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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!

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Children Of One Planet – Coronavirus Aid July 2, 2020

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

This week we continued to build on the concept of Community Cleaning in return for a Food Drive.

We want to give a special thanks to Azita Milanian who sponsored the entire food drive through her US foundation CHILDREN OF ONE PLANET.  We were able to clean up the pueblos of Communidad, Santa Rita, Sapal, Las Palmas and Tablado.  Thanks to CHILDREN OF ONE PLANET we were able to feed 129 families.  We were also able to feed hundreds of dogs and cats, as we were able to purchase 350 Kilos (almost 800 lbs) of pet food. We cannot even begin to express the gratitude that was received by these very needy families. THANK YOU Azita for your HUGE HEART.  You can visit her websites at or 

More on Azita and her foundation later.  Trust me it is a compelling story.

Mr. President Please Open the Airport!

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Papagayo Region

Mr. President Please Open the Airport!

June 18, 2020 – Palmira, Carrillo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

It has been about 3 months since we have been working with the local communities, volunteers and your donations to provide much needed food and supplies to the most needy families in our little corner of paradise.  So what changed this time?  Well being good capitalists and knowing that it is not good for anyone to just receive handouts and not do something in exchange we decided to require every town who got aid to clean up their streets on the day we deliver them aid.

So here is what happened – and it is not what you would expect…  We had previously identified 53 families in the community of Palmira that were in need of food and supply packages.  And we told them that everyone who was on the list to get a package had to come out in the morning and help do a street and yard clean up.  We partnered with Patas y Manos like always who in turn coordinated the clean up with the assistance of the Municipality of Carrillo.  So instead of the 53 families, over 200 people showed up to not only clean the streets but to clear out backyards of garbage and items that could be a potential Dengue nests.

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