Living in Costa Rica

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Interested in investing in paradise? Let's take a further look into this beautiful locale filled with lush rainforest, picturesque volcanoes, pristine beaches, friendly locals and brightly colored toucans!

1. Investment is buzzing and so is the rental property market, with agents seeing a steady increase in buyers that spend a few weeks of the year in the tropical destination, renting it out for a majority of the remainder.

2. Quality of service and quantity of options for buyers have been established since the tourism  and development boom of the 1990's.

3. The retiree haven of Guanacaste alone boasts more than 630 miles of Pacific coast, jungle, tropical rainforest, and a gorgeous mountain range. Closings in the region are now happening at a

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Are you a snow bunny that is most content when racing down the slopes? Maybe lounging in the tropics with the breeze in your hair and a Pina colada in hand is more your speed? Prefer the sound of leaves crunching underneath your leather boots and adorned in this season's best outerwear? Or perhaps the smell of rain and the bloom of flowers from every color of the rainbow puts the biggest smile on your face. Whatever season you fancy the best, we have the top recommendations of where to welcome each of the seasons with open arms and adventures awaiting. 

Fall: Italy

Come explore Italy during the months where the stunning country hosts its truffle, prosciutto and wine festivals and feast your way through pasta puttanesca, gelato and so much more! The

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Costa Rica has some of the most amazing rain forests and beaches in Latin America. If you decide you want to stay in a jungle lodge or stay in a great resort, here are some of our choices.

1. Casa Corcovado

Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula. Casa Corvocado is an amazing jungle lodge in the middle of the Corcovado national park. Set above a palm-fringed beach, tropical gardens surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, this much-loved destination is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure. At the start of your journey, you embark on a two hour boat ride traveling through mangroves and along the coast of the Osa Peninsula. While staying at this beautiful lodge, you will have plenty of options for activities, from going on

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Costa Rica is known as the happiest country on Earth. They are an extremely peaceful country and even did away with their army in 1949. Costa Rica is becoming increasingly more popular for travel and vacations, especially their capital and largest city, San Jose. If you are a thrill-seeker and someone that craves adventure, then Costa Rica is definitely the place for you. 

1.  Arenal Volcano

 A stunning site for thrill seekers and nature lovers alike, this active volcano has been "resting" since 2010, but is still a must see. Plenty to do while visiting including hiking and horseback riding. 

2. National Theatre

 The ornate Neo-Classical theatre is considered thefinest historic building in San Jose, and is known for its exquisite

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Costa Rica is not a hard sell to those looking for a sunny, relaxing vacation. It has so many different attractions to offer its guests. One day, you could be sitting on a warm beach and the next, you could be zip lining through the rainforest canopies. From exploring volcanoes to relaxing in the hot springs, there are an endless amount of activities to busy yourself with while on vacation. What many people don't realize, though, is that Central America is growing in popularity as a second home destination. Because of Costa Rica's political and financial stability, many believe that real estate is largely a low risk investment. Here are five reasons to consider purchasing property in Costa Rica.

1. Beautiful Beaches Around (Just About) Every

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top-travel-destinationsWith every New Year brings the opportunity to explore new places and travel to destinations unknown. If there’s ever a time to create a travel bucket list it’s normally during the New Year when people reflect on their past accomplishments and dream of their future goals. If traveling is on your list of resolutions this year, then we have selected the top 5 travel destinations you won’t want to miss in 2015.

San Jose, Costa Rica           

Vibrant and packed with Victorian mansions, Costa Rica's rowdy, bustling capital San Jose was built on the profits of the coffee trade and working "golden bean" plantations still surround the city. Try freshly roasted local beans at Mercado Central. For shinier gold, visit the Museo del Oro. Many renovated

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toucan-costa-ricaHandsome Properties has an extensive luxury real estate portfolio. From Parisienne apartments for rent to historic castles in Italy, our diverse range of homes for sale could cause anyone to be green with envy. One area that is growing in popularity among our clients is the beautiful country of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is located in Central America in between Nicaragua and Panama. Bordered by the North Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east, this diverse landscape offers many wonderful investment opportunities for the right buyer.

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider a vacation home in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Offers a High Quality of Life

Costa Rica is earning a reputation as one of the safer, more stable Central

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venice-homes-for-saleWhether you're jet setting to the French Riviera for a vacation or headed to your next major conference, travel can be a stressful experience.

It doesn't have to be.

We scoured the net for the best luxury travel tips from our favorite travel bloggers, fashionistas, and CEOs. Armed with these tips, you're one step closer to becoming a savvy (and stylish) traveler.

Packing Tips

Buy and Pack Outfits, Not Separates

Keep outfits in mind when purchasing and packing your travel wardrobe. Lay out your clothes in different combinations, and make sure each item can be used in at least two different outfits. The less you pack, the more room you have for shopping purchases in your luggage. - Travel Gal Boutique
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costa-rica-vacation-homesCosta Rica is quickly becoming one of the newest hot spots for real estate investment and for many good reasons. The country has been nicknamed the “Switzerland of South America” thanks to its stable government and political scene. If year round beach weather and friendly locals aren’t enough of a reason to invest in Costa Rica real estate, we have compiled a few reasons that might make you give Costa Rica a second look.

Democratic and Stable Government

Costa Rica benefits from a stable democratic government and does not have a military, only local police forces and a Coast Guard. Their government is very similar to the United States’ with a constitution and checks and balances in place. The “army free” environment attracts clientele such as

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