Why Choose Costa Ballena?

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Photo by Mario Albi

Amongst Costa Ballenas’ outstanding qualities, most definitely one of it’s top features is that it is uniquely picturesque. The topography is distinctive. The mountains and the ocean converge; and in the mountain ranges the hillsides offer panoramic ocean view properties, amazingly some of which are yet undeveloped. Many property owners benefit not only from impressive ocean views with lush jungle backdrops; but river or waterfall access properties are also common place. One can choose to have neigbors around, or no one in sight. Some properties are built simple and with modesty; whereas others are modern and offer all the comforts one requires. With cool moun-tain air at night, and beaches readily accessible below; many options are available for home ownership, for all tastes and budgets. Continue reading

Travelling Advice

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Photo by Mario Albi

Learn a few basic words and phrases prior to your departure. For example ‘desculpe’ is to get someone’s attention, whereas ‘pardon’ would be used to excuse yourself. Continue reading

New Ways of Looking at Retirement

Phot by Mario Albi
Phot by Mario Albi

Time after time we hear that a secret to staying young at heart is to always have ongoing projects. And with a wealth of experience, once retirement is on the horizon it may feel as though you are just ramping up! Now with the benefit of experience and being able to choose full heartedly one’s pass-times, retirement is no longer what it used to be. With the wisdom of years, we can be more daring with our projects and aspirations. We can give ourselves the time to both enjoy our day and work on a project or try something new. And this last, is the challenge of the new age of retirement, filling the day with worth while pursuits, to everyday come alive, vibrant with energy. And say what you will, but I’ve never heard of anyone retiring and moving North. So when you do move South, you can choose to live in the area year long, experience Costa Rica in its fullness, or adopt the lifestyle of a snow bird, who simply escapes the cold harsh winters and comes to play. Continue reading

Costa Ballena: Pioneering The Last Frontier

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Photo by Mario Albi

Whale Coast, a very appropriate name for our area, is home to a national marine park which was created at the request of entrepreneurial citizens in order to preserve and promote it’s beauty, and so that it could be shared with the rest of the world. The Whales Tail Reef is connected to the mainland by a sandbar making a shape that gives it the name. Continue reading

Escape the Windchill Forever

5 Key Steps to Your New Warmer Life

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Photo by Mario Albi

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Biodiversity at it’s Best!

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Photo by Mario Albi

Many of the residents of Costa Ballena are bird watchers, nature enthusiasts and draw inspiration to paint, photograph or to live a simpler life merely by observing the beauty that surrounds them. Many have cited that it is because of the biodiversity that is present in Costa Ballena that they have chosen to move to the area. The toucan, the symbolic bird of Costa Ballena, can be found gliding from tree to tree. After the first rains, the butterflies come out to play and it is wonderful to watch as they flutter about their carefree day! The mountains are where ocelots find their home. And if you like reptiles and snakes, you are in for a treat any night of the week, night walking tours, guide accompanied, are available at any time of the year. Continue reading

Home Maintenance

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Photo by Mario Albi

Maintaining your home and property is an essential part of home ownership, where proper maintenance and prevention can prove to be wise investments. With the first downpours of rainy season, deterioration caused during the summer months from the intense ultra-violet penetration reveal themselves. Luckily enough, in Costa Ballena we usually re-ceive three to four weeks of dry weather after the initial spring rains and before the heavy rains hit. This period is a great opportunity to make home improvements, to pre-pare your home in advance for the heavy rains, and to complete general maintenance on your home and property as part of preventative care as to avoid any future damage. The following are a few helpful pieces of advice to get you started. Continue reading