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Dominical Is Ready for Envision Festival 2016

Dominical Is Ready for Envision Festival 2016

February 10, 2016

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February 25th through February 29th, the Envision Festival will take place in Uvita just a few miles from Dominical. This large annual festival celebrates music, sustainability, holistic health and art. It’s a low-key, truly family friendly, non-commercialized event similar to the annual, infamous Burning Man festival in the in the US. It includes talented musicians, artists, yogis, natural healers, and legendary spiritual teachers.

This fantastic music festival is also an environmentally conscious event in every aspect. The founders created the event with the intent to make it sustainable. From composting toilets, using banana leaves instead of disposable plates to biodegradable shower products to stages built using sustainable materials, it’s a truly green event.

The festival holds workshops on environmental education and permaculture. The 2016 musical lineup includes several artists such as Shpongle, Beats Antique Live, M.A.N.D.Y, Elephant Revival, Akae Beka, Random RAB, and many more musicians, live artists and workshop leaders such a David Wolfe (He is also one of the world’s leading authorities on nutrition and a super food), 7 Songs, Kaypacha, Steven Brooks, Gabriel Meyer, Ali Shanti, among others.

This family-friendly event features an interactive zone where kids 12 and under can play and learn with others. Attendees describe it as a “microcosm of performance art and spiritual enlightenment.” It’s equal parts eco-conscious gathering and music festival, and well worth the trip to Costa Rica just for the event.

Costa Rica Ranks in Top 20 For Outsourcing

Costa Rica Ranks in Top 20 For Outsourcing

January 29, 2016

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Costa Rica ranks in the top 20 for countries to outsource work, according to a recent report from A.T. Kearney in Chicago. Costa Rica came in at number 19 gaining 5 spots since last year. The report analyzes 55 countries for outsourcing based on: financial attractiveness, people skills, availability, and business environment. The study examines outsourcing practices, and how different countries rank as targets. Given the rapid technological advancement taking place the outsourcing models and type of work that needs to be outsourced is rapidly changing.

In 2016, India, China and Malaysia were the top three offshoring destinations. The countries with the most adaptable education systems will be able to maintain their place among the top because they can easily manage to re-train their workforce to meet the changing demands of outsourced work over time. Right now the most opportunities for outsourcing are in back office operations and IT.

Over the next few years as automation and robotics come into place, work that requires repetition of the same tasks will be done by machines eliminating the need for humans to do the work. Because we can now work remotely from anywhere in the world, it is assumed that new work opportunities will emerge for outsourcing. In order for countries to remain competitive they must adapt policies that allow them to shift as needed in order to keep their citizens employed by emerging offshore opportunities.

At the moment, Costa Rica is doing a good job of building relationships with global corporations and creating jobs for people through offshoring. The country’s strong infrastructure and policies make it an easy country to do business with and in. In addition, the education system is firmly in rooted. Overall, the country is in a position to make the needed shifts to stay current. In the past few years, Costa Rica has also attracted tech companies to its shores and has a small budding start up community. With the right programs in place, Costa Rica may be able to make the needed shifts to stay ahead of the robotics revolution and continue to attract economic opportunities to its shores.

Toucan 3D Prosthetic Miracle

Toucan 3D Prosthetic Miracle

January 20, 2016

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The ZooAve animal rescue center in Costa Rica made medical history when they successfully implanted a Toucan with a 3D printed prosthetic saving the animal’s life. After a horrific assault on the bird a year ago that left it without most of its upper beak, it was taken to the ZooAve animal rescue center. The center raised the money for the prosthetic device based on this latest 3D printing technology to create a new beak, and ultimately save the bird’s life.

The injury did not occur in the wild but through the senseless violence of a few teenage boys. People around the world were were horrified by the malevolent attack of the defenseless creature. The injury left the bird unable to eat or stay balanced. Toucans rely on their beak to eat, mate and defend themselves in the wild. Without it, they cannot survive. Replacing the beak was a life or death matter that gained the attention and support of people around the world. The money to replace the beak was raised through a crowdfunding campaign that closed with $10,500. The attack was considered so heinous that it resulted in the creation of a Costa Rica animal cruelty bill that is now pending being passed into law.

Prosthetics are one of the medical wonders available through 3D printing that promises to usher in a new age for animals and people that suffer a loss of a limb or body part. Toucans have a beak that is lightweight and made of keratin. The designers were faced with a real challenge to design a beak that would look and feel like a comparable light weight material for the bird. It also had to be designed so it could be adjusted to match the bird’s growth over time. They also could not use chemical compounds that could possibly harm the bird either.

In the end, four Costa Rican 3D printing companies, Elementos 3D, Ewa!corps, Publicidad Web and Grupo Summerus, stepped forward to work with ZooAve in creating the beak and successfully transplanting the prosthetic onto the bird. 3D printing is able to create precise lifelike prosthetics at a quality unmatched in the past. 3D prosthetics have been used for dogs and cats up till now. The use of one on a wild animal is a big breakthrough, especially successfully replacing a beak. It’s a big medical breakthrough for veterinarians and wildlife specialists that resulted from a horrible tragedy.

Living in Sámara… True Pura Vida Style

Living in Sámara… True Pura Vida Style

January 16, 2016

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Tuning with the waves

Costa Rica is divided in 7 provinces; in which Guanacaste is the province number 5. Sámara belongs to the city of Nicoya, located in Guanacaste province with a distance of 146,644 miles (236 km) from San José.

Sámara is ruled by the main activity in the area, Surf is the reason why many tourists visit this lovely town and wake up early just to catch the best wave of the day.

Sámara from all Costa Rican towns is very eccentric, small and diverse. Unique in its own kind, merges Pura Vida lifestyle in many European and American visitors or residents… This is why, once you meet this beautiful place you can never go back again.

Access is very easy and they are several ways to get here:

If you are coming from San Jose you just need to follow the Route 1 and get to Nicoya city, onces there it is just a 45 minute drive to Samara. In total the trip from San Jose to Samara could take around 4 hours driving.

  1. If you landed in Liberia it is way easier and closer. From Liberia you need to start driving south towards Santa Cruz which is the first town you’ll find, from other keep driving south to Nicoya and you will be here pretty quickly. The time is about 1.5 hours.
  2. You could also Access through airplane that lands either in Punta Islita or Nosara, they are both 30 minutes away from Samara.
  3. If you are not driving, an other way to get here is by shuttle, there are several shuttle services from San Jose, Liberia, Arenal or any other touristic áreas. Transportation will not be an issue!

Incredible sunsets, Samara Beach.

Life Style

The sunrises between 5:15 am and 5:30 am, perfect to ride some waves, walk on the beach or just enjoy the natural surroundings, and afterwards enjoy yourself with some fresh fruit smoothie. With no plan whatsoever. Sámara is the perfect place to relax and disconnect from your regular hectic life and dedícate yourself to just discover amazing wildlife and admire the most stunning sunrises and sunsets.

There are many outdoor activities to during the day and most of them involve being close to the beach/ocean or always in touch with the nature, such as:

  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayak (River and Sea)
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Yoga
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddle)
  • Slackline
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Traditional Cuisine Lessons
  • Dolphin Tours
  • Baby turtle Tours

Sámara Gastronomical Taste

If you’re looking for a nice place to try great local fresh food and at good prices we can recommend you the following places:

  • Soda La Perla
  • Soda Colocho
  • Miss Sheriff
  • El Ancla
  • Casa Esmeralda

If you’re more like an organic and vegetarian taste, Sámara Organics is the perfect spot, they offer: smoothies, cookies, coffee and delicious ice cream from Pura Paleta.

For those who want to experience different food options not only typical and are interested in dinner or lunch the following restaurants offer a great selection in meats:

  • El Colibrí
  • El Lagarto

And for those who just can’t get enough of Italian food the best options in Sámara are:

  • El Gusto Beach
  • Mama Gui
  • Uh La la
  • Locanda

In regards Mexican food Coco’s Place presents a very nice concept mixing Mexican food and art into its restaurant.

But if your options are a bit more getting to know a bar o just eat appetizers of Sandwiches these are the options for you:

  • La Vela Latina
  • Bar Arriba

Sámara Nightlife

For those who love just hanging out blend in and get to know people just prepare yourself for a long night since dancing starts at 12am! But there’s also relax and nice bars to visit before the main dish.

And when the night is heating up these are the best options for you:

  • Tabanuco (Reggae Nights)
  • Vela Latina (Salsa Nights)

If you decide to visit Samara keep in be prepared to enjoy real natural vibes!

Camaronal, Puente

Hollywood Celebrities Favor Costa Rica

Hollywood Celebrities Favor Costa Rica

In recent years, Costa Rica has developed into a popular destination among celebrities. This tropical paradise equipped with modern infrastructure is the perfect place to unwind and to escape the 24/7 go of paparazzi, glitz and drama of a life lived out on the public stage. While Costa Rica has its share of roaming paparazzi, it is nowhere near the extreme levels found in New York, Los Angeles or London. Costa Rica provides a much-needed refuge to relax for the famous where they can enjoy private, personal time. It’s an escape from what can be a very stressful life. Celebrities known to frequent this happy little country include long time expat Mel Gibson, Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gisele, Matt Damon, and many more.

Costa Rica offers five star resorts such as the Four Seasons where stars can enjoy the country’s natural beauty while staying in luxury accommodations. Across the country, there are many fine resorts to choose from ranging from lovely, luxury eco-resorts, as well as concierge service magical villas for those seeking more privacy. The most popular area for celebrities is along the Pacific Coast. Five star resorts in the province of Guanacaste include: Punta Islita Hotel, Gaia Hotel and Reserve, El Mangroove, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Reserva Conchal, The Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal.

It is also a great place to purchase a vacation home. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff, Charlie Seen, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler and Mel Gibson are among those who have purchased homes in the area. In addition to Hollywood celebrities, famous athletes known to enjoy their time in Costa Rica include: Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Tom Brady. There are several luxury developments being built in the province as well as a nice selection of private homes to choose from. In the last several years, Guanacaste has developed into a paradise by the sea. Celebrities enjoy their vacation without having to be concerned about being mobbed and accosted by people and press. It’s the perfect spot to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Welcome to the new Malibu.

Ringing in the New Year in Costa Rica

Ringing in the New Year in Costa Rica

December 25, 2015

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For vacationers and retirees ringing in the New Year in Costa Rica, it can be time of parties in one of the local beach towns or a quiet time spent in nature or reflecting with family or friends. Many people opt to hold small dinner parties, and seek out this time to do some backpacking in one of Costa Rica’s parks. It’s about taking it down a notch to reflect on the past year, express gratitude and set some goals for the coming year. To connect with nature, there’s are some great mountain tops in the country and places to explore. For many people, New Year’s eve is a time of reflection. The traditional meal for New Year in Costa Rica is a pork leg, and when the clock turns 12, there is the tradition of singing “Año Viejo”. There are also some fun long held traditions that are part of the country’s rich folklore.

Ensure travel in the coming year

There is the old tradition of running around the house or crossing the neighborhood street with a suitcase or a backpack in hand to ensure travel for the coming year.

Clear negative energy in the home

Cleaning and sweeping the entire house the women is believed to clear away past evils.

Remove bad luck

Throw a pan full of water over one’s shoulder is believed to sway all bad luck from the previous year.

Attract your mate

Other New Year’s traditions include wearing red underwear in the hope that the coming year will bring their spouse or true love.

Attract good fortune

Wearing yellow in hopes of getting conferred with good luck in the coming year.

Attract good fortune

Eating 12 grapes at midnight with each one dedicated to one month in the coming year for good luck.

These are fun local traditions that you can weave into celebrating the New Year in Costa Rica. As It’s really about setting an intention to have a positive experience in the coming year that brings you much good fortune and new experiences. When we live our lives from a centered purposeful place, joy and good fortune tends to follow. It’s how many Costa Ricans live their lives daily, and perhaps is part of what attracts so many foreigners to one of the happiest countries in the world. Enjoy ringing in 2016!

Secret to a long life Discovered in Nicoya Peninsula

Secret to a long life Discovered in Nicoya Peninsula

December 11, 2015

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Secret to a long life may just lie in the Nicoya Peninsula region in Costa Rica. Among Costa Rica’s many treasures and benefits may also be the long searched for secret to living a long, healthy and happy life. The factors that contribute to longevity include: low stress lifestyle, plant based diet, faith of some sort and water high in minerals! A sense of purpose and hard work are also part of the attitudes that lead to a longevity. Nicoyan centenarians tend to live with their families, and children or grandchildren providing much-needed support to families from which they gain a sense of purpose and belonging.

It turns out the Nicoya Peninsula is in the Blue Zone – one of five hot spots around the globe where people live longer lives. The zones include: Loma Linda, California, Ikaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy, and Okinawa, Japan. Defined by its sandy beaches and tropical forest, Nicoya Peninsula is one of the areas in the zone.

Add to this discovery, “Costa Rica spends only about one tenth of what the United States spends on healthcare, yet more than twice as many men there can expect to reach a healthy age 90.” There’s something about being able to slow down and take life in that benefits all humans, and it’s a quality many westerners seem to have lost. Diet also plays an important role. A plant based, fresh food diet is a big factor. Fortunately, Costa Rica is an agricultural country with an abundance of fresh, locally grown organic produce available year round.

Its customs and lifestyles create an environment where people can live healthier, longer lives, and that’s great news. It’s a testament to what many people experience when coming here, and part of the reason the country’s population continues to swell. It’s a lifestyle choice that is good for the heart, mind and body. It’s no wonder, Costa Rica has also been identified as one of the happiest countries in the world, and the Nicoyans may just be the epicenter of a well lived life.

Thanksgiving lovers in Costa Rica

Thanksgiving lovers in Costa Rica

November 23, 2015

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No matter where Americans are, thanksgiving is a holiday that travels with them in the heart, and it must be celebrated. This is the occasion to express gratitude for all favors received day after day, and when in a foreign land the happiness of being alive and fortunate enough to find ourselves enjoying the pleasures of nature, family and new friends found.

Costa Rica is a country that understands the culture of American people and its people loves to help expats to celebrate such a beautiful tradition with enthusiasm and love. The number of expats living in Costa Rica increases every year and finding a group of friends with whom to celebrate this traditional holiday according to your life style is not hard at all. The expats community in Costa Rica is diverse and there are different clubs and organizations eager to accept new members or to receive visitors. The Birding Club, Hiking and Camping Club, Backgammon Club, are just a few examples of a well-organized society that enables people to form lasting relationships.

Many retirees live in Costa Rica and this holiday is an occasion for their families living in the United States to visit them. It is such a pleasure to see the excitement, hugs and smiles at Juan Santa Maria Airport when grandparents welcome their kids and grandkids to a country that offers fantastic options to enjoy a short vacation in paradise. Imagine the joy of having a family reunion at a table set with all the traditional food, like turkey, sweet potato, pumpkin pie and all American staples available fresh at any of the many grocery stores of Costa Rica. If you decide to cook at home you will always find a place to buy your goodies and top quality food, no matter if you are near the beach or San José City.

Should you prefer eating out for Thanksgiving, there are highly regarded restaurants in the Central Valley and beach towns that will accommodate your party according to your needs. A traditional Thanksgiving meal in a nice restaurant costs about $ 30 per person. Remember to make reservations in advance and get ready to create a memorable evening not only because the food is good but because you might find yourself surrounded by other American celebrating the event, which would make you feel at home. If you are staying at a hotel talk to the Events Manager to prepare a nice get together reunion for your group.

Once in Costa Rica visit the most beautiful places on earth such as clear water beaches, imposing mountains and volcanos, natural parks and refuges, fascinating rain forest and many other attractions that are yours to discover.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Costa Rica will be an experience that will make you smile in the future, every time you feel the sun in your skin, the smell of sea breeze or the taste of an exotic fruit you will remember the happiness of a beautiful day in an amazing country.

Best Beaches in Central Pacific

Best Beaches in Central Pacific

November 20, 2015

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Costa Rica is famous for its beautiful, white sand beaches and world-class surfing. In fact, the first wave of foreign travellers came to Costa Rica mainly for its near perfect weather and fantastic surf.

Here’s a description of the some of the best beaches in the Central Pacific area:


The closest beach to San Jose and one of the best surf destinations in the country. Surfers, sun worshipers and eco-adventurists alike flock to Jaco each year for its breathtaking beaches, happening town and proximity to the airport all make it an ideal spot to land for foreign visitors.


A popular youth hangout. It’s the capital and largest city in the Province of Puntarenas off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. A popular stopover point for tourists traveling to Monteverde, this area includes the beautiful Golfo Islands and comprises 1517 square miles.


Just off the beaten track and possessing the all the wondrous natural beauty Costa Rica is known for, it’s the perfect escape from your usual tourist destination. A laid back atmosphere creates the ideal locale to take in your surroundings. A great place for horseback riding, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, or just watching a magnificent sunset. This quaint coastal getaway is located just off a dirt road, and the town is surrounded by two smaller villages. Nearby is also the National Wildlife Refuge of Hacienda Buru and Uvita.

Playa Hermosa

Just three miles south of Jaco, one of the best surf destinations in the country. This popular beach town and beachfront resort is a laid back epicenter of ongoing beach development with large hotels at the northern end and more relaxed at the southern end. The town has an abundance of restaurants, shopping, bars and outdoor activities. The area is also known for its incredible marine fauna, snorkeling, sport fishing, and scuba diving. There also a number of national parks such as Palo Verde National Park and Santa Rosa National Park nearby.

Playa Herradura

Small beach located on the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Formerly a sleepy village, it’s now home to the prestigious Marriott Los Suenos hotel with a popular marina and golf course. This beach town is also an excellent spot for sport fishing. Its close proximity to San Jose makes it easily accessible to an airport and major urban amenities too. The tranquil waters define this town as one of the best spots for swimming and for nature enthusiasts, also nearby is Carara National Park for eco-adventures.

Playa Esterillos Defined by no crowds, chocolate covered beaches and great surf, it’s the place to escape for the cool kids. Here waves consistently break head high; it’s one of the cleanest and most consistent breaks for surfers. At low tide the size of the beach increases dramatically exposing the a vast dark sand loved by beachcombers. Surrounded by lush hills and dense forests makes the area a little refuge adored by many.

Great Investment Opportunity! Magical Bed and Breakfast in One of Costa Rica’s Most Desirable Areas

Great Investment Opportunity! Magical Bed and Breakfast in One of Costa Rica’s Most Desirable Areas

November 13, 2015

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Here’s the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurial spirits looking for a lifestyle change, as well as a good return on investment. This beautiful six bedroom bed and breakfast is a great investment for someone looking to purchase not only a commercial property but also an established business. The property is being sold completely furnished and equipped with all the existing assets. From Day-1 you can start making money. The property also includes an adjacent prime lot that could be developed into an owner’s house, rental apartments, hotel, or organic farm.

The main property is situated on a large lot of 320 m2 (3,500 sq. ft), and the adjacent lot is more than double the size: 758 m2 (8,000+ sq. ft.) and includes citrus fruit trees, coffee plants and a panoramic view. There property has a BBQ “rancho” where guests can relax on a hammock while taking in the mesmerizing landscape and sounds of nature. The possibilities are endless for future development on this unique parcel of land.

Located in sunny Santa Ana and nestled in a magical location next to the grand canyon of the Virilla River, this property is in the path of growth. It’s only 20-minutes to the airport, and 10-15 minutes to Multiplaza Mall and CIMA hospital, restaurants, shops and clubs. New commercial, medical and residential developments are being built in the area making it a one of the most sought after areas in Costa Rica.

The main house encompasses a one bedroom suite, colorful chef’s kitchen with an adjacent dining room and a reception desk area on the first floor. There is also an expansive pool and terrace with additional tables and a welcoming sitting area to enjoy the views and near-perfect year round weather.

The second floor has a generous sized room with a high double vaulted wood ceiling that provides guests with the perfect space for reading, relaxing, watching a movie or sitting out on the balcony to take in the breeze and scenery.

Two more bedroom suites are available on this level, including a Master bedroom suite with a large walk-in-closet and a Master bath with double vanity and a dual shower head.

On the third floor, there is a another bedroom suite, which is a large room with two beds, loveseat sofa and a modern stone slate bathroom with a double vanity.

The pool is the perfect spot to relax on Santa Ana’s infamous warm sunny days. Enjoy sunbathing on the open patio terrace that overlooks the amazing greenery and vistas of the river canyon where you can spot toucans, parrots and birds of all kinds!

It’s a really magical location and unique property making it the perfect getaway for travelers, as well as a special opportunity for the lucky new owner.

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