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Progress – what it means to Caribbean Highlands

What we’re up to and the progress we are making   November 2015 – WOW, how time flies, but that must mean we’ve been (very) busy. Earlier this year Caribbean Highlands hired a new architect in the United States (Brooklyn New York to be more specific). We are still working with Oscar, but felt that we needed take things to the next level – GREAT MOVE! Vanessa Keith, owner of StudioTeka Design and her team have done exactly that – taken Caribbean Highlands from a retirement community type model and raised the bar – considerably. This has keep us all busy, with a new site plan, new amenities, a makeover of the buildings and overall design of the community, and a whole lot more. This also meant that we had to totally rework the numbers – for investors and banks. Now that all these items are in place we can officially […]

Costa Rica has 2 of Top 20 Latin American Hospitals for Medical Tourism

source: Airport lounges in the United States, Canada and other countries are filling-up with a new type of traveler: the medical tourist. Increasingly more people with and without health insurance or socialized medicine are grabbing their bags and traveling to other countries for medical treatment that better fits their budgets. Many travel thousands of miles to Asia and Europe as their destinations of choice. Let’s face it, medical tourism is on the rise, and besides the patient, Costa Rica is one of the major benefactors. But why have such a few, in terms of total percentages of medical tourism, not even considered Latin America over some of these other higher-cost, further distance destinations? It pretty much comes down to a lack of good information and lingering misconceptions. Too many foreigners still think of Central and South America as just a source for dengue fever or malaria. Many still have the perception […]

Favorite regional destination for European tourists

Costa Rica is favorite regional destination for European tourists Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 – By L. Arias   Tico Times European visitors to Central America increased by 16 percent last year. Meg Yamamoto Caribbean beaches are very popular destinations among European tourists. Costa Rica received 248,996 European tourists in 2012, and it’s their favorite tourist destination in the region, followed by Guatemala with 172,160 visitors from that continent. The figures were published in a report released this week by the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency, adding that the region as a whole increased tourist arrivals by 16 percent in 2012. According to the report, 717,883 European tourists arrived in the region in 2011, while in 2012 the number rose to 832,576. Germany and the United Kingdom are the countries that most contributed to these figures, as visitors from those countries accounted for 9.7 and 7 percent of visitors in the seven countries of the region. Spanish […]

Every Home Helps a Hundred (kids) – The Ultimate Dream/Goal

I am not quite sure how to start this off, but let me ask a question. How would life have changed for you if you didn’t have a home to live in when growing up? How about if you didn’t have loving parents to take care of you? Even today, right here at home children – every day don’t know if they will have food tomorrow, or the next day. Unfortunately these questions are not uncommon, and in certain parts of the world are every day occurrences for many. In order to get to the end I do need to start with me — my history — my life, from beginning to current time. The start was, as many things in my life, a true blessing. I was fortunate enough to be adopted by a very loving couple at a very early age (5 months old). I was given the […]

Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Costa Rica

For many years, Costa Rica has topped the charts as one of the world’s most attractive retirementdestinations. Thanks to its convenient location, comparatively low cost of living, and modern health care system, the country continues to draw thousands of retirees each year who transition into the pura vida lifestyle that epitomizes this Central American nation. Here’s our top ten list of why you should consider retiring in beautiful Costa Rica. Peaceful and Stable Rest easy in the knowledge that Costa Rica is one of Latin America’s most stable countries. For more than 60 years, Costa Rica has prospered peaceably without an army, with democratic presidential elections held every four years. With no military to speak of, government funds are poured into education and environmental conservation. Costa Rica has a large, educated middle class and enjoys relatively low crime rates. Proximity to North America What many don’t realize is just how […]

New IBM Delivery Center Opens in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica and ARMONK, N.Y., May 10, 2012 — / PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) officially opened today its new CostaRica Delivery Center, in America Free Zone, Heredia.   IBM will invest US$300 million over 10 years, and intends to employ up to 1,000 people by 2014. The new center will provide high-value services for clients around the world, reaffirming Costa Rica’s position as a strategic services hub for IBM. The facility will support clients in the areas of IT security, data storage, business analytics, cloud computing, and other services in demand by IBM clients.The new center will provide cloud infrastructure support and management to help clients simplify and enhance operational efficiency. Cloud computing provides clients with the ability to reduce their IT infrastructure costs, have a standardized, virtualized platform, and enhance their process automation. Additionally, the center will provide technology capabilities that can anticipate and help prevent fraud […]

The Costa Rica Employment Market is Growing

The Costa Rica employment market is growing for several reasons. CAFA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) and instigated over $2 billion in foreign investment. Companies such as Intel, IBM, HP, Fujitsu, to name a few, have set up manufacturing and assembly plants in the Costa Rica Free Trade Zones. Further there has been large number of supporting service businesses that has come online to support these larger companies in terms of service and product. While these multinational companies do hire primarily locals, they are always on the lookout for talent. Employment with larger companies like these require legal residency and/or work visa, in order to legally be able to work in Costa Rica, further residency is now being structured as a requirement to have a bank account, something you will need if you are legally working here. Another reason the employment market is booming, is that Costa Rica, while having […]

Walmart says new stores will lead to a strong growth platform

The retail monolith Walmart has announced 24 new store openings in Costa Rica this year. Manager of Corporate Affairs at Walmart Centroamérica says the openings will give the company a stronger platform for growth. In 2011, Walmart de Mexico and Centroamérica will invest $160.5 million in Costa Rica, a record high for the company. The investment includes the construction of 24 new stores in Costa Rica which will generate 839 new jobs adding up to a grand total of 11,600 Walmart jobs in Costa Rica…

Quick Dental Trips to Costa Rica

It is said that if beauty is power, then a smile is its sword. If your smile has dimmed because of damaged, decaying or discolored teeth, a quick dental trip to Costa Rica could provide the solution you need. Costa Rica provides low-cost yet high value dental treatments as well as unique ecotourism experiences. Increasing dental care costs and declining insurance coverage are limiting remedial options for people suffering from dental issues. This is why many people from the affluent parts of the world seek affordable options overseas. From missing, discolored or chipped teeth, imperfect smiles, gum diseases, to painful cavities, patients from all across the globe can find treatment options for their vexing dental problems in Costa Rica. According to a November 2012 report in Reuters, around 40,000 medical tourists, mostly from America and Canada, visited Costa Rica in 2011. About 30 percent of those sought dental work. The […]

A Perfect 10

Have you ever experienced days where EVERYTHING seems to go right, and then some? That was yesterday for me, and I would like to share that day with you, but I will need to give you a little background info first. As with many real estate projects, there are areas of logistics that can pose issues in moving forward. They may be getting water to the location, electricity, roads and the list goes on, but these three are the most prevalent. When Caribbean Highlands was in its infancy we were faced with the above issues and more. Remember, people living off the beaten path of progress have lived there for generations and hence have not found the necessity to upgrade to some of the things we take for granted. So to start, the access dirt road which leads from the town road to the top of the property a steady […]