Best places to buy your next Beach House in Costa Rica


Imagine yourself sitting under a palm tree on a white beach watching the kids riding the high waves while drinking a Piña Colada. Isn’t that the most perfect dream while you are sitting next to the fireplace, wishing the blizzard stops for a day to you can get outside to shovel snow?

Well, this image depends much on you and the decisions you make in life. You think you’re ready to look for the best place to buy your next beach house in Costa Rica? Don’t you realize that if you really want to, you can be joining us on a beach in Costa Rica, surrounded by lush nature, listing to the birds and the howler monkeys.


There are an amazing amount of direct flights from many cities on the North American continent straight into San Jose airport or Liberia airport. Once arriving, in less than a couple of hours’ drive, you’ll be able to enjoy those beaches and Piña Coladas.  A Costa Rica real estate network of very professional agents will be at your fingertips to help you find that beach house of your dream.

Depending on the airport you plan to arrive, you have the following choices:

San Jose (SJO) International airport : You can easily drive to the Central Pacific, the South Pacific and the Caribbean.

Liberia (LIR) Daniel Oduber airport : You can easily drive to the North Pacific Coast or the Nicoya Peninsula.

So what’s hot? Which are the best places to buy your next beach house in Costa Rica, which can be a condo, a luxury home or a beach villa?

Central Pacific : Jaco beach, Herradura Beach, Hermosa Beach and Los Sueños Resort, all within 2 hours drive from the San Jose airport. The Central Pacific is well known for surfing but there is a beautiful marina and golf course in Los Sueños, a National Park for the nature lovers and the best fishing is guaranteed.


South Pacific : Manuel Antonio, Dominical Beach, Ojochal beach and Uvita, all within a 3 hour-drive. You’ll be surprised about the abundance of unspoiled beaches, dramatic ocean views, virgin rainforest, waterfalls, rivers and overwhelming biodiversity.

Caribbean :  We would love to welcome you to the local vibe of hot and ultra- relaxed lifestyle on the Caribbean beaches of Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo, Cahuita, Playa Negra, Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. You’ll love the taste of the Caribbean in 3 ½ hour drive from San Jose airport.

North Pacific : A ½ hour drive will take you to the beaches of Playa Ocotal, Playa Coco, Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama, also called the Gold Coast. An hour drive will take you to the amazing white sand beaches of Flamingo, Tamarindo, Playa Negra and many others. Some of the best deep sea fishing in the world is found here and surfers think its paradise. Nosara Beach and Samara Beach are a little further out but well worth the effort.

Nicoya Peninsula :  Accessible from both International Airports, you have a choice of the Northern and wilder parts of the Peninsula, with beaches like Santa Teresa and Malpais, perfect for the surfers and beach lovers but you also have a choice of the south end of the Peninsula with hardly any waves at all where you can enjoy golf at Tambor and Tango mar or join the more artistic crowd in Montezuma Beach.

As you see, there are plenty of options to find the beach house of your dreams. With the right choice of real estate agents, you will do well, I promise.
Author Bio: Ivo Henfling, a Dutch national who has lived in Costa Rica since 1980, founded the American-European Real Estate Group in 1999 which was the first functioning MLS with affiliate agents from coast to coast.

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