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Will I get clear title to my property?

Yes, you will receive clear and registered title on your property.  Owning property in Costa Rica is similar to that as in the United States and Canada

How far is it to the nearest beach? Playa Ventanas is a short 10-12 minute car ride away
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Good news! Playa Ventanas is only 10 minutes away and is one of the nicest beaches in the country. It is perfect for families, snorkeling, sea kayaking, tanning and nature watching. Two types of monkeys can be seen in the jungle next to the beach. For more pictures click here (have it go to the photo album). Playa Ventanas is Spanish for "window beach". Ventana is Spanish for window. You will see in the photos that there are two natural "windows"cut into the rocks.

Where is the nearest medical facility?
There is a brand new 80,000 sq ft hospital located minutes from the Las Villas de San Buenas.


How far away is the closest grocery store?
There is a convenience store less than one mile with most staples within the town of San Buenaventura. There you will find milk, bread, deodorant, toothpaste, fruits, soft drinks, bottled water, etc. 

The cities of Ojochal and Ventanas are less than 10 minutes away each with a grocery store, Cortez has a MegaSuper grocery store (10 minutes) and Palmar Norte (15 minutes) has both a Pali grocery store as well as a MegaSuper. Pali and MegaSuper are large grocery stores that carry everything you are used to seeing in North America/Europe - even the same brands often times.

How far is the nearest “Major” city (100,000 or more)?
The Village of San Buenas is located about 75 minutes from San Isidro del General, Perez Zeledon, which is the largest city in Costa Rica's southern zone. It is also considered the fastest growing city in Central America.

How much are property taxes each year?
.25 of 1 % of the registered property value. Property tax on a $100,000 property is $250.

Do you offer seller financing?
Yes. The developer will finance the land purchase and a client may also go through Latin America Title (via Chicago Title). Contact us for more information.

Costa Rica

What are the entry requirements?
All visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the dates of the trip.

Visitors from the following countries are allowed to stay for 90 days without a visa:
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, United States and all European countries except from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republics, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Visitors from these countries are allowed to stay for 30 days without a visa:
Australia, Belize, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, The Philippines and Venezuela.:

When is the best time to travel?
The travel industry designates several business seasons during the year: High Season (related to the dry season, from December until April), Peak season (Christmas, New Year and Easter), and the Green Season (also called the Low Season -related to the rainy season, from May until November). If you live in the Northern Climates, you will probably consider winter the only time to visit. However, persons from others areas of North America and Europe find the rest of the year equally pleasant. They also find it quite a bit more affordable. Other vacationers just prefer the country when there are fewer tourists -during the Green Season.

What should I bring?
A pocket-size English/Spanish dictionary, a small first aid kit, binoculars - camera and film, walking shoes,  sunscreen, traveler's checks - cash or/and credit cards, swim suits, casual  clothes for nightlife and fine dining, insect repellent, copies of your favorite Costa Rica travel guide, sandals - sunglasses & hat, necessary medications, rain jacket, passport/birth certificate & driver's license.

What is the time zone in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is the same as U.S. Central Standard Time, but does not observe daylight savings time.

What are the business hours?
Most banks are open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and do not close for lunch.  Credit cards are widely accepted, with Visa, MasterCard, Dinners and American Express being the most popular.  Government offices are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Most commercial business open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Stores and other businesses at commercial centers from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Most restaurants open from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.  Hotels and some restaurants are open 24 hours.

Is there a good communication system?
Direct-dial telephone service, facsimile, telex, radio and cable television are all available. Bilingual operator assistance for international calls is: 116, local information: 113, long distance information: 124.  Internet cafes are available in most towns and hotels.

3G cell phone networks have been installed throughout most of the country's highways. The country is continually installing new 3G towers and coverage improves monthly.

What taxes should I pay?
Travelers must be at the airport two hours before departure. There is a departure tax of US$26. There is a 13% sales tax at hotels, restaurants and most service industries, and an additional 3% tourist tax at hotels.

Is driving a good idea?
Many people love driving and visiting the country at their own pace.  Car Rentals are available from the major rental companies. To rent one you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver's license and a major credit card. Gasoline is available at stations throughout Costa Rica, most are open 24 hours.  Auto insurance is a MUST, which is included in your contract with the car rental because most insurance companies explicitly exclude foreign countries from their coverage. If you have a question, contact your carrier. When the rented car is given to you, the contract will explain both parts responsibilities.  If you are involved in a traffic accident:  Do not lose your temper, do not leave the place of the accident, do not move the car, cooperate with the legal authorities, do not sign any agreements nor accept any liability, and contact your rental car company immediately.

Is bus transportation available?
Costa Rica has a bus system that offers inexpensive, timely and convenient transportation in the Central Valley.  It is the primary means of transportation to natives.  On the countryside, sometimes buses do not run frequently, in some places they operate only once a day.   Another possibility is arranging transfers with tourism transportation agencies which would give you a first class service at reasonable rates. 

What are the medical concerns and suggested vaccines?
Health care in Costa Rica is very good and sanitary standards are high. First class hospitals are found throughout San Josť and some of the other largely populated areas.  Since long ago, diseases such as malaria, paludismo, and yellow fever were eradicated in Costa Rica.  There are no plagues like in other countries and no special vaccine recommendations for travelers more than the influenza and the tetanus vaccines. Hospitals and the Red Cross will provide any medical treatment in case of emergency.

How much should I tip?
A 10% tip in a restaurant is included in your bill. You do not need to tip any more. In popular tourist towns the credit card statement will leave room for a tip. It is not necessary to add any more. Remember, there is a 10% service fee and 13% tax already on top of the price of the food.

In more rural areas tipping is not at all expected.

If you are satisfied with the service you receive, private drivers, tourist guides, maids and bell boys would be glad to receive a tip.  The amount would be totally up to you.

Do I need to have any special precautions?
Please consider the following precautions during your trip, that are the same wherever you travel around the world:

Do not leave your luggage unattended at the airport or with a stranger, do not carry any stranger’s luggage through customs or immigration, and always carry your money within an inside pocket or a body pouch, or money belt.

Daily spending money could be carried in your bag or front pocket. Credit cards are good tools when you travel. Carry a separate package with the following information: a copy of the identifying pages of your passport, the number of your credit cards, bank accounts, airplane tickets, and emergency phone numbers. Valuable items should be left in a safe box.  Avoid crowds as well as dark and lonely places, and deal with well-known tourism agencies instead of unknown persons.  In other words, take the same precautions you would have when visiting any other country, but do not let that decrease your enjoyment of this experience.
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