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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!

Ex Pat Starting a Business in Costa Rica

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

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition 101

Ex Pat Starting a Business in Costa Rica.  When Amy Conroy and her husband Brian decided to move to Costa Rica with their two children they had a few simple priorities.  They made sure that they loved the area they planned on moving to and really wanted to have good schools and a local community that they felt comfortable living and raising their children in.

Ex Pat Starting a Business in Costa Rica

Believe it or not their first priority was not how they were going to make a living.  What is interesting is that they knew that if their family would be happy and united and their quality of life was better than it was back home in the United States then they could rely on their work ethic and entrepreneurship to allow them to earn a living.  It sounds simple but when you think about it the Costa Rica style of life is actually catered to being happy first and everything else will fall into place.

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Well it looks like the Conroys’ figured that out right away. They fell in love with the Papagayo area and bought a nice house (they chose to buy not rent by the way which is a good reason why they feel more committed to this lifestyle change) just minutes to the beach in the Vista Ridge Golf and Country Club (not as expensive and uptight as the name makes it sound) and enrolled their kids into a great school.  With the high priorities out of the way they are now focusing on building their businesses so they can continue to live and raise their families in the Pura Vida Way we all know and love here in Costa Rica.

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Amy happens to be an accomplished Hair Stylist and Salon owner from Austin, Texas so her first thought was to open up her own Salon.  Keep in mind that there are many Salons in the area and the competition seems pretty fierce but Amy thought she could provide a level of service and expertise that was not necessarily being offered here.  Check out this video where Amy explains how she started her own Salon in Costa Rica called Amy’s Hair Studio in the Hermosa Heights Commercial Center next to the Hermosa Beach Cinema in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

For those of you who have school age children and are contemplating moving to Costa Rica but are unsure what it will be like for the kids this next video is a Mom’s view of bringing kids to Costa Rica.

Not to leave out the Dads – and certainly Brian Conroy takes the raising of his kids very seriously.  So in this video Brian gives his perspective of what he was thinking and going through while they made the transition to Costa Rica with kids.  By the way their kids were ages 8 and 15 when they moved to Costa Rica.  Needless to say we are impressed with them pulling it off and surprised at how smooth it went for them.

In this next video Amy and Brian give us a little background on why they chose the Papagayo Area to move their family to and start a business.

Brian gives us his perspective of what type of opportunities are for families moving and looking to work or set up a business here.  More importantly he gives us some insight into how the EXPAT community in the Papagayo Area is well established and how they support and help newcomers get a head start.  We were not surprised but very happy to hear this first hand.

To get in touch with Amy and get your hair done up right

Amy Conroy 8627-6915

Life is a Highway – How I came to Costa Rica Part 4

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Buying and Selling Property in Costa Rica, Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Investing in Costa Rica, Newsletters, Playa Hermosa, RE/MAX Tres Amigos

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 100

Life is a Highway – How I came to Costa Rica Part 4.  THE FINAL CHAPTER

How I came to Costa Rica

An old client of mine wrote to me a few months ago. He has this southern drawl, and even when he writes, I can hear him speak in the words. “Myyyyyyyke. You gotta do sumthin’ amazin’ fur ya big one huned. It’s gotta be spectaculah. Just don do nuttin political.”

Thanks for the advice Don; I hope I have done you proud. So in celebration of my 100th Newsletter, here is the one so many of you have been waiting for. The conclusion of “How I Came to Costa Rica.”

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