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,, 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

2017 Tamarindo Artwave

September 14, 2017


Get ready because next month the Tamarindo Art Foundation, a non-profit NGO with big objectives and goals for the community, will be planning and hosting this year’s Tamarindo Art Wave. A festival that presents the works of various talented artists for viewing and in some cases personal participation and will be taken place on November 29-December3. The exciting theme chosen for this year is En-Light.

Tamarindo may have a reputation for surfing and partying, but after last year’s Tamarindo Art Wave successfully presenting various sculptors, dancers, painters, and musicians, they were able to fulfill their goal of diversifying Tamarindo’s image. Many organizers have said to believe that this event promoted the town as a future destination for cultural events. At the same time, this festival attracts a higher economic demographic, those 25 years of age and older, including families and is timed exactly during the low season, the help the community and create extra business during these times.

With these festivals, the Tamarindo Art Foundation hopes to accomplish a long-term goal to fund, create, and build the Tamarindo Arts Academy.  This specific facility would provide education in all areas and disciplines of the arts including fine art, music, dance, theater, culinary arts, Acrobat, and more.

In conclusion, this festival will be here to show us that we can expect more from what Tamarindo is known for. That this is a moment to come together, see the talents that we’re surrounded with, and exploit that to the next level.

Credits to: Marisol, Tamarindo News Staff


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