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Lucky 7: The Top Gated Communities for Families in Guanacaste

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When it comes to choosing the top gated communities for families in Guanacaste, it isn’t easy: Our region is home to a wide array of incredible gated communities, each with its own distinct benefits, amenities, and lifestyle draws. But we have to start somewhere! So, as we assessed each area community, we considered the following…

Sportfishing Guide to Guanacaste: Species, Seasons & Marinas

It’s no contest: Costa Rica and, specifically, Guanacaste sportfishing offer some of the most record-breaking, tall tale-spinning, world-renowned inshore and offshore fishing opportunities in the Americas. How’s that for an intro? And yet, it’s all true: Costa Rica is not only an incredibly popular sport fishing destination, but our specific area – that is, central…

The New Flamingo Marina: All the Details (2023 Updates)

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Updated February 2023: You may have heard about the new Flamingo Marina, aka Marina Flamingo, located in the Playa Potrero/Playa Flamingo area and just a 7-minute walk to the famed Flamingo Beach. More accurately, though, we should call it brand, spanking new, as Phase One just celebrated its official inauguration on February 19, 2023, after 6 years…

Have Bike, Will Ride: 5 Must-Pedal Mountain Bike Trails in Guanacaste

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Guanacaste is a get-outdoors, enjoy-the-sun, Mother-Nature kind of place. And so, it should be no surprise that one of our favorite activities is mountain biking in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. And by “our,” I mean a lot of us. Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Costa Rica and call Guanacaste home –…

Costa Rica Public Transportation: Taking Taxis, Uber, Colectivos & Public Buses

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Thinking about living car-free and fancy-free? Then you’re likely learning all you can about Costa Rica public transportation. And that means you’re in the right place. We’ll start off by saying that, depending on where you choose to call home, said home may be walkable. For example, in our area of Guanacaste, most beach towns are…

Top 3 Golf Courses in Guanacaste: Where to Perfect Your Swing

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Meticulously manicured fairways, 360º ocean views, ancient lava flows, long yardage, and scenery so spectacular, you’ll want to pack your driver and your camera… These are just some of the promises held by the top three award-winning, tournament-hosting, certification-earning golf courses in Guanacaste. Because here, these courses offer the links, the luck, and the long…

Costa Rican Fish for Sale: Your Guide to the Fish Monger, the Market & More

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Whether you prefer to buy your fish at the grocery store, the central market, a fishmonger, or right off the pier, shopping for Costa Rican fish species can be an adventure. There’s the language barrier, to start with. Because, even when you’re fairly fluent in Spanish, you’re probably not completely fluent in fishy common names….

Let’s Talk Beer: 10 Craft Breweries in Guanacaste (Tamarindo, Playas del Coco, & Liberia Areas)

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For many years, the craft beer boom has been growing slowly and steadily in the United States and Canada. If you have a heart for hops and a craving for craft, then we’ll bet you already have a favorite list of microbreweries from “back home.” Now, we’re putting 10 craft breweries in Costa Rica on…

Families at the Beach: 6 Schools near Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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If you’re considering moving to Northern Guanacaste with kids, then you’re probably also thinking about private schools in Playas del Coco: What are the options? Will the kids adjust well? What kind of extracurriculars are available? And, just how much will it all cost? You’ve come to the right place (and the right people). We…

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