So, you vacationed in Costa Rica, and you fell in love!

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.

modern bathroom, South Pacific Design Center!

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.



To provide better attention to the taxpayer and facilitate the completion of tax procedures, since August 28, 2020, the Ministry of Finance made the Virtual Procedure (TRAVI) platform available.
This platform includes approximately 40 procedures for extensive control, collection, valuation, and inspection; It works as an accompanying instrument for taxpayers who need to be up to date with tax regulations.

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Maritime Terrestrial Zone Costa Rica

Every time a client arrives in Costa Rica with the dream of acquiring property near the beach, with beach front and direct access to this, his dream becomes a “nightmare” when he hears words such as Concession, Maritime Terrestrial Zone, and its Law. And it is not for less, since this type of land has different care and treatment from many other properties in the national territory. Various government institutions such as municipalities, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, and others are involved.

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The Magic at Scala Restaurant in Dominical

Scala Restaurant & Sibú Café are located at the Escaleras Village. On the Coastal Highway, just a few kilometers South of Dominical or North of Uvita, follow the sign to Escaleras. It offers a gorgeous contour between the jungle and the sea. Village Escaleras is an all-open location with three environments with a cool breeze that blows across the terraces.

It has a hip atmosphere and soothing environment; you feel like relaxing in the midst of the jungle with the ocean showing through the tall trees. The place is so well-liked that most customers come regularly to have an early breakfast or enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner with their family, friends, or business partners. 

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A romantic dinner at Retro Restaurant

Retro Restaurant offered a romantic dinner to celebrate the ocassion. That night we can say that the magic of love floated in the place. To complement the decoration, the fine attention, and the special menu that Chef Jordany prepared, we had the opportunity to enjoy the songs performed by Armando Román and incredible magic acts performed by two distinguished magicians,

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Feng Shui

Feng Shui

FENG SHUI, the Chinese art of interior design, brings us success, health, and an “even” better life. Feng-Shui, literally translated as “wind-water,” is the art of living in harmony with the environment. Happiness, prosperity, and health increase. Feng-Shui teaches life in harmony with the five natural elements: earth, metal, water, wood, and fire.

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