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Government requests the Netherlands sends
further information on Uber information leaks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Inhabitants' Data Protection Agency (PRODHAB) has sent a request for information about the massive leak of Uber Technologies Inc. to its center in the Netherlands, where the violation allegedly took place.

The agency established communications with the Personal Data Protection Authority (DPA) of the Netherlands, where the data leakage would have occurred, in search of possible effects on users of Uber in Costa Rica.

The information collected so far indicates that the global leak had its point of origin with Uber B.V, the private transport service branch in the Netherlands. This was announced in writing by the National Director of Data Protection, Wendy Rivera.

Due to a recommendation of the Ibero-American Network for the Protection of Personal Data, the request of the PRODHAB was addressed to the senior inspector of the DPA, Ot van Daalen, and not to its president, A. Wolfsen LL.M.

"PRODHAB has asked to know if there are personal data of Costa Ricans involved, and if so, indicate the procedure that according to their legislation is appropriate, and if possible, communicate the information regarding the people whose data were exposed," noted Rivera.

"In the same way, the PRODHAB stressed its willingness to contribute in whatever is required within its competences," says the response adds.

On November 21, 2017, the president of the company, Dara Khosrowshahi, confessed, in an interview the Bloomberg, that the site had a leak of 57 million data files from its users and drivers worldwide in October.

The theft of information includes names, emails and telephone numbers of 50 million application clients and 7 million drivers.

There was also a leak of 600,000 American driver's licenses.


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If the violation affects Costa Rican users, the Agency, depending on the severity of the leak, can apply sanctions with economic fines ranging from 1 to 30 base salary of a judicial assistant, which would imply between ¢466,000 and ¢ 14 million.

The agency could also can also force the closure of the database for six months and, in case of crime, refer the case to the Public Ministry. However, the Director acknowledged that such sanctions would be applicable only in very serious faults.

The closure of the database has legal implications in protecting the rights of citizens.

Users of the affected platform can complete the Rights Protection Procedure form and submit it to the agency, accompanied by evidence of how their personal data was violated. So far no related complaints have been filed.

Uber Costa Rica has said it would not discuss the matter until the process of notification to the authorities of each country has ended.

The subsidiary of the company in the country claims to have about 18,000 partners and about 673,000 customers.
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not to decrease prices in their market

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In a letter sent to the World Banana Forum (WBF), the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) said that the most recent alleged initiative of the German supermarkets to reduce the price of bananas by one euro, breaks the sustainability chain because, with less income, it’s harder to provide better wages and working conditions.

"If the initiatives of the European supermarket chains are true and seek to lower the price of bananas to the supplier, this translates into a greater margin of profit for the supermarket, it is not a reduction that will be passed on to the consumer", said Corbana .

The situation would particularly harm the small and medium-sized local producers, causing them to reduce wages and labor benefits. The Corporation proposed dialogue to look for alternatives.

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According to data from the corporation, the banana industry generates employment for more than 100,000 families and contributes more than $ 800 million in foreign currency to Costa Rica.

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Reflecting on the very condition of men at Parque Nacional


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Eighteen sculptures, created by the Costa Rican artist Edgar Zúñiga, over a period of 20 years have conquered the outdoors at Parque Nacional, San José. His exhibit is called Humanismo en el Siglo XX1 and will be available until Feb.2018

The sculptures rise from the ground, some fighting their surroundings, expressing the eternal quest between man and adversity, freedom versus existential angst.

Each piece is a statement about resilience and self fulfilment. Each has its own wording. This is the first time the exhibit has been showcased at Parque Nacional.


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Imported goods from Asia show sharp growth

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican imports from Asia have shown a sustained growth in recent years and in many cases there is evidence of a substitution of imports that were previously brought in from the United States and Central America.

This was shown in the Annual Report: "Costa Rica Importa,” prepared by the Commercial Intelligence platform of the Chamber of Foreign Trade (Crecex).

According to the three most recent annual reports of the import sector, there has been a steady increase in the participation of the Asian region. In 2016, the region showed a growth of 9% on imported value and 17% on imported volume, compared to the amounts recorded in 2015.

The administrative region of Hong Kong, India and Indonesia are those that present a greater increase in sales, with a growth of 82%, 33% and 139%, respectively.

South America presented a growth of 5% with respect to imported value and 17% on volume imported for 2016 compared to 2015, with the agricultural sector accounting for 12% of the total imports from this region.

Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay are the ones that show the greatest dynamism, mainly due to the increase in imports of avocados, because of the commercial blockade Costa Rica and Mexico have.

The transport sector, in 2016, had a growth of 16% of imported value, registering imports for $ 1.531 billion, placing itself, for the second year in a row, as the main importing sector of the country, dethroning the Petrochemical Sector that occupied that position in prior years.


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Heiner González, an official of the Banco Popular, explained that this type of report is very useful for the bank, since it provides tools to the importing sector. In the case of Asia, it highlighted the import of Korean, Japanese and Chinese vehicles.

Once all the items were added, during 2016 7,523 varieties of different items were imported, from 211 different origins, headed by the United States with a 31% market share, and a value of $ 4.458 million

In second place was China with imports for $1.945 million, followed by Mexico in third place with $ 1.018 million. According to Crecex, in the past few years these countries have become the main trading partners.



Strike against Ministry's sex education programs
called for next year

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The movement called “No the Gender Ideology - United for the Family,” has called for a national strike of parents for February 8. The demonstration was announced yesterday through their social networks.

According to Marcela Piedra, a member of the organizing group, they are organizing the activity through their Facebook page. She stressed that they are not part of a religious group, nor supporters of any political party, "we are only parents," she said.

The group proposes that on February 8 children will not attend classes, as they call for an indefinite strike. "This will go on until the Ministry of Education declines to implement the programs on sex and affection," she explained.

She said that the group wants to inform the public about what the MEP guides really are, since the group thinks that the Ministry advertising is misleading.

"They say the program seeks to control sexual diseases and promote abstinence and that is not what comes in the guides. In fact, we fully agree that there should be classes on sexuality, but in a manner consistent with the student's age and not promote gender ideology."

"The idea is not to strike people as we are crazy. The goal is, if someone is in favor, that person should really know what will be taught to their children."


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The sex guides to be taught at public education do not please the more conservative member of the country.

According to Piedra, the programs will be indoctrinating the children. To illustrate that, she said that they recently published an excerpt from a seventh year guide where it says:

"You can experiment with men and women that will not define it.” For Piedra the message is to have sexual relations with whomever you want and experience sex because your body is yours.

She added that the education program would tell children that they are not male or female based on a penis or a vagina.



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) stated that from 2017 to 2021, Costa Rica is expected to host at least 60 international congresses. The institute has been working on a strategy to boost meeting and convention tourism.

The events are expected to involve about 32,000 people and should generate an estimated economic impact of 180 million dollars, according to ICT.

"We seek to venture into wellness tourism and, of course, meeting tourism, with planned strategies that are clearly generating very positive results for the country," Costa Rican tourism minister Mauricio Ventura said in a statement.

In 2015, ICT began a campaign to compete in the meetings industry. The campaign includes participation in specialized tourism fairs, alliances with important national and international organizations, the development of promotional plans and the hiring of advisers.

Costa Rica has strengthened its position in the sector after advancing in the world ranking of meetings tourism carried out by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), going from position 63 to place 53 among 200 countries.

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Costa Rica, a country of 4.7 million inhabitants, receives around three million tourists each year.

To compete within this industry, Costa Rica is building the National Congress and Convention Center, which will open its doors in April 2018. The center is expected to host multiple events in the coming years.

Tourism is one of the main engines of the economy of Costa Rica, a country that houses about 4.7% of the planet's biodiversity. Ecotourism is one of the nation’s main attractions.

Ticos fall behind schedule on their car's technical reviews
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As of today, 152,000 car owners still haven't got their technical review which is mandatory by law.

It is less than 25 days before the end of the year. As of January 1, the police can begin removing the license plates from vehicles whose owners have not complied with the review, locally known as RITEVE.

RITEVE spokeswoman, Jennifer Hidalgo, explained that in the last two years the delays have increased and service stations are checking few cars, something not normal at this period.

Hidalgo adds that they do not have a specific cause of why this is happening this year, although people tend to react when fines are applied.

The cost of the Technical Review is ¢12.160 for cars and ¢8.010 for motorcycles. Taxis must pay ¢13.125. Currently there are 13 stations where people can set up an appointment.

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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

FFine Furniture of Sarchi - Sarchi, Costa Rica
All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
www.FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
Moving to Costa Rica or Back to the U.S.?
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Canadian English or Spanish Spoken
Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
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Our Web:  http://shippingcostarica.com
Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
Shipping Costa Rica


Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
doclucinda@gmail.com
www.LucindaGray.com
Learn more about 
New World Meditation: (Second Edition) Discover True Happiness Thru
Experiential Healing 
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                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17


 
A.M.
Costa
Rica
Fifth
news page


Published December 8, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Rescue centers awarded for their high standards

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the organizations Humane Society International (HSI) and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, celebrated the accreditation - in high standards for the welfare and conservation of wildlife -  of two rescue centers: Las Pumas and Animal Rescue ZooAve.

This accreditation was granted by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (World Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) after an evaluation process.

According to Jeanne Marie Pittman, director of GFAS for North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, there are thousands of groups worldwide that are described as sanctuaries or wildlife rescue centers, but the quality and nature of these facilities vary widely.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy, through the National System of Conservation Areas and the Humane Society International, assisted the centers that were accredited today.

A collaborative process with the government is also being developed to ensure that the GFAS standards serve as the basis for the accreditation of rescue centers nationwide.


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Animal rescue centers fill a gap the government cannot.


"We congratulate Las Pumas and Animal Rescue ZooAve for reaching the highest level of accreditation for animal sanctuaries.

These sanctuaries are important for the protection and rehabilitation of wildlife in Central America. This accreditation puts Costa Rica at the forefront,”  said Andrea Borel, executive director of HSI.


Want to read more? Check out these books listed below!
Brodell
                Book
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
Trapped in
                Damas Cave
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.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com  US phone: 001 440 796-4105




Trouble
                with Cash

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 $1 million, 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.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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Phone: (506) 8868-5561
 Watch book trailer here:
New World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.  More information HERE!


Money, Flowers and More

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. In Time For The Holiday -- Give Unique Gifts Of Dollars or Colones."

It will be available at the discounted price of $0.99 until Dec. 25.. It is available at all major online book stores. Preview or purchase at Amazon.com, or visit https://www.dustypilot.com/holiday-money.html  For more information Contact Dusty Pilot: Email dusty@dustypilot.com. Phone 001 440 796-4105
Life is a Tropical Garden

    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….

 Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com

Order this book here: CLICK HERE


Brodell book 2
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. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

HowardBook

Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
(English and Spanish Edition)


This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most out of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here

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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong

"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.

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. California attorney Fred Hertz adds useful advice for attorneys and clients. Essential reading for everyone involved in inheritance issues! “... a marvelously accessible book ... crafted with intelligence and thoroughness.” -- Kirkus Reviews Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at amazon.com: click here

A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page


Published December 8, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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The invisible suitcase
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By Lucinda Gray Ph.D.

When we come together with another person we each carry into the relationship an invisible suitcase. It is invisible because neither one of us even knows it is there, let alone what is in it. We are each so amazingly complex and unique, and so much of who we are is hidden in the invisible suitcase. It sometimes amazes me how couples can come to understand each other and learn a process that works to resolve differences.

The suitcase is packed with our personal reality, formed by not only our life events, from the womb to the hour before we meet, but our genetics, parents’ history and personalities, and the histories of their parents. All this and so much more come together to create the unique person that you are.

We all have hangups, most of which are from the past and are hiding in that suitcase, out of awareness. Hangups are habitual, dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behaving. They are triggered by life situations and relationships, current moments that somehow remind us of the past, and we act them out unconsciously.

For some diabolical reason they often seem to leap out in close and intimate relationships. I say diabolical with humor because we are often confronted by our mates who are so close that they are affected directly and bothered by these hangups. They can see our hangups when others cannot because yours are different from their own, of which you may already be aware.

I love the word hangup because it implies not psychopathology, but a common problem, and not so serious. It helps us avoid judging and blaming ourselves. It says these are natural patterns that arise from problematic situations we have had to adapt to in childhood. In a healthy relationship, where you don’t feel defensive and guarded, maybe you can be open to hear how the hangup affects your partner and perhaps even let him/her help you work through old hangups with the help of the other.

Here is an example of a hangup. My husband went hunting with his father and grandfather as a kid. He got his own rifle when he was 12. On one trip he hiked up a canyon by himself while his dad and the others took other routes. When it began to get dark he realized he was lost. He was quite frightened at first, but he did have good scouting skills and was eventually able to find his way down to their camp site.

Now, as an adult on the road he gets very tense when he is lost in a strange neighborhood. He becomes irritable and grouches at his wife (me), sitting in the front seat next to him. His anxiety rises to very high levels. I realized that he had a hangup about getting lost and pointed this out to him. I will leave out how he reacted.

Most of the contents of your suitcase are held in the unconscious. Events that happen earlier in life carry more weight than later events. This is true because when we are younger we have little context within which to interpret them.

Every event looms large in the developing mind of the infant. It is also true that most conscious memory is from the time after we acquire language. Before language we have no mental way of encoding memories, so they are held in the midbrain, not easily accessed by the cerebral cortex, the thinking reasoning part of the brain. 

It helps to do your own inner work to discover what is in that suitcase. That way you might be able to gain insight into some of those hangups so that you are not taken by complete surprise when your partner confronts you.

Here is one way of understanding what you come across when you start peeking into your suitcase. Current neuroscience is frantically working to understand how the brain and mind work together to create our personal reality. You might think of the brain as the hardware and the mind as the operating system. The mind is the complex set of parameters that we each develop through experience and learning as we grow. So where does this set of parameters come from?
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The development of the mind starts in the womb and continues all through life. Babies are always hungrily taking in and integrating information. They are learning to recognize events and their consequences so that they can predict what will happen next. The urgent drive for understanding is a basic survival mechanism a constant process of pattern recognition. If A happens I can expect B to follow.

The meaning we take from this constant input gradually forms the basic components of the mind, which is constantly increasing in complexity. We learn very early in life that hot causes pain, and mommy’s smile means food/love. Every experience initiates a specific and unique sequence of synaptic firings in the brain. When these sequences are repeated again and again, patterns are established that eventually become stable and resistant to change. These patterns become primary components of the mind. The brain and the mind develop and change until we reach the age of about 23.

Remarkably it is also true that crucial pieces of the operating system are learned and put in place during the first 2 years of life, before language. This is confirmed by research on infants in which it is shown that the feeling of the basic relationship with mother learned in the first 2 months of life is what we carry in the unconscious as our definition of love. It is deeply buried inside in non-verbal senses, like skin sensation, tone of voice and smell. This fact is so amazing that many people are shocked when they first hear it.

After age 23 the major anchors of the mind are strongly established. We still continue to learn and change and grow but the basic foundation of the operating system is already in place.

We have a dilemma. How can we begin to understand ourselves and heal relationship problems when so much important learning (programing) happens in infancy before we even have language? And then in childhood and adolescence, when memories may be vague and not well recalled.

This is where your inner work begins. You can do this work with a therapist. But you can also do it with daily meditation. In fact meditation is its own path to mental health and works whether you are in therapy or not.

Lucinda Gray Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in International practice based here in Costa Rica. She can be reached at
www.lucindagray.com
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

44 LOTS FOR SALE IN GATED COMMUNITY

PLAYA AVELLANA, TAMARINDO, GUANACASTE
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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys.  Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

Water: The project has its own well and a 13,200 Gallon storage tank.

Security: Guard lives on the premises. Perimeter enclosure.

Construction: No zoning plan. You can build when you want, what you want!

Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft.

For detailed information www.montedonato2.com/index

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Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   



Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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9174-2/7/18
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

284-3/22/18   


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish:
Email cap@lightsurfer.com  

Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) :
Email- marvama05@gmail.com
Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-8667-2823.  

Web page:  www.costarica-house.com

Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
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Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* 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.
* Lots 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 call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18



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