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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

Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 trees in Partnership Agreement

Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 Trees

Las Villas de San Buenas recently purchased 2,000 trees from a non-profit division of Sembrada Agua logo2ICE (electricity provider) called Sembrada Agua. This project connects high schools and local communities to organizations looking to repopulate damage done decades ago by cattle farmers whom cleared some of the jungles in Costa Rica. The goal of Sembrada Agua is to plant one million trees by 2030 – and we wanted to do our part in helping out.

“We are committed to designing and planning our development in an eco-friendly manner and integrating native trees into the landscapes,” explained Hanz Cruz, General Manager of Las Villas de San Buenas.

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Some of the 2,000 trees that have been delivered to Las Villas de San Buenas.

Las Villas de San Buenas will be spending the next month planting these trees. When we purchased the land that is now Las Villas de San Buenas there were thousands of gmelina trees that had been planted in the 1960s by local farmers. Gmelina is a non-indigenous, invasive species that chokes out the native trees. After several years, and approximately $85,000, we successfully cleared out the majority of the gmelina trees. We are now actively replanting the same area with fourteen tree species that are native to the Osa Peninsula, which will help bring the land back to its more natural state from 100 years ago.

“We will be planting a variety of fruit trees, hard woods and ornamental trees which will show our owners the beautiful mix of the wonderful bio-diversity found in this region of Costa Rica,” said Las Villas de San Buenas CEO Nick Halverson.

 

We made a terrific choice!

We made a terrific choice!

The Madrigal family from San Jose, Costa Rica, recently spent a week in Las Villas de San Buenas. After their stay they wrote the following review of their stay.

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We decided to go south Costa Rica for our year end vacation. We’re from San Jose and we all decided to skip the road to Guanacaste as this time of the year is hectic.

We rented this house for the final week of December and first days of January and we really had a great time here. First of all the road is in in great condition. Directions to the house are also really easy to follow. We were a group of 7 people, 3 couples and a friend. The house has 3 bedrooms, all with their private bathroom. Hot water of course and even a Jacuzzi in the master suite.Costa Rica home rental
Kitchen is in perfect condition, large refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and microwave. Laundry room with washer and dryer. Living room with Sky TV and all others with a DVD player.

The gardens and pool area are exceptional, the ocean view is amazing and we really spent our days there! With a cool breeze and birds singing everywhere.
The property is located in San Buenaventura town, close to beaches, national parks and waterfalls

Now, we really didn’t find any cons, however I must say that the house is listed for 8 people and the house has only 3 bedrooms with 3 beds (for 6 people comfortably accommodated). The other two must sleep in mattresses in the floor so you have to make some room for them in the bedrooms. Not a big issue for us.
Booking process was excellent and Nick the owner, replied every single email in no time.
If you’re thinking for a vacation in south Costa Rica, this is a great choice, you’ll have a wonderful time here!

Diquís spheres to be declared UNESCO World Heritage site

Diquís spheres to be declared UNESCO World Heritage site — The Tico Times.

Pre-Columbian spheres of Costa Rica

Finca 6 in Palmar Norte is one of the four archeological sites in the Osa municipality in Costa Rica’s south Pacific that will be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The decision was finalized early this Pre Columbian stone spheres costa ricamorning during a meeting of the World Heritage Comittee in Qatar. The four spots — Finca 6, Grijalba 2, Batambal and El Silencio — are home to Costa Rica’s largest collections of pre-Colombian stone spheres, knows as the Diquís spheres. Discovered in the 1930s by the United Fruit Company, the spheres orgins and purpose have remained a mystery to archealogists for decades.

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From The Developer:

For anyone who has visited Costa Rica’s Osa region (Southern Pacific) it is likely that they saw at least a couple of pre-Columbian spheres of Costa Rica. What is less known, is that these spheres are only originally found in the Osa region. If you see a Pre-Columbian spheres of Costa Rica outside of the Osa region, it is completely out of place and has obviously been moved.

When these spheres were first discovered many were destroyed by those who found them as they were rumored to have gold in the center of them. There are fewer than twenty known spheres that have not been moved or disturbed from their original placement by some long gone indigenous group.

Finca 6 is only twenty minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas. We provide directions to our guests and clients. Contact us for more information.

Costa Rica Information Update

Costa Rica Information /Newsletter                                June 2014
We’ve been very busy here in the Osa region of Costa Rica the past couple of months. Growth continues to take place in the area from Uvita to Palmar Norte – come visit and find your piece of paradise today! Let us help plan your Costa Rica trip (home rentals, tours, etc). Contact us to assist you.

 
The big news the last week has been Costa Rica’s incredibly successful run in the World Cup. For those that follow futbol (soccer) here’s a nice recap.
 

 

Cano Island
Views of Cano Island, San Buenas Golf Resort and Golfo Dulce.

You will not find a better priced ocean view lot with these amenities:

 
  • Sweeping ocean views 
  • Epic sunsets
  • Views of San Buenas Golf Resort (next door)
  • Private
  • Adjacent to 15 acre jungle preserve and hiking trails. 

More updates coming soon! Pura vida!

Me enjoying the waterfall walking distance from Las Villas de San Buenas

Nick Halverson 

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8718.7900 (Costa Rica)

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Costa Rica Update from Cliff Hulbert (June pt 1 of 2)

The following is Part 1 of a two part Osa, Costa Rica Update written by Cliff Hulbert. Cliff and his wife Ana own and operate Villa Leonor at the Ballena Beach Club. It is the only location in the Ballena National Park region that has a restaurant walking distance to the beach.

Villa Leonor is only 15 minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas and is a wonderful place to eat and to visit the beach. Ballena Beach Club collage

We hope you enjoy it…..

The High Season came to a close with a clear increase of the awareness, discovery and visitors in the Ballena to Ojochal sector. We still are a fraction of the numbers that frequent long time favorites like Manuel Antonio and Arenal but our steady progress of growth in numbers and awareness has us coming up on the radar of travelers more and more frequently.

The Humpback Whales made an early appearance this season with regular encounters beginning by mid December and continuing through late March.

The Guava seed pod season attracted the White Face Monkeys again to leap from the nearest palm into the tree, cruise through the branches breaking open the pods and dropping the seeds on us after eating the sweet pulp around them.

Also an increase of arrivals by the Scarlet Macaws who would occasionally spend part of the day, one day in a group of eight, another day a pair was viewed flirting around various trees on the grounds.

The final event of the sea-son was the Oranje Trophy group of exocentric vehicles and fun lov-ing Dutch drivers on their 25,000 Km journey from New York City to Rio de Janeiro for the Futbol Mundial. The local Ojochal Team hosted a traditional Futbol en La Playa (Beach Soccer Game) with the Oranje group, the local boys prevailed; the Dutch Team seemed a bit sluggish, which they blamed on the altitude …but invited the victors to their Boca Buffet and drinks.

Now on to the Green Season, in many ways more pleasant than the Dry Season …. Come See Us at The Beach!

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Villa Leonora at the Ballena Beach Club

Beautiful Beaches and National Parks Nearby

Costa Rica Beaches

Las Villas de San Buenas is perfectly located close to numerous beautiful Costa Rica Beaches and National Parks. The nearest beach is Playa Tortuga, home to a turtle sanctuary and education center.

The most beautiful and tranquil beach in all of the Osa region is Playa Ventanas. Playa Ventanas is an easy 15 minute drive from Las Villas de San Buenas. It is a great location to spend an afternoon of relaxing, stand-up paddle boarding or swimming. If you visit during low tide you can walk all the way through one of the ‘ventanas’ (or windows).

Check out the rest of the beaches near to Las Villas de San Buenas here.

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Playa Ventanas and other Numerous Beautiful Beaches Nearby

Costa Rica Beaches

Las Villas de San Buenas is perfectly located close to numerous beautiful Costa Rica Beaches and National Parks. The nearest beach is Playa Tortuga, home to a turtle sanctuary and education center.

The most beautiful and tranquil beach in all of the Osa region is Playa Ventanas. Playa Ventanas is an easy 15 minute drive from Las Villas de San Buenas. It is a great location to spend an afternoon of relaxing, stand-up paddle boarding or swimming. If you visit during low tide you can walk all the way through one of the ‘ventanas’ (or windows).

Check out the rest of the beaches near to Las Villas de San Buenas here.

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Costa Rica Home Designs

Costa Rica Home Designs

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Request a home design package today!

We offer beautiful, custom, Costa Rica home designs for all of our owners. Additionally, our architect will work with you to ensure that the house you want, on the lot you want, fits both your requests perfectly, but also fits the lot perfectly. Customers may choose from one of our existing home designs to begin construction almost immediately. More information here

Turn Key Process

For each custom home design, we will work with you to ensure that your home in paradise is exactly what you are looking for. All floor plans and 3D models will be tailored to your needs. Once you have agreed to your design, the construction process will start.

Typically, once a design is selected it takes approximately six months to build. We handle all permits, insurance and purchasing. We provide our owners with photo updates twice-per-week.

To request a set of home designs please fill out the form here or below.

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Affordable Fractional Ownership Available

Costa Rica Fractional Ownership

Las Villas de San Buenas offers simple, two-week, lifelong ownership for only $10,000 (+ a low annual fee). For information please visit this page or fill out the information request form to the right.

This Costa Rica Fractional Ownership option is the most affordable, and easiest, way to begin building your Costa Rica memories and traditions.

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I regret not stay longer.

Elizabeth (review from Airbnb)
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September 19, 2022
I regret not stay longer.

Très luxueux!! C’est immense !! Les hôtes sont présents du…

Audrey (review from Airbnb)
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November 19, 2023
Très luxueux!! C'est immense !! Les hôtes sont présents du début à la fin, réponse rapide! Prise en charge à l'arrivée!! Air climatisé seulement dans les chambres mais ventilateurs présents partout! Propre et impeccable !! Seuls bémols, la cuisine...

Incredible

Rebecca S., Kansas (review from Vrbo)
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May 30, 2022
My husband and I stayed at this property for a week in April. The property is beautiful and will not disappoint. The local food options are amazing and Jeremy with Osa Property Management was wonderful. A week was not long enough - planning on a r...

Great place to stay and rest

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April 12, 2023
We really have a great time at Quepos Villas Tranquilas. The Property Manager was really nice and detailed with our needs. Great place to stay and rest.

We really appreciated our stay in Uvita with Osa Property….

Anna (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
March 7, 2023
We really appreciated our stay in Uvita with Osa Property. The house was even nicer than expected, and location is great - with walking distance to many amazing restaurants as well as the beach.Response:Thanks Anna! It was a pleasure to Host you a...

What a stunning property! The view is just beautiful, we…

Sarah (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
December 28, 2023
What a stunning property! The view is just beautiful, we loved sitting by the pool and watching the ocean and the jungle around us. The house is so spacious and very well equipped and comfortable. Really helpful staff who gave us local recommendat...

This House is really beautiful. We stayed upstairs and were…

Jessi (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
April 23, 2022
This House is really beautiful. We stayed upstairs and were lucky because noone was downstairs so we could use the Pool by ourselves. We loved the Pool and i expecially the outside shower. Perfect for coming back from the beach and so beautiful in...

The place was perfect, no issues what so ever definitely…

Dave (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
December 28, 2023
The place was perfect, no issues what so ever definitely will be back !

Lovely and sweet – great beach access

MIKI A. (review from Vrbo)
4star rating
March 13, 2023
Overall a sweet lovely place right next to beach. Had some initial communication challenges with the owner but we worked it out in the end. They set up a whatapp thread for the guests which was helpful. Appreciate the cleanliness. That is the most...

Fantastic private house in a quiet neighborhood with a short…

Gabriel (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
September 1, 2021
Fantastic private house in a quiet neighborhood with a short walk to the beach. Very modern and clean. Good restaurants are also within walking distance.

Our adult family of 8 had a wonderful time! Pool…

Shawn (review from Airbnb)
4star rating
December 4, 2023
Our adult family of 8 had a wonderful time! Pool was amazing. Enough kitchen amenities for our needs. Dishwasher doesn’t work well. There is maintenance to be done around the pool- stone deck surface is beginning to break up, the wicker furniture ...

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Beautiful place with spectacular views. Perfect for relaxation!

Jo (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
May 31, 2023
Beautiful place with spectacular views. Perfect for relaxation!

Unique

steve h. (review from Vrbo)
4star rating
February 19, 2024
You must have a four-wheel-drive to get to it and it is very difficult to locate!Once you are there, it’s a nice place to be

Perfect Vacation Residence

Peter L., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 9, 2018
Every detail as promised. Well equipped, gorgeous view, well managed and very helpful property managers!Peter and VeronicaResponse:Hola Peter and Veronica! So glad you had a great time at Casa Sea Esta, and the Ojochal area. There is so much to do...

Fantastic views! Loved the pool. Definitely need a 4 x…

Dale And Christie (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
May 31, 2022
Fantastic views! Loved the pool. Definitely need a 4 x 4 car especially if it is raining. Perhaps I should already know this but being from Vegas it is not a problem for me, do not leave any food out ever! Ants will find it even if it is very smal...

My two months at King Fisher

MarkS (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
September 3, 2021
I love the community and always felt incredibly safe. I think we had a little difficulty getting the cable hooked up properly but I really did not watch TV. Everyone including pool service and yard service workers were tip top. I only had two issu...

We had a good time and really enjoyed our stay….

Roiner (review from Airbnb)
4star rating
January 3, 2024
We had a good time and really enjoyed our stay. The place is really close to the beach, loved the bird sounds and monkeys,the view to the woods is beautiful. The only downsides were no self check in, steep stairs to get to the second floor, and mo...

Super casa tout c’est bien passé! Coucher de soleil magnifique,…

Axel (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
February 5, 2024
Super casa tout c’est bien passé! Coucher de soleil magnifique, proche du supermarché. Tout fonctionne bien.Calme et agréable 🤗🌴Une seule chose que je pourrais dire les 45€ de caution non remboursable c’est un peu abusé quand on paye le prix et qu...

Great Location for access to beach

Barry G. (review from Vrbo)
4star rating
January 4, 2022
House and property exactly as described. Worked great for us and the location. Only problem we had was lack of hot water in mornings..We arrived late but Jeremy gave us the info required.

This house was perfect for a multiple day stay- it…

Gianna (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
October 27, 2023
This house was perfect for a multiple day stay- it was great to be in the town, walking distance from everything, but also come back to a home that felt cozy and comfortable. The pool (unheated) is a refreshing bonus after a day of surfing. Towels...

Incredible

Rebecca S., Kansas (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
May 30, 2022
My husband and I stayed at this property for a week in April. The property is beautiful and will not disappoint. The local food options are amazing and Jeremy with Osa Property Management was wonderful. A week was not long enough - planning on a r...

Nice Dominical Rental

Kelly P. (review from Vrbo)
4star rating
November 28, 2022
Home was clean and tidy and equipped with everything we needed for our short stay. I still can't get used to not flushing toilet paper, but this is not the only property where that is not allowed. I wish property owners would install/upgrade their...

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