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Patience and freedom of speech in Costa Rica

In my first years of living in Costa Rica, I was always surprised that Costa Ricans have an amazing quality that most of us don’t have: patience. Over the years, I have learned there is more freedom of speech in Costa rica than in many other countries that say they do. Costa Ricans have a […]

The abusive buyer of Costa Rica real estate

by Ivo Henfling Becky Clower of Blue Water Properties in the Tamarindo area just wrote an article for the We Love Costa Rica newsletter titled “how not to treat your realtor”. For some time, I have been thinking about writing about “the abusive buyer of Costa Rica real estate” but after getting bombarded with negative […]

Ethical Traveler puts Costa Rica on their list of Developing World 10 Best Ethical Destinations

IVO HENFLING | MARCH 2, 2011 Ethical Traveler supports countries working to maintain strong environmental, human rights, and eco-tourism values. The nonprofit organization Ethical Traveler places Costa Rica on their Top 10 of best ethical destinations world-wide.   Ethical Traveler urges urge travelers to step off the beaten path. Each year, after extensive research, their […]

Help the leatherback turtles in Costa Rica

by Isabelle Jones, your Atenas real estate specialist Give something back to Costa Rica and volunteer to help the Tortugas on the Carribean side of Costa Rica. Another turtle season on the Carribean….and “TORTUGAS” begins tours to Estacion Las Tortugas (ELT) in March.  The season runs through June. The most endangered-of-extinction sea turtle, the Leatherback, […]

Exercising in Atenas

by Isabelle Jones, your Atenas real estate specialist One of the many things my family and I love about living in Atenas is the weather in Atenas and natural beauty which is so conducive to year-round outdoor exercise.  Every day from early morning until evening, you see both locals and foreigners of all ages walking, […]

Costa Rica – Open Markets and Mom – Pop Stores

I remember when I was a youngster (long time ago) and my grandfather would take me to the corner store and buy me a coke and candy. I thought it was the greatest. Those stores in the states were usually family owned and there was a feel of community.   Clothes, hardware, restaurants and grocery stores all gave […]

Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world

source: NEF The Happy Planet Index The Happy Planet Index is a measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. It is the first ever index to combine environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives. […]