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The sound of the waves

Imagine hearing the sound of the waves crashing on a pure white beach, from the privacy of your own piece of paradise ? Imagine feeling the sea breeze and using the views on Manzanillo as a perfect indication of swell size, tide and wind direction. You do not need binoculars to spot the whales. But you could do the 60 seconds drive down the hill and check out the surf beaches up close. Sure, you still need to build your dream house but you’ve got a 3000 square meter canvas to play with. The 70 meter deep water well is worth pure gold. And while electricity is only 150m away we would recommend you go solar. You can choose your friends but not your neighbours so maybe consider having Gisele Bundchen next door as a big bonus. Not to say you might make a few of her 6 million followers on Instagram think that they should have bought this $300.000 plot first. As a matter of fact, I should probably ask @giseleofficial if she knows anyone interested in this piece of land. Sometimes yes you can pick your neighbours. Imagine hearing the sound of the waves, crashing on a pure white beach, from the privacy of your…

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We posted this a few months ago on our Instagram account and had some really good feedback. This dream property is still for sale. The owner is a good friend and told me he is not in a hurry to sell. I do believe there is some sound opportunity to build an eco villa with a million dollar view for someone who wants to be living the Pura Vida lifestyle. The community is young, close and very international, with large contingents of Israelis and Argentines. The area’s residents make a living running tourism ventures and real estate companies, and the pace of life is slow but active. Like many surfing towns, the schedules are set by the surf rather than clocks. No doubt why the rich and famous have build here.

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Generally, the profiles of people interested in buying in this area break down into three categories: The surfer looking for a place for under $100,000; the investor looking for land to develop; and people looking for a second or third home. Malpais and Santa Teresa are not only one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica, but one of the most beautiful in the whole world. Imagine perfect beaches with coconut palms, almond trees, and ancient pochotes, backed by dramatic jungle-covered hills. The water is warm all year, and the jungles are filled with an amazing variety of animals: monkeys, parrots and other birds, iguanas, and even the occasional anteater.

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In the 1960’s a few foreigners discovered Montezuma, and moved there, before there were cars or electricity. Travel was done on horseback. Life was harder, but worth it. Over the decades, Montezuma was “discovered” and hundreds of people moved there from all over the world, especially Italy, Argentina, Germany, Canada, and the United States. It became known as a secret hideaway for movie stars, musicians, artists and creative people of all types.

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Before travel to Costa Rica was common, Montezuma had already become a world famous destinations for tourists “in the know” about the best places on earth. In the last ten years, Malpais, a very short drive from Montezuma, became the next great destination, and has since outgrown its sidekick status to Montezuma, becoming a major destination of its own, now with far more hotels and restaurants than Montezuma. The driving force behind Malpais’ rapid growth has been its amazing variety and consistency of surf, and people from around the world have learned the reputation of Malpais surfing, and have come to enjoy the waves.


Surfing isn’t the only game in town in Malpais. Costa Rica has become known for its yoga centers, and our area is known as one of the main centers of yoga here, with options such as Pranamar, Anamaya, Horizons, Tropico Latino, Indigo, Ylang Ylang, and many more.

It’s no wonder that the Montezuma/Malpais area have rapidly escalating real estate prices since many people have decided to try living in Costa Rica. Malpaís and Santa Teresa have no titled beach front property — it’s all under concession. The land from Malpaís north to the beautiful and isolated beach of Manzanillo is regulated under 11 different zoning plans. The Costa Rican Board of Tourism (ICT) and the Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Telecommunications (MINAET) are trying to consolidate them, according to information from Hidden Realty.

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