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Costa Rica Living - News & Articles about Costa Rica

Our Santa Ana Coldwell Banker Costa Rica Office likes to keep all of our clients and visitors informed about what is going on in Costa Rica as it is an essential part of living in Costa Rica.  This is why we are proud to give you our Costa Rica living page which is filled with news and articles about living in Costa Rica.


 

Have You Ever Wondered Why Your House Is Not Selling?

Why is Your House in Costa Rica not Selling?So you have had your house for sell in Costa Rica for a few months and despite your best efforts, you have not been able to sell your house.  Perhaps it is time to ask yourself why you are having a hard time selling it.

 

A house doesn’t get sold due to many different factors, some of them you can control and others can't. Here are some answers that might help you along the way:

 

Picking the right price tag: how much your house is worth

 

A good real estate broker can help you find the right price for your property, not only its construction but also its square footage and surplus value in the area. A house with not a reasonable price, will scare a possible buyer, we need to remember that prices are not in a bubble.

 

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Living in Costa Rica – The World Cup Phenomenon

Living in Costa Rica with the World CupAs an expat from the United States, soccer or football as they call it here and the rest of the world was not a very popular sport when I grew up. 

 

So I never learned about it until I started to look at Costa Rica homes for sale and one the first house I looked at was close to the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá stadium in San Juan de Tibás.

 

The house was great but my Costa Rica real estate broker told me that it does get loud at night when there is a big soccer match going on and that traffic is awful as well on game night.  That night, I ended up going to a Saprissa and La Liga soccer match. 


It was definitively an experience as both teams are very popular in Costa Rica and there is such an intense rivalry between the two that you could feel it in the air coming from the teams and the fans.

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The Rainforest in Costa Rica - Ultimately a Part of Me

Costa Rica RainforestI am standing in the middle of a rainforest, surrounded by seemingly endless lush greenery. Though I am alone, it certainly doesn’t feel that way, surrounded by so much brilliant life. The smell of dirt and fresh rain permeates the air as I meander down the path, my flip flops gently tapping the gentle Earth with each step.

 

I hear a strange noise and look up to see a family of monkeys jumping from tree to tree. Some of them are ever carrying babies on their backs. They all move together so gracefully, with their strong hands easily grasping branches one by one as they travel through the air and off into the distance.

 

Soon, I come upon a beautiful waterfall. The sound alone transports me into a meditative state and I spend a few minutes simply swaying to the music that nature has provided.

 

The crash of water against rocks and leaves as it travels from the top of a hill to its final destination is one of the most soothing sounds I’ve ever heard.

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Best Hotels in Escazu, Costa Rica

best Hotels in Escazu costa ricaAlright, perhaps not the best hotels in the Escazu Costa Rica area as it is really just an opinion but at least my favorite hotels that I believe are the best for your money in Escazu.

 

I decided to write about my hotel list because I often have friends that come down to Costa Rica to visit and they always ask me about which hotel they should stay at.

 

For me, the best value will depend on how long you will be staying and what kind of basic comforts you are looking for.

 

Two weeks ago, I had a couple of friends that came down for a two week stay. They wanted to stay in the Escazu area as they planned to look at several Escazu Costa Rica real estate homes and also wanted plenty of time to also enjoy living the life in Costa Rica.

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Top Places to Live in Costa Rica for Foreigners

Top Places to Live in Costa RicaFor some odd reasons, many foreigners tend to group together when they decide to live in Costa Rica. They are several reasons for this as it gives them a sense of unity and the ability to speak the same language in a Spanish speaking country.

 

Even though most people are familiar with Escazu, Santa Ana, and Jaco Beach, they are also several less known areas where many foreigners are looking for Costa Rica homes for sale because they are looking to get away from large foreign communities.

 

Many expats living in Costa Rica have chosen to live in a more local neighborhood because they wanted to immerse themselves in the culture, because the prices are lower and also because it forces them to learn the language.

 

Without further ado, here are the top three locations in Costa Rica for people looking for a more local setting in the Central Valley to live in.

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Semana Santa in Costa Rica 2014

Semana Santa in Costa Rica 2014Once again, Semana Santa(or holy week) in Costa Rica is here. Semana Santo or Easter Holy Week in English is a major Catholic Holiday celebrated around the world and Costa Rica is no exception.

 

During Easter Holy week, you will see various parades and celebrations in Costa Rica where every province and city will have its own little celebration.

 

This year, Semana Santa starts on April 14th, 2014 and ends on the 20th of April, 2014. In terms of official days off, most Costa Rican get Thursday and Friday of Holy Week off and schools are closed for the entire week.

 

The majority of Costa Rican families however, like to take the whole week off. Semana Santa is a very anticipated holiday as the majority of people go to the beach or to the mountains to enjoy some quality family time as well as just relax and enjoy the “Pura Vida”.

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