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Beach Wedding Photographs

By at November 17, 2013 | 9:07 am | 0 Comment

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A Spectacular Backdrop for Wedding Photographs The beaches of Tamarindo offer a postcard setting for any tropical wedding. The combination of soft sand underfoot, amazing clear blue water, the sound of waves crashing in the background and spectacular sunsets provide an enchanting, natural backdrop which makes for incredible photos! Photography by El Velo, Jonathan

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 7

By at November 14, 2013 | 8:45 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Real Estate

10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In part three, we discussed property managers and the services they provide in maintaining and renting your vacation

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 6

By at October 21, 2013 | 9:10 am | 2 Comments

Tamarindo Ocean View Home

10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In part three, we discussed property managers and the services they provide in maintaining and renting your vacation home.

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 5

By at October 8, 2013 | 4:01 pm | 0 Comment

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10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In part three, we discussed property managers and the services they provide in maintaining and renting your vacation home.

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 4

By at September 22, 2013 | 9:13 am | 0 Comment

Beach photo

10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In the third installment, we discussed property managers and the services they provide in maintaining and renting your

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Has Fukushima Contaminated All the Fish in the Pacific?

By at September 12, 2013 | 8:12 am | 0 Comment

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Tamarindo is a fishing town. Fishing boats bob on moorings in the bay, shore birds fish from the rocks and pelicans dive into the water or glide by in undulating V-formations.  Pangas buzz the shoreline in the early morning, picking up supplies and fishermen from the beach – some headed out for a day of sport fishing for marlin or sailfish, others out to catch dinner.

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 3

By at August 30, 2013 | 11:26 am | 0 Comment

Beach photo

10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In this third installment, we will discuss the property manager's role in the Tamarindo real estate market. Once your

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 2

By at August 14, 2013 | 11:55 am | 0 Comment

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10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In our last article we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and discussed how it differs from the U.S. system. A little research coupled with a communicative Notario (Costa Rican lawyer qualified to transfer real property) will help you navigate the legal aspects of buying Tamarindo real estate.

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo

By at July 31, 2013 | 1:25 pm | 0 Comment

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10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo Real Estate   Buying any type of real estate is often a thrilling and nerve wracking proposition. For most people, it is one of the larger investments they will make. Buying real estate in a tropical foreign destination is even more thrilling and nerve wracking. It is more thrilling because Costa Rica is such a

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Commonly Asked Questions for the Wedding Planner

By at June 26, 2013 | 11:20 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Weddings

When a client first contacts me about planning their wedding in Costa Rica, there are several questions that come up pretty frequently. The most important one is what the weather is like here in Tamarindo, and what time of year is best to plan a wedding. In order to avoid the afternoon showers during the rainy season, I often recommend couples plan their destination

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Chile

By at June 26, 2013 | 10:33 am | 0 Comment

Chilis

Chile or chili or chilli comes from the Nahuatl language (and not from the country Chile, whose name is derived from the quechua words for snow or cold).  Chilis, a native American species, refers to the fruitt of the plant genus Capsicum, a member of the nightshade family.  Columbus tasted his first chilis in the Caribbean and called them peppers because their flavor

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Tamarindo For Your Destination Wedding

By at April 18, 2013 | 11:15 am | 0 Comment

wedding traditions

Why Tamarindo?   Being a destination wedding planner in Costa Rica, I’m lucky to be able to offer my clients the perfect wedding they want with all the benefits of such a spectacular tropical setting. But Tamarindo offers couples and their guests even more than many other destinations in Costa Rica. Foremost, Tamarindo’s weather is unbeatable. We have

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Tamarindo Catering

By at April 15, 2013 | 5:42 am | 0 Comment

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You can always get what you want…if you know how to talk to your caterer. Most people associate catering with big events: weddings, family reunions, milestone birthdays. Have you ever considered hiring a caterer for a romantic dinner for two?  Caterers can make your vacation much more relaxing,  particularly if you are travelling with a group that includes small

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Vanilla

By at April 14, 2013 | 10:38 am | 0 Comment

Vanilla beans

Vanilla used as an adjective is defined by Webster as “lacking distinction, plain, ordinary, conventional.” Strange, because vanilla beans are anything but bland. Scientists have identified over 200 aroma compounds in each pod, giving vanilla its complex aroma and flavor. The sensual aroma of vanilla has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries, and men are

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New, Improved Guanacaste Travel Route

By at March 7, 2013 | 5:47 pm | 0 Comment

In 2008, Luciano Capelli and Yazmin Ross released their joint effort: “Guanacaste: Rutas de Viaje – Travel Routes”, a photographic and written journal of this unique Costa Rican province. It has been one of the most popular books in Costa Rica for the last five years. Have I really been admiring this book for half a decade? The original project took nearly three

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Coffee Revisited

By at September 17, 2012 | 3:18 pm | 0 Comment

Costa Rican coffee

When I wrote the first article about coffee for this blog, I had no idea that soon I would be spending many hours of the week working in a coffee shop.  Our friend Eloisa opened Café TIco at the end of June, and we have been minding the shop for the past few weeks while she visits her family in Italy.   Now my days are spent making cappuccinos, mochaccinos and lattes

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The noble Act of Reforestation in Guanacaste

By at September 17, 2012 | 9:56 am | 0 Comment

reforest

The province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica has the distinction of containing most of the remaining Tropical Dry Forest in all the Americas. Technically, a dry forest receives less rainfall than a wet forest, and typically has a dry season that spans about eight months, as anyone who lives here can attest. Although it is rich in biodiversity, it remained largely unnoticed as

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Avelino Here , There & Everywhere

By at September 8, 2012 | 5:19 pm | 1 Comments

Fabio Avelino dos Santos was born in the small town of Limoeiro, near Recife, on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen and began performing to audiences at the age of eighteen. He considers Brazilian musicians like Luis Gonzaga to be among his major musical influences, as well as the writer Paulo Coelho and The Beatles. Avelino had

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Tamarindo Beach: A Great Base For Adventure Holidays

By at August 31, 2012 | 2:31 pm | 0 Comment

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If you are looking for an exciting alternative to your usual two weeks in the sun, choosing a holiday that is filled with adventure and adrenaline could be just the ticket. Surrounded by many stunning natural wonders, Costa Rica's Tamarindo Beach is the perfect destination for just such a trip. Many people are put off the idea of adventure holidays because they think

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Destination Wedding Invitations

By at August 6, 2012 | 12:04 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Wedding Invitations

So you’ve already sent out your save-the-dates and now you are ready to begin working on your destination wedding invitations.  There are a few important pieces of information that you share on your wedding invitation: Most important:  Who’s wedding is it? Who is hosting the wedding? Where is it? When is it (date and time)? You will include all the

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Gringos in Paradise

By at August 3, 2012 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

Gringos in Paradise (And Singing Its Praises) Guanacaste has become home to many people from outside the area and some of the people are musicians and some of these musicians have recorded songs about their experiences here. So, this column will be dedicated to my five favorite “local” gringo musicians. (Note: the Leatherbacks don’t count because they are a

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El Regreso Soundtrack

By at July 27, 2012 | 12:33 pm | 0 Comment

El Regreso Soundtrack Writing a soundtrack is tricky business. The music needs to compliment the action and images of the movie of the film without being pervasive. It needs to follow the storyline so in this way it is almost like an assignment. And all good musicians want to put their own personal stamp on their music, so it needs to fall into the category of

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Calypsonian Walter Ferguson – A Living Legend

By at July 23, 2012 | 9:07 am | 0 Comment

The World Discovers Walter Ferguson The essence of Calypso is in its rhythm and its humor, not necessarily in that order. The seed of this musical style sprouted around Barbados, Trinidad and Ciudad Colon, Panama. It spread, literally by word of mouth, to other Caribbean ports, including Kingston, Jamaica, where it spawned the nucleus of reggae music. Walter

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Costa Rica Reggae Nights vol. 2

By at July 20, 2012 | 8:53 am | 0 Comment

New Reggae Night in Costa Rica Reggae music has become a global phenomenon. Cast into public awareness forty years ago by musicians like Johnny Nash and Bob Marley, the music remains Caribbean in temperament. In 1995, the young Costa Rican label Papaya Music released “Costa Rica Reggae Night”, an excellent compilation of Reggae music from this country.

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The Leatherbacks – Tamarindo’s Legendary Rock Band – Release their New CD

By at July 19, 2012 | 5:27 pm | 0 Comment

Leatherbacks Hatch Their Baby! For centuries, the leatherback turtles have called Playa Tamarindo one of their nesting spots. And for more than a decade, so has the rock band known as The Leatherbacks. It’s hard to live in Tamarindo and not know who this band is. They have established themselves as a hard-working group, playing regularly at open mike night on

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Malpais CD “Volver a Casa”

By at July 19, 2012 | 4:16 pm | 0 Comment

Bittersweet Malpais Album For the many fans, of Malpais it is impossible not to become nostalgic while listening to their new CD. Fans, friends, family and band members were stunned at the sudden and unexpected passing late last August of Fidel Gamboa, the singer/songwriter/guitarist/flautist of this very popular Costa Rican group. After the shock resided a bit, the

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Rumba Jam in Costa Rica

By at July 19, 2012 | 9:37 am | 0 Comment

Having a Swinging Time Criollo music actually originated in Peru, and was quickly absorbed by Venezuelan and Argentinean musicians. But swing criollo with its tico flavor had its genesis here in the Sixties with a merger of American Swing music and a Latin style of music from Colombia called cumbia. Initially, it was frowned upon, considered an uncultured, even crude

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Roxanne Oliva, her accordions and Playa Negra

By at July 19, 2012 | 8:56 am | 0 Comment

Mama’s Got a Squeezebox Who is Roxanne Oliva and what is that style of music she plays? This is the question I ask myself as I listen over and again to her solo album “Box Candy”. The first song, “FiFi’s Closet” sounds Middle Eastern, while the second song, “Willow Slip” sounds Celtic, like an Irish jig. The third song has an ear-catching intro and what

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Latin Beat by Putumayo Records

By at July 19, 2012 | 8:43 am | 0 Comment

Latin Beat Latin music in varied forms has gone global in the Twenty-first Century, in no small part thanks to Putumayo Music. Oh, and Shakira and Carlos Santana. Putumayo recently released their new CD, “Latin Beat”, showcasing rising stars of the Latin Pop, R&B and Salsa genres and it is an impressive collection. The album opens with the Cuban band Moneda

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La Cuneta Son Machin – New Nicaraguan Music

By at July 19, 2012 | 8:39 am | 0 Comment

La Cuneta Son Machin The musical genre referred to as chinamera in Nicaragua has always had the connotation of being the music of the poor, without finesse; but it is also the embodiment of the sounds that have been heard at festivals and street parties, at holiday parties and parties in general throughout the country literally for generations and is now

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