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Owning a Piece of Paradise: The Benefits of Buying a Vacation Home in Los Sueños Costa Rica

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Owning a vacation home in Los Sueños Resort delivers so much more than a convenient place to land when you want to visit Costa Rica.

So many people visit Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica and dream of owning a vacation condo or home here.  HRG Vacations can help make it happen. Just about an hour’s drive from San José, Los Sueños Resort & Marina showcases luxury condos, villas and sprawling eco-friendly homes—each one with spectacular ocean, jungle, mountain, marina or fairway views. The private resort community sits within a 600-acre rainforest reserve, with plenty to do and see on-site: restaurants, bars and lounges, an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, marina, plenty of retail shops and services.

The region around Los Sueños Resort is a narrow coastal plain fronted by the crystal-clear blue waters of the Pacific and backed rainforest-clad mountains. The surfing beaches extend south to Dominical and beyond. To the north, lie the dry tropical forests of Guanacaste and the cloud forest reserves of Monteverde.

Los Sueños is one of the most popular resorts in Costa Rica. The benefits of vacation home at Los Sueños don’t stop with a luxury base for your own vacations in Costa Rica; location, convenience, income-generation, tax-savings, and a jump-start on an unrivaled ex-pat retirement lifestyle also come into play.

Renting your second home to Costa Rica vacationers can help offset mortgage and maintenance costs, generating income when you’re not using the property. Rental fees vary, but during peak season weekly rental fees equal or exceed the monthly mortgage payment. You may break even with an annual occupancy of about 30% in terms of cash flow.

Depending on personal use versus rental, tax benefits vary. If you rent out your property 14 days or less in a year, you can treat the mortgage on your second home the same as the mortgage on your primary residence. Consult a tax professional or review IRS Publication 527 on vacation rentals for advice on your specific tax situation.

HRG Vacations will take care of marketing and renting out your vacation rental, along with seeing to all the needs of your vacation rental guests. HRG Properties and Rentals can also handle immediate response needs, regular maintenance, and payments for utilities, HOA fees and insurance. The concierge staff is always there assist your tenants with a full range of services.

Los Sueños properties tend to retain their value because of the resort’s location and amenities. Of course, there is no guarantee vacation homes realize higher sales prices, but it’s likely. For more information about Los Sueños Resort and Marina, or the surrounding communities, call our office at 011 506 2637 8484 or call toll free 1 888 490 4581.

 

 

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Leg 1 of the 2017 Los Sueños Triple Crown Results Are In

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Another stellar year for the Los Sueños Triple Crown Billfish Series: 2017 does it again

It was congratulations all around at the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown awards banquet on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The Los Sueños Beach Club hosted 237 anglers, who came off of 50 boats, after they released 997 billfish during the first leg of the three-leg competition: 785 sailfish and 212 blue and striped marlin. Day 1 of the competition saw Tranquilo in the lead, Tarheel in second and Agitator in third. By the end of Day 2, Tranquilo was still in the lead and Agitator had moved up to second with Blue Eagle in third on time. Xta Sea would change everything by lines out on Day 3. The Team Xta Sea, with Alexis and Julio Chamorro, Emilio Munkel and Jacob Graves and captained by Ronnie Riebe released 18 billfish, including 12 marlin, to win first place with 6,600 points. Agitator released 30 sails and 7 marlin for a total of 6,500 points to finish second. En Joy reeled in third place with 6,400 points: 19 sails and 8 marlin. The marlin made all the difference in scoring for Xta Sea, giving them a slight point advantage that Agitator and Reel Screamer couldn’t quite catch. Although the bite was off previous years’ record breaking numbers, Leg I 2017’s marlin release (212) eclipsed 2016 (15). The first four years in the tournament’s history saw astonishing numbers for billfish releases. The Triple Crown’s predecessor tournament, Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series, ran for 10 consecutive and very successful years. In their 15th tournament year, Los Sueños has clearly demonstrated it knows how to host a tournament. Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coastline is one of the best global fisheries and Los Sueños Resort and Marina on Herradura Bay is a short cruise across usually calm waters to one of the top-ranked billfisheries in the world. The Billfish Report ranked the area Number 1 in 2015 and 2016. The Triple Crown includes three legs, one during each of January, February and March. The teams are back at Los Sueños Feb. 22, for Leg II. Leg III sets sail March 22. For more tournament information, follow Los Sueños on Facebook or Twitter (@Lossuenosresort) or visit the official Los Sueños Tournament page.

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The Los Sueños Resort Beach Club

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 Our favorite hangout during our vacation at Los Sueños Resort & Marina was, without doubt, the Los Sueños Beach Club.

During our recent vacation at Los Sueños Resort & Marina, we spent a lot of time at the Los Sueños Resort Beach Club, an exclusive beach club reserved for Los Sueños Resort residents and their guests. The Beach Club is truly one of the premier amenities at Los Sueños Resort. The $3 million facility features an impressive, free-form swimming pool and Jacuzzi, as well as shower and change facilities, expansive decks, fountains, swim-up bar and an elevated, white sand beach with shade palapas and a spectacular view of Los Sueños Marina and Herradura Bay. Arriving each morning around 9:30 am, we staked out our choice corner spot, right near Jacuzzi and directly across from the swim-up bar, where the shallow “kiddie” area of the pool meets the divider wall between it and the deeper end. Unloading all our stuff (floaties, towels, sunblock, and cooler) we spread out for a fun day in the sun on “our” club provided chaise lounges and umbrella- shaded patio table with chairs.   Loving every minute of every day at the Los Sueños Beach Club, we really appreciated all the wonderful amenities and conveniences it had to offer. Here are a few of our favorite things about it:

We were able to bring our favorite pool toys and comfortable floating pool loungers for plenty of fun in the pool for the whole family.

There were no restrictions about bringing a cooler with fresh drinks and snacks for our family; of course, they asked to check that we were not bringing in any glass, but we are so glad they did! Safety first…

We loved the white sand beach and the playground; the kids had a ball building sand castles and playing on the swings, monkey bars and slide.

When lunch time rolled around, we could order from the amazing menu at Al Fresco Restaurant. The wait staff brought it around to us in the morning, so all we had to do was catch someone’s attention (easy to do as they are very attentive) and order. Our favorites??

  • Hawaiian Waves Neapolitan style pizza with its artisan crust, fire baked in a wood burning oven. Wow. Garlic shrimp, grilled pineapple and mozzarella; it doesn’t get much better than this! 
  • Fire roasted mixed veggies served on freshly baked flat bread. With spinach, feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, portabello mushrooms and more…. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
  • Last but not least, sea bass ceviche served with crispy corn tortilla chips.
  • Ice cold cocktails, beer and wine

We loved everything about the Los Sueños Resort Beach Club and even talked about reserving it for a private function (totally doable); perhaps our upcoming family reunion!

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Flying to Costa Rica During High Season

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Your flight to Costa Rica during high season can be a breeze when you follow these tips

Costa Rica’s dry season means it’s also high season, which can make cheap flights harder to find than a resplendent quetzal. However, with persistence and our best advice, you won’t have to pay over the top for a comfortable and convenient flight. AirFare Watchdog and Secret Flying are great online resources. If you are a frequent flyer member, check individual airline websites. Kayak, Hipmunk, Skyscanner, Expedia and others do some, but not all, of the comparison for you. Visit  CheapAir.com’s blog for a list of best Costa Rica high season travel days. Be aware price quotes will vary from search to search, even for the same route on the same day on the same airline. Browse using the incognito feature: In Google Chrome or Safari, simultaneously press Command or Control, Shift, and “N.”. For Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, press Command/Control, Shift, and “P.”  For older versions of OS X, open Safari, click “Safari” in the menu bar, and select “Private Browsing.” Other booking tips:

  • Know a great deal when you see one— $500 is a steal. Normal round trip coach rates tend to hover around $700 (deepening on where you’re flying from, of course) during busier times.
  • Book early; except, there are sometimes last minute deals because the airplane hasn’t filled up.
  • Be flexible about travel dates and days of the week.
  • Use air miles.
  • For checked luggage, book and pay when you choose the flight.
  • Book (and pay for) disability assistance at the airport at booking.
  • Read the fine print and know the rules.

Before you go:

  • Contact the post office to place a mail hold.
  • Stop newspaper deliveries or ask a trusted neighbor to pick them up for you.
  • Be sure your passport isn’t going to expire in the next six months.
  • Make copies of your license and your passport.
  • Tell your bank/credit card company you are traveling.
  • Book pets with the pet sitter.
  • Pack lightly: one nice sundress/outfit, a couple of pairs of shorts and T-shirts and bathing suit.
  • Be sure you have enough of your daily medications for the trip.
  • Consider carry-on only; its cheaper and there is less to keep track of.

At the airport:

  • Arrive at the airport early
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to enter the airport security line.
  • Don’t take drinks into the security line.
  • No more than 3 oz. of anything liquid in Ziploc bags for screening.
  • Remove your shoes, coat or sweater, jewelry and keys. Have your laptop, notepad or cell phone out and in its own bin.

Once you land:

  • You can pick up a sim card for your unlocked GMS phone at the kiosk that is in baggage claim. This is highly recommended, as roaming rates will kill your vacation budget.
  • If you have a lot of baggage (especially those on a staycation or those in big groups), get one of the baggage claim attendants to assist you; he’ll likely also whisk you through customs. Its customary to tip around c1000 per bag.
  • There is a money exchange window in the baggage claim area. They will give you the current exchange rate and it’s a good idea to have some colones on you.
  • Taxis will be readily available just outside, but you can also arrange for transport with the concierge team at HRG
  • If you’ve rented a car, there will likely be a shuttle waiting for you to get you to the rental agency office. If not, a taxi or Uber can get you there inexpensively; its right around the corner, but not so close you can walk. Ask your rental agency for instructions before you arrive.

Flying Internationally can be stressful but forward planning can keep everyone relaxed and the budget healthy.

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What You Need to Know About Retiring in Costa Rica

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Retiring in Costa Rica is easier than you think

Retirement in Costa Rica is exciting, especially if you’re buying a new home. Los Sueños Resort and Marina aims to make your dream of life in a balmy tropical paradise come true. As always, there are things to know before you buy.

If you are buying property, you’ll need an attorney who is also a Public Notary (not all attorneys are notaries), a surveyor, and a translator. Ask your Realtor for recommendations, but shop around. Closing costs include registration, notary and attorney fees, documentary stamps and transfer taxes. The bases for these costs amount to about 6% of the purchase price. The good news is, your team at HRG can guide you through all of this and point you in the right direction where needed.

You’ll need a local bank account and you have a choice between a private or state bank. State-owned banks guarantee all deposits, among other advantages. Private banks have shorter lines and the staff is more likely to be bilingual. Savings accounts are the most common and easiest to open. A debit card linked to a savings account will work for most transactions. Most banks require:

 

  • Identification: A DIMEX ID card
  • Minimum Deposit: Savings, US$25; checking, $500-$1,000.
  • Utility Bill: Electric, water, Internet or telephone bill with physical address or a rental agreement.
  • Proof of Income: Certification of Income (Certificacion de Ingresos) prepared by a CPA.
  • U.S. Tax Forms: U.S. citizens must fill out tax forms and other documentation with foreign banks to inform the IRS of offshore bank accounts and renewed annually.
  • A reference letter from your previous bank (even if that bank is in the United States or Canada).

 

Retiring in Costa Rica means you’ll also need to apply for a residency visa, typically one of two types: pensionado (pension income of at least $1,000 from Social Security or other retirement plan) or rentista ($2,500 monthly income for at least two years or a $60,000 deposit in a Costa Rican bank approved by immigration authorities. The list of required documents (all must be translated into Spanish by an official translator) is extensive. Hire a lawyer and assemble the required documents before you make the move. You can receive Social Security while living in Costa Rica.

When you receive the official paperwork approving your residency, you have a month to have your resident ID card (cedula) issued and apply for the Caja (national health insurance). Pay for your first month and take the receipt to your cedula appointment. Cost depends on type of residency, income and age. You’ll need to keep paying your caja every month unless you can prove you are insured otherwise.

A retirement home at Los Sueños is a great investment; the master-planned community offers more than 600 private homes, from expansive villas to one, two and three bedroom condos, and amenities that include a full service international marina, an 18 hole, championship golf course, a private beach club and private rainforest reserve, and the marina village complete with restaurants, a bar, a bank, a car rental agency, a wine and spirits shop, art galleries, and more.

The professionals at HRG Properties & Rentals have the local knowledge and experience to help you find and enjoy the creature comforts of your new retirement home near the ocean in Costa Rica.

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7 Reasons Why Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica Makes the Best Family Vacation

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Family vacations at Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica are perfect for a multitude of reasons

Families often want to take advantage of the school break to visit Costa Rica for the holidays. Booking hotel rooms in December can be expensive and restrictive and It’s quite likely that most families need at least two rooms. There is little flexibility about meals because the only choices are restaurants, and, let’s face it: hotel rooms can be cramped for a family with kids.

HRG Vacations at Los Sueños Resort and Marina changes the entire picture of a family vacation in Costa Rica. A luxury vacation rental has all the advantages and none of the drawbacks of a hotel room or rooms. With options ranging from one, two and three bedroom condos to vast vacation villas, Los Sueños Resort has the perfect private home rental to meet any family’s needs.

Here are seven excellent reasons to book a vacation rental at Los Sueños Resort & Marina.

Space

Everyone in the family have plenty of room for personal time or family time. With condos and villas ranging from 1 bedroom to 7, and all featuring fully equipped kitchens, along with expansive living and dining areas, as well as outdoor space, there is plenty of area for everyone to spread out and get comfy.

Amenities

There are a number of services and amenities to enjoy while staying at a luxury vacation rental in Los Sueños Resort: housekeeping, personal shopper, or private chef; babysitting services, personal drivers, and in house spa care are just a few of the services that are offered by HRG’s concierge team. The amenities are great too; every rental has a laundry room, access to a pool, community gym, and all the comforts of a well fitted luxury home.

Choice

Eat out, or stay in, as you please, and your schedule is your own. Slouch around in your PJs or not, there’s no need to be presentable to get ice (down the hall) because the kitchen right in your own home away from home.

Value

A week or 10 days in a hotel is usually more expensive than a vacation home when you factor in multiple rooms, meals and entertainment.

Access

A hotel stay doesn’t provide the same access to the plants, wildlife and scenery that a Los Sueños Resort vacation rental offers right outside the front door.

Family-friendly

Hotels are difficult places to keep the kids entertained. The Under8teens Family Activity Center at Los Sueños Resort, next to the marina, has entertainment options for school age children under 18. Los Sueños also offers a wide choice of on-site activities such as the beach club, tennis, swimming, golf, spas, restaurants, bars, ice cream shops, and more. 

Activities & Tours

The concierge team at HRG Vacations can help book off-site activities and tours, direct guests to a nearby beach or recommend a local market. Not only is it their job, but they are locals too, who know well all the best places.

 

At Los Sueños, your family vacation can be more comfortable and convenient, as well as less expensive with a private rental. After all, it is your vacation, so why not relax in style at Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica.

 

 

 

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Sport Fishing Season is Upon Us in Costa Rica

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January is just around the corner and its time for sport fishing in Costa Rica!

Costa Rica offers some of the best bill fishing in the world; especially within a 50-mile radius of Los Sueños Resort and Marina. Charters regularly reel in record-breaking marlin and sailfish fishing the relatively nearby offshore seamounts from the Nicoya Peninsula to the border of Nicaragua. From December to March, the Papagayo trade winds blowing east to west off Lake Nicaragua can make offshore fishing a challenging prospect. However, as the dry season begins in December, the winds calm and anglers, novice to expert  will find great bill fishing from Jacó and the Los Sueños marina down to Golfito, including the Osa Peninsula. From December into April, sailfish, and occasional marlin, are practically jumping into the boat. Rooster and reef fishing are great alternatives for anglers at any time of the year. Many experts consider roosterfish to be one of the best sport fish in the ocean. The waters of the gulf of Papagayo are home to some of the biggest roosterfish in Costa Rica. From June through October, even the least experienced angler can expect to land sailfish marlin, tuna and dorado, often in one trip. Seasonal changes from wet to dry and back again in May and November, offer great fishing in any part of Costa Rica. Deep waters and the migration patterns means sailfish, marlin, roosterfish, dorado, tuna and more than 15 other varieties can show up at any point in the year. Los Sueños is the sail fishing central center from December to April.  In January starts Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Billfish series. The series spans three months: Leg I, Jan. 18-21; Leg II, Feb. 22-25, and Leg III, March 22-25. February tends to have the highest concentration of sailfish and the possibility of 20 or 30 hookups a day. Double-digit sailfish releases and world records are broken regularly in when anglers can expect relatively flat, calm seas and great weather. The concierge team at HRG Vacations can assist you and your party (including landlubbers) with charter and accommodation packages that include all gear, charter crew and transportation to keep the whole group entertained.

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Guys Sport Fishing Getaway to Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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No wives and no kids; just the guys, good times, golf and sport fishing in Costa Rica.

It’s been a long hot summer with lots of family fun and backyard barbecues- and it’s been great- but, now that the kids are back in school, its time for a “guys getaway.” Sport fishing, casino gaming, golf, beer, cigars and adventure, and a little more sport fishing are all on the agenda; mowing the lawn, going to the office, taking out the trash are all on hold. At least just for a week or so. Start with reaching out to the team at HRG to help you plan the perfect sport fishing vacation to Costa Rica. With awesomely huge array of condos and vacation villas of every size to choose from, you and your buddies can arrange for the perfect home-base away from home in Los Sueños Resort; from there, you can explore Costa Rica, blow off some steam and get in some well deserved R&R. Here are a few ideas for fun on a great guy’s sport fishing vacation in Costa Rica: Of course: Sport Fishing Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the premier offshore sport-fishing destination in all of Central America, Mexico or the Bahamas. Find out why some of the biggest names in tournament sport fishing base their operations out of Los Sueños’ 200 slip full service marina and in the calmest and bluest waters of the Pacific. Whether it’s a half day for inshore fishing or full day for inshore and offshore fishing, you won’t be disappointed as each trip comes with a bilingual captain and crew, bait, tackle, snacks, lunch, drinks and plenty of exciting opportunities for a great catch. When the day is done, HRG can arrange for an onsite chef to prepare a delicious meal out of the day’s rewards, whether its sushi or some other culinary delight. Golf On those days when you take a break from being out on the water, an 18-hole golf course awaits your competitive nature. Los Sueños Resort and Marina is home to the professional 18 hole, par 72 La Iguana Golf Course designed by Ted Robinson Jr. Landscaped to blend seamlessly with the lush Costa Rica Jungle and Central Pacific Coast line. River Rafting There is no thrill quite like facing the rapids on a swiftly racing river. Costa Rica’s many rivers offer numerous opportunities for you and your buddies to experience whitewater rafting, whether it is your first time on a raft or you are looking to challenge yourselves on some of the world’s fiercest rapids. Zip-lining There are many ways to see Costa Rica’s rainforest – by boat, by ATV, by car, on horseback, or on your own two feet. However, nothing compares to seeing the country’s dense foliage and beautiful wildlife from high up in the trees, or flying through the air over a tropical paradise. Want to feel like superman for a day? Book a zip-line canopy tour through your concierge at HRG. ATV Tours To really experience all that the mountains and jungles of Costa Rica offer, there’s no better way than on an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. Whether you’re on a smooth beach or braving a muddy, jungle trail, these four-wheeled vehicles give you the freedom of a motorcycle with the ability for off-road adventuring. Casino Gaming In addition to the beautiful landscape and its colorful exotic inhabitants, the nightlife in and around the Los Sueños Resort includes more than dinner and clubbing; it’s teaming with Vegas style casinos too. Right in the resort and in nearby Jaco Beach, too, there are a number of fun casinos to choose from. Drinking and Dining What would a vacation be without great food and drink? With more than 10 excellent restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from right in Los Sueños Resort, and an abundance to numerous to name just minutes away, you‘ll find that the nightlife during your guys getaway sport fishing vacation won’t disappoint. After a long, fun, challenging day out on the water, a great night on the town is just the way to top it all off.   Life may be full of responsibility these days (and all the rewards that go with that), but you still get to have a little bit of time in for you and September is a great time of year to make your getaway and enjoy that annual fishing trip with your buddies.

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Dream Romance in Los Sueños Costa Rica

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Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica is full of romantic things to do

You decided to take that grown up getaway to Los Sueños Resort, and it’s blissfully just the two of you: Now, what to do? Los Sueños Resort and Marina, a tropical paradise of luxurious comfort backed by rainforest and set on the shores of the Pacific Ocean’s crystalline blue waters, is the perfect setting for romance as you drift through magical days and nights. Here are nine ways to spend quality time together.

  1. Indulge in a couple’s massage at Sibö Rainforest Spa and Retreat at the Los Sueños Marriot. Private rooms overlook exotic gardens for an intimate experience. Add an extra 30 minutes for an indulgent shower or a soak in a tub for two, while you enjoy a glass of organic spa wine.
  2. Los Sueños’ private Beach Club features an elevated, white sand beach with shade palapas and a spectacular view of Los Sueños Marina and Herradura Bay. Other amenities include pool, Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, expansive decks, fountains and a swim-up bar.
  3. Choose a private chef to prepare an intimate dinner for two in your vacation condo or villa; or, choose from any of the resort restaurants that will cater meals directly to your door. Excellent food, soft lights and music, warm tropical breezes and complete privacy will make it an evening to remember.
  4. Kayak along the coastline for a trip to the stunning beach at Playa Agujas. The scenery along the way is just as fabulous as the destination. Alternatively, head south for a guided trip to Damas Island and the surrounding mangroves. Either direction ensures a closer look at the wilder residents of Costa Rica: monkeys, iguana coati, parrots, caiman and so much more.
  5. Any of the horseback riding tours in the area leads through the forest to spectacular waterfalls. You’ll experience Costa Rica’s spectacularly diverse and colorful flora and fauna along the way.
  6. Tortuga Island, in the Gulf of Nicoya, boasts white sands, clear waters, tropical fish and pristine natural beauty, as well as chance to see dolphins, sailfish and possibly whales. Tours depart from Puntarenas and from the Los Sueños Marina.
  7. Join a sunset cruise to take in the flamboyant and blazing colors of sunset over the Pacific. The cruise includes cocktails and bocas as you tour Herradura Bay.
  8. For landlubbers, sundowner cocktails at the Terrace Lounge make a great start to a night out. The restaurants at Los Sueños Marina Village span the culinary map, with epicurean delights that feature the freshest ingredients.
  9. Take a walk on the wild side through the rainforest en route to one of several local waterfalls where you can swim or laze at water’s edge. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the local residents: birds and monkeys galore, as well as some shyer creatures such as sloths.

The staff at HRG can help you mix, match and book any of these activities. Whatever you decide, you’ll be on Cloud Nine.

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5 Reasons That Costa Rica Vacation Was Not All That It Could Have Been

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How to prepare for the perfect Costa Rica vacation

Costa Rica is just about the closest you can come to paradise and your vacation in paradise should be just about perfect. When you pack your vacation bags with the right (literal and metaphorical) stuff, you’re bound to have the Costa Rica vacation of your dreams.

Avoid these 5 pitfalls, and you’ll be off to a great start.

Tom Traveler forgot to use sunscreen. He also forgot his sunglasses, water bottle, and hat. 

There isn’t much that can ruin a vacation faster than an uncomfortable sunburn or debilitating heat stroke. Given Costa Rica’s close proximity to the equator, its more important than ever to remember to use sunscreen and take precautions when it comes to the beautiful sunshine; even if its green season and there is an overcast sky! During your vacation in Costa Rica, make it a habit to put on sunscreen every day before you even walk out the door; keep a small bottle of the stuff with you too, and don’t forget your water, sunglasses and hat.

Susie Sightseer thought she needed to use the roaming feature from her own cell phone service provider. When she got home, she had a $1200 phone bill! Ouch.

Avoid the painful surprise of an outrageously high phone bill upon your return from vacationing in Costa Rica. Check with your service provider to see if your device is a “world device” or if they offer them; Verizon, for example, does and all I do is change out my SIM card when I arrive in Costa Rica. You can buy a pre-paid SIM and load it for less than $20, and if you need to, you can also always pick up a fairly inexpensive smart phone. Costa Rica mobile service stores, and kiosks, can be found just about everywhere in the country; even right in the airport!

Valerie Vacationer let the media’s Zika circus scare her. So, she decided to cancel her Costa Rica vacation altogether.

While mosquito born viruses such as Zika or Dengue are a small risk in any tropical country throughout Latin America (especially during green season), there are measures that can be taken to prevent bites or infection. Use repellant and wear long sleeves and pants when hiking through the jungles.  Also, keep in mind that high end vacation spots like Los Sueños Resort & Marina put great measures into place to help eliminate the threat; risks are higher in less affluent areas where the population might not take proper care in eliminating breeding grounds, putting screens on windows and fumigating.

Eddie Explorer left behind his sense of adventure and wonder.

There is little end to Costa Rica’s bounty of discovery and excitement. With its rich flora and fauna, its a sensory surplus at every turn. Whether you are river rafting or horseback riding, sport fishing or laying in a hammock gazing up at the trees, you’re bound to be delighted by all the sights, sounds and experiences that Costa Rica has to offer. Yes, climbing to the top of the zip-line tower can be a little bit nerve wracking at first, but the sensation of flying over the jungle canopy is beyond exhilarating.

Wendy Wanderlust forgot to pack patience and positivity.

Travel is a great opportunity to learn a little bit of a new language, experience a different culture, and explore the world’s unique distinctions; however, if you are unable to celebrate the unfamiliar, it can really rock your world and not in a good way. With a bit of humor and good will toward all, those little language and cultural barriers can be great fun to overcome. Relax, let go of expectation and flow with the unfamiliar; it will make your Costa Rica vacation magical and memorable.

 

Pack your physical, mental and spiritual bags well for your Costa Rica vacation; when you do, you’ll have the travel experience you hope for and deserve.

 

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