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Living the Pursuit of Happiness? Forbes Says: Move to Costa Rica.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Those of us who’ve already packed our bags and made Costa Rica home already know the answer – Costa Rica is a hell of a great place to live. Happiness, longevity and a healthy lifestyle are part of the game here. Residents live measurably longer lifespans and enjoy a blissfully calm, laid-back pace of life that keeps people grounded, centered and just plan happy the majority of their days.


According to a recent article published by Forbes Magazine, Costa Rica once again topped the list of happiest countries in an international poll. As part of a course called, “The Science of Happiness” put out by UC Berkeley, approximately 40,000 students across the globe took a survey reporting happiness levels. The outcome wasn’t surprising – Costa Rica scored high in cross-national happiness measures.


As the article explains, Costa Rica may not be the richest country out there when it comes to GDP, but all the research indicates a nation’s well-being and happiness may not be accurately measured using GDP as a standard. Even the US, which has a GDP about 4 times higher than Costa Rica, ranks 16th in the study based on subjective happiness – much lower than the content country of Costa Rica.


Costa Rica scored as the number one happiest country, followed by Croatia, Chile, Malaysia and Colombia. According to the study, these countries shared some similarities – primarily, residents felt less loneliness than reported in other nations. So, it turns out that social connection might indeed trump income when it comes to living a happy life.


Perhaps that’s no big epiphany for anyone – but you may still be asking why do people in Costa Rica feel less lonely? For our team at Las Mareas, many of us moved to Costa Rica from countries like the US or Canada and we can help try to explain: Costa Rica is a culture of connection. For those who were born here or those who move to settle, all experience the same strong community ties. Surfing, environmentalism and shared interest blossom in intimate beach towns like Tamarindo. The community is united by common interest among residents. Even if you don’t surf, everyone shares a collective love of the country’s beautiful natural landscape. That is a good feeling.


Living here, there is less isolation – less suburbia to separate and divide people from one another. The beach is a communal space and in order to survive here, we all must share and respect the land in every aspect of life. Social ties are strong; family is key and expats are accepted with open arms. It’s a welcoming, relaxed and comfortable social space. When you mix that in with the rejuvenating tropical breezes and crisp salty ocean air, you’ve got a recipe for happiness and longevity.


Costa Rica has been ranking one of the top “happy” nations for years. Back in 2009, CNN wrote, “Forget Disneyland! Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world.” Their reasoning came from a study that found, “Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and have the second-highest average life expectancy of the new world.”

That study concluded that Costa Ricans’ happiness comes from living in a place where the economy is centered on people and the environment. We couldn’t say it better ourselves. Like we just mentioned, our experience of Costa Rica is all about connections and the natural landscape. At the end of the day, if you’re fascinated by this research, we invite you to come check it out for yourself. The warm people, the spectacular scenery, the mellow vibes… You may just decide to stay forever!



2014 Newsletter – Pangas Beach Club

Friday, February 28th, 2014

What’s new at Pangas Beach Club in 2014 – Second half of the Las Mareas 2014 newsletter.



In December, Pangas opened up seven days a week for high season and the restaurant has been buzzing ever since. Weddings and events are continuing to be a huge source of business. As of January, Elizabeth had over 45 events on the books for the coming year and I’m sure that number has only gone up since. Here’s a bit about other recent news:



  • Pangas Happy Hour is back! Join us 7 days a week at the bar for 2 x 1 specials on select beer and cocktails.
  • Tuesday En Fuego: Enjoy a live fire show every Tuesday after dark
  • The Pangas Fish Market is also open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ve got the freshest fish in the area at prices that beat out the competition. This year we’re selling fish by the portion (200 grams) – for example, we have fresh tuna, grouper, mahi-mahi, snook, snapper and catch of the day ranging in price from $3.00 – $5.40 per portion.

Surfrider Foundation Event:

 On January 18th, Pangas was the place to be when it hosted the 2014  Surfrider Foundation Event sponsored by Red Bull. The night was a huge  success with over 405 people taking part in the action. Pangas charged a  cover fee at the door and all proceeds went to benefit the Surfrider  Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in preserving and  enjoying beaches and oceans around the world.

The fun began with live music at 7 p.m. as community members  gathered  to watch presentations by three-time WCT pro surfers.  The excitement  grew as Red Bull-sponsored, six-time world  champion Sandro Dias put  on a vert skateboard demo on a  temporary half pipe ramp set up on the beach.


Live music, dynamic entertainment, good drinks and great  company for an even better cause – a complete success! We’re  happy Pangas could help raise over over $2,500 to benefit the  Surfrider Foundation. Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible.


(Photos by Murray Greer)

January Newsletter

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Happy 2013 & Feliz año!


We can already feel it – 2013 is going to be the best year to-date for Las Mareas. With Pangas Beach Club up and running (New Year’s Eve dinner was booked solid with reservation days before the 31st!) and villa construction progressing daily, we are confident that the new year will hold great things for everyone involved with Las Mareas.


It’s been a while since we’ve released a proper newsletter, but we’re ready to start 2013 off right with this full, detailed list of news, events and other happenings here in Tamarindo.

  • In December, high season hit us full-throttle and there’s been a steady stream of visitors coming to enjoy a slice of Tamarindo ever since. Although the New Year’s Eve crowds are on their way out, the season is far from over and we couldn’t be more excited to show Las Mareas and Pangas to everyone who visits over the next few months. The increased population in town brings several positive effects to Las Mareas – namely a boost in the number of walk-ins we’ve seen in the Sales Office as well as more frequent villa showings and tours.
  • Probably the biggest piece of news since last time: PANGAS BEACH CLUB IS OPEN! Coincidentally, the beach club opened on December 4, the same day as the year-end Las Mareas shareholder’s meeting. We were fortunate to host the two-day meeting upstairs in the dining room at Pangas and in a true testament to the skill of our operators, Elizabeth Cole (Manager) and Jean-Luc Taulere (Chef) provided excellent service and delicious food to the entire group while simultaneously managing the inevitable craziness that comes with opening a new restaurant. Bravo!
  • Since opening, Pangas has taken off. The beautiful beachfront location, friendly staff and well-priced menu are proving to be an unbeatable combination in Tamarindo. Word of mouth built a loyal following in our first month and we want to thank everyone who has been coming back to make Pangas a true success. With your support, we’ve seen Pangas transform into something more than just a restaurant – every day the place feels a little warmer and a little more like home. Surfers noticed the premiere beachfront location and we’re happy to say Pangas is providing fuel for kids going out for a surf lesson and re-vitalizing some of our shareholders when they get back from a paddleboard through the Estuary. 
  • Christmas was another big hit at Pangas. The restaurant hosted its first “Christmas Day Buffet,” on the 25th with an all-you-can-eat buffet for $28 from 1 to 9 p.m. A bunch of people came to spend Christmas dinner on the beach and of course, a buffet meal is always a crowd favorite!
  • Along with Pangas, the beach club’s Facebook page is surging in popularity and has become the hub of information for day-to-day happenings, customer photos and menu updates. It’s also been an incredibly useful interactive tool for receiving feedback and communicating with our customers. Be sure to check it out at The Pangas website,, is still under construction and will be the next big project for 2013.
  • The villas at Las Mareas are also progressing and day by day we’re seeing our vision come to life on the hill. In mid-December, the Pella windows arrived and are being installed in the villas as we speak. Right now, villas #1 and #2 are equipped with windows and we’re laying the beautiful coffee-colored roofing tiles as well. The next step? The bi-folding door systems for the living room and master bedroom patios, made by the California-based La Cantina, are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for photos of the process!
  • In addition to showing the villas to frequent walk-ins here in the office, we’ve also noticed a rise in local realtors coming with clients to tour Las Mareas, which is a great help and we thank them for their continued efforts and excitement about the project!
  • With the villas on schedule to be complete this spring, we’re beginning to advertise our VRBO listing for vacation rentals to begin booking for May, 2013. You can visit our page on VRBO here:
That’s just a brief overview to start the new year, but please don’t hesitate to contact us at with any further questions, feedback or inquiries. Thanks again for your continued support and expect to hear more great things from Las Mareas & Pangas in 2013!
Who knows… Maybe this is the year you make your dream of living in paradise a reality… We’re currently offering special, pre-sale prices on our 3-bedroom/3.5-bathroom villas so contact us for more information today!
Cheers and Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2013.

November Newsletter

Friday, November 2nd, 2012



I want to start by introducing myself and thanking you all for your patience. First, my name is Suzanna Lourie and I recently joined the team at Las Mareas to help with all-things that fall under the domain of marketing and web communications. With a background in journalism and nonfiction writing, this newsletter is one of the responsibilities I am most excited about undertaking Inflatable Water Game.


Actually, getting ready to hit the “send” button took a bit longer than I anticipated, but as of today the wait is officially over. November is here and the entire team here at Las Mareas, myself included, are chomping at the bit to move into high gear with the upcoming opening of Pangas Beach Club and all the other exciting activities planned for the month ahead.


September and October proved that no amount of rain and no number of earthquakes could shake the momentum that’s been building here at Las Mareas de Tamarindo. This rainy season began a series of activities that continues to grow daily as construction on our villa residences advances and as we near the opening of our beach club on November 11th.  Although the past two months were anything but slow, November already feels different.

Maybe it’s the bright sun absorbing all the extra mud in the streets or the fact that the rainy season humidity is drying out for high season… whatever it is, the vibe in Tamarindo is changing and the energy at Las Mareas is contagious!


Without writing a full-length novel, let me bring you up to speed on the recent happenings here at Las Mareas:



  •  Construction on Lot 14 is coming along at a strong and steady pace. It’s the little things like the Caña wood ceiling detail and the tile beginning to cover the kitchen floors that are really tying the villas together and bringing the vision of Las Mareas to life. Everything is on track with our first villa scheduled to be complete this December and the last in February 2013. We’re not sure we would have the stomach for some of the heights our workers brave every day (see photo), but hey, at least the view isn’t too shabby!

Worker's view from Lot 14

  • Pangas Beach Club is less than two weeks away from opening. We still can’t believe it! The beach lot is almost unrecognizable – it’s really happening. Polished concrete floors set the stage for our Guanacaste wood communal table and the driftwood-style beach furniture is ready to take its place out front. We’ve hired Jean-Luc Taulere, a fantastic eighth-generation French chef who owns and operates two restaurants in Flamingo Beach. With Jean-Luc we have Elizabeth Cole on the management side and they are proving to be an unstoppable team. After more than five years of working together, these two know how to open a restaurant. They’ve been here at the beach club day in and day out overseeing the final details and screening applicants to hand select the best of the best to represent Pangas this coming season.

Pangas' Communal Table

  • Las Mareas is now online! Our website,, finally launched last week. I recently returned to Tamarindo from a trip to the States where I was able to undergo the web software training necessary to manage the site independently back in Costa Rica. Certain parts of the site are still not published and remain under construction, but if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about any of the content at, please don’t hesitate to let me know at The more feedback we get, the better we can be.

  • Social Media is going to be huge in the future of this project. As we work on building Pangas’ independent website, the Pangas Facebook page will be the spot to stay up to date with news, events and recent photos. Please help spread the word by checking out our pages and “liking” them if you haven’t already! Las Mareas:

  • In the office, we were sad to see Raquel Arostegui work her last day in October. She was truly an instrumental force in getting this project off the ground and although we’ll miss her, we wish Raquel the best of luck with an exciting new career path in San Jose. Before she left, Raquel saved Las Mareas one last time by helping find Priscilla Solera, a talented new executive assistant who has taken to her new position in no time. Priscilla is doing great and with such a smooth transition it feels like she’s been here forever.

  • Interest in Las Mareas is inevitably growing as our web presence increases and activity builds on the ground here in Tamarindo. Right now, villas #1 and #5 are sold and we have several interested buyers waiting to see the finished product.


Overall, it’s been an awesome couple of months and we couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds for Las Mareas de Tamarindo. There’s so much to look forward to and we hope you’ll check back, ask questions and stay tuned for our next round of updates after the beach club opens this month. Better yet, it’s that time of year to start looking at flights so you can come experience the Las Mareas lifestyle for yourself… See you soon!