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Uvita Whale Watching Tour

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Uvita Whale Watching Tour

A friend of mine here in Costa Rica called to see if we wanted to go on a Uvita whale watching tour this week....ahhh of course!!!

She organized a group of 10 of us to go with Captain Marlon on tour.  The tour costs $50 per person, plus we gave a tip to the guides afterwards.

Getting There

The meeting place for the tour is on the whale's tail beach in Uvita.  The beach is part of the Parque National Marino Ballena (the National Marine Whale Park).

The main road to the beach and National Park has parking lots, which I recommend you use for parking. The street parking is not very well marked and I have heard of people getting tickets. Plus, parking only cost 2,000 colones (approximately $3.50 USD).

Then, we had to pay to get into the National Park which was 6900 colones ($6 each or $12).

Remember, the beach/park does not allow any alcohol, so leave that in your car (unless you can sneak it in!!!)

Marino Ballena National Park

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Famous "Whales Tail" in Uvita, Marino Ballena National Park
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Marino Ballena National Park

Uvita Whale Watching Tour

Whales

There were 12 other people on the tour with our group, so a total of 22 people.  The guides started out with giving us life jackets and instructions on how to board the boat.

Once we got on the boat they stored our bags for us, as getting past the waves can sometimes we very wet; thus to protect our phones and cameras!

Once we were out past the waves, the guides started looking for whales and right off the bat they find a spot where whales have been spotted and two other boats are there watching.

By law the boats can only get so close to the whale and only so many boats can be in the same spot.  Even though the photo is zoomed, we were close enough to see how large these animals were!

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Whales are huge and majestic mammals.
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Whale "waving" to us!

We then headed north to the Dominical area, where we were able to see a mother with her calf.

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Whale Mother and calf near Dominical
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And they came up to the surface so many times...

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Whale breaching during the tour.

And I couldn't believe how many times the calf breached the surface---- or what we would call jumped...didn't get any photos as it happens so fast and unexpectedly, but did get this video...

Land

During the tour we came across this island, where we got to get out of the boat and swim for a little while which was really refreshing!

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After swimming we were giving some fruit (watermelon and pineapple), along with water, which was a nice treat! 

The tour then headed south to Playa Ventanas, which is a beach by Ojochal.  This beach is famous for the "caves" along the water.  It's said you can sometimes walk or boat through them depending on the tides.

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Cave at Playa Ventanas

After seeing Playa Ventanas we had a wonderful boat ride (really fast) north back to the whale's tail beach where we ended the Uvita Whale Watching tour.

The guide said we saw more whales than is normally seen on the tours, so we had a fantastic time with friends and seeing the whales!  I can't believe some of the locals have never done this!!!  Wonderful day!


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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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Grocery Shopping in Uvita

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Grocery Shopping in Uvita

When grocery shopping in Uvita, there are two supermarkets and a farmers market to choose from. The supermarkets are:

  1. Supermercado el Pacifico
  2. BM

Both of these grocery stores are located on the east side of Highway 34/Costanera Highway in Uvita.

Based on gossip I've heard (but have not confirmed), both stores are owned by the same person/company, so you would expect the brands and prices to be the same....but not quite.

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Supermercado del Pacifico, Uvita.
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BM Uvita (under remodel)

Products

Before we get into the unique stores, let's talk about the actual products here in Costa Rica. You may have read that groceries are cheaper in Costa Rica than in the U.S., which is true if you don't have any U.S. brand loyalty. While there are U.S. products here that we love, like Oreos, they come at a price. The price is higher on these products since they are imports and have costs associated with getting them to and into Costa Rice.

Eggs in Costa Rica

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Eggs are sold by the weight, typically 1200 colones per kilogram, and are not kept cold as they are in the U.S. Eggs in Costa Rica are not power washed to get rid of salmonella like in the US, so they have their natural coating so they don't have to be in the fridge.

Yogurt in Costa Rica

costa rica yogurtThere is Yoplait yogurt here in Costa Rica and it is sold in plastic containers (buckets), but the local yogurt (Coronado brand) is sold in a jug and lasts about 2 weeks. You will find the yogurt to be more liquid than those found in the U.S.; but great the flavor is good and they have interesting flavors, such as blackberry, peach, lemon, mango, strawberry, etc.

Condiments in Costa Rica

Again there are the U.S. brands of condiments, such as Heinz Ketchup and Mustard, or Hellman's Mayo, but they may not always be the cheapest. Many of the brands, even those U.S. ones came in bags. My guess is that the locals will initially buy the bottle of condiment, but then use the bags to refill the bottle. The bags are significantly cheaper, no matter what brand you choose. However, we've found that using the condiment directly from the bag works just fine.

I'm not sure about you, but I LOVE mayo! (I know some of you may be Miracle Whip fans, but you're going to be out of luck). What I found interesting is that most of the mayo's have lime in them. I was able to find Hellman's brand that had no lime and came in light also.

Laundry Soap in Costa Rica

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Many options of laundry detergent - most of it is sold in large plastic bags.

There are liquid laundry soaps in the stores, but I've found that most locals use the powder, which isn't that unusual in itself; however, the powder comes in bags, which I don't remember seeing in the U.S. (However, I used those awful tide pods that people ate!). If my calculations were right, the powder is cheaper also---but I really like having a nice sturdy container--so will be figuring that out shortly.

Dish Soap in Costa Rica

Similarly, there is liquid dish soap, but most people use the paste. There are different brands, sizes, and fragrances of these dish pastes. I really really like them!!! If I would have not used my dishwasher in the U.S. and done my dishes by hand, I would have loved to have this available. Basically, you just rub your dish rag/scrubber over the top and you pick up a little of the paste and go straight to your dishes. It saves filling the sink with lots of water and dishes seem to go faster (or at least in my head)!

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Dish soap cleaning paste

Soups and Spices

Many of the spices and soups come in packets. And many times you'll find you purchase 4 packets at a time, such as our Pico Gallo seasoning.

Alcohol

While maybe becoming more popular in the U.S., we definitely didn't see 1) Smirnoff in cans--usually glass; and 2) mixed drinks in cans. Bamboo brand is mojitos or rum/coke in cans. At one smaller store we saw the BamBoo rum/coke in a liter bottle, which we actually thought was just a type of soda a first!

Both the Uvita BM and the Supermercado have an air conditioned liquor room - it's like a liquor store within a store. The beer is kept in the main part of the store, but liquor, wine and specialty drinks are kept separate.

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Bamboo alcohol
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Spices sold in packets
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Refrigerated liquor area at Uvita BM

Both the BM and the Supermercado have a large variety of liquor and wine to choose from. Wine and liquor are sold in refrigerated portions of the store, in both cases. Although the Uvita store will soon be 100% air conditioned (the only one in the whole area between Palmar Norte and Quepos).

Grocery Prices in Costa Rica

You will find that there are different products available at different stores. For example, we use a Pico de Gallo dry seasoning, which comes in packets of 4---however, in a can at the Supermercado, but not at the BM in Uvita. Surprisingly the BM in Palmar Norte does carry it?!?!

The store brand (we'll call it) for condiments at the Supermercado seems to be "El Angel", but it is "Banquete" at the BM. However many of the brands are the same, such as "DoniaMa" for white sugar; "Bimbo" for bread; or "Dos Pinos" for milk products. Typically you'll find a standard brand, but then one store will carry a different brand than the other store as an alternative.

In an effort to maximize our food budget, we decided to compare prices of our typical groceries between the Supermercado and the BM. What we found is that out of 74 items, 21 (or 28%) of the products were the same brand and price between the two stores. Of the remaining 53 items, approximately half were cheaper at the Supermercado and half cheaper at the BM. However, the price differences weren't significant. For example, Betty Crocker cake mix was .04 colones per gram cheaper at the BM; but Lengena Spaghetti noodles were .08 colones per gram cheaper at the Supermercado.

It should be noted that we did our comparison on the gram, milliliter, and kilogram level (for the most part). You really do

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Larger packaging does NOT always mean larger savings.

have to look at prices per measurement, as cheaper overall price doesn't mean cheaper and larger package doesn't always mean cheaper. For example, the Banquete ketchup (photo/left): There is one for 1530 for 610 grams, or 2.51 per gram. The larger size is 2140 for 800 grams, or 2.68 per gram.

Now all of our comparison don't take into consideration any sales that are going on; however, I haven't figured out how to determine if there is a sale before going into the store--like you would in the U.S. There aren't advertisements on TV or in papers, that I've seen (could be, but I haven't seen them. However, it might be helpful to take a laminated copy of the brand, price per measurement when you do go shopping, so you can check as you go.

Be aware of "freebies". Many times you will see a separate (maybe not even related product) that is included with another product. Sometimes it really is free---for example, once I received a 18 oz Pepsi with my 2.5 L Tropical ice tea and the price was the same without the freebie. But many times that may not be the case, so do your due diligence. These are our experiences grocery shopping in Uvita so far.

Store Layouts Are Different

What is interesting about the grocery stores in Costa Rica (at least in Uvita), is the layouts don't always make sense. For example, cheese slices may be found in multiple locations. You may see a case for local versus import brands (or some other weird segregation), so be sure to look around before finalizing your shopping. The layout can make grocery shopping in Uvita challenging, until you learn where everything is located in each store.

Typically, in the U.S. the butter is found with the other dairy products, but in Costa Rica, there is a separate "cooler case" for butter, which is found by the bread--way across the store from the dairy?!?! Or as you can see in the picture below, ice cream is by itself at the front of this store, but all the rest of the frozen food is in the back of the store.

There may even be a specially section, where there is Dijon mustard which is nowhere near the regular mustard.

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Dijon mustard is nowhere near where the other mustards are located.

Store Qualities

A couple things that set the Supermercado and BM apart are:

  • BM is currently expanding and will be air conditioned by the end of the year.
  • BM has a section for pre-made meals and rotisserie chicken which I haven't seen at the Supermercado
  • The specialty food section was found at the BM, but didn't see anything similar at the Supermercado

However, there are similarities in the stores also:

  • Both have an air conditioned liquor room (not the beer, but wine and liquors)
  • Both stores offer house hold items, such as towels, shoes, pans, plastic storage containers, etc.
  • Both stores have provided a "rebate" when spending over 20 mil. So far I've gotten 2 at the BM and 1 at the Supermercado; which were between 1200-1400 colones. You present the coupon receipt at check-out the next time you shop. Usually valid for 30 days. I haven't found a rhyme to it yet, as sometimes I've spent over the 20 mil and didn't get one.

Uvita Farmers Market (El Mercado)

Finally, the cheapest price for groceries may not be found at a supermarket at all. Uvita's farmers market typically has cheaper produce available than the grocery stores. The Farmers Market also has a wide variety of produce and other items not always available at the grocery stores. It is a good idea to add the Farmers Market to your grocery shopping in Uvita buying routine. Uvita's Farmers Market is every Wednesday, from 8 am - 5 pm, at the Salon Comunal Bahia Ballena.

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Uvita's Farmers Market has a large variety of locally grown produce.

In conclusion, this post gives you some ideas around grocery shopping in Uvita, but how you approach it really depends how much time you have, how much time you spend, your budget, and if you really end up saving money by going to multiple stores--we haven't figured that out yet!

Let us know what you think and what your experiences are like. We're new here - and we're still learning!

Amy & Jason

CRLiving@OsaPropertyManagement.com

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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!

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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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Uvita Waterfall

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Uvita Waterfall

Costa Rica, and in particular the Bahia Ballena region, has many beautiful waterfalls. In fact, although there are several well known waterfalls within a short drive or walk from where we live, we are now just beginning to go explore them. Recently we were invited by Abigail Vargas, of Osa Property Management, to go and visit the Uvita Waterfall. Neither Lisa nor I knew where exactly this waterfall was, but when I asked Abigail what the official name of the waterfall was she said,"Uvita Waterfall. Everyone simply calls it that."  Ok! Let's go to the Uvita Waterfall! I've only seen one other waterfall in-person in my life, so I'm hardly an expert, but the sound, the power and the majestic beauty of them is amazing.

Based on Abigail's recommendation, arriving earlier in the day is advised due to the smaller crowds, so we met at 9 am in the parking lot. By "we" I mean myself, Lisa, our amazing Springer Spaniel 'Whiskey', Abigail and Abigail's four year-old son. We paid our admission fee of 1,000 colones ($1.70) per adult and kids are free (Whiskey was also free) and started walking to the waterfall.  We followed the cut-out path through the jungle for a couple of minutes, and with each step the roar of the Uvita Waterfall got louder, before arriving. Luckily for us, when we arrived, there was only one other couple there.

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Activities at Uvita Waterfall

This is the height of the rainy season so most creeks and waterfalls are flowing to capacity and are dangerous to swim in. However, although Uvita Waterfall was flowing powerfully, the pool below was calm and enjoyable to swim in. Lisa brought her GoPro video camera to capture some of our fun during the day (check out video below or click here).

Whiskey ran and enjoyed the cool water.

Abigail was a bit more daring than Lisa and I were...Abigail swam in the natural pool below the falls and jumped off a ledge about three feet over the water. There were other people (the Columbian's) who even climbed higher up the rocks to jump into the water. When I was a younger man I would have definitely climbed up some rocks and jumped in.

Meeting New People

As the day drew on Uvita Waterfall became a melting pot of people including locals, Columbians and Germans. This is very typical of the Bahia Ballena region of Costa Rica - a healthy and fun mix of locals and ex-pats enjoying each other's company. Not knowing Spanish had zero impact on our day and the few times I wanted to say something, and the facial expressions and exaggerated arm gestures didn't work, Abigail translated for us. Having Whiskey (the dog...) with us helped break the ice too, as everyone loves a friendly and happy dog running through and splashing in the water.  We were all eager to meet each other and learn from each other. This just does not happen in the United States too often.

By the way, the pictures don't to the waterfall justice. The roar of the water and surprisingly, the entire day was bug free.

So if you get the chance, talk to Abigail from Osa Property Management or look us up in San Buenas. We would be more than happy to show you Uvita Waterfall (really, that's the official name) and other amazing places nearby!! Pura vida!!

Lisa & Scott Norman

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Costa Rica Living Blog with Lisa and Scott Norman

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Costa Rica Living Blog

Lisa and Scott Norman are USA-Expats living in Costa Rica who want to share their stories with others who are visiting and/or considering a move to Costa Rica. They have experienced the highs and the lows of making a big move and will continue writing about their experiences here, on their Costa Rica Living Blog. Osa Property Management has provided them a platform for them to share their experiences in an unbiased, and personal, way.  The following post will provide a little about their background and what made them ultimately choose to move to Costa Rica. Enjoy getting to know the people behind the Costa Rica Living Blog - Lisa & Scott Norman!

Scott Norman

Scott grew up in Illinois, after attending college he began working in sales.  He first started at a automotive dealership as a scott normansalesman and over many years moved up to Vice President of the dealership.  As time went by, Scott decided it was time for a move to warmer temperatures.  He always loved visiting the beaches of the gulf coast and decided Panama City Beach, Florida was the place for him.  With his many years of sales experience, Scott quickly landed a job selling  yachts and sport yachts for the largest boat/yacht dealership in Panama City Beach.  Although Scott loved being around the yachts and especially the sea trials he decided it was time for his sales experience to go towards a new direction.

Scott had been introduced to a recreational vehicle dealer that was looking for an experienced salesman and Scott was just the man for the job.  Scott continued the rest of his career in the RV sales business and became the 'go-to-man' for Tiffin Motorhomes.

Lisa Norman

Lisa was born in Florida, but grew up in the southern area of Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Alabama with her degree in Graphic Design and Photography, Lisa moved just a little north of her hometown where she landed a job in graphic design.  After three years, Lisa was ready to spread her wings and really wanted to move to Panama City Beach, Florida where she vacationed with her family.

Lisa was thrilled to find her 'dream job' and she moved to Panama City in November 1992 and started working as a graphic artist and photographer for a contractor on Tyndall Air Force Base.  Over the years Lisa became the main photographer on base, she documented all types of events to include: award ceremonies, graduations, change of command ceremonies, retirements as well as day to day activities all over the base and on the flightline.  She also shared the responsibility of on-call alert photographer for all after-hour emergencies.

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Lisa made many wonderful friends while working on base and spent many weekends SCUBA diving and spearfishing with the Tyndall Dive club.   Lisa spent a total of 21 years working at the base, starting off in the staff positions and moved her way up to assistant manager and finally Contract Manager for the Multimedia Center at Tyndall Air Force Base.  Lisa had the opportunity to photograph two Presidential visits as well as numerous other distinguished visitors over her many years on the job.

For all her years of hard work, the wing commander awarded Lisa the a flight in one of the base's F-15 Fighter Jets. Many years later,  Tyndall AFB changed from a training base to a combat base and, unfortunately for Lisa and her staff, at the end of  2013 most contractor positions were replaced by active duty personnel.  Her dream job of 21 years had come to an unexpected end.

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After years of photographing F15 fighter jets, Lisa was awarded a flight of her own.

Scott and Lisa met in 2002 and later married in 2004.  They both love the Panama City, Florida, USA, area and the beaches of the gulf coast.  Both Lisa and Scott were very busy with their careers, and they spent most of their free on their boat with friends at Shell Island or riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle with friends.

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Scott & Lisa enjoying an afternoon during their "Harley Years"

In 2017, Scott was eligible for retirement and they decided it was time to sell everything and move to Costa Rica.  Since they arrived in Costa Rica, these Retire in Costa Rica Bloggers have learned many things; from opening a bank account to buying a car and eventually getting their Costa Rica residency. Keep following the Costa Rica Living Blog here at Osa Property Management to learn from their experiences.

Other posts by Living Costa Rica experts Lisa & Scott Norman

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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.

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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.


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.

We offer:

We ensure our clients, whether renting a home, or buying Costa Rica real estate to develop, have a positive experience.

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