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Hola! Welcome to Paradise. My name is Michael Simons, the Owner of Tres Amigos Realty, established in 2003, with offices in Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco and Playa Panama.

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!

Toys for Tots 2023

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 230


Imagine the feeling you got as a kid when you first saw the gifts under the Tree on Christmas morning or when you first sat on Santa’s lap.  That is the true spirit of what we try to do every year with TOYS FOR TOTS!


We have teamed up with the Guanacaste Veterans Association and will be collecting new and UNWRAPPED toys in our 3 Tres Amigos Realty office locations – Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco and Playa Panama.  

If you are unable to give a gift in person or would prefer to send a direct donation, I will personally be doing a toy run to purchase as many toys as is humanly possible.  If you want to get in on the Christmas spirit please send your donations to my PayPal or Zelle account  Please make sure to put Toys for Tots in the payment description.

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who brings a toy or makes a donation –  The Kids will really appreciate it this year!


Thanks and Pura Vida,

Michael Simons


Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 229

As you know a huge part of our commitment to our community is to give back.  Between Tank Tops Flip Flops and Tres Amigos Realty Group we give back tens of thousands of dollars every year to great causes in our area. 

Our good friend Priscilla Solano, a local attorney and businesswoman is the Vice President of the She Is Foundation and the Director of the ‘SHE IS ASTRONAUT’ program in Costa Rica.

Last year Tres Amigos Realty Group donated $5,000 to help 16 girls to participate in the SHE IS ASTRONAUT program.  

These are young women between 11 and 16 years old who come from situations of extreme poverty, disabilities and violence from Guanacaste and other rural areas of Costa Rica.

This year we have again donated $5,000 so 10 girls will have the privilege to participate. As it stands today, the program needs an additional $20,000 to pay for the costs of the program that will take place December 3rd through the 9th

We hope that you can help with any donation.  If you would like to make a donation please send it via Pay Pal or Zelle using  Please put ASTRONAUT in the description so we know where to direct it.  THANK YOU!

In 2019, the She Is Foundation established a pioneering Spanish-speaking program for Latin America in collaboration with NASA’s Space Center Houston, Texas called ‘SHE IS ASTRONAUT’.  The main mission of the program is to positively impact the lives of adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 11 and 16 years old in vulnerable conditions to empower, motivate, and inspire these young women to become national role models, through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education.  The program works hand in hand with NASA providing 4 months of intensive online virtual training and learning classes on robotics, programming, teen pregnancy prevention, cyberbullying, entrepreneurship and more.  The student ‘Crew’ then has the privilege to attend an incredible 5 Day on-site academic immersion program at the NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas, where the students fly high, interact with astronauts, receive workshops and classes on programming, robotics and develop skills such as teamwork and leadership.  The student Crew culminates their hard work and dedication with the presentation of their graduation project.  As Alumni of the SHE IS ASTRONAUT platform the students have the opportunity to continue with their educational process and potentially receive a university scholarship.

211 Girls have entered the Program since inception out of 18,790 girls that applied.  6 Countries participate: Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic and Panama.  70 STEAM entrepreneurship projects have been supported by NASA.  So far 7 Missions have gone to NASA.  16 Student Scholarships have resuted from participation in the program and 38 Scholarships have been given out in robotics and programming.

The donation covers the following items:  Participation in Outreach Sessions.  Participation in the online virtual methodological program for 4 months.  Payment of NASA fee, virtual and in-person immersion (includes meals, accommodation, internal transport to and from Houston Airport.  Per-diems for 5-day immersion methodological program.  Delivery of technological tools.  Complete documentation and  administrative procedures for the student crew members.  Clothing, kits, and apparel.  Support from program coordinators.  Guidance from professionals throughout the program.  Audiovisual materials and stationery.  Management and promotion of the program.  Recognition of entrepreneurship projects and graduation.  Scholarship management.  Replicability process in projects and post immersion conferences.  Participation of student crew members in the She Is Global Forum.  Participation of student crew members in 1 or 2 events chosen by the organization.


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