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Thoughts on New International Airport in Costa Rica

February 26, 2017
Written by Nick Halverson / February 2017 My first trip to Costa Rica was in March 2005. During that initial trip, the local real estate agent told me about the “New international airport that will be built soon.” Here we are twelve years later and still not another international airport. In my a…
Costa Rica is Happiest Place on the Planet

Costa Rica is Happiest Place on the Planet

February 25, 2017
Costa Rica has once again been ranked as the happiest place on the planet by the Happy Planet Index. Here’s their scoring of Costa Rica. This is the third time that Costa Rica has been ranked at the top spot. They also were ranked as the Happiest Place on the Planet in 2009 and 2012. According to…

What is the Costa Rica Government Like?

February 25, 2017
Message from Nick Halverson One of the first questions that is asked by prospective customers of ours is about the Costa Rican government. Typically one of the following is asked: What type of government does Costa Rica have? Is Costa Rica a democracy? What is the Costa Rica government like? Is …

The Writers’ Retreat of San Buenas was a success

February 24, 2017
We recently completed planning and hosting the first ever Writers’ Retreat of San Buenas. Based on the feedback from all of the participants it was a great success!! Our featured author was Will Viharo, who has over ten books published (purchase one here on Amazon) and has a passion for writing p…

Corcovado National Park adds stations to attract tourism

January 29, 2017
NOTE: Original article is from The Tico Times | The following article is great news for everyone who owns and/or visits Las Villas de San Buenas. Corcovado National Park is approximately a 2 hour 45 minute drives from Las Villas de San Buenas (map). Corcovado National Park is home to 2.5% of the …

If You Love Somebody, Bring Them to Paradise

January 31, 2016
I’m lonely in paradise. Naively, I thought 3 months in Costa Rica would be like Hemingway’s ‘A Movable Feast’ or like any of the Beat Generation writers living in Mexico City or Morocco. Instead it was like ‘Walden’ by Henry David Thoreau. I’ve spent an incredible amount of time alone in c…
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Meet Francisco and Oscar!!

January 19, 2016
Meet Francisco and Oscar! Two of my favorite persons since coming to Costa Rica are Francisco, ‘Fran’ and Oscar. These two dudes work as the groundskeepers of Paradise, also known as Las Villas de San Buenas de Osa. When you visit this place you’ll be struck how lush, green and beautiful the…
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Eat at El Jardin

January 5, 2016
Walking distance from Las Villas de San Buenas de Osa is a wonderful restaurant called El Jardin. It’s a seafood restaurant but it doesn’t just have seafood. Seafood is simply their specialty and their seafood is rather outstanding. Their cerviche is to die-for. (Cerviche is a Latin American dis…
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The Spanish Word for Smile Sounds Like Sunrise

January 1, 2016
The Spanish word for smile is sonrisa, a word I love because it reminds me of sunrise, an incredible metaphor for both. Is a smile like a sunrise or is a sunrise like a smile? (That’s a simile, I know.) (A word I also love because it looks similar to smile.) I awoke a few mornings ago at 4:30 and…
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Costa Rica – Away but With a Nice View of the Storm

December 28, 2015
“I awake every day, jump out of bed to view the mountainside and sigh. It’s so beautiful.” “Been house sitting a large two-story house with a pool and jacuzzi high up a steep mountain with nothing but rocky dirt roads .” “Today being Sunday in a Catholic country that takes its Sabbath seriously…
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My Christmas Eve in Paradise

My Christmas Eve in Paradise

December 24, 2015
I am house-sitting where you belong. This place belongs to you, dear Reader. Do you understand? I’m merely the gatekeeper, the house-sitter of YOUR paradise and I’m in bliss. Again, I repeat. It is Christmas Eve in Costa Rica and I’m in bliss. And this experience, belongs to you. Made some lemon …
Meet Ezekiel Tyrus.

Meet Ezekiel Tyrus.

December 20, 2015
Ezekiel Tyrus is the newest member of the Las Villas de San Buenas team. ‘Zeke’ is our new onsite property manager and will meet you when you come to rent one of our homes during check-in, and/or when you come to look at purchasing an affordable Costa Rican lot or home. Because of this, we like t…