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Updated Information and Booklet about Las Villas de San Buenas

The following link will provide you a PDF of the most up to date information about Las Villas de San Buenas, the surrounding area and our customers.

http://villagecostarica.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/lasvillassanbuenas_2011_2.pdf

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Costa Rica National Parks Generate More Than $1 billion

Original: http://www.ticotimes.net/daily_paid/dailynewsarchive/2010_08/080510.htm#story4

By Mike McDonald
Tico Times Staff | mmcdonald@ticotimes.net

While the upkeep of Costa Rica’s national parks has cost government ministries millions of dollars, the protected areas have proven lucrative for private enterprises.

In 2009, national parks and biological reserves generated more than $1.5 billion

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Sunset at Ballena National Park, Uvita, Costa Rica (Dec 2009)

for the Costa Rican economy, according to a study released on Thursday by the Center for Economic Policy for Sustainable Development, based at National University (CINPE-UNA).

More than 70 percent of this money went to tourism businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and transportation and travel agencies.

“Tourism is one of the most important sectors surrounding our national parks and protected areas,” said Gerardo Jiménez, director of CINPE-UNA.

The millions spawned by Costa Rica’s preserved plots accounted for 5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product in 2009.

But the study, which included field research conducted at three national parks, found that Costa Rica and its citizens don’t always reap the bulk of the economic benefits.

In Rincón de la Vieja, a national park in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, 61 percent of the cash generated by the park leaves the country. It flows into the hands of international travel agencies and foreign tour operators.

Roughly 36 percent of the dividends go to national services, such as gas stations or the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute. A mere 2.2 percent of the income reaches local businesses around Rincón de la Vieja.

“We recommend that the country implement measures to increase this amount,” Jiménez said.

By contrast, almost all of the money generated by Palo Verde National Park in Guanacaste stayed in Costa Rica. International travel agencies took home approximately 7 percent of the money while local businesses saw nearly 30 percent of the capital.

The rest of the funds from Palo Verde went to national tour operators or suppliers.

While 70.18 percent of earnings went to tourism related business, the energy sector saw 26.3 percent of the earnings generated by the parks and reserves. This figure includes the revenue produced by hydroelectric or geothermal plants that depend on resources inside protected areas.

The remaining money trickled into employment – 1.7 percent – and park and reserve entrance fees – 0.93 percent.

The Village of San Buenas: Presentation

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The Village of San Buenas Presentation

Message from Management: June 2010

Nick Halverson

CEO of Nick Halverson

Having spent almost three months in Costa Rica through the first half of 2010, primarily at The Village of San Buenas,I can best sum up the first 1/2 of the year in Costa Rica as “progress”. Costa Rica continues to successfully move forward with their balance of increasing their economy through private sector growth,

Nick & Duane Halverson

Nick & Duane Halverson at San Buenas Golf Resort (next door to Village of San Buenas development)

increasing education and protecting their natural resources. They have elected their first female president and are increasing their trade with more countries of the world than ever before.

Here are some of the more visible changes that have taken place this year:

a) New highway from San Jose to Jaco (Caldera)

This highway is now an easy, “North American stye” highway that is a great improvement from the previous, twisting/winding/corkscrew highway. The new highway has had a couple of “hiccups” so far as heavy rains have forced its closure but as with anything, it will take some time to work out the kinks.

I have spoken to people who have lived and worked in Costa Rica and this project has been in process for over 25 years. It is great that it is finally complete.

I have driven it several times and it is a great improvement.

b) New highway from Quepos to Dominical

After 47 years and several starts and stops, this highway is now complete. My first trip down to Costa Rica over five years ago involved flying into Quepos and heading south. I looked at a map and figured, “Heck. Only 23 miles +/- to Dominical? No problem!” We landed at the end of the day and by the time the rental car was ready it was dark. Well, the drive to Dominical took two-and-one-half hours!! From then on I flew into Palmar Sur.

Those days of bumpy roads and kidney slamming driving are over! The drive between Dominical and Quepos is as easy as the drive from Dominical to Palmar Sur – flat, easy curves, smooth…The drive now takes about 30 minutes +/-.

With the finishing of the two highways it is an easy 3 1/2 hour drive from San Jose to The Village of San Buenas in the southern zone. Here’s some photos of the completed intersection in Dominical:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/solpropertygroup/sets/72157624256899829/

c) Increased coverage of 3G cellular network

ICE continues to install more 3G towers in the southern zone including one in San Buenaventura.

d) Tourism is up over 10% in 2010 vs. 2009

e) More communications.

Cable Tica and ICE continue to install more high speed internet services throughout the country. We met with an engineer and a member of management from ICE at the project early last week. We are cautiously optimistic that the first house will have phone service by the end of 2010 and with the right hardware we already have internet access (via 3G network). I will be pushing them to put in a dedicated high-speed internet line soon.

This is great for the whole project. They are aware of our plans and have been very helpful. We will also be meeting with Cable Tica in the next month to discuss communication solutions.

Within the project I am proud to announce a new masterplan that was designed by our award winning master planner. More details to come in the next couple of months. If you would like a sneak peek, please contact me directly. There are more parks, green spaces and walking trails than any other development that I know of in the area.

Costa Rica in May and June is a great time to visit. The temperatures are cooler than in December/January with gentle winds. Don’t let the “rainy season” name keep you away. I will have my recap from June/July in a couple of weeks. Keep your eyes open for it.

If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica please let me know – I would love to meet for a cup of coffee or Imperial. We can also assist you in your trip planning.

Best regards,

Nick Halverson

Welcome to Las Villas De San Buenas: Affordable Costa Rica Real Estate

Las Villas de San Buenas is the perfect affordable Costa Rica real estate development in Osa (south pacific region located between Ojochal and Palmar Norte) for those looking to experience the best of what Costa Rica has to offer. We fell we have one of the safest retirement-communities-costa-rica offers in the southern zone.

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It’s location in the Osa peninsula region (South Pacific) of Costa Rica puts residence of the community in the heart of Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife. When you live in Las Villas de San Buenas you get the perfect combination of beautiful, natural wildlife, incredible sunsets and every day amenities. There has been no better time than now to buy!

Affordable Costa Rica Real Estate

Las Villas de San Buenas offers an affordable solution to retiring abroad, owning a second home in paradise or as an investment. With lots starting as low as $19,900 this Costa Rica Real Estate development is a must see.

The master plan includes numerous parks, green areas and a hiking trail into the jungle that is located on the property. There are a variety of lot types including ocean views, riverfront and mountain views and a variety of lot sizes.

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Our owners have two options that no other single development can offer:

1) Ownership in the Ballena Beach Club. More information on the Ballena Beach Club . The Ballena Beach Club is located approximately 15 minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas and offers owners private showers, secure storage of valuables, swimming pools and a full restaurant and bar, for your day at the beach.

2) Golf course memberships at San Buenas Golf Resort which is located right next door to Las Villas de San Buenas

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Mountain views from lot 9 in Las Villas de San Buenas

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