Costa Rica New Developments

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Guanacaste Tourism, Investing in Costa Rica, Papagayo Region

Two large developments announced in 2017 for Guanacaste’s Papagayo Region.  The first was a Discovery Themed Eco Tourism Park and the second is a Rosewood Hotel to be called Rosewood Puerto Papagayo.


Discovery Communications Inc.has announced that it will license its name for a $1 billion eco-tourism park in Costa Rica.

President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed the news on a Facebook post, and said the 810-hectare adventure park will be located in the province of Guanacaste.

Discovery Costa Rica is scheduled to open in late 2020, some 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Liberia, according to a news statement. The park will include outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving and other pursuits across four locations at beaches, parks and volcanoes. All of the park’s activities will focus on biodiversity and conservation, the statement said.

Richard Wirthlin, chairman of investor relations at Sun Latin America, the developer leading the project, said the facility will also include a water park, along with Discovery-branded hotels and restaurants.

Large investment

President Solís said that this is likely one of the largest investments in Costa Rica in the last 10 years.

“[This investment] follows our vision of sustainable development and respect for communities outside the Greater Metropolitan Area,” he said.

Solís highlighted the fact that the park will unite Costa Rica and a prestigious international brand.

“It will boost tourism and competitiveness, will generate employment and is part of our tradition of sustainability, renewable energies and environmental respect,” he said.

The president said he will disclose the details of the project at a press conference on Tuesday along with Vice President Ana Helena Chacón and various Cabinet ministers.


Rosewood Puerto Papagayo, Costa Rica To Open in 2020

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by Aldesa to manage Rosewood Puerto Papagayo, Costa Rica, which is scheduled to open in 2020. This luxury retreat will be situated on the northwest coast of Costa Rica within the province of Guanacaste which is renowned for its tropical forests, diverse wildlife and picturesque beaches.  

Located just 15 minutes’ drive from Liberia International Airport, the resort will be nestled into the hillside which gently cascades down to a golden-sand beach and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Guests will enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding jungle canopy and the Gulf of Papagayo.  

Situated within a forested setting, the resort will offer 130 guestrooms and suites in addition to 92 residences. The accommodations are designed to make the most of the natural surroundings, with features such as open-air living rooms, large terraces and plunge pools. The suites will include eleven two-story treehouses whose striking, contemporary design will bring a sense of delight and romance.

Designed by Zürcher Arquitectos, Rosewood Puerto Papagayo will be keeping in alignment with Rosewood’s core philosophy of A Sense of Place® and will use indigenous materials and locally inspired artwork throughout the property.  The resort will have direct beach access and two swimming pools in addition to a fitness center and the brand’s signature Sense, A Rosewood Spa. Dining options will include a poolside bar and grill, a restaurant offering informal all-day dining, a bar and a specialty restaurant. The resort will also offer a total of nearly 1,100 square meters of event space including a ballroom with a large outdoor terrace. 

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Costa Rica Cell Phone

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

Costa Rica Cell Phone

Michael Simons talking on a cell phone in Costa Rica

Most USA and CANADA cell phone providers have roaming capabilities here in Costa Rica. So your phone WILL work when you get here. You should check with your carrier to see if they have a special International Roaming plan, so that you don’t pay astronomical roaming fees when you are here. Most of them do. Some of them have unlimited phone usage for around $10 per day during your vacation. There is WIFI everywhere you go, so it is also very easy to use your phone without having to use your data plan. You can text and do email through your WIFI on your phone, eliminating any chance of extra roaming fees.

Almost  every Costa Rica cell phone uses WhatsApp. It is an incredible App and I recommend you download it before you come. You can text, send photos, video and voice messages, and even make phone calls on this app and it is completely FREE. You just need a WIFI connection. It is how all the services keep in touch here; property managers, car rental companies etc. so it is very convenient to have on your phone.

Many of my clients want to have a Costa Rican number when they are here, to make it easy for local calling. There is a cell phone store in Coco, right next to the big Auto Mercado Grocery store. You can go in, and for a few dollars, get a prepaid chip. They will insert it into your phone, and BINGO, you have a CR number. You can then deposit $20 into the prepay account and have plenty of minutes for making local calls. Again, always use your WIFI for other things, like email, and Facebook, so you don’t eat up your minutes with data usage.

As a foreigner you cannot get a Costa Rica cell phone package, only a Prepay number. Once you have become a resident of Costa Rica you can then apply for the amazing packages and discount phone pricing that we all enjoy. Also, if you own a property or a car or a Costa Rican corporation and the corporation is MORE than 12 months old, you can apply for a phone package through the corporation as the owner instead of your personal name.

You will find that EVERYONE in Costa Rica has the latest model of cell phone, and their monthly bills are a fraction of what you are accustomed to pay in North America.

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