When you are staying at the Casa Verde, then dont miss a visit at the Oro Verde Wildlife Refuge just across the river. It is located on 150 hectares of land, which is mostly primary rainforest. The ride to the refuge alone is a real adventure. They also offer horseback and various wildlife watching tours!
If you like coconuts, then you will like Costa Rica. You can buy them on many places just on the side of the road or find them on most beaches. They are a great snack but can also be very useful for other things, such as using them as conditioner for your hair. Make sure to have some ;-)
If your vacation got you thinking " I want to own a piece of this paradise", then won't be the only one. Owning real estate in Costa Rica is not only a good and safe investment but also a great option for an affordable retirement retreat. We have owned, sold and managed many different pieces of properties/houses in Costa Rica, and would love to share our experiences and know-how. One of the most important things that you should keep in mind is that you will need a trustworthy and reliable lawyer to actually consult you and execute the sales contract. As lawyers in costa rica can also act as notaries, you will really have to be carefull in selecting the right one. Also keep in mind that big law firms do not guarantee for good service. Its always a good idea to also get some titel insurance when you buy the real estate. We have always worked with STewart Titel out of SJ and it has worked out good for us. But there are a few more players offering the same service. When you actually have fallen in love with one piece of real estate, make sure that it has a clear titel but also let the seller show you exact borders. To be sure, we recommend paying the extra bucks to get an independant topographer to confirm the borders. Border debates are one of the biggest problem here in costa rica as the topography is not so exact yet (next to the big palm tree, 2 meters towards the river, etc.). Also - make sure the property has street (creating streets that you can drive on, can be an expensive effort - especially with the terrain and amount of rain each year), water and electricity access!!! For more info, just email us. For some of our properties for sale, check out our website www.nussdreams.com . Good house hunting :-)
Carlos Fallas owns a US accredited Spanish school. He gives private Spanish lessons at the Casa Verde for very reasonable prices. If you are interested, then let us know and we can connect you. Above a picture of him with his mom and little sister. BTW - he also gives great medical plant & coffee tours on his family's finca. Its quite an interesting thing to do if you want to get to know the real Costa Rica.
There is great rafting only 1,5 hours or so from the Casa Verde. We highly recommend the place, which also offers great other tours including horseback riding up the mountain, sleeping in tents and much more. Visit their website for more infos: www.rafikisafari.com/
Author: Simone Schaerf
I first came to Costa Rica in 1998. I fell in love with the country right away for so many reasons. I have been coming, living and unfortunately never staying off and on since.