This Week in Costa Rica

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This Week in Costa Rica is a weekly, online radio program and podcast by US expat, Dan Stevens

Expats in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste


This week, Corey interviews Adrian Vargas from The Costa Rica Star on having made the move from San Jose, to Playas del Coco, Guanacaste.  They discuss the lifestyle changes that come with moving to the beach and share some details of this popular expat-friendly community.

Next, Corey calls Mari Brenes of Palm Real Estate.  Mari is a Costa Rican real estate agent who lives and works in Playas del Coco.  She and Corey talk about rental opportunities, the “try before you buy” approach to Costa Rica, and the varieties of homes and properties for sale in the area.

From Wikipedia:  Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. This area is also one of the fastest growing areas of tourism in Costa Rica. It has long been a popular tourist destinations of both local Costa Rican citizens as well as foreigners. Playas del Coco is affectionately called “El Coco” by the locals or “Coco Beach” by Canadians, Americans and Europeans.

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Playas del Coco is located approximately 20 miles from the city of Liberia, Costa Rica. Due to its close proximity to Guanacaste’s capital of Liberia, it has had historical importance. Local tourism was always constant, but the city really began to grow when international tourists began to arrive in the 1990s. Due to Playa del Coco being one of the few beach areas in Guanacaste with an infrastructure it became a hub for tourism and business. Other neighboring beach area began to grow as tourism and population expanded.

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