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Customers San Buenas

Our customers come from around the world and have a variety of backgrounds.

Lapa Photographed at Casa Lapa

The photograph below was taken by Nick Halverson in May 2015 from the backyard of Casa Lapa using a Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-140 mm lens. It is of a scarlet macaw (or a lapa as they are known in Costa Rica).

There were four lapas eating the ripening almonds from the almond tree in the early morning. If you look closely at the photo you can see that this one has the almond between its beak. We planted those trees approximately three years ago and we now regularly have lapas flying in and eating.

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Lapa (scarlet macaw) enjoying an almond behind Casa Lapas, Las Villas de San Buenas. (c) Nick Halverson

Costa Rica through the Lens of Google Glass

This is a short video that I put together using only photos and videos that I shot through my Google Glass. If you’re not sure what Google Glass, is take a look here.  I’ll be making more of these short videos in the near future. Until then, PURA VIDA!

Nick Halverson
CEO, Las Villas de San Buenas

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Video of Google Glass Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica and the World Cup 2014 part 1

Wow!! I love sports. I will generally watch most any sport at any given time. I’ve watched cricket in New Zealand, ruby in Australia and soccer in Costa Rica. I have never, however, seen such passion and joy as the Costa Ricans after Costa Rica (La Sele) beat Italy in this years World Cup. Costa Rica World Cup team has shocked the soccer world!

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Celebration in Costa Rica after Costa Rica defeated Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo Alberto Font/The Tico Times

Costa Rica was put in one of the two “Group of Death” (the USA is in another one of the groups), with Italy, Uruguay and England. Italy and Uruguay each had teams ranked in the Top 10 of the world by FIFA going into the World Cup. Costa Rica found a way to beat them both, in consecutive matches. Although the entire country of Costa Rica has a population of 4.5 million people, they have found a way to take down two of the titans of soccer (by way of comparison the city of Rome has 2.7 million people).

I’m sharing an article from The Tico Times for the whole story.

Vamos a Sele!!

Nick

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Original Article http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/06/20/in-costa-rica-one-big-party-following-spectacular-world-cup-win

A sea of red jerseys and Costa Rican flags inundated the main streets and avenues of the country’s capital – and across the nation – on Friday following Costa Rica’s incredible advancement to the next round of the World Cup Brazil 2014 after beating Italy 1-0.

The San José streets were deserted during the nail-biting morning match, but when the final whistle blew, declaring the Ticos at the top of the so-called Group of Death, a throng of Sele supporters took to the city’s main plazas to celebrate the historic triumph.

Costa Rica won the hard-fought battle on a Bryan Ruiz goal in the first half, the game’s only goal.


Thousands of Tico fans gathered at the Fuente de la Hispanidad in San José on June 20, 2014, singing “Sí se pudo, sí se pudo,” and “oeee oee oee oeee, Ticos Ticos!” 

President Luis Guillermo Solís, dressed in a red Sele shirt, walked from the Casa Presidencial to the Fuente de la Hispanidad roundabout in the east of the capital, a traditional meeting point for civic celebrations.

 

Elated fans surrounded the president, embracing him and blasting vuvuzelas to celebrate Costa Rica’s second victory in as many World Cup matches, after shocking the world earlier in the tournament by beating higher-ranked Uruguay 3-1.

“I told you, 1-0,” Solís tweeted, reminding Ticos he had predicted the outcome.

“It was a historic triumph, nobody expected it, and when I say nobody, I’m talking about the entire planet. Costa Rica won because they were mentally focused, they believed in themselves and there was unity among the squad,” Sele fan Dennis Alonso, 26, said after the match.

In San Pedro, east of the capital, Lorna Contreras, 69, carried red, white and blue balloons, along with the Costa Rican flag, while cars passed by blasting their horns in elation.

“This is just marvelous. We’ve all waited for this, because we’ve been watching [this team] progress. We beat two World Cup champions, and now we’ll beat another,” Contreras said, referring to La Sele’s upcoming match Tuesday against England.

One local TV station broadcast an image of a Tico who traveled to Brazil to see the match. The fan held a sign that said, “Jefe, I quit my job. I’m staying to watch the second round.”

Costa Rica Surfing at Playa Dominical Costa Rica

Costa Rica Surfing Photograph

This beautiful sunset photo was taken at Playa Dominical, Osa, Costa Rica. Pura vida!

Playa Dominical photos and info

Playa Dominical is only 35 minutes north of Las Villas de San Buenas. For information about Costa Rica surfing and/or surf lessons in Costa Rica be sure to contact us.

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Happy Earth Day 2014

From everyone here at Las Villas de San Buenas we’d like to wish you a happy, wonderful and sustainable Earth Day 2014.

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Happy Earth Day from Las Villas de San Buenas

Beautiful Costa Rican Flower. What is it called?

Costa Rican flower

Beautiful flowers grow naturally here in Costa Rica

I occasionally rent out our home here in Costa Rica and before any guests arrive I always hire a local woman to clean and spruce up the house. She always brings a nice bunch of flowers

and this past weekend she did not disappoint. I’m not sure what these flowers are called but they’re beautiful. Keep in mind, all of the flowers she uses are locally grown and simply cut from their own natural gardens. Amazing.

If you know the name, please post it here. Gracias!

Pura vida!

Yum!! Shrimp skewer from Ballena Beach Club

Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s best seafood with a variety of options available. From fresh shrimp and red snapper to tuna and ceviche, the variety and different types of

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My shrimp skewer meal at Ballena Beach Club

preparation make it a wonderful place to eat!

This was my meal last Sunday afternoon at the Ballena Beach Club (which is adjacent to Ballena National Park, about 15 minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas). It was wonderful!!

If you ever find yourself in/around Uvita, be sure to visit the Ballena Beach Club.

Pura vida!

Costa Rica Pejibayes

There is a great fruit stand near the entrance to San Buenaventura, at KM 187 from the Costanera Highway. It is where all sorts of great fruit that is grown in the nearby region. When you buy a villa in the area you will be able to get all kinds of locally grown food. We envision having a local farmers market weekly on the property in the not to distant future. We believe sustainability comes from working together and want to work with local farmers in trading for things they grow with things we grow as well as eating much of what we grow in the community.

The fruit pictured below is a bunch of pejibayes. Pejibayes are boiled and then eaten. They are starchy and similar to a potato. Ticos eat them with mayonnaise flavoured with lemon or plain mayonnaise. When they come into season they are at stands everywhere. You will even see them sold in local sodas ready to eat.

There is a town called Pejibaye not too far from Las Villas De San Buenas where they grow a lot of Pejibayes and ship them around the local region. The homes at Las Villas will be surrounded by fruit trees and other edible landscapes and ornamentals chosen by each individual owner. Park areas will also have various fruit trees and Pejibayes will most likely be one of the fruits grown on the property.

Pejibayes for sale at a local fruit stand near Las Villas de San Buenas

Time Magazine Announces Chinchilla as Top 10 Female Leader

Original: http://www.ticotimes.net/daily_paid/dailynewsarchive/2010_09/090910.htm#story4

By Adam Williams
Tico Times Staffawilliams@ticotimes.net

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Female Leaders” by Time magazine on Wednesday. She was ranked No. 10 on the list, which appears on Time’s website, www.time.com.

Here is a link to the article in Time: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2005455_2005458_2005480,00.html

Julia Gillard, the recently elected prime minister of Australia, topped the list, which also included Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and Africa’s first female president. All 10 women on the list are either their nation’s president or prime minister.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla

MAYELA LOPEZ / AFP / GETTY

A brief biography of each of those honored appears on the Time website. Chinchilla’s biography includes that she is the first woman president in the history of Costa Rica, follows Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias in office, took 47 percent of the popular vote in the February election and is a social conservative, and that the focus of her administration is limiting crime and enhancing security. The biography also mentions that Chinchilla opposes gay marriage, abortion and legalization of the morning-after pill.

In a statement released Wednesday night, Chinchilla said, “It is a great honor to be recognized in Time magazine, not only for me personally, but also for our country and its commitment to gender equality. It gives me great satisfaction, but it is also a great acknowledgement for Costa Rica and all of the men and women who have fought to make it possible for Costa Rica to have a woman president.”