So, you vacationed in Costa Rica, and you fell in love!
Author: Shelagh Duncan (Royal Palm Interiors)
Costa Rica has no army, they have an extensive healthcare system, and they enjoy a 98% literacy rate with free education! What’s not to love? It also tops the list of happiest countries worldwide!
Most of us who settled here were drawn to the amazing natural beauty everywhere you look, the local people’s friendliness and the Pura Vida…. Then came the big decision to create a home here!
Your realtor may have already helped you select an architect and a builder, and you have your plans approved. If not, be as thorough in making your selections as you would be back home. Get a few quotes and always check references from former clients. No matter how honest and convincing someone sounds, it is up to you to do your due diligence, especially in a foreign country in a different language.
If you have never built a custom home before, it can seem quite daunting. You will be asked to specify the exact flooring you want, the backsplash and countertop materials, the faucets, tubs, and basins. You will also be expected to know what kind of lighting you want to use and where you want it. Every little detail will need your immediate attention. Even if you have built a home before, this will not be the same as building one in North America.
Of course, your builder will help you as much as he can, but fortunately, Costa Ballena now has the South Pacific Design Center! They can help and advise you on all those selections – right here in Uvita! No more racing up to San Jose when something was overlooked or became unavailable! They can also oversee your project and be your eyes and ears throughout the process.
Because of their interior design connections, they have many exclusive and unique finishes from their many partners. Your home can stand out as a unique and special creation that reflects your personality and lifestyle. They even offer specialized Kitchen & Bath design!
If you need some help with paint color selections or interior design, their designers are available for consultations – either in person or virtually. That is especially helpful if you are out of the country!
Furnishing your new home is a snap with Royal Palm Interiors; they work closely with the South Pacific Design Center to provide exclusive, sustainable, and jungle ready products. Custom-designed furniture is also available, produced to North American standards – so no straight backs or hard sofas!
Full project management is also available from the Design Team, and they will present you with a move-in ready home for your arrival.
During 2020, Ballena Tales Travel and Service Guide Magazine has published numerous uplifting, constructive, and thought-provoking articles on nature, people’s initiatives, or a healthy lifestyle. Our contributing authors are members of our community, business owners, and individuals with deep knowledge and love of the South Pacific, thus creating an oasis of inspiration and well-being for you to enjoy.
Manassah is from Chicago (Illinois) and has lived in Uvita for five years. She left behind her job as a court reporter, well paid, and no less stressed in the metropolis of Chicago with a population of nearly 3 million people. The need for a change in her life was prevalent. After volunteering at the Hostel Cascada Verde in Uvita in 2009, she decided to focus on moving to Uvita permanently.
Hello from beautiful Drake Bay, Costa Rica. We are thankful to be back on the water fishing every day. Right now, the Tuna are biting like crazy. There are large schools of Tuna right by Cano Island.
What were my life expectations when I landed into this wild and lush unknown? “Something else.” On the eve of my departure, I look back at these last four and a half years with a heart full of gratitude. Costa Rica has grown under my skin, and I’ll carry it with me for the rest of my life.
He who is looking for authentic quality cocoa without artificial additives has found the perfect place. The idea for Cacao Puro Muba Uvita came from Mrs. Sylvia Beita. She is indigenous of the Cabécar tribe of Ujarrás. As a child, she learned from her grandmother how to get the best out of cocoa. For five years now, she and her husband Enrique have created artisan products from cocoa beans.
The new income tax brackets are effective from January 1 to December 31, 2021. An adjustment must be made each year, as provided in Law 7092, and in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.
Most pets are the best friends of humans. They provide company to man and are very beneficial for their health, both mental and physical. Pet therapy involves your pets to help you recover from diseases and mental disorders. ESA doctors review the benefits of owning pets for your health. ESA is termed as an emotional support animal, and ESA doctors are the medical professionals that recommend an ESA on medical terms.