Costa Rica real estate
Grupo Mapache offers the largest selection of homesites, Condos, Commercial Properties,
and Single Family homes for sale in Guanacaste Costa Rica. We specialize in the Guanacaste region
which includes, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Liberia, and Ocotal.
The capital of Guanacaste Costa Rica is Liberia also called ¨the whiite city¨
Guanacaste is home to a variety of beaches including Playas del Coco, or el coco, Playa Hermosa,
Playa Grande, and Playa Ocotal. Liberia the capital is a small old city where you will enjoy colonial
architecure. adove houses it makes for a very enchanging place. Guanacaste is located on the Gold Coast and many
We feel it is best to determine what area of Costa Rica you would like to live to best
display properties that meet your criteria. Whether you want to live near the beach,
the city, or in a lush valley we have many choices available to you. We suggest you come
down for a visit and really get an idea of what Costa Rica has to offer.
Playas del Coco, Guanacaste Costa Rica
Playas del Coco is one of the largest beaches in Guanacaste, many high end developments such as
Pacifico, Ladera del Mar, and others have chosen to make this their base of operations.
El Coco offers 3 Kilometers of coastline, with many activities and water sports to choose from,
including Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Jet skis and boat tours to name a few.
Ocotal, Guanacaste Costa Rica
Ocotal beach is another option while it is smaller there are many
restaurants as well as activities close by, This area is developing quickly
and has the famous Ocotal Beach Resort Close by. Scuba divers and Snorkeling
enthusiast agree that this gorgeous area is perfect to enjoy the riches of Costa Rica.
Pre-construction as well as existing condos are listed. The investment
opportunities listed on this web site are subject to availability, prices
may change without notice. Give us a call if you have any questions regarding the Real Estate
or Properties we have available in Costa Rica.
Choose a project:
Corporacion Mapache has properties ranging from Costa Rican Farm Real Estate, to Ocean view properties.
Our properties are wide ranging in geographic location as well.
If you are looking to invest in Costa Rica, Guanacaste, or Playas del Coco,
we can help walk you through this process the laws in Costa Rica are
different than that of the United States, while sometimes this is
helpful for real estate investing it can also be confusing at times as well.
We are your expert resource when it comes to Real Estate Investments in Costa Rica.
Beach Real Estate in Guanacaste Costa Rica
Real estate that is other located in close proximity to the beach or has a breathtaking ocean view,
does not always have to be expensive. Many deals can still be found right here in Guanacaste.
It just takes someone with some time and some knowledge to find these jem properties for you.
On average the going price for land close to the water or with an ocean view tends to be from 50 to 100 dollars per meter.
However there is still plenty of pieces of property that are available at significantly lower prices than this.
Looking for bargain real estate in Costa Rica?
Deals are still here, where else but in Guanacaste, on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica,
can you still buy a parcel of land to build a house on for under 15 thousand dollars (15,000)
Sure land might still be available in Kenya for cheaper but Costa Rica is well known for being
a country that is safe to vacation, retire, and live in. These bargains area available every day of the week,
all we need to know is a little more about what type of real estate it is that you are looking for so
that we can snag that bargain piece of Costa Rica real estate for you.
Ocotal beach is a thriving beach community where many high end developers have chosen to call home.
Learn more about the developers in Ocotal
No Half Measures for Mapache
There's a box of cigars on the desk of Carlos Arroyo Quirs, bearing a little-known tobacco brand, La Ponderosa.
Next to it is a high quality tin container, like a child's pencil box, also with the brand, which it later transpires actually contains a DVD. There's some heavy paper containing embossed literature and an ancient map of an unknown region, framed and set behind glass, also carrying the label.
La Ponderosa is not a cigar brand, but rather the latest development of Mr Arroyo's Grupo Mapache, and these are some of the latest marketing tools.
Mr Arroyo does not do anything by half, or for that matter, small measures, especially marketing.
Earlier this year, in an interview, the founder and main shareholder of Grupo Mapache declared:Our vision is to become the biggest Costa Rican developer in the area, and we have set a time frame of five to ten years to develop all these projects."
And if La Ponderosa is any indication, Mr Arroyo and Grupo Mapache are both well on their way. A 250-hectare (620 acre) development on El Salto River, near Liberia, the project will eventually feature a private landing strip with its own air park, golf course and operating ranch.
And 20,000 houses and condominiums. Yes, Mr Arroyo confirms, 20,000.
And it is that kind of aggressive development that hasn't always made Mr Arroyo the most popular man. But like him or not, he knows what he wants and how to get it.
I understand people's concerns,Mr Arroyo said this week.We do move fast, but from our point of view it is important the investors see us moving fast. They have to see their investment at work.
Here for example, people paid $30,000 for a condominium and now 18 months later they are worth $70,000,he says.People trust us, they trust their investment with us."
Mr Arroyo, born in San José to a coffee farmer, is referring to Las Palmas, a 25-hectare (60-acres) development in Playas del Coco, containing 600 condominiums. Across the main road, in Ocotal is 50-hectare development with another 700 condominiums. Down on the Playas del Coco waterfront, ten hectares with 200 condominiums. Towards Hermosa, 80 hectares with 500 condominiums. And that doesn't count developments in San José and Puntarenas.
No, nothing by half measures.
I live a very simple life,says the man who will turn 50 years old on September 10 and has six parties planned in three cities and towns.
Among the guests will be his eight children (the oldest is 28 years) and his four wives, three of them of course, ex-wives.
I don't have any conflict with my we-wives,he says.Some people do, but I am not like that. Everybody comes to my house in Liberia, all the wives and all the children. It is very civilized."
Mr Arroyo is himself, the oldest of eight children, and he says he grew up poor, describing how he would go to school without any shoes.
I have had a very difficult life. People don't realize but I made tacos in bars and sold magazines in streets. I made empanadas and sold those from a cart. In fact, I think my working life has been a series of many accidents."
Accidents, maybe, but one has the impression of this man in a simple red shirt, and gray work paints, patched at the knee and frayed at the cuff, that very little is left to chance.
He graduated from university in business management and went to work for the Standard Fruit Company, later to be known as Dole. He began as a time-keeper, watching workers come and go, and eventually moved into the finance department. He also Eduardo Morera Alfaro, who would begin Grupo Mapache with him. He worked for Coca Cola, Banex and Alimentos Jack's, the Costa Rican food company.
It was at the Standard Fruit Company that I learned how the gringos make money,he says.I also learned how to use time efficiently. I learned how to use a helicopter."
These days Mr Arroyo has his own, and spends about 40 hours a month traversing the country by air, watching the Mapache's operations.
Grupo Mapache can be divided into four diverse areas construction, real estate, tourism and machinery. They have a 50 per cent stake Grumah S.A., the country's second biggest dealer in heavy equipment. There are for example 25 concrete mixers, three of which are in Playas del Coco, each with the less-than-subtle yellow and white Mapache livery. There is a stake in Aerobel, the air charter company and another stake in the dealership that sells Mahindra, the low-cost, Indian-built off-road vehicles. The tourism division boasts a fleet of pleasure boats, ranging between seven to 12 meters, and there are rows of jet skis and quad bikes for rent.
Mr Arroyo says they employ more than 1000 people.
My philosophy is that you contract the best people, and pay the best salary and when you don't have the skills or experience, you let them do it for you,he says.
My part in the company is to have the ideas and to close the deals.
In the last ten years I have never signed any checks,he says.I prefer to trust people, but if you make a mistake then that is the price you have to pay. And of course they pay a price as well."
He built his first houses in Escazu in 1985, and went on to construct cheap, welfare housing for the poor, under the Arias Government.
I dream that in Costa Rica the door will be opened for all the people of the world,he says.All kinds of foreign people, I don't just mean the rich.
I am not really interested in the millionaire who comes here to buy a million-dollar home and then leaves. I prefer to see ten people pay $100,000 each for ten houses and come and live here, and help the country to develop.
That is more interesting to me.