What about the water?

August 14, 2017

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It is more than evident that the local real estate market in Tamarindo and surrounding areas have become steadily more dynamic year after year. We in the business keep on selling more of the usual existent seaside vacation residences: either condominiums or single-family homes. Nevertheless, perhaps within the last 12-24 months, the sales of lots has reactivated coming back after the real estate boom that ended in 2008.

Available lots have been selling and owners that had kept their properties dormant waiting for a better time to sell them, or simply who had invested originally to build homes that they won´t do anymore, are coming around now. Gated communities that offer home sites, which had plenty of options still available for years now run scarce on inventory. El Tesoro and Punta San Francisco are almost sold out. In Punta San Francisco we´ve sold 20 lots within the last 24 months and with two more under contract this month, there are only three more available in the entire community. New construction on these sites and in random lots around town is evident. Other communities that are not right at the beach like Rancho Villareal, Tamarindo Heights and the ones inside Hacienda Pinilla are seeing considerable action now as well.

A typical question buyers of these lots have is What about the water? Some are worried that water service might be denied for building on the lots. The basis for this concern usually is the crisis we experienced a year ago after three unusual rainy seasons in which it almost did not rain to El Niño climate phenomenon. Those times were harsh in that sense and it was common to see several water trucks delivering in town and a lot of owners had to invest in backup water tanks and pumping systems which now we realize is a good thing to have just in case.

Luckily, that drought is over, and it opened the competent institution’s eyes to see that a well-structured, consistent solution to attend to the water demand for the coming decades in a flourishing seaside region has to be achieved.

In the recent tour president Luis Guillermo Solis did through the province of Guanacaste from July 20th thru July 25th celebrating 193 years of the ¨Anexión del Partido de Nicoya¨, this matter was addressed. The president spoke about the huge project called “Proyecto de Abastecimiento de Agua para la Cuenca Media del Río Tempisque y Comunidades Cercanas (PAACUME)”. This initiative pretends to create a new reservoir fed by the existent Arenal one and have it feed a lot of the water need for the province. The government has projected that the studies for its construction will be ready this year, and actual construction starts in 2019.

A local solution is also moving forward. This is the creation of the Acueducto de Nimboyores. This will bring water from a healthy water bed that is not that close to the ocean through around 30 km of pipes. It would service along the way fourteen ASADAS (local water system administrators) on its way to the coast (servicing Potrero, Flamingo, Brasilito, Playa Grande, Tamarindo, San José de Pinilla). We witnessed months ago topographers from Acueductos y Alcantarillados doing the field work establishing where these pipes would go through. The cost of this project is said to be USD$15 million, money is secured, environmental studies have been done, and it is projected that work will start before this year ends.

In the practice and speaking with knowledge based on recent experience, I can tell you that a water letter for a residential project in Tamarindo can be obtained with no hassle. I personally solicited three water letters for apartment projects in three random lots in town. I presented the file in the local Acueductos y Alcantarillados office in Plaza Conchal on July 28 and got the documents delivered at the same office on August 9. Anyway, when buying a lot, your legal representative should make sure that as part of the due diligence, you get the assurance that you will be able to build what you want on the property and having access to water is a must in that sense.

You can check our lot listings in the following link: http://www.abccostarica.com/listings/lots and please, do not hesitate to reach your ABC Real Estate agent if you have any questions.

Credits to: Federico Fernandez

Beach Hopping Holidays

July 15, 2017

Sunset Pinilla signed

July and August are considered the summer months in North-America and Europe, and are related to school vacations! How about spending part of those holidays beach hopping around the surf town of Tamarindo?

The beach of Tamarindo is known for its great waves, for beginners and expert surfers, so from early morning to sunset you will always find some surf buddies to hang out with! Take the opportunity of a surf class with one of the many surf instructors around. The non-surfing part of the family will not be bored: they can enjoy themselves kayaking to Capitan’s Island, boogie boarding, building sand castles, playing beach volleyball or taking a nature boat tour on the estuary nearby. And around 5:30 pm you can all join together for a cocktail watching the gorgeous sunset over Tamarindo Beach lounging with your feet in the white sand.

Taking Tamarindo as an excellent base hub, you will be able to fill your holidays with a different beach every day. You will be amazed with the choice and variety of beaches around, all within easy reach from Tamarindo.

To start with, take a little local “panga” to cross the estuary and walk the north part of the Tamarindo Bay, known as Playa Grande, which is part of the Las Baulas National Park. Here the large leatherback turtles come at night to lay their eggs, and the more advanced surfers enjoy the larger waves. Keep walking until the large rock formations that separate Playa Grande from Playa Ventanas, and spend some time looking for crabs and marine life, before continuing your walk on Playa Ventanas, you will have the beach almost to yourself.

Further north, you can choose Playa Conchal: start at the north part, with its crystal blue waters and fun snorkeling right from the beach, then take a long walk along the bay, to pass the middle section of the beach, where you can hire a jet-ski or go banana-boating, until you reach the less known but very tranquil south part, ideal to go kayaking on the still waters or take an easy swim.

For the more adventurous, Playa Bahia de las Piratas is tucked away and reached with a little more effort. Once there, you can explore and climb the islet that can be reached walking at low tide, and take a long walk southbound to watch the birds play in the waves and to explore desolate inlets and beaches.

Adjacent to Playa Conchal lays Playa Brasilito, a very large bay that offers quiet waters, ideal for swimming.

Going further north, spend an afternoon on the white sands of Playa Flamingo, and have a cocktail at the Coco Loco bar, or take a sailing class or rent a stand up paddle at the Costa Rica Sailing center at Playa Potrero, a very large, darker and uncrowded beach.

And I can keep going: how about Playa Prieta, Playa Penca, Playa Pan de Azucar or Playa Danta? All beautiful beaches, where you will have plenty of room to yourself and many things to do.

Taking the direction further south from Tamarindo, Playa Avellanas is a great option for advanced surfers and their families, who can play in the waves and have lunch at Lola’s restaurant on the beach. Down from there, Playa Negra and Blanca are also awaiting you, plenty of room to explore and to look for big shells and fun-shaped rocks.

All of these beaches are unique, all offering wonderful sunsets, others great waves or beautiful shells, some with more infrastructure, others completely desolate! In short, something for everyone!

And all this, within a 30-minute drive distance from Tamarindo! Amazing how spoiled you can get in Tamarindo! But that’s far from all! I haven’t even mentioned the paradisiac small beaches that can only be reached by boat or my two favorite, hidden gems.

Come on down and I will take you!

By: Karen Fabré

 

taxes

Starting September 1, 2017, the tax on corporations (Sociedades Anónimas) will be reinstated. This year the payment will be just for the months between September – December, then starting 2018 the payments will be yearly, and will apply to both active and inactive S.A.’s.

The funds obtained will be distributed as follows; Ministerio de Seguridad (Costa Rican Police) 90%, Ministerio Público 5%, and to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ, Costa Rica’s version of the FBI) 5%.

In January 2015, the Sala IV declared the old text that created this tax illegal due to procedure flaws. Since then the Asamblea Legislativa has been working on creating the new version of this tax, and on March 16, 2017, in the second debate, this new version was approved.

It is advised to make the payments on time and not try to evade payments. For those that do default, there will be a fine + interest calculated by day, that will represent yearly 11.73% of the total amount owed. Also, those defaulters will not be able to participate in any contracts with a public entity, the National Registry will not issue them certifications of legal status, they will not be able to register any documents in favor of the taxpayers and they are exposed to the preferential legal mortgage or pledge of their assets.

Corporations (Personas jurídicas) Sept-Dec. 2017 Yearly, 2018
Inactive corporation (Sociedad inactiva) ¢21,308 ($37.91) ¢63,930 ($113.75)
Active corporation (Sociedad active) Income below ¢51 million ($90,747) ¢35,513($63.19) ¢106,550($189.59)
Active corporation (Sociedad active) Income between ¢51 million – ¢119 million ($90,747 – $211,743) ¢42,616($75.83) ¢127,860($227.51)
Active corporation (Sociedad active) Income above ¢119 million ($211,743) ¢71,026($126.38) ¢213,100($379.18)

US$1 = CR¢562 Proper funding (or lack of) for our Police has been an issue for many years. Costa Rica is full of beautiful places attracting more tourists every year, and this is something that will contribute to maintaining the safety and peace we are all accustomed to here. This will be a huge breath of fresh air for the Police and will help in motivating them to look over this wonderful country.

The Green is Back

June 15, 2017

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This year the rainy season has begun with strength. It has only taken a couple of weeks of rain to bring back the mesmerizing green and lush vegetation Costa Rica is known for. The rain doesn’t mean that the sun won’t shine. A normal day in the wet season will be with sunny mornings and rain in the afternoon, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beach and catch all the rays your body can take. If you’ve never been here during the wet season I definitely recommend that you give it a try and delight in all of the multiple side’s life in the tropics can offer.

A Paradise in Central America

February 15, 2017

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Tamarindo is a lovely shoreline town, which is similarly a tropical heaven and also a Multicultural meeting point. Called by the Forbes Specialized Magazine as the Most Famous Beach in Costa Rica, the city has developed from a lethargic angling town to the Mandatory Parade of visitors with a blend of abnormal state of shops, eateries, nightlife and openings joined with the Costa Rican season.

Individuals from Costa Rica, the United States, France, Germany, Italy and different countries work Businesses devoted to Tourist Need as Gourmet Restaurants, Bars, Casinos, Clothes Shops, Surf Shops, Fine Craft Shops, and numerous others more situated to go to the requirements of travelers. In foundation, Banks, Pharmacies, Post Offices, Internet, Dentists, Car Rental, Supermarkets, Video Stores, and so on.

Since Tamarindo started to draw such a large number of individuals from everywhere throughout the world, it is coherent and reasonable the expansion in air activity at the Tamarindo Airport terminal. Situated in the city and behind the Private Golf Course, it gets day by day approaching’s and active flights from national carriers Sansa and Nature Air. To the point where Robert August recorded the portion about Tamarindo in the motion picture “Perpetual Summer”, Tamarindo turned out to be universally known for surfing.

Furthermore,  there are 5 world class surfing spots inside simple driving separation of downtown. These incorporate Playa Grande, Playa Avellanas, Playa Langosta and, obviously, Tamarindo itself. Tamarindo has been the area of different movies, for example, Wild On Channel E and one more of a similar Entertainment Channel, which has been recorded around the city.

Likewise, MTV ordered one of their groups to show them to surf in the Bay. The premises has been shot in the film FE DE AGUA to exhibit at worldwide celebrations and in the well-known novel Meine Wunderbare Familie, that has been seen by millions consistently.

The shoreline of Tamarindo has an incredible tide. In the morning there are gigantic shoreline’s of clear and fine sand, with a few reefs on the drift. Yet, toward the evening, the tide rises and the shoreline’s become smaller as it set up a magical evening in some of its bars with great music.

In the event that the water of the Pacific Ocean was similarly as sublime that in the Caribbean, this would be a standout amongst the loveliest places on the planet to live. The water is warm so you can spend the entire evening penetrating waves, however, it is not straightforward. It looks considerably like the Argentine ocean, or southern Brazil in shading.

To arrive, it is important to travel only 19 km north of the town of Tamarindo yet for 3 unique courses from the condition of Guanacaste. 152, then 155, lastly 180. We needed to ask a couple times where to turn. The shoreline of Brasilito has waters much clearer than a similar shoreline of Tamarindo, in spite of the fact that it doesn’t have a similar wonder in its shorelines.

It is extremely pleasant and tranquil. This should be obvious from the same town toward the south and you can stroll to Conchal shoreline which has quiet waters projecting to the Pacific Ocean.

Surfer’s Paradise

Costa Rica has a large number of surf breaks with waves originating from all bearings on two coasts. There are populated breaks for those needing organization, or a crowd of people, normally circumscribed by discharge breaks inside strolling separation. What’s more, on the off chance that you need to get remote and outlandish, there are a lot of impeccable waves available just by watercraft or long climbs.

This minor Central American nation has turned out to be a standout amongst the most prominent goals for voyaging surfers around the world. Travel to Costa Rica and you will rapidly observe why. Warm water, extraordinary nourishment, reasonable hotel, friendly individuals and a wide assortment of waves.

Costa Rica is additionally a wonderful country with an excellent law system. The way of life is one of the most astounding in Latin America. Instruction and education rates are highly contrasted with different nations. Costa Ricans are pleasant, upbeat and very well mannered. And keeping in mind that Costa Rica is still a nation battling wrongdoing, savage wrongdoing is uncommon.

You’ve likely been asking yourself when is the best time to appreciate this superb shoreline?

There are two seasons in Costa Rica: wet and dry. Amid the dry season (December to April) the surf is, all things considered, littler on the Pacific drift and bigger on the Caribbean. The wet season (May to November), otherwise called the ‘green season’, surf conditions switch, so the Pacific surf is greater.

The dry season matches with Costa Rica’s high season. This implies it’s more costly to go here this season of the year, because of heavier tourism that leans towards drier climate. It’s likewise harder to secure cabins, which means you’ll have less flexibility to meander freely. Costs begin dropping not long after Easter (you can even arrange room rates) and it is significantly less swarmed. Indisputably the least expensive time to go to Costa Rica are the months of September and October.

Different Facts about Tamarindo Beach

The act of surfing in Tamarindo is straightforward, particularly for apprentices and families. The shoreline has numerous breakers inside strolling separation so you don’t have to take your vehicle. For the most developed and experienced surfers, Tamarindo has 2 superb principle surfers: Peak, a rough point before the Tamarindo Diría Hotel and the estuary El Estero.

Despite the fact that this city has turned into a world-renowned hub for surfers, Tamarindo is likewise a most loved goal for eco-sightseers. Encompassed by National Parks toward the north and south, and mountains overflowing with untamed life and plenteous foliage, Visiting Tamarindo is a delight. Toward the north of Tamarindo shoreline, isolated by a characteristic saltwater estuary, is Playa Grande. Playa Grande is known for being one of the fundamental settling purposes of the Baula Turtles, which has turned out to be a standout amongst the most earth neighbourly attractions in the district.

The shorelines in the territory are normally spotless, and late endeavours by the legislature and neighbourhood associations are being put under a magnifying glass. In spite of the way that the shoreline has not recouped the Status of Blue Flag Ecological, of 2008, got an endorsement of the soundness of the Government of Costa Rica.

So if you’re wanting to have a getaway of a lifetime tropically, simply book those flights immediately! Say no more, come visit this extraordinary Paradise in Central America.

Credits: The Costa Rica News

 

Greetings from Tamarindo! Here are a few clips we have collected since December 2016 of the beautiful lifestyle here in Tamarindo. Enjoy and feel free to share!

beach4Getting in touch with family, friends, or business while inside of Costa Rica has never been easier. If you’re visiting just for a week, or your plan is to stay for a month or longer there are plenty of options to choose from thanks to our cellphone carriers Kölbi, Movistar, and Claro.

Kölbi is the biggest and oldest company in Costa Rica. It still belongs to “Grupo ICE” and since it was the pioneer company here in Costa Rica, it is known for having the best coverage around the country. You can even purchase your prepaid card and/or telephone at the Airport, so as soon as you step out you are fully connected and ready to enjoy your stay. One of the most popular prepaid internet packages of Kölbi is the “En Todas y Mas”. For only 9000 Colones per month (around $19), you get 2GB of internet usage with unlimited WhatsApp services.

Unlike Kölbi, Movistar has been working with Costa Rica for only 5 years. It’s generally known for having faster internet than Kölbi in the central valley and for the same price as Kölbi’s “En Todas y Mas Package” you get 1 extra GB of internet usage. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with unlimited WhatsApp services and due to its little time, it’s been here in the country the coverage isn’t as good as when you’re traveling.

And finally, we got Claro. Founded in 2003 and working in Costa Rica since 2010, Claro has been a success in the central valley. Like Movistar it gets great coverage and internet in San Jose and the central valley, but as soon as you leave the area it may become patchy. However, Claro does have an interesting package compared to Movistar and Kölbi. For double the price of Movistar’s Weekly Internet Package, you get 3 GB of internet capacity, which is 3X more than what Movistar has to offer.

In conclusion, with these three companies, there are many options to choose from. Whether you’re staying for a couple of days, or a good while, staying fully connected in Costa Rica has never been so simple and smooth.