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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.

See you here in Paradise!

99 Reasons Why I Love Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Newsletters, Papagayo Region, Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 99

99 Bottles of Pilsen on the wall – 99 Reasons why I Love Costa Rica.

One of the things you will notice, if you spend some time here in Playas del Coco, is that there are a tremendous amount of people from Wisconsin who live, retire, vacation and snowbird here. Maybe it is because the weather is so horrible there, or maybe it is because they just love to drink beer, but it seems a bundle of them have chosen the land of PURA VIDA to call their home. There is even the one and only PACKER bar in all of Latin America right here in the middle of town, Coconutz, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite places to hang out. Earlier this year, there was a huge game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, as the Wisconsin Badgers took on the LSU Tigers. So it just made sense that a whole bundle of these Cheese heads were going to make the trek up north for this colossal sporting event. And do you think I would miss out on the fun? No way Jose, I was in like Flynn. About 50 of us loaded up on a school bus from Appleton on the day of the game, and consumed like animals the entire way to the stadium. As you can imagine, the energy was amazing, and the crowd was rocking. When it was all over, the Badgers had defeated the superior LSU team and the city went nuts!!! There were people partying like it was 1999 and it took hours to get everyone back on the bus and headed home to the hotels. This was where I wanted to cut my wrist. You see, there is always that ONE guy, who just has to lead the choir, and he started singing the most obnoxious song, ever written in the history of mankind: the 99 Bottle songs, and it seemed to go on for an eternity.

So in remembrance of that torturous 2 hour bus ride, and also in Celebration of my 99th Newsletter, I bring to you MY list of the 99 REASONS WHY I LOVE AND LIVE IN COSTA RICA.

99. Ninety Nine Bottles of Pilsen on the wall, Ninety Nine Bottles of Pilsen…. Take one down pass it around: Costa Rica is 99% green. It is almost totally carbon free, and the most environmentally protective country in the world and most of it still looks like it did when the dinosaurs walked the earth. You have to love and respect somewhere, which places nature above money. This haven will blow you away.

98. Hiking. There are so many spectacular places to hike; National Parks, volcanoes and mountains that the scenery seems to go on and on forever. You could spend eternity clunking around this little paradise and never see all there is to see; there is an endless supply of “secret spots.”

Papagayo Area Restaurant Guide

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Food, Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Papagayo Region, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Playa Panama, Playas del Coco, Vacation in Costa Rica

Papagayo Area Restaurant Guide

An insiders guide to GOOD Restaurants!  We know your top priority is to find the best places to eat while you are here.  Forget Trip Advisor – We have gone to each of these Restaurants multiple times and know the menu’s well.  You will be surprised how many good Restaurants there are in our small little area we call the Papagayo.  We also included Fast Food joints and local markets. ENJOY!

Papagayo Area Restaurant Guide

PLAYAS DEL COCO

Note:  Playas del Coco has so many Restaurants that we had to split the maps by sections:  Downtown, Uptown, La Chorrera, Other and Outside Area.  

Download Playas del Coco Restaurant Guide

Download Playas del Coco Downtown Map

Download Playas del Coco Uptown Map

Download Playas del Coco La Chorrera Map

Download Playas del Coco Other Map

Download Playas del Coco Outside Area Map

RESTAURANTS:

DOWNTOWN:

DONDE CLAUDIO Y GLORIA: This adorable little fish place is located right ON THE SAND, just 50 meters north of the main drag. A delightful place to go and people watch, at any time of the day, but is especially perfect for sunset dinner. They have just about every type of seafood imaginable, and it is always fresh. I have never had a bad meal here yet. BEST SEAFOOD in town. ENJOY.  9 ON DOWNTOWN MAP

COCONUTZ: YES, it is a sports bar, and a Green Bay Packers bar at that, with about a dozen TVs, but they have more than just bar food. They have a full menu of just about anything you might want to eat, and a great pizza too and of course the BEST Coconut shrimp. Coconutz is a wonderful place to see Monkeys at 5pm as they are swinging through the trees above; cover your nachos, just in case. Wednesday they have all you can eat, pizza, pasta and salad, along with a movie night, and there is live music many evenings of the week. One of my favorite hangouts for sure; lots of fun. GO GIANTS!!!!  1 ON DOWNTOWN MAP

http://coconutz-costarica.com/

Zi LOUNGE: Serving lunch and dinner, this open air bar has a huge delicious menu, and a perfect place to people watch on the street. He has the BEST steak tacos too! There is wood burned oven pizza, as good as any you have had in other places in the world, and many nights there is live music. After 10 pm this is the place to be, as it becomes a full blown night club, with VIP section and table side service and DJ. The original Chili Guaro inventor, this is a great place for shots too!!!! Thursday is Ladies Night, so come on down and check it out.  2 ON DOWNTOWN MAP

http://www.zilounge.com/

JOHAN BISTRO: Just before you get to the beach, on the main drag, is this great little Bistro. Fantastic designer sandwiches, served on incredible homemade breads, and the display is right out of a magazine; crepes and sushi are also on the menu. They have a huge selection of yummy smoothies and health drinks as well to wash it all down; BEST sandwiches in town. I love this place!!!  O ON DOWNTOWN MAP

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