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The Eviction Process in Costa Rica

(Versión en Español a continuación) With a substantial number of rental properties in Costa Rica, it is important for property [...]

Cryptocurrencies as a means of investing in real estate

Convenience expanded market, and increased security are just a few of the reasons cryptocurrency real estate transactions are all the [...]

How Does the Residential Renting Process Work In Costa Rica?

Renting a residential property in Costa Rica is governed, primarily, by the provisions of the Tenancy Law (Ley General de [...]

Gut Health, Bright Health

Why is it so essential to maintain good gut health, and how does this impact your day-to-day life? Hello, my [...]

Vargas Vargas Arquitectos

Vargas Vargas is a studio of architectural design and landscaping, located in Guanacaste — one of the most beautiful areas [...]

What are the Most Common Forms of Holding Real Property Interests in Costa Rica?

In Costa Rica, the three common forms of holding real property interests are: registered title properties, right of possession properties [...]

Walking the Talk

Giving Back in a Big Way There is no doubt the real estate market has been doing very well in [...]

Surviving in Times of Crisis

Hoping you are well, let's welcome April, my fellow entrepreneurs! Too much unfortunate news around the world during March, for sure, [...]

Margaritaville A Taste of Paradise

Yes, we're open to the public! Margaritaville began as a synonym for a relaxed, laid-back state of mind.  Delicious food [...]

If Selling or Buying Property In Costa Rica

Whether you’re selling or buying property in Costa Rica, it’s important to select a real estate company and associate who [...]

Conserving Biodiversity by Design

Vargas Vargas arquitectos is a studio for sustainable architecture, landscaping design, engineering, and building. The company was founded by Cristina [...]

What Is The Property Purchasing Process?

Many of you reading this will have purchased a property in other jurisdictions previously, particularly in Canada or the United [...]

Women Empowerment

I welcome March with a special salutation to all the women around the world: Happy International Women’s Day! Every year [...]

Home for Sale in Matapalo Costa Rica

Property Spotlight: Home for Sale in Matapalo Costa Rica. ABOUT THIS PROPERTY   Quality construction and design in a quiet secluded [...]

Can I Make Money Renting My Property in Costa Rica?

In almost every property development in Costa Rica, the breakdown of ownership is about the same. One-third of all the [...]

Tropicales del Valle Pineapples

Pineapples Fresh from Costa Rica to the World By exporting around 120 containers per week, we reach some of the [...]

Becoming Unstuck

Dear entrepreneurs: Let's welcome February with a positive vibe. A new month brings a unique opportunity to get a new [...]

Important Update: Tax Filing For Inactive Corporations In 2022

Last year, on January 22, 2021, the Costa Rica Tax office announced the resolution DGT-R-02-2021, which modified the previous resolution [...]

How are Property Purchase Closing Costs Calculated in Costa Rica?

For expats moving to Costa Rica and purchasing a home, it is useful to have ready information available to calculate [...]

From Dream to Design

Vargas Vargas arquitectos is a studio for sustainable architecture, landscaping design, engineering, and building. The company was founded by Cristina [...]

Financing Your Property In Costa Rica

What Are The Options? In the history of Costa Rica, not one single bank has ever failed. Click here for [...]

Mandatory Registration of Rental Properties For Non-Traditional Tourist Accommodations

As established in the "Law for the Regulation of Non-Traditional Accommodation Through Digital Platforms (N. 20 865)," rental properties in [...]

Purchasing Pre-Construction Properities

Costa Rica is currently experiencing a residential construction boom. Offerings of pre-construction (pre-sales) property purchases by developers are abundant, particularly [...]

Perfect Harmony

Happy 2022 beginning to all! Beginnings are the perfect time to look ahead and start making our to-do and purpose [...]

Time to Declutter

Order in Our Home Restores Health and Order in Our Life One of the best things we can do at [...]

Flor de Caña Rum Becomes Carbon Neutral Certified

Flor de Caña is recognized as an industry leader for its sustainable practices. Flor de Caña, a sustainably produced premium […]

FAQs for Expats

Moving to Costa Rica is an exciting time, and the country is very welcoming to foreigners.   Expats can apply for [...]

Condo Living

The term “condominium” in Costa Rica refers to a legal property entity registered in the National Registry as such. There [...]

Silvia Castro

I was around 13 years old, maybe younger, when I first met Silvia Castro in Costa Rica. Our dads were [...]

Grow Your Inner You to Grow Your Business in 2022

Dear fellow entrepreneurs: I think most of you might feel like I do — excited to begin a new year. [...]

Advertising Partners

Our partners make Howler Costa Rica Travel Information Magazine possible for FREE to our worldwide readers. Consider them when researching [...]

Considering Relocating to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica Legal Due Diligence Seminars If you are an expat who is interested in understanding the pure legal facts [...]

Costa Rica has Strong Showing in Cologne

A small but dynamic export delegation showcased some of Costa Rica’s most attractive food and beverage products at the recent [...]

Shrimp Farming in Costa Rica

Ecos Shrimp Group is an organic shrimp farming company based in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. With six farms and 180 collaborators, [...]

How do Escrow (Trust) Accounts Operate in Costa Rica?

The question often arises with expats moving to Costa Rica: how can we transfer large sums of money to Costa [...]

Luxury Living

Luxury living in Costa Rica may be a lot more attainable than you think. A large inventory of luxury villas [...]

Entrepreneur Costa Rica: Creating Harmony

Let me begin by saying that I’ve taken my time getting around to writing about this topic. It’s one that [...]

Home Luxury Tax for 2022

This month we are discussing Costa Rica’s "home luxury tax," Impuesto Solidario para el Fortalecimiento de Programas de Vivienda (Law [...]

Can a Foreigner Acquire a Beachfront Property Interest in Costa Rica?

Is it possible for foreigners to acquire a beachfront property interest in Costa Rica? The answer is less than straightforward [...]

Think in Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so my Entrepreneur CR article this month is dedicated to all women anywhere, and [...]

Now Law: Digital Nomads Welcomed in Costa Rica

I am pleased to update Howler readers on the March 2021 LegalEase article, Digital Nomads Welcomed in Costa Rica. The [...]

Britt Coffee

THE HISTORY OF GOURMET COFFEE Costa Rica has produced one of the best coffees in the world for over a [...]

Never Looked Back

Please allow me to introduce myself — my name is Joseph A. Emanuelli. I am the Managing Broker of Tres [...]

How to Build Inner Resilience

BEST COSTA RICA ADVENTURE DEALS Welcome, my fellow entrepreneurs, to a new month with new challenges, situations and expectations among [...]

Cadastre Registration Regularization Program

BEST COSTA RICA TRAVEL ADVENTURES   In 2006, the Government of Costa Rica established (re-designed) the Cadastre and Registration Regularization [...]

Squatter’s Rights?

BEST COSTA RICA ADVENTURE DEALS Before you purchase property in Costa Rica you may want to know more about so-called [...]

Day Three Botanicals

On This Page: Hemp Supreme – 12X Formula Peppermint flavor 3600 mg cbd – 1oz (30ml) dropperHemp Supreme Full Spectrum […]

Economic Reactivation Goals

New Law Encourages Foreign Investment and Relocation to Costa Rica On July 5, 2021, the government of Costa Rica published Law [...]

Joint Tenancy Property Title Registration

In English common law jurisdictions, such as Canada and the United States, registering a property title in joint tenancy — [...]

HMH Marketing

On This Page: Over 25 years of publishing Costa Rica to the WORLD!BROWSE THE HOWLER MAGAZINE of Costa Rica ABOVE […]

Reset Your Mindset

My dear fellow entrepreneurs, I will begin this month's article with this mantra: “I am still standing!” Repeat this mantra [...]

Summer Vacation Game Plan

Welcome, July! Kids start their long summer vacations, likely feeling happy and free with the prospect of no school for [...]

Rental Properties

With the substantial number of rental properties in Costa Rica, it is important for owners who rent their properties out [...]

Water Availability

When considering building a home in Costa Rica, you might expect water availability to be the least of your concerns. [...]

Dynamic Howler Marketing

On This Page: Interactive Videos – unmute, and click!Unmute videos. Open magazine pages to full screen.Email: terry@howlermag.comSince May 1, 2021….we’re […]

Costa Rica’s Legal System: Roman Civil Law

Like the judicial systems used primarily throughout the countries of Latin America and continental western Europe, Costa Rica has adopted [...]

Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica: Basics – Part 2

Our last LegalEase article in the May 2021 Howler issue focused on the basics of making a real estate purchase [...]

Global Wellness Day

Happy June to all of you! This month’s Entrepreneur CR article is dedicated to an extraordinary worldwide celebration: Global Wellness [...]

Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica: The Basics

PART 1 Now that international borders have reopened, the real estate market in Costa Rica is starting to heat up. [...]

HOA Law in Costa Rica

Purchasing or renting property in Costa Rica can be confusing for foreigners. One of the most confusing and least understood [...]

Be One Step Ahead

My fellow friend entrepreneurs, I congratulate all of you because you are warriors, and you have survived. As this pandemic [...]

Digital Nomads Welcomed in Costa Rica

Sections: CR BIZ FEATURE ENTREPRENEUR CR DOING BUSINESS RIGHT CR REAL ESTATE 101 LEGALEASE PROPERTY / DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT COMMUNITY FEATURE [...]

Building CR – Picking Your Dream Property

Plan to build your dream home in Costa Rican paradise? First, it's always recommended to find a reputable real estate [...]

Becoming Unstuckable

Entrepreneur Costa Rica: Becoming Unstuckable - Your Personal Business Mission.  Unstuckable may not appear in most conventional dictionaries, but nonetheless [...]

Lifting Disabled Barriers to Cahuita’s Beach Beauty

Have you ever tried to push a wheelchair through the sand? No, I have not either, but just the idea […]

ProParques Costa Rica

Getting Things Done They get things done! That was my foremost thought when undertaking to follow up on the community […]

New Obligations for Inactive Corporations

The Costa Rican tax administration, Ministerio de Hacienda, has implemented new decrees to control the legitimization of capital and root […]

Tres Amigos Realty

Click HERE for our website!   Discover our agents, why they love our region and their joy in working with [...]

Exit Permit Requirements for Minors

All Costa Rican minors (under the age of 18) are required to have an exit permit, regardless of whether or [...]

Staying the Main Course

A recent survey by the National Restaurant Association in the United States found nearly one in six restaurants have closed [...]

Feel Good From the Inside Out

Happy February, everyone!  I got the sense that January passed fast, and some of the objectives that I had in [...]

Rising Up With Best Foot Forward

Happy new year to all of you! I wish you an abundance of wisdom, peace, happiness, love and money! Let's [...]

Costa Rica Provides Additional COVID-19 Relief Measures

The Costa Rican government continues to adjust to the financial implications of COVID-19. The relief measures outlined below pertain to [...]

Your New Coldwell Banker Agents

Katy and Larry Benveniste Recently arriving from Hawaii, we traded one tropical paradise for another, leaving Maui’s sunny beaches for [...]

Taking Adventure Tourism To The Top – Diamante Hits New Heights

Diamante Hits New Heights - The growing business of Costa Rica's adventure tourism: On a perfectly bright and clear January morning in [...]

Your 2021 Vision Board

SPANISH BELOW Are you already wondering how next year will be? Do you want to plan to have the best [...]

International Exchange of Financial Account Information

This article will discuss the requirements and application in Costa Rica for the automatic exchange of foreigners’ financial account information [...]

A Challenge to Feel Good

Cómo están, my fellow entrepreneurs, business owners, working moms and friends?    Before I started to brainstorm about what I [...]

Value Added Tax Modified for Tourism

On This Page: The tax rate will be reinstated in stages over a period of time. Texto en español a continuación SPANISH […]

IREN Renaissance Institute

Renaissance Institute, known as IREN, is a Costa Rican nonprofit organization focused on finding educational solutions for children and adults. [...]

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Being an entrepreneur with a business to run can sometimes be overwhelming. Maintaining a business is a demanding [...]

Dare To Make A Difference

Dare To Make A Difference   Spanish text below. Texto en español a continuación   (Photos courtesy of SIFAIS) Located [...]

Local Fisherman Feeding Families and More

It is inspiring to see the number of people in the Jacó community that work to help others. No doubt [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Entrepreneurs

Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Entrepreneurs I am glad everyone is alive and kicking. In this article, I will be your […]

Do Foreigners Require a Costa Rica Will?

Do Foreigners Require a Costa Rica Will? As a Costa Rica lawyer I am often asked by expat clients whether […]

How to Open a Costa Rican Bank Account SP/EN

Aperturas de cuentas bancarias   (English below) Requisitos para extranjeros (Residentes y no residentes) Banco de Costa Rica Original del documento […]

Diamante Hits New Heights SP/EN

Diamante Hits New Heights (Spanish below) On a perfectly bright and clear January morning in 2012, while standing on a […]

Jacó Impact: Making Waves in Ways that Matter

Born and raised in the neighboring port city of Puntarenas, Yorgina Ureña has been part of the Jacó community for […]

Diamante clean

  Leading the way back for Costa Rica Adventure Tourism Diamante, located in Guanacaste along the Gulf of Papagayo, became […]

Jaco Impact At Home

Jacó Impact at Home in La Casona Lodge New Digs to Grow in New Directions Most people know Yorgina Ureña […]

Health Insurance time bomb

Health Insurance For the Time Bomb You Don’t Hear Ticking   “We are healthy and we never need to go [...]

Pollito Project

The Pollito Project Helping in Sustainable Ways There are many ways to help those in need, but there is something […]

Review Insurance Policies

Not All Policies Are Alike: READ YOURS!   As you may know, not all insurance policies are alike. It’s always […]

Vacasa Clean

Introducing Vacasa Premium Clean Enhanced Vacation Rental Cleanliness Protocol  Since we opened our doors in 2009, Vacasa homes have been […]

Apply Mindfulness to Business

How To Apply Mindfulness to Business I hope all of you are safe and sound. I want to start this […]

Same Sex Marriage

Costa Rica the First Country in Central America to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (Spanish below) On May 26, 2020, Costa Rica […]

Designing in Paradise, from a Distance

Clients often look at distance as a roadblock, but it doesn’t have to be. Designing in Paradise does not need […]

Be An Entrepreneur In Your Business and Your Health

Entrepreneur Costa Rica: Your Business and Your Health.  If you came to Costa Rica with dreams of a new lifestyle, […]

Time Management = Wellness Management

Entrepreneur Costa Rica: Time Management = Wellness Management.   Pura vida! Who doesn’t feel good about that Costa Rican phrase and […]

The Making of Lake Arenal

The Making of Lake Arenal: Life-Changing Upheaval for Two Small Communities. Forty years ago, Costa Rica inaugurated the largest public works […]

Beautifying Jacó One Light Post At A Time

If you have visited Jacó anytime after September 2019, you might have noticed some unusual activity throughout the busy, picturesque […]

Soft Skills: For Work and That’s Not All

From buzz words to application Most employers can readily identify certain key attributes that they hope their staff members possess. […]

COVID-19 Calls on Workforce to Turn Up the Volume on Lifelong Learning

Ready or not, life implies change. Many of us have reflected on this over the last four months, since COVID-19 […]

Costa Rica Announces Municipal Tax Breaks Due to COVID-19

Governments around the world are challenged with finding ways to help their citizens, business owners and local municipalities survive the […]

Time for a Half-Year Check-Up

On This Page: Assess the Wellness of Your Business, Mind and BodyYou need to check in with yourself every day.Tiempo […]

Business Owner Moms

You Too Can Welcome Your Kids’ School Vacations This Howler article is dedicated to some of the most loyal and […]

Costa Rica Residency

Your FAQs Answered Whether you have been in Costa Rica for awhile on a tourist visa, or are considering moving […]

Beyond the Lease

What You Really Need to Know About Long-Term Leases in Costa Rica You just bought your dream home in Costa […]

Reset Your Mindset

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, I know how the impact of a global economic downturn can affect any [...]

The Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

Renters and Buyers Will Be Back Did your dream property just turn into your biggest nightmare? Or, is COVID-19 just [...]

Autonomous Living in Costa Rica

Solar Solutions at Home and On the Road People move to Costa Rica for many reasons, but living autonomously or [...]

Timely and Proactive: Costa Rica’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

I’ve lived in Costa Rica, primarily in the western San José metropolitan area, for over 21 years, practicing law for […]

COVID-19 Measures for Travel, Condominiums and Tax Relief

Important Update on Laws and Guidelines to Protect You During this unprecedented time of global pandemic, Costa Rica has taken […]

Costa Rica Launches Tax Relief in Response to COVID-19

As the world grapples with the pandemic of COVID-19, Costa Rica has joined other nations in providing relief in several [...]

New Obligations for Inactive Corporations

In December 2019, a new resolution (DGT-R-075-2019) was announced in Costa Rica that requires inactive corporations to: Register with the [...]

Vacation Home Renters are Not Just Guests

Travelers have been staying in private homes for as long as there have been people on the move. The internet […]

Reserva Camaronal Costa Rica

I stepped onto the vertigo-inducing third-story glass balcony of an 8,000-square-foot mansion on a mountainside in Camaronal, and I felt […]

Skybound: Flying Costa Rica’s Airstrips

Photo above: Co-piloting this recent flight departure from Liberia was Kyle Berger, a Costa Rican native now working with Air [...]

Community Feature – ECODESI Association

ECODESI Association is an non-profit organization, meaning: Education, Commitment, Integrated Social Development. It is composed of two projects: 1. Source […]

Options for Real Estate Subdivision in Costa Rica

Various options for real estate subdivision are available in Costa Rica, including the following most common forms of property co-ownership. [...]