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Hola! Welcome to Paradise. My name is Michael Simons - the Owner/Broker of 3 major real estate franchises in the Papagayo Region - RE/MAX Tres Amigos in Playa Hermosa , RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties in Playa Panama and RE/MAX Ocean Village in Playas del Coco.

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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It’s a dog’s Life

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 107

It’s a dog’s Life in Costa Rica.  

Many years ago, when I lived in California, I had a Black Labrador. What an incredible animal. She was with me every day, and went everywhere: from my office, to the beach. I owned a boat, and used to spend my weekends racing across Lake Havasu Arizona like a madman. She would stand on the front of the bow, life preserver on, barking constantly at the passing vessels. She could smell water, miles before we got there, and would stay in the lake swimming the entire day. If she saw a sprinkler, she would roll in the puddle; when I bought a house with a pool, she would be in it morning till night; when we went to the beach, she was out of control; this dog loved to be wet. She could play Frisbee catch for HOURS and never tire, and was a watchful eye in my stereo store years later in Texas, guarding the shelves, motivating the sales crew. I even took her on some dates. I had decided to name my dog Chief, before I found her, assuming I would have a male. But as always happens in my life, my dogs find me. She was the only one in the pack of puppies, who refused to take her eye off her future dad. “You and me; we’re outta here!” So I changed her name to Lady Chief Beaver; cut me some slack; I was 23 years old; if you knew me then; you would understand LOL.

It's a dogs life in Costa Rica

Best Veterinarian in Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Medical Care, Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters, Playas del Coco

Best Veterinarian in Costa Rica

The Best Veterinarian in Costa Rica is Doctor Sharine Alice who founded her Veterinarian practice in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica in 2009 after having graduated from the San Francisco de Asis School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2008. Sharine is an expert in preventative and emergency care for pets who live at the beach in a tropical climate like Guanacaste.  In response to her clients needs she has developed an Home Emergency Care Kit designed specifically for your pet so you are prepared in the event something happens.

Best Veterinarian in Costa Rica

In this first video Sharine explains how the Pet Emegency Kit works and gives some good tips on pet care specific to Costa Rica and the Beach.

Many of Sharine’s clients are foreign expats who have pets they want to bring with them to live in Costa Rica.  In this next video Sharine answers the common questions people have about how to bring pets to and from Costa Rica.

When Sharine first came to Playas del Coco she thought it was just for old folks and retirees and would be difficult to meet people her own age and with the same interests.  In this video Sharine tells us why she loves the Playas del Coco area and what it is like to run a business and raise a family in paradise.

While many people bring their pets to Costa Rica others choose to adopt a local dog or cat in need of a good home. In this next video Sharine explains how she collaborates with different associations and groups to provide rescue and adoption services to make sure the pets are reviewed and cared for before giving them to adoption.

You might be surprised to hear all the different types of animals that are brought into Sharine’s Clinic for Rescue!

Many of us struggle to find a passion and make a living from it at the same time.  Sharine never had this problem and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a vet.  This video is about why Sharine became a Vet and how she had witnessed the culture of pet ownership changing for the better over the years in the beach area.

One of the things that Sharine enjoys most is to see create relationships with pets and their owners and see them grow and prosper together.  One of her favorite patients is the famous Millie Dolores – Michael Simons little Yorkshire Terrier.  In this next video Sharine shares her story of Millie and the special relation they have.

So if you ever need the services of a Vet in Playas del Coco, Sharine is the one to contact.  She can do just about anything that is required to care for your pets and if she cant she knows a specialist that can.  

Her clinic is on the Chorrera road inside the Centro Comercial El Pueblito Norte #8.  Her website is

Best Veterinarian in Costa Rica

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