CENTURY 21 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 property – from busy resort towns to deserted beaches, small villages to gated communities. Whether you are looking to buy a vacation home or relocate to embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle for which Costa Rica is famous, Century 21 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.
Whether looking for a vacation destination or a relocation option, Costa Rica has much to offer. The entire county lies within the tropical zone just north of Panama. The name itself, meaning “Rich Coast”, reflects the country’s beauty. Boasting some of Central America’s most beautiful beaches along both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, mountainous rainforests and jungles run through the country’s centre. It is world renowned for its rich and diverse series of ecosystems and micro-climates, each with a unique combination of terrain, flora and fauna. With .03% of the world’s land mass, it claims 91,000 animal and plant species, equivalent to 4.5% of the species identified globally, being one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Costa Rica is known internationally as one of the greenest countries in the world, being the only country to meet all five of the UN Development Program’s criteria for measuring environmental sustainability. Nearly 25% of Costa Rica’s land area is protected, and its advanced environmental policies are aimed at achieving national carbon neutral status by 2021. The country’s tourism logo, “Costa Rica - No Artificial Ingredients”, says it all.
The country has a thriving economy, powered mainly by tourism, with a focus on ecotourism, and a vibrant high-technology industrial sector in the capital of San Jose. Regularly ranked highly for its safe and peaceful quality of life, Costa Rica is a stable democracy which abolished its military in 1949, and invests in progressive social policies, universal education and advanced health care. Costa Rica’s strong democratic traditions are reflected in its hosting of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Nations’ University for Peace.
Costa Rica - the very best of what life has to offer.
One of the strongest motivations to move to Central America is the climate, and Costa Rica has an amazing variety of micro-climates within its borders. Of the country’s seven provinces, Guanacaste is one of the warmest and sunniest, with year-round tropical temperatures ranging from 21 to 35 degrees Celsius. The dry summer season runs from December to April, and with its average nine hours of sunshine, little to no rain, and temperatures averaging around 27 degrees Celsius, is the busiest tourist season. From May to November, during the rainy winter season, the temperature highs are slightly lower, and a typical day includes rainshowers mixed with sunshine.
The natural beauty of Guanacaste includes ancient volcanoes in the thick jungle in the east, with rivers flowing down through flatlands to wetlands, and then spilling into the Gulf of Nicoya. Explore the Palo Verde National Park to be surrounded by monkeys, crocodiles, and a multitude of bird species, or the Leatherback Marine Turtle National Park, an important nesting site which is protected to support dwindling turtle populations. Experience world-renowned canopy tours by suspended walkways, ziplines or aerial trams to explore the treetop ecology and forest environments. Visit the cloud forests hovering in mist 1,000 metres above sea level, and the dry forest ecosystems with their varied wildlife. And of course the beaches – an series of sand stretching all along the coast.
Guanacaste – natural beauty with something for everyone.
With over sixty kilometres of Pacific coastline from Playa Panama in the north to Playa Junquillal in the south, Costa Rica’s Gold Coast offers dozens of beaches, with sands ranging from sugar white to the browns and greys of volcanic sand, and a range of coastal ecosystems to explore. Serviced by the modern, newly developed international airport in Liberia, the northern communities of the Gold Coast are accessible within 20 minutes, and the southern beaches within1½ hours. Playas del Coco retains its flavour as a traditional fishing community on a volcanic sand beach and has a lively nightlife, while Playa Flamingo, with its gently curving white sand bay, features upscale resorts and deluxe villas. The beach at Playa Conchal, as indicated by its name, is made of millions of crushed seashells, and the Reserva Conchal development here boasts a Robert Trent Jones III designed golf course. Playa Tamarindo has developed from a sleepy fishing village to the Gold Coast’s premier resort area, with surfing, sportfishing, diving and snorkeling activities, and a full range of restaurants and boutique shops and hotels. Supermarkets are found in most communities, offering the foods and products you expect from home, and street markets and vendors supplement with local fresh produce and seafood. Amenities such as highspeed internet, cable TV and cell coverage are widespread, and clean drinking water is available everywhere.
Tamarindo is one of the most popular districts in Guanacaste province on Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, famous for its natural beauty, surfing and relaxing beach life. The town offers a broad range of amenities in terms of 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 coconut cantinas to family-friendly establishments to formal dining. Well-known for its extensive beach and surfing, Tamarindo has two primary 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. If you are looking for adventure, zip-lining, watersports, fishing and premium championship golf courses are all in the area. Playa Grande is home to a population of leatherback turtles and a turtle rescue program, reflecting the commitment to environmental protection and the green policies of Costa Rica. 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. Large supermarkets are complemented by local markets and roadside stands, offering fresh fruits and vegetables and specialty foods, including a range of imported products. There is quality health care 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.
When thinking of relocating, the Tamarindo area can meet all of your needs.
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 agent – and at Century 21 High Tide Realty, that is what we do. 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 clear title to your property, and determine what restrictions may be registered on and affect the land. An advantage of owning property in Costa Rica is that it has extremely low property taxes - only ¼ of 1% annually. Because Century 21 is an international franchise, working with our team here 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 here live in 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 home owners. They can answer all your questions; 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 Century 21 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.