EXPATS in Paradise – Mango Baby Beach Rentals

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

EXPATS in Paradise – Mango Baby Beach Rentals

John and Rebecca Murray were a typical young family coming out of the Pandemic.  They grew closer as a family while being confined to close quarters and when the world started to open up they began to reevaluate their situation.  John did not want to continue traveling for work a few days a week and the thought of putting their kids back in daycare so Rebecca could return to the office was not appealing either.

So at the a drop of a hat they basically sold everything they had in the United States and moved to Costa Rica.  Their plan was to do a year “Sabbatical” and see what happened after that.  Those of us that have made our lives down here in paradise all know that those were famous last words.  Sure enough, within months, they had fallen in love with the Papagayo Area and settled on a nice home in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste.  

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 223

Why are we telling this story here?  First of all – It is amazing that a family with 3 young kids could move to Costa Rica without ever having been here.  And second – Both John and Rebecca left successful careers without a moments hesitation in search for a better life for themselves and their growing family.  It is important to note that many people came out of the pandemic saying they wanted to make a change in their lives and lifestyles but never did!

Costa Rica Airport Arrivals Exceed pre pandemic levels

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Real Estate Market Update, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Papagayo Region, Vacation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Airport Arrivals Exceed pre pandemic levels

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter Edition no. 222

Arrivals into Costa Rica Airports have shown increasing strength post pandemic.  Starting in April of 2022, arrivals into the Guanacaste International Airport (LIR) have eclipsed pre pandemic records from 2019.  From January through April of 2023 arrivals into the Guanacaste Airport have been at all time record levels every month and the trends continue to be positive.  The first two months of 2023 have even eclipsed the then record levels achieved in 2020 before the pandemic hit.  Here is the graph of international tourist arrivals into Guanacaste International Airport from 2019-2023 (in Spanish).  

Arrivals into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO) have also been very strong.  Although lagging behind the strong arrival numbers put up by the Guanacaste Airport, San Jose has seen Tourist arrivals finally eclipse pre pandemic record levels in April of 2023.  Below is the graph of arrivals into SJO.

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