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Nightlife in Tamarindo

Nightlife in Tamarindo

December 10, 2018

Properties in Costa Rica

Tamarindo is a small beach town located in the province of Guanacaste, which is situated on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Tamarindo is known for its surfing, relaxed beach vibe, incredible gastronomy, and of course the nightlife. Whether you want to hit up a beach restaurant and enjoy a few cocktails while watching the sun go down, or you want to stay up and watch the sunrise- there are places for everyone.

One of my favorite things to do on a Thursday night is hit up the weekly night market. The market is open from 6-9pm every Thursday. This market has different local performers, local cuisine, handmade jewelry and art and many other wonderful vendors. It’s a Costa Rican farmers market but at night.

Again, depending on what you are interested in doing at night, there are many different options for you listed below.

Sports Bars:

Sharky’s Sports Bar + Surf Club Sports Bar + Bar Jolly Rodgers

Night Clubs:

El Be! Tamarindo Beach Club + Crazy Monkey + Pacifico Bar + El Garito + The Roof

Beach Restaurants:

Volcano Brewing Co + Pangas Beach Club + Langosta Beach Club + Nogui’s Restaurant

Sports Bars are a must for many tourists, as they cannot miss their games. Thankfully Costa Ricans feel the same way; therefore we have a few different sports bars scattered around Tamarindo. Sharky’s is great because they get almost every channel with all the games on.

In terms of nightclubs, El Be Tamarindo Beach Club is great because you are on the beach. Who doesn’t enjoy having a few drinks and meeting new people on the beach? The other bars and clubs are great if you want good music and to have a fun night out in Tamarindo.

There are many other beach restaurants located along the beach, but the ones I recommended are my favorite with good reviews. While traveling in Costa Rica, you should utilize the beach restaurants because the views are incredible. Eat on the beach if you cannot do this back home. Just remember to pack some bug spray because the bugs come out at night. You will not notice them until the next morning, so come prepared.

Tamarindo is very safe and you do not have to worry about anything. As long as you use common sense when you are out at night, you are good to go. The people in Costa Rica are very friendly and helpful if you need anything. You do not have to know Spanish to get around; most people can speak a little English. There are many taxis to shuttle you back to your hotel so you do not need to drive at night. You will notice Tamarindo is very beautiful at night with all the lights and live music playing at many restaurants. It is recommended to tip the local singers to show your support and appreciation. Around Tamarindo you can also find places that offer Salsa lessons and do Karaoke nights. If you enjoy singing, look online for places that are doing Karaoke. There is a casino in Tamarindo called ‘Casino Tamarindo Diria’ which is good for those of you who like to gamble. There are a few tables for blackjack also.

There is so much to see and do in Tamarindo, you will want to extend your time here or move here. I am here for any real estate advice and I can help you at any time!




Tips To Travel To Costa Rica

Tips To Travel To Costa Rica

December 6, 2018

Properties in Costa Rica

Traveling anywhere is exhilarating, yet a tad intimidating for the inexperienced and skillful travelers. With Costa Rica being one of the happiest places on earth, it’s no wonder more and more people are heading this way. The slogan in Costa Rica is ‘Pura Vida’ which means ‘Pure Life.’ Don’t be surprised to hear this a few times per day.

It doesn’t matter where you go, it’s always important to do a bit of research before you head to a foreign country. Whether you are looking for the best places to eat or Internet cafes to work at, doing a little exploration will give you a heads up with the best tips in the area. This article will provide you with knowledgeable information that will help you travel to and around Costa Rica.

First things first, driving in Costa Rica can be quite difficult even for the locals. Depending on where you are traveling to in the Country, some of the roads require you to go through streams and up rocky volcanic roads. If you are traveling from the airport to the main beach towns, the roads are generally maintained. It is recommended to only drive in the daylight if you are not familiar with the roads. For most people, it is much easier to hire a shuttle or take the local bus. If you do decide to adventure and rent a vehicle, do not base travel times on distance. Since the roads are rough in some places, it often takes a lot more time than the GPS says it does. No one can see Costa Rica in a day so take your time and enjoy everything and remember; Pura Vida.

If you are planning on booking any excursions while you are here (which is definitely recommended, especially a tour to Arenal Volcano) you don’t have to worry about booking directly through the company providing the tour. The imbursement of commission drives the tourism industry, which is the largest industry in Costa Rica. If your hotel is selling tours and excursions, they are making anywhere from 15-30% commission, the same as any tour company in Costa Rica. Many tourists are unaware of this organism but it is good to know the power of booking an excursion with the locals.

Depending on how long you are staying in Costa Rica, you might want to get a local SIM card instead of paying your phone provider back home. You can find vendors at the airport when you fly in, and they will be selling SIM cards. This is a cheaper option most of the time, and it is very easy to load calling, texting, and data on to your SIM card. You will get a Costa Rica number, which is great for calling locally. Downloading the app ‘WhatsApp’ is great for communicating with friends and family back home and with the locals you meet.

Let’s talk about currency. In Costa Rica, the local currency is the Costa Rican Colon. Currently, 1.00 USD is equal to 602.00 Colones in Costa Rica. It’s always better to use the local currency, as sometimes the rates may seem higher with the foreign exchange. Many restaurants and shops will give you back colones if you choose to pay in USD.

Another reminder when coming to Costa Rica is that you are coming to the rainforest. There is going to be bugs and they are usually hard to avoid. Be prepared with bug spray and after bite and you should be good to go, especially on the beach and in the rainforest. It’s one of the unique features that Costa Rica has to offer. You can’t visit a rainforest without bugs. Be equipped to see monkeys, iguanas, birds, sloths, and other interesting animals here in Costa Rica.

The last tip I have for you is to come equipped for the weather. Even in the dry season it could rain, therefore packing an umbrella is always a good idea. The great thing about Costa Rica is the abundance of sun. Even if it rains, it will not rain all day (unless you are here in the rainy season of September and October.) The weather is always hot, sunny, and humid and we are waiting for you here in Costa Rica!

Pura Vida.




Selling Properties in Costa Rica

Selling Properties in Costa Rica

December 3, 2018

Properties in Costa Rica

From a real estate agents perspective, we want to make your buying and selling process as easy and secure as possible. It is our responsibility to put our best foot forward to find or sell your home. From years of experience, we start to pick up on what works and what is not so effective with selling properties in Costa Rica. After all, everything takes time and practice. This article will point out a few details that will help sell a property here in Costa Rica.

Pricing:

Pricing of course is the number one reason as to whether your house will sell or stay on the market for a long period of time. Depending on how much you are asking, and how quickly you want to sell your property; being realistic with the price will sell your property much faster. If you are asking way too much and it is not a realistic amount, your property could be on the market for years upon years until it is lowered. Research or talk to a real estate agent about similar properties that have recently sold in your area. This will give you a better idea as to how much you should ask for yours.

Depending on the eagerness of the sale, real estate agents usually give their sellers three different pricing structures based on if they need to sell as soon as possible, if they want to wait and get a fair market price, or if they are just fishing. Usually if they want to sell as soon as possible, they will get around 25% lower than the market worth. So if you want to sell your property, price it to sell for a faster sale.

Staging:

Everyone likes to walk into a clean house that is decorated for visual appeal; therefore staging your home is very effective. Do not over clutter your house because that can push people away. Lighting is also key, especially natural lighting if possible. Did you know that good lighting could make your home feel much brighter and bigger? Do a little research online to help you stage your home. There are many décor ideas that could help sell your home faster.

Use Professional Photos:

Getting professional photos taken of your home will help show clear photos of each room in your place. Good quality photos will make a difference in a buyer’s first impression of your property. The more you help yourself at the beginning, the easier it will be to sell your property. Quality is always better than quantity. Spend a little extra prepping your property to make it aesthetically pleasing, because appearance goes a long way.

Open House:

Having an open house for your guests to walk through with no pressure is a great selling feature. A tip for the owners; it is better to leave the house for this and leave it in the hands of your real estate agent. They know what they have to do and it is more comfortable for the clients going through the property. Homeowners will have biased opinions and this could steer the potential buyers in the wrong direction. Also, it is important to remove all animals in the house when you are having an open house. Some people are scared of pets, and this could turn them away. Again, think of yourself being in this situation and what you would expect from an open house. Open houses are great to get traffic into your house and to show them how beautiful it is. With everything in place such as a good price, quality photographs of your home, and the space being appropriately staged; you should have no problem getting people to come to your open house, which will hopefully end in a sale.

Being a real estate agent, I can’t stress the above information enough. If you want to sell your property, you should follow the tips given in this article. Being the seller you might think these tips are not imperative, but in the buyer’s opinion; they really care. At the end of the day, we want to help you out with this process and provide as much information as we can in order to make this procedure a little easier on you. With our knowledge and experience, selling your property in Costa Rica should feel like a breeze.



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