July 02, 2008 15:19 ET

Costa Rica's Golden Opportunities Are Second Homes

Jet Set Finds Hacienda Pinilla Clicks Away at Upscale

SANTA CRUZ, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - The Internet is the undisputed new home of travel and real estate shopping. Within clicks, airline websites like those of Delta and Continental can help whisk Americans and Canadians alike away for a weekend of golf and beach relaxation to northwestern Costa Rica's thriving Gold Coast.

A visit to helps guide travel plans to Hacienda Pinilla, a new 4,500-acre eco-friendly beach resort and gated residential community fronting the Pacific Ocean. Jets arrive just 45 minutes away from the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, a Mike Young-designed golf course, deluxe tennis and equestrian facilities, three miles of beachfront and single-family homes and townhomes. Custom home sites are priced from $250,000 to $900,000.

Savvy globetrotters can also select two-story Spanish colonial townhomes from 3,000 to 3,965 square feet for $725,000 and up, or entire homes with beach or golf course views from $1.1 million. Costa Rica has become a coveted spot for U.S. citizens and Canadians who are permitted to stay there for up to 90 days without a visa. Temporary resident visas are available for investors and retirees.

"Costa Rica is just another great place serious shoppers of private communities will find featured," said Elisabeth Miller-Fox, co-founder of, a resource that makes it easier to find these often exclusive, hidden real estate destinations. "People tell us they bookmark our site next to their favorite airlines so they stay updated on what's available to buy where they most love to be."


Established in 1996, is a consumer research and information portal with the most desirable locations in the hemisphere and includes private, semi-private and resort golf clubs that appeal to a range of buyers. profiles more than 300 communities in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. Communities profiled on the site have properties that range from $100,000 to more than $5 million.

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