Sunday, November 20, 2016

HOA Update / Dues

Hello to all of our fellow San Juanillo owners and investors,

This is Mike Cothran, co-owner of Lot 19, writing to everyone as the current
HOA president of San Juanillo Estates.  It has been quite some time since I
have reached out to everyone, but I hope that this message finds you all
well.   2016 has been a busy year both stateside and down in Costa Rica.
Sales are again on the rise to the south in Nosara after some issues with
annotations and lot freezes in 2015.  Local "expats" are continuing to look
north towards San Juanillo as housing and lot prices continue to rise in
Playa Guiones and Pelada.  A good article on real-estate for 2016 is linked
just below:

This year has yielded a wetter than normal rainy season for our area.  Where
the last few years have not shown the normal rainfall, 2016 has made up for
lost time.
Just as of this past week, the clouds have broken, and the sunny days of
summer in Central America are upon us once again.   In San Juanillo, people
are gearing up for another high season.  The restaurants, Ancient people, La
Sodita, La Luna, and the San Juanillo Inn should be opening again.   Leor, a
longtime resident of San Juanillo, is planning on opening a new hotel along
the road towards the San Junaillo beach with a few cabinas, and a small
"rancho style" pizzeria/bar.  Hacienda del Sol just down the hill from our
little community is also gearing up for high season and has several retreats
coming up.  Check them out at:

As for our little development, things continue to progress. Last year, Leah
Magnuson purchased lot 34 and began building a new house above the homes of
Menla and Sharlynne.  It is set up on a beautiful spot with incredible
views.  I got to meet Leah briefly during one of her stays, and am so glad
to have her as an addition to the community. Armando, our caretaker actually
worked with the crew to help build her house.   Armando has stepped up his
game for us this year.  During the busy season last spring, he commissioned
a tractor to come in and do road work to improve access up to our lots.
Unfortunately, this work has been undone from the heavy rains, and we will
need to do more road work again to improve access up the hill and also to
the lots.  This past spring, Armando also did a very nice job at clearing
everyone's lots during the dry season (this is usually an extra cost), as
well as making sure the water system was working for everyone.  We did have
a few instances of the water system going down from lightning and a line
breakage, but Armando always hired on people to promptly take care of the
problems.  Having grown up just down the road, Armando has proved to be very
resourceful when it comes to finding people to get the job done for us.  I
really commend Armando for his good work, but with our shortfall of dues, we
risk losing our caretaker if we do not "step up" our game as owners.  It is
getting late in the year and we have many lot owners who still owe dues for

"Please, please, please, work to get your dues up to date."

The developers have covered our shortfalls again this year, but we are
running low on funds, and there is much work that needs to get done coming
out of rainy season.  If you have not yet paid your dues for 2016, I urge
you to please get in touch with me, Mike Fitzgerald, or Bob Munro and get up
to date. 2017 is right around the corner so please don't fall behind.  It is
vital to the health of the development and the value of your lots that we
continue general maintenance of the infrastructure.  If you are having a
problem with raising funds please reach out to me, and we can try to work on
a plan together.  Without payments, roads, water, and lot maintenance simply
cannot proceed to exist which will invalidate the value of your lots, and
the quality of the development as a whole.  Interesting fact:  All trees
larger than 4 inches in diameter in Costa Rica must get permitted by the
Minae (Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Technology) before they can
be cut down.  If your lots are not tended to, you could have many of these
trees growing in on your lots within a year or two.  There have been many
cases where land owners cannot get permits to cut these trees after they
grow in which could severely inhibit your ability to put a house on the
property or re-sell your property in the future.  We need your dues to keep
access to your lots.  You should also consider paying to have your lots
cleaned up at least once a year to prevent them from becoming overgrown.
Armando can set this up for a small fee of around $100, but you will need to
pay the HOA account first to have this done.  All payments should be sent

Bank:      Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
 Please contact us for the exact information.

If you are having trouble with an international wire, please reach out, and
I will work with you to the get money down the account in CR.

I will also be working to put together our yearly meeting this coming
January/Febuary.  If any owners have questions or issues that they would
like raise, please send these things my way and I will begin working on the
agenda for the meeting.

Finally, I thought I would leave by sending you some more links to
real-estate companies, and activities in the area.  If you have some extra
time, maybe peruse through these sites to get a better idea of what is going
on these days in the area.

things to do:

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!
Mike Cothran

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Regional growth will be led by Dominican Republic (6.0%), Panama (5.9%), Nicaragua and Bolivia (4.5%), and Costa Rica (4.3%) at the end of the year, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

ECLAC released its economic survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2016, which stresses the urgency of mobilizing investment – public and private – to promote the region’s economic recovery and meet the challenges imposed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“The capacity of those countries to accelerate economic growth depends on the ability to adopt policies that support investment. These policies must be accompanied by efforts to change the conversation between the public sector and private companies. Increasing productivity is also a key challenge to move forward on the path of dynamic growth and stability,” said Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC in Santiago, Chile, during the press conference about the study presented today.

Central America is in one of the best situations on the whole continent because it will grow 3.8%, thanks to the stimulus derived from an improvement in terms of trade, a lower price for the production of hydrocarbons, the recovery of their internal and external demand, and an increase in income from remittances.

On the other hand, in general terms, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean show a contraction in growth rate of -0.8% in 2016, an even greater fall than what was observed in 2015 (-0.5%), with a very heterogeneous behavior among countries and subregions.

Externally, the world economy will maintain low levels of growth. This will be accompanied by a slow expansion of trade, which has failed to regain the levels seen before the global financial crisis, according to the report.

The ECLAC urges that a return to the path of growth is necessary to mobilize financial flows and finance development.

This requires changing the tax structures of countries to improve collection and progressiveness, strengthen income tax – for both individuals and companies, – and combat evasion, which reached 6.7 points of regional GDP in 2015, with a total estimated amount of $340 billion.

It is also necessary to promote renewed political- and public-private coalitions that create adequate incentives to channel funding towards the objectives of development.

Financial inclusion as a policy of productive insertion through the creation of markets and new innovative instruments should also be enhanced.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

10 reasons why you should visit Costa Rica in 2016

Lush jungle, colossal waves and the thrill of adventure will draw you to this rugged, rainforested Central American country
The variety of landscapes and microclimates that can be enjoyed in one day makes Costa Rica the ultimate destination for keen explorers.
For beach lovers, there are white, tan, dark brown and black sand beaches to complement the rocky points, volcanoes, river mouths, reefs and offshore islands which create a playground of surf spots that line both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
There’s plenty here for wildlife lovers to see too - roughly a quarter of the country is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
Here are ten reasons why you’ll want to travel to this tiny Central American oasis this year.
1. The beautiful beaches
Costa Rica has nearly 300 different beaches along its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, each with a unique draw and distinct setting. Well over 99 per cent of the coastal land of Costa Rica is protected by maritime zones, which prohibits construction within 200 meters of the high tide mark. Beachside hotels and boardwalks you will not find here; Instead expect to spot wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, parrots and toucans in the jungle that lines the fluffy, fine sands.
2. The incredible surfing spots
Costa Rica is famous for its waves - the water is warm all year round and surfers flock here to stake out breaks. The quiet fishing hamlet of Tamarindo is famous with local surfers, as is Playa Avellana which is referred to by locals as "little Hawaii”. Here you’ll find extraordinary offshore waves that can reach up to 18 feet, making it an ideal destination for experienced surfers from around the world. Elsewhere, Playa Negra is a beautiful dark-sand beach famous for its right-hand barrel waves.
3. The cuisine
Costa Rican cuisine is hearty, savoury and always satisfying. No visit is complete without trying Gallo Pinto, the country’s national dish. Made by stir-frying rice and beans stir-fried together in a pan, it is usually served for breakfast along with scrambled or fried eggs and sour cream or cheese. Generous portions, fresh-brewed coffee and fruit in every shape, size and color fill the tables of homes here, and ceviche remains one of the country’s most popular dishes.
4. Spectacular rainforests
Home to some of the most colourful and exotic flora and fauna on earth, this tiny Central American country is the habitat of some 10,000 species of plants and trees. Its tropical rainforests are often referred to as “jewels of the earth”, as they are home to two-thirds of all living animal and plant species on the planet. There are numerous areas that have rainforest walking trails, waterfall climbs and canopy tours to discover the magnificence within. Some of the best national parks to hike or walk in the rainforest include Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, Miravalles,Tenorio and Carara.
5. Boutique hotels & hip hideaways
Charming rustic cabins, hilltop cottages and quirky self-catering eco-houses set in the jungle are just a few of the alternative stays to be found in Costa Rica. The Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge is set on a beautiful, sustainable black pepper farm with epic views of of the stunning Osa Peninsula. In tropical gardens elevated abouve the Pacific you can choose between cabins offering simple comforts or villas fully equipped for self-catering. Sprawl out on a hammock with a book and a glass of wine or paddle in the warm waters. There are plenty of trails through the lodge’s own reserve to explore the primary and secondary rainforest or reach the beach and the resident biologist Philip Davison gives a fascinating tour. Don’t expect luxury; do expect a fantastic laid-back adventure.
6. The wildlife
Nowhere else in the world are so many types of habitats squeezed into such a tiny area. Animal-lovers will be spoilt for choice with everything from sloths to caiman and capuchins to dolphins calling the conservationist's dream their home. Keep your eyes peeled for Strawberry Poison Dart frogs, crocodiles, ocelots and colourful toucans.
7. The weather
With warm temperatures year round and plenty of sun, alongside the odd refreshing rain shower, Costa Rica is the ultimate summer destination for those looking for tropical conditions guaranteed. From December to May, the dry season attracts more visitors as it is ideally sunny and hot with little to no showers. From May to November is the rainy season, with thundering showers that happen sporadically throughout the day. If you don’t mind the rain, you might prefer to visit Costa Rica during this time as prices are lower and the rain allows the hot temperatures to cool off during the night.
8. It's quicker and easier to get there than ever before
In the last 12 months alone, there has been an increase of 12.9 per cent of tourists from the United Kingdom visiting Costa Rica. So it should come as no surprise that, starting in May this year, British Airways will be offering non-stop flights from Gatwick to San Jose, the Costa Rican capital. These direct flights will take place twice a week during summer, increasing to three a week for those craving a winter adventure. In short, it’s never been easier to jet off to paradise.
 9. The volcanoes
Costa Rica is scattered with 14 active and non-active volcanoes that form the grouping known as the ring of fire. For some of the most stunning and panoramic views visit the Irazu Volcano which last erupted when US President John F. Kennedy visited Costa Rica. On a clear day from the volcano’s summit you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
10. The people
The people in Costa Rica are often referred to as “Ticos" for men, and “ Ticas" for women. They are known as some of the happiest people in the world, probably due to their relaxed and “pura vida" (pure life) lifestyle. Bump into a local and they will generally greet you with a warm smile and an open ear. The country has been ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world, based on its high quality of life, good life expectancy rate and small ecological footprint. Its army-free citizens have a life expectancy of 79.3, and they’re surrounded by a beautiful setting that’s sure to keep a smile on anyone’s face. Visit for just one week and you'll find yourself never wanting to return to reality.