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President Alvarado faces some challenges in D.C. visit

By A.M. Costa Rica  news analysis

President Carlos Alvarado faces numerous contradictions and challenges as he begins his visit to the United States today.

The stated purposes of his visit are citizen security, fighting organized crime and getting carbon out of the nation's economy, according to Casa Presidencial.

A more candid summary would say that the president is seeking money, either outright grants or long-term investments. One stop will be at an event arranged with the  International Conservation Caucus Foundation, an lobbying organization that also encourages overseas investment in conservation projects.

Alvarado also will be meeting with Bob Corker, the senator from Tennessee who is a maverick in many ways and sometimes called a skeptic on global warming. The president also has a date to discuss sustainability at the headquarters of the  National Geographic with similarly minded leaders.

Much of the direct U.S. aid to Costa Rica is designed to fight drug trafficking. In the last few years, Washington has lavished more than $30 million on Costa Rica. The number might be overstated because the bulk of the equipment seems to be military surplus. Among this materiel has been patrol boats for the National Coast Guard Service. Recently readers learned that some members of this agency were accused of aiding the trafficking of drugs.

Alvarado, then, must also focus on corruption as a factor in citizen safety and fighting organized crime.

Some of the biggest contractions are in environmental policy. Those in the shrimp trawling business say they and their families are starving because the Sala IV constitutional court has shut down that activity. There are restrictions on shark finning, too. The situations pit economics against the environment. So far, the new administration has not taken any action.

Alvarado also wants to promote tourism. He recently announced a new air route to Costa Rica from México. Yet that would increase the production of carbon dioxide as would more tourists.

There is not doubt that the earth is warming and that sea levels are rising. The debate is the degree with which this is happening and how much human effort contributes.

In fact, last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday that carbon dioxide levels averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May at its Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory. This is the sixth consecutive year of  global increases in concentrations of the greenhouse gas, the agency's scientists and Scripps Institution of Oceanography said.

The question Alvarado must weigh is what economic restrictions must Costa Rica adopt to have any impact on the world carbon dioxide level. He might be persuaded by some in government who seek to impose a carbon tax or expand the carbon exchange programs and make them mandatory. The country could use the money.

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Alvarado also will be meeting with Bob Corker,
the senator from Tennessee.


Alvarado also is in search of investments from U.S. individuals and firms. The country had a checkered history in treating entrepreneurs. Two major cases await decisions in the World Bank's arbitration arm.

One involves a Canadian firm that spent years trying to develop an open-pit gold mine only to be shut down to save protected trees. The other case involves individuals who sought to develop a housing and hotel project on the central Pacific coast. Testimony at the arbitration hearing said that municipal officials shut down the project because the developer refused to give a bribe.

International investors also are leery of the country's shaky finances and the possibility of steep, new taxes.

Then there is the continuing problem of squatter conspiracies and property theft. One U.S. citizen may have been murdered so crooked lawyers could transfer his holdings. Alvarado has been silent on these issues.

Costa Rica can no longer boast about being free of hurricanes. Hurricane Otto in late November 2016 actually did enter the northern part of the country. And Hurricane Nate, then a tropical storm, did an estimated half a billion dollars in damage and left 14 dead in Costa Rica last October.

The latest hurricane predictions call for an average or slightly above average Atlantic hurricane season, but Alvarado and staffers still must coordinate major rebuilding efforts.

And another environmental crisis is possible with a 40 percent change predicted for a new El Niño in the far Pacific. That would mean another severe drought in the western part of the nation.


Immigration services report a hike
in refugee requests by Nicaraguans

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The crisis that has affected Nicaragua for almost two months has caused an increase in the number of refugee requests in the country, according to the Foreign Minister Epsy Campbell.

She did not provide many details, saying that this population requires confidentiality.

She did say the average in refugee applications is 10 per month.

Campbell denied that there are waves of migrants trying to enter the country but confirmed that some irregular entries have been happening in the border.

She added that the country is prepared to face an eventual wave of migrants like the one that occurred with the Caribbean and Africans immigrants in 2016.

She said that these experiences allowed the country to learn how to deal with these situations.

The refugee status seeks to protect people who have had to leave their own country due to war, disaster or persecution.

The minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, reported the Peñas Blancas borders registers  no incidents or needs no reinforcement of any kind.

For three weeks the government has convened an inter-institutional committee that tracks the situation in Nicaragua to take action in different areas, if necessary.

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As of now, the Peñas Blancas border crossing
is working normally, officials report.


The Chamber of Industries expressed its concern to the presidency because of the difficulties exporters have had to get the goods to their destinations.

Nicaragua is the main commercial outlet of Costa Rica to the rest of Central America.

Campbell said that officials here maintain surveillance but that they have little diplomatic or institutional power to guarantee the transit of goods through Nicaragua.


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 Published Monday, June 11, 2018   /  Second news page
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Paul Watson filed judicial complaints
against 10 Costa Rican judges

By AM Costa Rica staff

The environmentalist Paul Watson, through his attorney in the country, Abraham Stern, filed a judicial complaint against 10 Costa Rican judges who have intervened in the criminal proceedings against him.

The accusation is called prevaricato, meaning a crime that consists of dictating resolutions contrary to the law.

The Costa Rican judicial authorities have even labeled him in contempt for absenting himself at the hearings and have issued an arrest warrant against him.

The facts that originated the criminal accusation against Watson go back to 2002, when the Sea Shepherd's vessel Ocean Warrior, under his command, bumped the Costa Rican registered Varadero 1 carrying fishermen from Puntarenas.

The Sea Shepherd crew accused the Costa Ricans of cutting shark fins. The incident happened in Guatemalan waters and was captured on video by a documentary filmmaker. The incident was featured in the movie “Sharkwater.”

The Costa Rican boat did not appear to have sustained any visible damage.

Watson and the fishermen reached an agreement in September 2016 and requested that the extra-procedural agreement be approved by a criminal court. But the court rejected the deal because the allegation, danger of shipwreck, is one that is of public concern.


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Japan has also requested the arrest of the activist
Paul Watson for attacking whale-hunting vessels.


That is one of the decisions that Watson's lawyer challenges and why he said he filed the accusations.  The lawyer also pointed out that the events took place in Guatemalan waters, so the Costa Rican courts have no jurisdiction on the case.

The conciliation agreement implies an economic compensation for an amount kept confidential.

Constitutional Chamber declares some Bancrédito
worker benefits to be unconstitutional

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court discarded several benefits of Bancrédito bank workers since magistrates considered them unconstitutional.

One that was cancelled is financial aid equivalent to a month's salary for funeral expenses in case of death of a worker.

The chamber also rejected the possibility that Bancrédito's administration may contribute money for end-of-year events, such as parties. Any economic contribution from the bank to finance social and sports activities were also thrown out.

The Constitutional Chamber also eliminated the rule that allowed the payment of unemployment severance when the worker resigned from work voluntarily and established that severance payments can not exceed a cap of 12 salaries.

The ruling of the chamber comes after an unconstitutionality appeal proposed by the  former legislators Otto Guevara, Natalia Díaz and José Alberto Alfaro in May 2017.


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New flight will connect Libera with Mexico City

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new flight will connect Mexico City with the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia twice a week as of November, President Carlos Alvarado announced.

The service will be delivered by Aeroméxico using Embraer 190 commercial airplanes with a capacity for 99 passengers.

"With these efforts we will be able to further boost the development of the small and medium-sized tourist businesses," said the president

"Tourism becomes a powerful source of jobs in each territory, in a direct and indirect way. We will continue to attract new flights and more tourists," he said.

Mexico is the second country in the Americas that attracts tourists to the country. The  United States is first, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. The institute said 100,000 more Mexicans visited the country in 2017 than in 2016.

Between 2014 and 2018, Costa Rica became the destination for eight more direct flights, mainly from Europe, including British Airways and Thomson Airways from the United Kingdom, Condor from Germany, Air France from France, Edelweiss from Switzerland and KLM from The Netherlands, according to the figures provided by tourism authorities.


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New flight will start as of November.


Coastal areas with high probability of morning rains this week

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week weather will be cloudy and rainy in the Central Valley, according to the  forecast of the National Meteorological Institute.

The institute said that the typical conditions of the rainy season will remain practically all over the national territory, although with less intensity in some sectors.

Rebeca Morera, specialist from the institute, added that staffers are analyzing the impact that the tropical wave No. 5 could have on the country. The wave, a band of low pressure, entered the Caribbean Sunday.

The meteorologist said that there will be a high probability of morning rains mainly in the coastal areas.

Areas such as La Palma in Bijagual de Aserrí are being monitored by the National Emergency Commission due to active landslides caused by heavy rains.


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Some landslides have occurred due to heavy rains.


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Published Monday, June 11, 2018   /  Fourth news page
'Door is open for dialogue,' vice president tells unions
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

After a Friday meeting with representatives of the Presidency, trade association representatives said that negotiations with the government have ended because of the  unilateral measures presented last week by the minister of Finance, Rocío Aguilar, before the Legislative Assembly.

The worker representatives said a general strike still is an option.

Despite the conversations between the executive branch and the trade unions on tax reform, disagreements remain.

Vice President Marvin Rodríguez said the opportunity for dialogue will remain open around what's already being proposed.

"We are not going to change the stance in cutting public spending and solve the fiscal problem because we are in a difficult situation," said Rodríguez.

The minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza, said that officials are willing to talk without conditions and without withdrawing the proposal already explained by the government.

Finance Minister Rocío Aguilar  outlined a long series of changes to lawmakers May 30, that he said would save money.

The spokesperson for the Social Unitary and Trade Union Costa Rican Front, Martha Rodríguez, said that the government representatives ignored the request to form a three-party discussion group to build a proposal on fiscal matters.

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"We are not going to change the stance in cutting public spending and solve the fiscal problem because we are in a difficult situation," said Rodríguez.

"We have made a new effort to open a dialogue with the government, but the conditions that have been imposed by the government sector with respect to the guidelines and decrees will influence such dialogue,” she said.

After Friday's meeting the union negotiators said that they will take the issue to their general assembly to coordinate the actions they will take, and a general strike is an option.



Bridge collapse prevents 31 school children
from attending Mora community school
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 31 Piedras Negras students in the Mora canton students can not attend their classes at the community's high school because a bridge over the Picagres River collapsed, according to Gilberto Monge, mayor of the Mora Municipality.

The structure had a prior collapse under the weight of  a truck loaded with sand The truck  occupants were injured. The bridge remained joined by one of its railings, which was used by students to cross and continue a walk 1.5 kilometers walk to reach the the Picagres High School.

On May 30, water dragged what was left of the bridge, and now the students have greater difficulties.

The only option is an improvised alternate route that adds nine kilometers to the walk, but which is not entirely safe, according to municipal technicians.

The mayor said that it was likely that students were not attending the lessons as a result of the heavy rains.

Monge said that he is working in search of a solution but pointed out that the road is a national route and, therefore, repairs are the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and its dependencies.

The situation has led the mayor to meet with the first lady, Claudia Dobles; the minister of Public Education, Edgar Mora, and authorities of the National Council of Roads. The council said in one of the meetings that next week will start the installation of a temporary bailey bridge.

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"We are not going to change the stance in cutting public spending and solve the fiscal problem because we are in a difficult situation," said Rodríguez.

So far the mayor said he does not know when the work will be finished and what will be its cost.

Monge said repair is very urgent for both Piedras Negras and Picagres. Now the neighbors of that community, Desamparaditos, Llano Grande, Carit and Santiago de Puriscal must take an alternate route to exit to Puriscal, San Antonio Abajo and Jaris de Mora, on the route 137.
 

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Published Monday, June 11, 2018   /  Fifth news page
Coast Guard patrol makes first drug seizure
in south Pacific waters using U.S.-donated vessel

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saturday officers of the National Coastguard Service intercepted a speedboat transporting drugs.

The patrol ship GC110-1 Libertador Juan Rafael Mora Porras was donated by the United States recently, and this is the first seizure that is carried out in the country.

The operation took place at 3:35 a.m. In the boat were three crew members, two with a Colombian passport and a third without documents, the Ministry of Public Security said.

The action took place 150 kilometers southwest of Quepos, Puntarenas.

The authorities are at work on the verification of the identities and nationality of the arrested individuals.

At the time of the arrest, the boat carried 53 packages of possible cocaine, the Ministry of Public Security reported.

The coast guard vessel moved the detainees, the drugs and the speedboat to land and coordinated with the the Drug Control Police for field tests and the final count of the packages.


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53 packages of possible cocaine were seized during the operation.


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The book is now available for sale Click Here

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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here
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"No Meek Messiah"
The author Paulkovich says Jesus was a mythical-character. From the page 55 (Roman leaders decide they need a god, any viable god, to hold the flagging empire together) and page 61 (in 391AD, Roman Emperor Theodosius elevates Jesus, posthumously, to divinity.)
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"Beyond All Religion"
In that book, author Samuel Butler agrees with the thrust of Paulkovich’s new book, revealing that Christianity was chosen by a vote at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE over several other contending religions. Sample Sam’s book Click Here
Youtube with awesome revelations Click Here

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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
Read a sample and purchase the book Click Here

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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
By Christopher Howard
This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

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The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here
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Published Monday, June 11, 2018   /  Sixth news page
Warm water creeps into otherwise-calm Central Pacific

By by Carol Rasmussen
NASA's Earth Science News Team

After a mild La Niña late last year, temperatures, convection and rainfall rates in the equatorial Pacific Ocean returned to normal by early April of this year. An April 9 image of sea level height from the U.S./European Jason-3 satellite mission showed most of the ocean at neutral heights. But by the beginning of May, high sea levels began to build up in the Central Pacific. In the tropics, high sea levels are usually caused by a layer of warm water at or below the surface.

This patch of high sea level is slowly traveling eastward through the tropical Pacific Ocean along the equator. Known as a downwelling Kelvin wave, this type of signal is often a precursor to an El Niño event.

The Kelvin wave formed after a few short periods when winds changed from the prevailing easterlies to westerly -- known as westerly wind bursts -- in the far western Pacific in early 2018. In addition, there has been a general weakening of the easterly winds along the equator since January. Both of these wind conditions combine to create the Kelvin wave, which moves east along the equator and results in the spreading of warm water layers that are normally confined to the western Pacific Ocean eastward into the central Pacific. The red pattern visible at the equator on May 9 is the result of this downwelling Kelvin wave.

During a large El Niño, like the 2015-16 event, a huge area where sea levels are more than a foot (30 centimeters) higher than normal is visible in Jason-3 images. The high sea level is caused by a thick layer of warm water in the upper several hundred feet of the ocean. Such large El Niño events affect weather and climate across the globe, particularly in the western United States. In California, El Niños usually mean above-average winter rainfall, while Oregon and Washington typically see drier-than-normal winters.


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Left, in April, the Jason-3 satellite shows most of the Pacific Ocean at neutral heights (green). In May, a Kelvin wave (red) appears on the equator.


El Niños happen when a series of Kelvin waves like this one spread warm water from west to east along the equator, causing high sea levels in the Central Pacific and sometimes as far east as the coastlines of Central and South America. The warm water is currently confined to the subsurface, with no warming at the ocean surface -- a first indicator of an upcoming El Niño event. But forecasters at agencies like NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) will be watching closely for more Kelvin waves like this one as summer approaches.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages the Jason-3 mission for NASA. NOAA operates Jason-3 in partnership with NASA, the French space agency (CNES), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).


House - Apartments For Rent
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Beautiful Fully Furnished Apartment
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San Jose Central 2-1/2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment on the 3rd floor, fully furnished American-style apartments with elevator in a secure building in Barrio Amon. Large balcony. Adult Bldg. Free Cable Tica cable with flat screen television in the living room and one in each of the two bedrooms, high speed internet,WiFi,fully equipped large kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, lots of utensils. Water included. Free laundry rooms on all floors. Convenient to Parque Morazon, 100 mts. North of downtown Holiday Inn, other hotels,restaurants, casinos, city government, National Registry. For a single individual it is $650 per month plus electric only. 1/2 mo. security deposit.

For personal inspection and more information contact:
Call Hilda at 7273-5699 (Spanish)
or Frank (English) at 506-7087-0916

Code:9375-060718

Cozy House in Heredia
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Beautiful house, surrounded by a wonderful nature, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath furnished house inside gated farm. Close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water. Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives onsite, quiet, secure.
For more information email: organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com

Code: 9378-062818
New Beautiful One Bedroom Home

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Palmares, Alajuela: This new beautiful large one bedroom home, fully furnished with views of the surrounding mountains from the living room and patio , is on a compound with 4 other homes with swimming pool and rancho with TV and barbecue.

The property is very secure and has fabulous gardens and a variety of fruit trees. The house rents for $650.00 a month which covers all the utilities cable TV and high speed internet.
One year lease required.

For more information email: rentals1@mac.com

Web page palmarescostarica.us

Code 9374-061118


Tropical
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part
of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442
Code:9325-082618


Real Estate For Sale
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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
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Jaco Oceanfront Condo in excellent condition, completely furnished, with air conditioning, hot water, private parking, equipped gym, large pool and garden area, and 24 hour security.

Contains: large bedroom, bath with shower, living/dining area combined with kitchen, equipped with new refrigerator, TV, furniture and cooking equipment. Granite table and counter tops. Continuous cross-current ocean breezes.

Located at the south end of Jaco on quiet extensive beach away from noise, traffic and city tourism.

Monthly maintenance of $221 includes water, security, cable/internet and pool and garden maintenance. Asking price: $145,000.

Contact numbers: (506) 8820-9768 or (506) 2240-2240.

Code: xxxx- 090118
Beautiful Balinese Style House
Price $299,000

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Beautiful villa of 120m2 with pool overlooking the sea and the valley of 5400m2. Magnificent house with charm in wood and refined marquetry, furnished, very beautiful Balinese style. With its two very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a mezzanine also very spacious that can accommodate another room and / or an office. A living-dining room with its American kitchen and its large wooden terrace of 70 m2, overlooking the pool and the green and tropical valley of 180 degrees, which ends with a view of the sea. To these is added a beautiful garden of 5400 m2 of tropical trees and decorated with Indonesian imported stone elements. Ideally located in terms of calm and serenity of the place. Finally, being in this heavenly environment, the property is less than 15 minutes from beaches and shops.

More information here
http://www.bienesyraices-costarica.com/ES/en-venta-en-costarica-detalles.awp?P1=122

Contact Us:
Email: mariogendron93@yahoo.ca
CR cellphone: (506) 8360-6620

Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/

Code:9358-070318


Colinas Del Sol
Fenced Gated
Parcels

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Fenced Gated Parcels for Sale
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees. * Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds. * All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each. * Parcels are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD * Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica. * 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport * 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches * 10 minutes to Medical Facilities * 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital * 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club.
Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray: jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or USA call +517-484-3675
For more information: www.colinasdelsolcr.com

Code: 9342-090318




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Vista Verde Del Mar
(Green View of the Sea)

* 4.4 hectares / 10.91 acres.
* All roads on property are complete on solid, original ground...
no "fill" areas.
* Four private 2+ acre parcels available within a ten acre property.
* 12 minutes to the Quepos airport or Quepos Hospital.
* 17 minutes to the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos.
* Unsurpassed 360 degree vistas of ocean and mountains.
* All legal work to convey clean / clear / legal title is complete.
* NO PRE-SALE glitches, ready to build on !
* Price to sell $299,000 Brokers Protected.

Contact:
Mike Michael email: mikemichael@bellsouth.net
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
More information Click Here
Code: 9350-050419


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Brand new Casa Palmera
Reduced from $389,000 to $349,000

This exquisite home is located within the EXCLUSIVE gated community. Casa Palmeras has 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, large BBQ area and a spectacular pool over 12m long. The gated community offers the perfect location for home buyers who are seeking true relaxation and peace, also offers 2 tennis courts, miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain forest, serenity and privacy! Casa Palmeras is a 5-minute drive from the town of Quepos and the new Marina and just short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach. More information here http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

7 Apartments for Sale
Price reduced to $289,000 USD

7 Apt Building For Sale By Owner- * 2000 m2 of property with room for additional apartment construction in the future. * GREAT INCOME POTENTIAL $25K- 540K yearly income potential with live in caretaker! *7 furnished studio apartments with sunny and bright open sliding window doors. Minutes from Quepos and the new Marina and a short drive from Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. More information here http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/7-apt-building-for-sale-by-owner-299000

Casa Palmera II
Price $299,000

Located within the EXCLUSIVE community , it has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, situated on a 50,000 sq ft lot with large BBQ area, private pool and a huge backyard, ideal for pet owners. It is a 5- minute drive from the town of Quepos and the Marina and a short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach.The community offers 2 tennis courts , miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain-forest, serenity and privacy!
More information here
http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/

Code:9358-070318


Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized in eco properties, eco consulting, green living and Hotel Real Estate & Hotel Consulting.

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• Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
• Great network of Realtors, to find your dream property.
• Homes, condominium & luxury homes.
• Eco lodges and hotels.
• Green properties and waterfalls.
• Farms and developments.
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• Property management in the Jacó area.
• Hotel Real Estate and Hotel Consulting.

Email: info@ecorealtorscr.com
peter@hotels4salecostarica.com
Visit our sites:
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Costa Rica phone: +506 8825-6556
US phone:
1-626-461-7851
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Follow us on Facebook: ecorealtorscr
Address: In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó

Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR

Code:9368-102118

Business For Sale
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Versatile 2 Floors Building
in La Sabana


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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 323 meter construction. Asking $295,000.
Contact Jim Holley
E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651
Code:9333-072318

Three Cabins in La Fortuna
San Carlos


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In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.

Call Harry +(506)
8682-9219
Email:
lagringo2003@yahoo.com
Code:9344-081518


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Published Monday, June 11, 2018   /  Seventh news page
Costa Rica business news
There Comes a Time...​





There comes a time in the life of every gardener when:

Your clothes are too dirty to put directly into the washing machine. There are a couple of choices. You can get into the shower with your clothes on and remove them slowly as the soil goes back to where it should be or you can remove them in the tub (I should be so lucky) fill the tub with water, and stomp them like grapes.

You are so dirty that you have to run the hose over yourself (and your clothes) until your spouse will allow you in the house. Go directly to the bathroom, do not pass “Go,” do not collect any more dirt.

You realize that your spouse was right when he/she called you in. You ache all over, you need aspirin (maybe codeine would be better), a hot bath, and a massage. Maybe a heating pad would help. Or some ice packs.

You begin to listen to your dog when he whines that something is dangerous. Dogs do have a special way of knowing. Mine barks at me.

You realize you really do have enough flowers (suggested by Metric Man who should know better). Okay, gardeners never believe this – it is usually just a momentary response when your significant other suggests, “Honey, don’t you have enough flowers?” The truth is you never really have enough flowers no matter what your spouse says. There is always room for something new. Really. I have 1,200 orchids so I should know.

Despite all your good intentions – bug spray and sunscreen – you come home covered with itchy bites and red as a beet. Maybe you should have checked the labels that said, “Renew every 4 hours.”

Your neighbor drops in while you are gardening and wrinkles his nose at you from 2 meters away. After all, you have been mixing cow manure with the compost. Maybe he has a point.


Your garden help says he needs help. Things have gotten way too big for just one part-time worker. Maybe just pull some stuff out and plant some trees. Less work that way.

Your spouse wants to go out to dinner but you are way too tired for that. Come to think of it, you haven’t been out to dinner in 8 or 9 months. Hmmm. Where did the time go?

Finally, you consider (however briefly) chucking the whole thing and moving to a condo. Nah, you are way too young for that.

Plant for the Week

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Hylocereus undatus photo

This is an unusual one, the night blooming Hylocereus undatus an amazing cactus that produces the dragon fruit. My friend Jean took the picture with a cell phone (she needs a camera for her birthday) after waiting up for just the right moment. This cactus is on a tall stump in full sun and seems to love its position. Forget what you have heard about cactus needing a dry climate, this one gets a ton of rain.



Editor's note: Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at victoriatorley1@gmail.com