Five Opportunities to Learn and Practice Spanish While in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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The ability to speak Spanish in Costa Rica as a non-native Spanish speaker is one of the most rewarding accomplishments that you can work toward. While a large portion of the population speaks English, it will make life even more comfortable if you can converse in Spanish. The ability to speak the native language will open up a lot more …

The 5 Best Apps for Learning and Improving Your Spanish

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While the official language in Costa Rica is Spanish, many Costa Ricans speak impressively impeccable English. The ability to communicate proficiently in English opens up a lot of doors for local Costa Ricans, especially in the thriving tourism industry. Locals have long learned the English language to facilitate English-speaking tourists and even expats better. But, when foreigners make an effort …

What to Know about July 25 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Seven provinces make up Costa Rica: San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas, and Guanacaste. The province of Guanacaste, which includes Playa Grande, has long lured in travelers and expats from around the globe. This northwesternmost region of Costa Rica is hallmarked for its spectacular beaches, inviting beach towns, agriculturally-productive countryside, abundant wildlife, diverse ecosystems, consistent surf, and almost year-round …

Why Playa Grande is a Great Community to Invest In

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If you’ve ever spent time in Playa Grande, you already know why this beach and surf community is so alluring. If you haven’t, though, let us share with you why Playa Grande is such a great community to invest in from a non-financial perspective. Away from it all, but close enough The main entrances to Playa Grande are a curvy …

The Beauty of Being in Playa Grande During the Less Visited Times of the Year

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The secret has long been out! Costa Rica is an internationally famous destination and one that receives more visitors every year. It is also a place where the “low season” is becoming shorter and less pronounced from the more popular times of the year to visit. More visitors are better for business. However, fewer visitors are often preferred by full-time …

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The Difference Between El Niño and La Niña, and What that Means for Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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We are in the midst of an El Niño event, and it is predicted to last through June, July, and August and maybe beyond. You’ve probably heard the terms “El Niño” and “La Niño” on the weather report before or during small talk conversations where the weather is commonly brought up. But, do you know what the difference between the …

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The Real Dangers of Rainy Season in Costa Rica

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The rainy season varies from region to region in Costa Rica. On the Pacific slope and coast though, it typically ranges from May to November. The further south you go, the longer and rainier it is and the further north you go the shorter and drier it is. While you might not be wishing for rain on your vacation, this …

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Six Life Lessons You Can Learn from Living in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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There is a lot you can learn from living in or spending a substantial amount of time in Playa Grande. Life lessons are all around us! Less is more  We live in an era of extreme consumerism. Through commercials, print ads, movies, television shows, and social media, we are regularly exposed to this idea that material wealth is a sign …

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Three Award-Winning Golf Courses in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Did you know that the best golf courses in all of Costa Rica are in Guanacaste? Did you also know that there are three award-winning golf courses within an easy drive from Playa Grande? If you are interested in hitting the links while you are in Guanacaste, we highly recommend you check out these courses!  Reserva Conchal Golf Club  Robert …

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Non-Touristy Activities to Do in and around Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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If you are living in, have just moved to, or are enjoying an extended stay in Playa Grande, you might be interested in some non-touristy activities to experience. There are dozens of activities and places that both tourists and locals enjoy in and around Playa Grande. However, there are a few activities that many first-time and short-term visitors don’t have …