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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!

I will respond to your questions immediately with an email or personal phone call.

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Hospitals and Clinics Papagayo Area

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Medical Care, Costa Rica Service Providers

LIST OF LOCAL HOSPITALS AND CLINICS PAPAGAYO AREA:

CIMA Hospital | Next to Do it Center | 2690-8500 | 2690-8520
Clinica Biblica Private Clinic and Pharmacy | Do it Center | 2667-0891
Private Hospital and Doctor Offices | Hospital and Clinic San Rafael Arcangel | Downtown Liberia | 2666-1717 |
Website | http://sanrafaelclinicalhospital.com/en/
Dr. Pablo Valenciano Clinic | Playas del Coco | 2670-1717 | 8830-4087 | Website  http://valencianoclinic.com/en/
Coco Medical and Dental Center/Ambulance Service 24 Hours – Dr. Hansel | Playas del Coco | 2670-1235 | 8308-9986 |
Website http://www.mediredcr.com/
EBAIS Clinic
| Playas del Coco | 2670-0987
Liberia Public Hospital
| Downtown Liberia | 2666-1016 | 2666-0011
EBAIS Clinic
| Sardinal | 2697-0142
Public Ambulance Service
| Red Cross of Costa Rica | 2697-1141 | 911
Public Clinic
| Filadelfia | 2688-8276

For day to day health care any of the Individual Doctors and private Clinics are very good and can help you with most of your health issues.  If you need emergency care requiring immediate attention it is probably best to call the private ambulance service and have them take you to one of the private hospitals.  If you have international health insurance then most likely an emergency service will be covered.  You should check your insurance coverage to make sure.  If you have decided to use the public system then you have done the research and know what is required to get care.  If you have an existing condition or would feel more comfortable then schedule an appointment with one of the private Doctors listed above and discuss an emergency plan with them.

Hospitals and Clinics Papagayo Area

What a pain in my Back – Surgery in Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Medical Care, Newsletters

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 68

Surgery in Costa Rica

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow… what a ride!!!!!” Can I get a Tequila Sunrise please?

Costa Rica FAQ's

The first time you jump out of a perfectly good airplane, it is a very daunting task. Anyone who tells you they were not scared is a liar. When that door slides open, and you see the ground from 13,000 feet, your breathing becomes challenged, your mind goes blank. As you plummet toward earth at a terminal velocity speed of 124 mph, your blood flowing, your heart pounding, all other issues in your life seem to melt away; the only concern you have is whether or not your parachute will actually open. After what seems like the longest minute of your life, the canopy deploys above you, as you come to a screeching halt, and you can actually enjoy the scenery as you gently float to earth. The second my feet touched the ground, the first words out of my mouth were “Let’s do it again!”

Back Surgery Costa Rica

As you become more proficient at this sport, you can obtain speeds of almost 200 mph, barreling along like a NASCAR racer.  They say that the trauma to your body for each successful flight is similar to a small car accident, as the deceleration of the parachute opening, creates 3 to 4g pressure on your spine, as you slam on the brakes down to 15 mph. The most dangerous part of the entire ride is when you finally touch down, as one small mistake can face plant you into the dirt. In my life, I experienced 86 small collisions like this over a period of a few years, and a couple real fender benders as well.

“I will pay you $50” someone once said to me, “if you jump off that glacier.” I will do it for free, I replied, if you take my picture for me.

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