making the road safer for travelers, visitors and the people who work in Dominical, the Dominical paved road will be greatly appreciated.


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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

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Property Management Bahia Ballena

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Osa Property Management is proud to announce we are officially launching Property Management Bahia Ballena region. We have been working behind the scenes for over 18 months working out our processes, working with home owners and service providers to ensure that our customers receive the best service in the area. Additionally, Nick Halverson and Hanz Cruz have been working for almost 10 years managing property at Las Villas de San Buenas.

Property Management Bahia Ballena:

  • Chontales
  • San Isidro del General
  • Tinamastes
  • Dominical
  • Uvita
  • Ojochal
  • San Buenaventura
  • Palmar Norte
  • Sierpe
  • Playa Hermosa

Property Management Services:

  • Landscaping and yard maintenance
  • Swimming pool service (weekly service)
  • Inside the home repairs, inventory checks
  • Large remodels
  • Power washing
  • Project management
  • Renting options. Check-in/check-out
  • Home cleaning
  • Cooking

We also offer personalized custom service. Osa Property Management will also help show you around the area and help you with any services you may need. Clients have asked us to help them open bank accounts, to schedule a doctor's appointment and to provide private tours for families. Everyone at Osa Property Management is dedicated to ensure our clients' experience with owning real estate, and living, in the Bahia Ballena is as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Pricing of Bahia Ballena Property Management is determined by:

  • Number of services provided
  • Location of home
  • Size of home
  • Size of yard
  • Size of pool

Let us come out and provide a no-obligation offer bid for your home or your lot for Bahia Ballena Property Management.

With a combined experience of over 25 years in property management services in the region, Osa Property Management is the most experienced company in the area.

Be sure to visit our YouTube channel that provides great information about the Bahia Ballena region.  We regularly update our videos with activities, as well as, newsworthy events taking place in the area. Below is a video about a potential new international airport that would benefit homeowners and visitors to the Bahia Ballena region.


Experience in the Area

Our team has decades of collective experience in protecting and managing real estate assets in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, particularly in Uvita, Ojochal, Tres Rios, San Buenaventura, Palmar Norte.

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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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