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The majority of people interested in buying real estate in Costa Rica tend to have many of the same questions so I took the time to answer them in detail here in a fun and informative way. This site contains a tremendous amount of information for you and allows me to express my views and pass along wisdom gained while living and doing business in the tropics. Hope you can join us. Pura Vida!

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See you here in Paradise!


Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Food, Costa Rica Living, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Vacation in Costa Rica

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 81

We are happy to announce that our good friend Kent Scantland and his partner Kai Ravariere have opened the Sandbar in the Hermosa Heights Retail Center right on the Main Street in Playa Hermosa.

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Check out the videos below where Kent and Kai describe their vision for Sandbar.  Then Kent tells stories of his exploits with his best buddy Michael Simons starting back in 7th Grade all the way to how he reconnected with Michael in 2011 and followed him to Paradise.


The BIG Grand Opening Party at the Sandbar is December 5th!  Come join us in welcoming them to the community.  From 2 PM to Midnight the big bash will feature live radio broadcasting from Radio 911, Live music by Will Matthews, The Latin Trio and DJ Wardo from San José and an art exhibit.

If you have not been yet, The Sandbar has elevated the level of taste and care they put into providing you all your comfort food favorites like Gourmet Burgers, Wings and Appetizers along with a creative list of Cocktails and locally sourced Beer.  The service is great, the atmosphere is fresh and clean and of course you can watch any imaginable sporting event on one of their many big screen TV’s.

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Open 7 days a week from Noon to Midnight Sandbar features Live Music, Game Days, Sunday Brunch, Karaoke and Community Events.

The Sandbar has made it their philosophy to source their menu ingredients from local Farmers, Butchers, Bakers, and Brewers which means they use Organic products, local Meats and Seafood, homemade Chips and French Fries and Sauces made from scratch.

Do you self a favor and check out the Sandbar – You will be impressed and will definitely want to come back for more.  As their Slogan says – COME GET SOME!

Are there any Private Chefs or Caterers?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Food, Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, Guanacaste Tourism

Are there any Private Chefs or Caterers?

Private Chef

As I have mentioned many times throughout my website, the food in Costa Rica is AMAZING!!! Unlike North America, everything is FRESH and healthy, with no steroids, hormones or GMO. It is truly some of the best food I have ever eaten in my life, and many of my clients tell me they have never felt better since they moved to Costa Rica. Although we have dozens of incredible restaurants, sometimes it is nice to be spoiled, and have a professional chef come to your home or vacation rental and treat you like royalty.

Private Chef Costa Rica 2

Below are some of the best that I would recommend. Give them a shot, you will be very impressed.

Rocio Larin

Nicolas Devenelle

Chef Thomas

The House of Monique and Andre

Executive Chef Richard Pinto

Mario’s Cuisine

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