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The Johnson Journeys

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Newsletters, Tres Amigos Realty

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 42

MISTER Costa Rica!

That’s how everyone refers to me now and I actually get a kick out of it.  I returned to Las Vegas last week for the annual RE/MAX International convention, where I see so many familiar faces, year after year, and it never ceases to amaze me how popular our little country is. One of the reasons I go, aside from the party, is to surround myself with some of the most successful people in our industry; the top dogs; the big hitters; because you can never learn enough and can never have too much motivation or knowledge. Many of these agents consistently rank as some of the top producing Realtors in the world and the conference also brings some of the biggest names in business.

Magic and The Johnsons

This year it was Magic Johnson, who is obviously well known by everyone, but also two other Johnson’s who you might not have heard of before now; Bruce and Holly, who recently completed a fund raising journey to Costa Rica that will completely, blow your mind. Time and time again, the land of Pura Vida seems to make a grand entrance and I get to see it and enjoy it first hand.

Costa Rica Frequently Asked Questions

It is quite obvious how much I love living in paradise, and I truly feel fortunate to have the life that I do. Each year we have a booth at the Marketplace, where thousands of people pass through every day, stopping at various vendors’ tables for the latest in real estate goodies. There are FOR SALE signs, and business cards, mortgage lenders and banks, all showcasing their talents, trying to drum up new business, but Costa Rica always steals the show. EVERYBODY wants to talk to the guys from paradise, living vicariously through our stories. While everyone else is dressed to the nines, in three piece suits and business skirts, we’re kicking back with flip flops and flowered shirts, giving out bags of coffee; mixing rum and cokes.

mike convention


They yell, running up and giving me a hug, promising

Buy Water and a Tree is Planted in Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Newsletters, Papagayo Region

tank tops flip flops newsletter edition no. 41

A good friend of ours, Mike Poynton, is backing a project that we think is important that everyone knows about.  The project is a kickstarter campaign for an innovative company that will plant a tree for every bottle of water you buy and they will recycle the bottle in a very unique way.  The Kickstarter campaign ends on Friday so if you want to help out do it NOW!

Mike Poynton is from Chicago (we won’t hold that against him) is a legal resident of Costa Rica and has lived in Playa Hermosa for the last 10 years, has a beautiful wife, daughter and son, is always involved in the community and is one of the best promoters of our area.  He has gone on to form his own company called Paradise Social that helps small companies with their social media programs.  We have hired Mike before and he is great!

That is why when Mike gets behind a project we know it is a good cause so please take a look at what he has wrote about the project and please support the cause.

From Mike Poynton


62 hours left! If you haven’t already, please pledge whatever you can at

For those of you whom this message catches off guard and are scratching your heads, it’s a campaign I’m involved with that “crowd sources” money to kickstart  a startup company. I’m the guy on the ground here in Costa Rica with Treeson Spring Water. One tree planted for every bottle sold. Comes in a plant-based, biodegradable, non-GMO, toxin-free bottle that goes in the US Mail instead of the trash. When it arrives back at Treeson HQ it’s converted into clean energy and more bottles. If it DOES end up in the environment, it degrades. We take plastic out of the environment – period! Bye bye Pacific Garbage Patch! Watch the video at We’re starting with spring water sourced here in Braulio Carrillo National Park. We’ll be sourcing locally/regionally worldwide moving forward. And spring water is just the start.

We’ve already planted 38,000 trees here in Costa Rica to make sure we’re doing it right – some of which my parents helped plant with my wife, daughter and me a couple of years ago.

Hope you’ll support us (me) at We’re so close but we still need YOUR help to reach our $95,000 goal by Friday at 10PM!


Mike Poynton

Treeson Water

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