HIGH TIDE REALTY - SERVING THE GOLD COAST OF COSTA RICA
The northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica – known as the Gold Coast - stretches down the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, and is a favorite region for tourists and expats when searching for Costa Rican real estate. As the sunniest region of the country, it offers a wide range of community options for properties – from busy resort towns to deserted beaches, small villages to gated communities. Whether you are looking to buy a vacation home or relocating to embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle for which Costa Rica is famous, High Tide Realty can assist you in finding the property that is right for you. Located in the heart of the popular tourist destination of Tamarindo, our professional real estate team is available to provide you with knowledgeable and experienced service in your search. Our team provides a full range of services, is committed to sustainable development, and is deeply invested in the Gold Coast communities. Properties in the Gold Coast region range from rustic to luxurious, located from beachfront to jungle locations, and we pride ourselves on always providing responsive, professional service to protect your interests.
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The northern Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is a favorite destination for international tourists on vacation, and for expats relocating to the Pura Vida lifestyle. Located in the heart of Tamarindo, High Tide Realty has a professional real estate team ready to provide knowledgeable, reputable and experienced service in any search for a property. Committed to sustainable development, our team can find properties ranging from rustic to luxurious, and from beachfront to jungle locations; always providing responsive, professional service to protect your interests.
Located within the tropical zone, and just north of Panama, Costa Rica has some of Central America’s most beautiful beaches, mountainous rainforests, and rich, diverse ecosystems and micro-climates, and is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with unique flora and fauna. One of the greenest countries in the world, with nearly 25% of its land area safeguarded in national parks and reserves, protected by advanced environmental sustainability policies, Costa Rica aims to achieve national carbon neutral status by 2021. The country has a thriving, investment-friendly economy with an ecotourism focus and vibrant high-technology industrial sector. It is generally chosen for its safe and peaceful quality of life in a stable democracy, which has had no military since 1949, and its progressive social policies, universal education, and advanced health care.
The climate of Guanacaste, with its year-round tropical temperatures, between 21 to 35 degrees Celsius, and average nine hours of sunshine in the dry summer season, makes it the prime tourist destination. Its incomparable natural beauty includes ancient volcanoes, thick jungle, rivers, expansive white sand beaches, and national parks with monkeys, crocodiles, and leatherback turtles and their protected nesting areas. The canopy tours by suspended walkways, zip lines or aerial trams to explore the treetop ecology, and hikes in the cloud forests 1,000 meters above sea level, offer plenty of adventure.
The modern, newly developed Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia serves the Gold Coast communities, which range from traditional fishing communities to upscale resort towns offering a range of spectacular beaches. Golfing, surfing, sport fishing, diving and snorkeling, a full range of restaurants, boutiques and hotels, supermarkets and local fresh produce and seafood are all offered activities, and amenities such as high-speed internet, cable TV and cell coverage are widespread. Tamarindo, a vibrant mix of beach culture with modern conveniences, is one of the most popular districts in Guanacaste. Famous for its natural beauty and its surfing and relaxing beach life, it claims a Blue Flag certified beach (for cleanliness and safety), quality health care with a 24-hour local emergency medical clinic, laboratory, ambulance service, and a local airport.
High Tide Realty, as part of a trusted international franchise, has a team that lives in the Gold Coast and knows the area, market values, and local culture, and offers knowledgeable, first-hand advice in providing a full range of services to assist in any property purchase.
Buying a property or home in a foreign country may seem daunting, but the process will be simple, straight-forward and safe when you use a reputable real estate agency – and High Tide Realty is among the best. In Costa Rica, foreigners have the same rights as locals when purchasing land, so a property can be purchased in your name (except for a beach concession property, which requires the assistance of a local or a bank trust). In Costa Rica, the central land registry system allows you to confirm that there is a clear title to your property, and to determine any restrictions that may be registered on and affecting the land. An advantage of owning property in Costa Rica is that it has extremely low property taxes - only ¼ of 1% of the registered property value, annually. Because High Tide Realty is an international franchise, working with our team provides you with the assurance that the rules and regulations you are familiar with in your home area also apply here. In addition, our agents live on the Gold Coast, and therefore know the area and market values; they are very familiar with the local culture, individuals and groups, and can offer knowledgeable, first-hand advice to potential homeowners. Because of this, they can answer all the questions you may have, for example, many ask about safety and security of properties, and the fact is that most of the crime in Costa Rica is related to petty theft. While making the decision to move to Costa Rica is a big step, the High Tide Realty team will do its best to ensure that the process is not intimidating, and the transition is a smooth and satisfactory experience.
There are many reasons why a person may consider moving to a tropical paradise, and Costa Rica checks them all: gorgeous beaches, multiple micro-climates, ancient volcanoes, lush rainforests, bountiful wildlife, adventure tours, and so much more. Costa Rica, or "Rich Coast" in English, has beaches along both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and mountainous rainforests and jungles running wild throughout the country's center. It is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, claiming only .03% of the world's land mass, but boasting an astounding 91,000 species of plants and animals, a 4.5% of the species worldwide! Costa Rica is known internationally to be among the greenest and most environmentally friendly countries, standing alone in meeting all five of the UN Development Program's measurements of environmental sustainability. Nearly 25% of Costa Rica's land area is protected from development, and its advanced environmental policies are designed to reach national carbon neutral status by 2021. The country's tourism logo "Costa Rica - No Artificial Ingredients" makes it clear what this nation is all about. Its robust and active economy, powered mostly by tourism, with a high percentage of it being ecotourism, has a vibrant high-tech industrial sector in the capital city of San Jose. Regularly ranked among the best places on earth to live due to its safe and peaceful nature, Costa Rica is a stable democratic society which abolished military rule in 1949. It invests in progressive social policies such as education for all and advanced healthcare technology. Costa Rica's strong democratic traditions are upheld by its proud hosting of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. It is also home to the United Nations' University for Peace.
Guanacaste is one of the sunniest and most vibrant of Costa Rica’s seven provinces, with year-round temperatures ranging from 21 to 35C. Being in an equatorial region, the country does not experience seasons like the countries further north or south of the equator, but rather two significant weather variations throughout the year. The drier "summer" season runs from approximately December to April, with an average of 27C and nine hours of sunshine with little rain, and is the high tourist season. The "winter" season from May to November has slightly cooler temperatures, and most days have occasional refreshing rain showers in addition to the sun.
The natural beauty of Guanacaste is distinguished - thick jungles overflowing with life, rivers flowing through flat lands to wetlands, and then spilling into the Gulf of Nicoya. Palo Verde National Park teems with native wildlife such as birds, monkeys, and crocodiles; and sea life enthusiasts can enjoy many protected areas for conservation, including the Leatherback Marine Turtle National Park which protects and supports endangered turtle populations. Immerse in nature and experience this unique treetop ecosystem through world-famous canopy tours on suspended walkways, zip lines or aerial trams. From the cloud forests 1,000 meters above sea level to the dry forest floor ecosystems with its proliferation of endemic wildlife, there is never a shortage of wonder and beauty to find in Guanacaste's nature.
Costa Rica's Gold Coast boasts dozens of beaches in over sixty kilometers of Pacific coastline from Playa Panama, up north, to Playa Junquillal, down south. With a variety of sands, from bone white to the shades of grey and brown volcanic sand, there are a plethora of beach environments open to exploration. For a person that wants not just one but several gorgeous beaches to visit, this is your spot.
Serviced by the modern, recently developed international airport in Liberia, the northern towns and villages of the Gold Coast are accessible in minutes and the southern beaches within only 1½ hour. Playas Del Coco has held on to its flavor as a more traditional fishing community on a volcanic sand beach with a lively nightlife. Playa Flamingo, with its relaxing and picturesque white sand bay, has a more modern feel, with features like upscale resorts and deluxe villas. The beach at Playa Conchal, as the name indicates, is composed of millions of crushed seashells, and the Reserva Conchal there boasts a golf course designed by legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones III. Playa Tamarindo has evolved from a quiet fishing village to the Gold Coast's premier resort areas, with diving and snorkeling, surfing, sport fishing, and a wide variety of restaurants, boutique shops, and hotels.
Modern supermarkets can be found in most communities, offering the comfort of the foods and products of home, while street markets and vendors keep it exciting with the best of local fresh produce and seafood. Technologies such as high-speed internet, cable TV, and cell coverage are readily available, and clean drinking water is a standard amenity.
Tamarindo is among the most popular areas of Costa Rica's Gold Coast. It is famous for its stunning natural beauty, surf culture, and relaxing beach life. The town offers a broad range of amenities and accommodation, restaurants, shops, and activities to satisfy all tastes and lifestyles. Hotels, condos and luxury resorts with five-star spas are available for those on vacation, and restaurants range from small "sodas" to family-friendly establishments to formal dining.
Well-known for its extensive surf following and community, Tamarindo has many famous breaks for the die-hard surfers, and several smaller beach breaks for beginners, while numerous surf shops are available to supply you with needed equipment or lessons to hone your skills. Surfers from around the world have come to Costa Rica for the waves, and have stayed for the culture.
If you are looking for adventure, zip-lining, watersports, fishing, and premium championship golf courses are all in the area. The heart of the town is a vibrant mix of beach culture with modern conveniences encompassing all the comforts of the life to which you are accustomed. There is quality healthcare with a 24-hour local emergency medical clinic nearby including a laboratory, as well as ambulance service to the regional hospital if required. Tamarindo also has a local airport, as well as multicultural and bilingual schools for families.
If you're looking for a place that's safe and comfortable, the Tamarindo area can meet all of your needs.
Purchasing property in a foreign country may, at first, seem intimidating to many people. With High Tide Realty on your side, though, the process is simple, straightforward and safe. In Costa Rica, immigrants have the same rights as natives when purchasing land, so a property may be purchased in your own name (except certain specific types of property, such as beach concession property, which require the involvement of a native, or a bank trust). The central land registry system allows you to verify that there is a clear title to your property. This also helps to clearly determine what restrictions may be registered against or affect a given home, or piece of land. Because High Tide Realty is an international franchise, working with our team provides you with the assurance that those rules and standards of service you are used to in your home area also apply when we assist you in doing business internationally. Also, our agents are locals here in the Gold Coast, and therefore they know the area and market values very well. They are part of the local culture and can offer valuable, first-hand advice to potential property owners, and can answer all of your questions. For example, many potential home buyers inquire about the safety and security of properties and may wonder what their exposure to a crime might be in Costa Rica. They might want to know about the local school system, or where they can purchase a familiar food from back home. Whatever the question, our team has the answers.
Making the decision to move to Costa Rica is obviously a big step, and the High Tide Realty team will ensure that the process is neither intimidating nor overwhelming and that your transition is a smooth and satisfying experience.