San Rafael de Heredia, situated a short distance away from the town of Heredia is an excellent alternative for visitors who want to be close to action without dealing with the hustle and bustle of the provincial capital. The neighbourhood is home to stunning scenery, friendly locals and a wide range of exciting attractions. The city also hosts high-end hotels, luxury swimming pools, top-quality gold courses and a full-service spa. San Rafael is an ideal place to enjoy a little rest in the heart of the Costa Rican countryside.
Investing in Costa Rica is the best to make your money grow as the real-restate market is in full expansion. Setting up in Costa Rica, it is enjoying the Occidental comfort at attractive prices.
In the past few years, Costa Rica has attracted many foreign investors due to its social and political stability and its tourism sector which is considerably extending. Buying a property in Heredia is an affordable solution and it is the right time to try as the housing sector has an annual estimation of 20%. Either it is for private or commercial use, you will undoubtedly derive profits.
There is no legal restriction to buy a property in Costa Rica, even if you are a non-resident, who have the same rights than the native people in terms of property. Before purchasing, there is one fundamental element to consider: The most comprehensive form of property ownership in Costa Rica is fee ownership. Fortunately for foreigners, the conditions for this type of ownership are the same for Costa Rican nationals as they are for foreigners. The concept of fee simple ownership is the same in Costa Rica as in the US. Basically, fee simple ownership gives the owner of the property the absolute right to materially own the property.
Before any purchase, it is recommended to examine the different legal documents such as the owner of the property, the plans... You will find all the useful information on the website registronacional.go.cr.
It is also encouraged to contact a professional of the real-estate market in the area to know the different steps of the buying process.
Some experts advise to buy a good through the creation of a limited liability company, which will increase the application fees.
Thanks to its tempered climate all year long, temperatures are in average between 18 and 25 degrees. The months from August to October correspond to the rainy season. The Pacific Ocean is restless, which provides excellent surfing conditions. However, some roads are impracticable due to the waterways to cross.
From June to November, it is the rainy season, which is called "temporada verde". However, it does not mean rain for 24hours a day. The abundant rains only last for one to two hours during the afternoon. It is possible to enjoy sunny mornings. Roads can be muddy and there are less visitors. Therefore, you will enjoy less crowded places, in a more peaceful atmosphere at attractive prices.
From December to April, it is the dry season. It is the best moment of the year to travel to Costa Rica but it is also the most touristic period. Prices increase and most of hotels are full. But you will enjoy very good weather conditions. This is the best moment to sunbath and benefit from dream beaches.
Located northeast of the capital of San José, Barva Volcano is the highest point in Braulio Carrillo National Park. This is one of the most impressive and ancient volcanoes in Central America. Barva Volcano is part of the range "Las Tres Marias" (The Three Marys) and it has around a dozen eruptive craters at the summit. The national park offers ample opportunities to adventurous travelers to explore this massive mountain on hiking expeditions. Barva also boasts one of the largest crater lakes in the area, called Barva Lagoon. There are multiple trails that wind around this volcanic lake, providing hikers with breathtaking views.
Even if the province of Heredia is an agricultural area, some places are home to the most luxury hotels. This is the case of the Condesa Hotel, which is one of the most impressive in the region. With splendid swimming pools, a fine restaurant and an high-end golf course as well as a full-service spa, this is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet time in the heart of the countryside in Costa Rica.
In the city of Heredia, El Fortín is a circular fortress tower which borders the north side of the plaza. It was built in 1876 by the governor of Heredia, Fadrique Gutierrez. This old fort is one of Heredia's most popular landmarks. This brick monument characterizes Gutierrez's passion for sculpture and military history. However, it has a curious piece of military ineptitude as the guns slits widen to the outside: they easily allowed bullets in but made it difficult for defenders to shoot out. Thankfully, El Fortin never saw battle.
The province of Heredia is situated in the North of the country and is famous for being the heart of the coffee production of the country.
Heredia is the smallest province of Costa Rica as it only represents 5% of the national territory. The Barva volcano is one of the most important tourist attraction in the province but you will also enjoy the beauty of the province, with its soaring mountains, its verdant rainforests and its rushing rivers. Heredia is considered as the safest place in Costa Rica but surely the best one to live in peace and in harmony with the nature.