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This lot is one of the very few remaining lots at Punta San Francisco or “The Point”, a beachfront gated community that makes the division between and offers access to Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta, so from this lot both beautiful beaches are only a few steps away. Punta San Francisco consists of 61 lots, and already boasts several luxury villas right on the beach and many new villas being constructed at the moment. This much desired community has underground electricity and cable TV/Internet, a state of the art septic system, and paved internal roads. Supermarkets and restaurants are at walking distance…more info.

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Casa Mar Azul is a spacious and comfortable house with breathtaking ocean views, conveniently located, just a 5- minute walk from Prieta Beach, between the project town of Potrero and the newly built town of Las Catalinas. The property consists of the main house (280 m²) and a guest house (70 m²), each with a private access and separate parking spaces. The main house has two spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main floor. The second floor offers a guest bedroom as well as a master…more info.

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Coopeguanacaste, R.L., an electricity distributor in the Guanacaste province, inaugurated this week the Juanilama Solar Park which has a capacity of five Megawatts (MW), which accredits it as the largest in the country using this source of clean generation.

The Solar Park is in Juanilama, Belen de Carrillo, Santa Cruz, in Guanacaste on five hectares of a property owned by the cooperative. According to the entity, the facility would provide a year nine gigawatt hours (GWh), which would directly benefit 2,100 households in the province.

The investment was around $ 8.6 million and was achieved through a loan with the MGM Sustainable Energy Fund (MSEF); which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the continent.

The Juanilama Solar Park is, by the way, the first Latin American project to be carried out thanks to a bilateral agreement between the governments of Japan and Costa Rica called the Joint Accreditation Mechanism. This plan is focused on mitigating the effects of climate change with the use of clean technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Credits to: Juan Fernando Lara, La Nacion.

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Located within a short 7-minute drive from the center of Tamarindo, Rancho Villa Real is a master planned development. Its location is very convenient. Around there are supermarkets, pharmacies, appliance stores, restaurants, private schools, and the gas station (all within 5-15 minutes away) and always accessible through good paved roads. In less than 30 minutes…more info.

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Hotel owners and landlords in Costa Rica are creating an effort to draft a legislation that would tax vacation rentals such as condominiums, apartments, and other housing/lodgings that currently fall into a legal gray area.

The plan, which is near to being introduced in the Legislative Assembly, would apply a hotel tax on rentals in Costa Rica booked through online platforms such as VRBO, Airbnb, FlipKey, Tripping.com, and HomeAway.

Traditionally, the revenue raised has gone to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), but the new bill would redirect resources to the national parks, which are a primary source of attraction for tourists, and to the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) for the implementation of the Animal Welfare Law, that was approved in June 2017, which is in desperate need of resources.

Gustavo Araya, President of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hoteliers (CCH), is one of the leaders of the initiative. Araya said they are waiting for a good moment to introduce the bill, so that it doesn’t get mixed up with the fiscal reform initiatives that are currently obstructing the legislative agenda.

“The additional cost would be charged to the tourist who decides to stay in condominiums, whereas if they decide to stay in hotels, the tax corresponds to the hotel, and not the tourist,” added Araya.

“We do not think it is an issue of unfair competition, we are not increasing the tax burden. It was a burden we had for years and we did not complain,” Araya argued.

Credits to: Wendy Anders, The Costa Rica Star