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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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Costa Rica Budget Home Builder

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

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 72

Costa Rica Budget Home Builder – Relax you are in Paradise Part 4

The next time you see or meet the subject of this newsletter you should shake his hand and give him a BIG Thank You.  

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Jean-Pierre LaMarche built the Hotel El Velero over 20 years ago from the ground up – and without him we would never have had this unique Playa Hermosa Institution/Beach Front Bar/Restaurant/Hotel/Locals Hangout.  If Jean-Pierre did not lay his anchor down some 25 years ago in the tranquil waters of Playa Hermosa we would never hear the words “Let’s meet at the Velero for drinks”.

Costa Rica Budget Home Builder

Somewhat of a Playa Hermosa institution himself, Jean-Pierre eventually sold the Hotel and started a construction company.  He is also a founding member of the Hermosa Bad Boys – the local for fun Harley Davidson Motorcycle club.  Don’t worry these guys are ‘Old Timers’ as JP would say so no funny business just a bunch of guys riding their HOGS on the weekend around Guanacaste.  Over the last few years he has seen a need for well built, high quality homes that fit within a certain budget.  He understands that not everyone can afford a big palace on the hill but they still want to maintain a certain level of quality.

Check out the video below of JP’s personal story of how he got to Playa Hermosa, why he chose Costa Rica and Guanacaste in particular and what he does when he is not building you your dream home on a budget.

In this next video Jean-Pierre discusses his philosophy and reason why he has chosen to be a budget builder instead of building mansions (which he can do by the way).  As you will see Budget definitely does not mean low quality.  Check it out…

For more information and to contact Costa Rica Budget Home Builder Jean-Pierre directly:



phone:  011-506-8856-0572

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

Free GuanaCard Discount Membership

Free GuanaCard Discount Membership

As a thank you for being a faithful Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter reader and RE/MAX client, I would like to offer you a FREE 1 year membership to GuanaCard – our local membership club for discounts on many restaurants, tours and services. 

At the end of this blog post is the link to activate your FREE GuanaCard.

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