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2014 Newsletter – Las Mareas

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Well, it’s been a while. The lack of updates from Las Mareas over the past few months isn’t due to lack of activity – we’ve just been saving all the juicy news for 2014. Two months into the new year (Happy Belated New Years, by the way), and Las Mareas and Pangas Beach Club are both busier than ever. It’s the second high season for Pangas and the first high season for Las Mareas’ vacation rentals. With the restaurant packed nightly and the villas full of happy tenants, things are moving down here in Tamarindo and the future couldn’t look brighter. After a slight lull in low season, we’re back and here are the latest updates from the Las Mareas group. We hope you are able to escape the “Arctic Vortex” cold and come visit us in sunny Tamarindo soon – Enjoy!

Vacation Rentals

Rentals: Vacation rentals are quickly becoming the energy center of Las Mareas and its growing in-house property management company. We have over five inquiries coming in daily and as the villas fill up, we’re realizing that Las Mareas vacation rentals could be a better investment than we initially thought. Our buyers will see their purchase as a true, long-term investment due to the unnaturally high occupancy of rentals Las Mareas is generating.


Our secret weapon is Pangas. There are countless groups booking the beach club as a venue for weddings, events and large parties and we’ve found that most of them are looking for a place to stay while in Tamarindo.


We’re here to fill that gap. By offering exclusive vacation rentals connected to Pangas, we’re able to book large groups that often book all six villas at once to accommodate wedding parties, large families, etc.  Right now, we have at least five groups renting between four and six villas in conjunction with hosting their events at Pangas coming up in 2014.
Bruce is excited for the future because with Pangas as our unique amenity, we’re setting ourselves apart from the market. We’ve realized we have no competition when it comes to booking event parties connected to a beach club with a structure like we’ve set up at Las Mareas and Pangas. Very exciting stuff!


In addition to event groups, we’re booking tons of regular vacation rentals every day and the calendar is filling up for 2014. Since we began renting last July, we’ve had clients from across the globe – Canada, the United States, Germany, Russia, Italy, Costa Rica, Colombia and more. We’re happy to say we’ve established great relationships with our rental clients and more than one of them have come back as repeat customers. We’ve even generated some sales interest from our most loyal rental clients and many customers ask to hear our sales presentation during their stay. The feedback has been nothing but positive and we pride ourselves on offering the best in customer service for our rental clients from the moment they send an inquiry email, to after they’ve returned home from their trip.


But you don’t have to take my word for it – check out what people have been saying about Las Mareas vacation rentals on VRBO here:



The sales buzz around Las Mareas continues to grow in 2014 with walk-in clients, realtor showings and other prospective buyers stopping by the project every day. One of the reasons we’ve waited a bit to release the 2014 newsletter is so we could confirm the latest news – the sale of Villa #4. In January, Bruce negotiated a deal with our first post-construction buyer and the sale recently closed during the first week of February. Congratulations to everyone who helped make it happen!

We expect this key first sale in the post-construction phase to pave the way. With one villa sold after construction, we will create a new sense of urgency in the local market and remind interested buyers about all the benefits of owning a Las Mareas Villa. With the newfound excitement surrounding the project and the market on the move, we anticipate this first sale will lead to the sale of the remaining four villas in the near future.



Sadly, Las Mareas will be saying goodbye to one of its own in March. After 1.5 years Suzanna, who handles the project’s marketing, communication and most of the vacation rental leads, announced she would be leaving the project in order to pursue a career more aligned with her background in travel writing. Suzanna just got a job updating a Costa Rica guidebook – although she’ll be out on the road for the next two months, Suzanna will still be helping out with Las Mareas work remotely as needed. Of course, we will miss Suzanna greatly (even if she is the one writing this!), but we’re confident that Jen Dizgun, who is now training to take over Suzanna’s position, will do a fantastic job with all the marketing and communications responsibilities for Las Mareas. Jen, a Quebec native, is fluent in English, French and Spanish, having lived and worked in Spain and Argentina for the past 15 years. Jen comes to us with a wealth of computer and marketing background, as well as years of experience managing rental properties with her husband in Buenos Aires. Jen has been working every day in February to prepare and we’re excited about everything she will bring to the table when she takes over in March.


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What people are saying about Las Mareas…


“My wife and I recently stayed at Las Mareas and we have nothing but great things to say. The property is beautiful. The condo is amazingly clean and very well appointed. Everything is new and and well thought out to the smallest detail. The views are amazing. Town and the beach are just minutes away yet you have the privacy of the gated community. Without hesitation we would recommend Las Mareas. Pura Vida.”






Las Mareas Video

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Comes live the Las Mareas lifestyle…


Las Mareas de Tamarindo, now offering exclusive 3-bedroom ocean view villas for sale in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


Located just steps from the beach, countless surf breaks and vibrant, downtown Tamarindo, Las Mareas Villas are the best of both worlds. Live the tropical lifestyle at Las Mareas and learn more about purchasing one of our luxurious residences today. Also accepting vacation rentals – Come stay with us in Tamarindo jumping castles for sale!


To schedule a tour or book your rental today, contact us at

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Our First Traveler Review

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

We recently welcomed our first rental clients, the Lynch family from Saratoga Springs, NY, to Las Mareas. They were great sports about being the very first group to try out the brand new villas and they recently wrote a review that shows just how much they enjoyed their vacation and stay at Las Mareas. We’re so glad we could make their trip special and be a part of some memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you again to the Lynch family! We hope you’ll come back soon. Below is the travel review they provided for Las Mareas:


The Lynch family up at Villas Las Mareas for sunset

“Our family of five has had the fortunate opportunity to stay at several vacation rental properties over the years and we would have to say, our stay at Las Mareas on Tamarindo Beach was one of the best and certainly most memorable.  From the initial open dialog with Suzanna to the warm welcome greeting after a long 4 hour drive from La Fortuna by both Suzanna and Bruce, we knew we were in for a special treat. 


The condo provided numerous upgraded amenities in a ‘surf-chic’ décor that included an artistic use of hardwoods, tile and more.  A special touch was the floor to ceiling ‘open air’ folding doors off of both the living area and the master bedroom.  This feature enhanced the open living concept and sunset beach views of the estuary and Pacific Ocean.


We awoke each morning to the distant chatter of monkeys and beautiful sounds of exotic birds.  The beach, shopping, restaurants and grocery store were just minutes away.  A favorite part of our day was sitting by the pool watching the sun disappear from the sky. 


Joe Lynch and sons gong for a surf in the Tamarindo Estuary

One perk that was especially nice was the exclusive use of Pangas Beach Club.  Elizabeth and her staff were phenomenal – treating us like welcome family each time we entered.  We really appreciated the 4th of July fireworks, barbecue and imported Budweiser to help us celebrate the US Holiday!!  The ability to drop our towels and flip flops at Panga’s while we strolled the beach was a really comforting touch. 


Bruce and Suzanna connected us with Wim and Geovanny for three days of surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons. This tip of reputable instructors really helped us avoid the multitude of surf vendors up and down the beachinteractive sports games!


The TLC we received during our stay by everyone we came in contact with at Las Mareas made for wonderful memories.


Walking a tightrope at Pangas!

I expect we’ll be back – I know our kids (23, 19 and 16) are already planning it!!”




Robert August Surf & Turf Contest 2013: March 15 – 18

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

This weekend marks the 2013 annual Robert August Surf & Turf Contest, sponsored by CEPIA Costa Rica, a non-profit organization that supports youth education and empowerment in rural Guanacaste.


Each year, in collaboration with Robert August and his company (, CEPIA puts on an incredibly fun and community-oriented 4-day charity surf and golf tournament. All registration fees go to support educational programs, extracurricular activities and local schools in the greater Tamarindo area.


The contest kicks off this Friday, March 15 and wraps up on Sunday the 17th when the winners for the golf and surf tournament, as well as the overall winner, are announced. The fun does continue on Monday, however, with a Hibiscus Catamaran Sailing Tour from 2 – 6 p.m.


The Surf & Turf Contest is one of our favorite community events of the year and Las Mareas & Pangas Beach Club are proud to be sponsoring this year’s event to benefit CEPIA and all their fantastic work in the areaBouncy Castle Midi Ferme. Be sure to stop by and check out all the excitement while supporting a good cause! See you there…


Here’s a schedule of events:


Friday, March 15:

  • 5 p.m. – Registration BBQ Party at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp with Live Radio Dos Coverage with Evan


Saturday, March 16: 

  •  9 a.m. – Golf Tournament at Hacienda Pinilla
  • 7 p.m. – Azul Profundo Beach Wear Fashion Show & After Party at Le Beach Club Tamarindo with DJ Matos Dinner and Silent Auction


Sunday, March 17:

  • 6:30 a.m. – The Robert August Surf Contest & Roxy’s “Be Together” Girls’ Surf Relay Contest
  • 6:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp & Florcloriko Presentation

Monday, March 18:

  • 2 – 6 p.m. – Hibiscus Catamaran Sailing Tour


Tournament Format: A shot-gun start, four-man team golf scramble and best of four man surf contest. The best score from each team of the golf and/or surf contests is calculated together at the end of the charity challenge for the best overall score and bragging rights of Surf & Turf Champs!


Registration Fee: $200 (Golf & Surf) includes: golf fee, golf cart and golf lunch, surf inscription with lunch at Lola’s and free entrance to the Azul Profundo Beach Wear Fashion Show and Le Beach Club Tamarindo. Each competitor will receive a gift bag with gifts generously donated from the contest’s participating sponsors.


More info: Contact Laetitia Deweer, President of CEPIA –, 8301-8282 or Van Salcedo, CEPIA –, 8940-3266.




Top 10 Reasons to Live in Tamarindo

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Our Top 10 Reasons to call Tamarindo home.

1. Entertainment.

Note the fact “nightlife” is not the terminology to use here. The connotations of the word “nightlife” can’t begin to cover the after-hours scene in Tamarindo – at least not for everyone. Sure you have the techno-thumping nightclubs where 20-somethings dance into the morning hours, but “nightlife” gives off a distinct non-family friendly vibe and Tamarindo is far from exclusive to backpacking party animals. The best thing about living in Tamarindo is options – high or low season, there is always something going on to appeal to residents of all ages and tastes. From bingo nights that attract everyone from teens to senior citizens to open-mic nights each Wednesday at Hotel Pasatiempo (local bands draw a crowd of faithful followers) there is something for everyone in Tamarindo.


2. Outdoor Life

If you enjoy the great outdoors, Tamarindo is the place for you. Living among nature is a part of life here and the outdoorsy lifestyle is part of what makes Tamarindo great. Indoor dining is a rarity here and at some restaurants it’s not even an option. Shelter from the rain is always available, but even in the rainy months there isn’t much (short of a natural disaster) that would deter Tamarindo residents from getting outside and enjoying life. My morning routine includes sipping a steaming hot cup of Costa Rican coffee and inhaling a revitalizing breath of salty air. It’s those moments I feel connected to nature and so grateful to live in a place with an abundance of hiking trails, the saltwater estuary and some of the world’s best waves at your fingertips.



3. Surf culture.

So yes – I’m behind schedule with my Costa Rica life plan of becoming a Quicksilver-sponsored badass surfer chick. Although I still struggle to stand up and annoy locals with a lack of surf etiquette, it hasn’t stopped me from falling in love with the sport from a distance. There’s something inspiring about the hypnotic surf videos playing at the local sushi lounge and something inherently gratifying about décor made with worn broken surf boards: mounted on the wall of an outdoor bar or given a second life as a unique coffee table. Wherever you fall on the surfer’s spectrum – there’s openness in the culture, a welcoming passion – that lights up Tamarindo and can be appreciated by all.


4. Community.


Tamarindo would be the perfect setting for a TV show. People here come from all walks of life – a collective gathering place for extremely different, yet like-minded characters. There are plenty of locals in the area, but Tamarindo has morphed into a noticeable expat community. Ask the question, “what brought you to Costa Rica,” and the variety of stories scales from black to white. It’s a myriad of intriguing labyrinths of lives so different that led to a place so small and distinct. There’s no better material in travel writing, or in life, than people and their stories and Tamarindo is full of material. I love not being able to leave the house without passing friendly faces, chatting with the security guard down the road and all the while subconsciously learning more about myself through every interaction.


5. It’s the best of both worlds.


Tamarindo is a place of paradoxes. It’s tranquil, yet touristy; developed, yet authentic and close-knit, but transient. Living here offers the best of both worlds. You can practice your Spanish with anyone, but you know you can switch to English if you can’t find that perfect phrase. There is a certain comfort knowing you are surrounded by travelers. They might stay a week or never leave, but either way it’s nice to feel a connection to the people around you. The center of town always echoes the sounds of the city – people chatting, bands playing and taxis driving – a reminder that here, you’re never alone even if a two minutes walk down a side street brings you home to the jungle silence where the only sounds are cicadas whirring and the occasional bellow from a neighboring howler monkey.


6.) Exotic fruit.

This one might be more applicable to Costa Rica as a whole, but Tamarindo certainly stands out in the foodie world. In general, I’ve been introduced to more exotic fruits in my time here than ever before. Walking down the street, mango trees drop juicy fruits in your lap that would normally cost up to $4 each at the local co-op back home in the States. In my backyard, trees sprout delicious orange varieties, limons (the equivalent of a lemon-lime hybrid) and bananas. Every day I can purchase (or find) fresh pineapple, papaya, guava, maracuyá (passionfruit), pipas (coconuts), mamones (fruit you crack open with your teeth), guanábana (known for it’s thick banana-coconut flavored juice) or Tamarindo, which is not just the name of the town, but also a sweet and sour tasting fruit found inside brown seed-like pods. Que rico!



7. You don’t need a car.

Practically everything in Tamarindo is within walking distance. The supermarkets, restaurants and bars are literally located on a ½ mile strip and most accommodations are well under a mile from the center of town. It’s so concentrated that doing errands feels like a one-stop shopping experience as you can hit the supermarket, the bank, your favorite clothing shop and grab a smoothie all in one place.


8. Tourism


Despite complaints about tourists not knowing how to drive in high season, the tour industry continues to benefit Tamarindo residents even more so than the visitors it’s designed for. Economically, tourism is the lifeline for keeping restaurants, bars and hotels in business. Although things slow down during the rainy months, a steady stream of travelers helps local businesses keep the town alive and exciting all year. When high season hits, Tamarindo more than triples in size to the delight business owners and locals alike. Personally, I like the chance to meet travelers. It’s a part of the eclectic community that makes Tamarindo, Tamarindo.


9. ) Business Potential.


The most successful people around here are those who noticed something missing and carved out their own niche in Tamarindo. There is endless potential to market yourself and your unique services and with the closest city about an hour away, there are always services and skills needed in town locally. Travelers with the right drive have given it a shot and generally, they succeed. Babysitting businesses, yoga studios, catering companies, freelancing and more are just some of the offbeat ways people make a living following their passion in Tamarindo.


10.) Accessibility.

At times, it can feel isolating being located so far from the capital city of San Jose (around 5 hours in a car). But, the options for transportation outside of Tamarindo are abundant and once again, it’s a best of both worlds situation – where you can enjoy the remote, small-town feel of this Guanacaste town one day and the next, you can be on a quick and painless $20 shuttle to the Liberia Airport that connects with hundreds of destinations across the globe. The option to fly back to New York City for under $500 (if well-planned) or to jump aboard a domestic Nature Air flight to San Jose ($50-$120) if I’m missing urban life is a nice bonus coming from someone who, like Tamarindo, is a bit of a city/country kind of paradox.


- Suzanna

Article: Pangas Beach Club to Open this Month

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Flamingo Chef to bring Fresh Seafood, Laidback Luxury to Tamarindo

Article from the November 2012 Issue of the Howler Magazine

TAMARINDO – This November, Flamingo-based restaurateur Jean-Luc Taulere and manager Elizabeth Cole are bringing a fresh take on Costa Rican cuisine to Tamarindo’s northern shore.

    What’s in a Name? A small local fishing boat, also known as a “panga”

Taulere, an eighth-generation chef with roots in Le Perthus, a small town on the border of Spain in the south of France, is quick to clarify the concept behind the menu at Pangas Restaurant and Beach Club, set to open mid-month past the Best Western and across from El Tesoro on the hill.


“We’re not a Costa Rican restaurant in the typical sense,” he explains. “A French chef told me long ago when you have really great ingredients, the number one job of the chef is to not screw them up. The flavors are good from the earth and it’s important not to try to change themBouncy Castle Mini Jungle ouverte, but instead we want to take what’s naturally good and enhance those flavors – that’s always been my concept in the kitchen.”


By highlighting what’s naturally good from Costa Rica – fresh seafood, exotic fruits and local spices – Pangas will make a welcome addition to the Tamarindo dining scene. Playing up local ingredients in the kitchen through a mix of cooking methods from across the globe works well for Taulere – a fact evident in the success of his Flamingo-based restaurants Mar y Sol and Coco Loco. But this high season, the focus will be on showing the Tamarindo community just what makes Taulere’s approach to Costa Rican beachfront dining so popular in the Guanacaste region.


Earlier this spring, Taulere jumped on board with Pangas when approached by Bruce McKillican, project manager of Tamarindo’s newest real estate project Las Mareas de Tamarindo at El Tesoro – a residential community that will feature 3-bedroom ocean view villas and down the line, a beachfront boutique hotel on several lots within the El Tesoro gated community.



An extension of Las Mareas, Pangas Beach Club is the first element of the highly anticipated real estate project to open its doors to the public after years of planning. McKillican explained the unique relationship between the Las Mareas residences on the hill and Pangas on the beach.


“Pangas is absolutely the aspect of Las Mareas that all the owners and developers at Las Mareas are most excited about,” he said. “The members of our group have chosen to live in Tamarindo because we love the lifestyle – Pangas is an expression of that. We wanted a place to promote this way of life – a great place with great food and great people to spend the day surfing and hanging out with family and friends.”


The first residence at Las Mareas will be unveiled in December and the first six units are expected to be complete in March 2013. But even once the residential side of the project is complete, Pangas will continue to play an important role in the Las Mareas lifestyle as well as serving as the public beachfront anchor to the Tamarindo community.


“I think the number one thing that is going to set Pangas apart is the location and the concept, which is automatically established in the name,” Taulere said referring to the name “Pangas,” which refers to small fishing boats like the ones in the Tamarindo Estuary. “That tells you how fresh we’re going to be – we’ll get our fish right off the panga boats; we’ll have the fishermen coming up to drop off their catch while people are eating in the restaurant.”


Seafood is the staple at Pangas and an in-house fish market will be serving up freshly caught fillets and a variety of premade dishes such as ready-to-eat shrimp cocktail, Peruvian-style ceviche, calamari salad and lump crab cakes.



At the Pangas fish market guests can pick up the catch of the day to take home for dinner or grab a prepped seafood appetizer for entertaining. For restaurant goers, Pangas will be serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the Tamarindo Estuary with a menu that’s casually elegant marked by simple sophistication at an affordable price point.






“We’re trying to create the best possible quality of service, the best cuisine, wine and beer in an atmosphere that’s easygoing and at a price that’s reasonable. I think that’s a big part of the formula,” Taulere said. “We have a beautiful design with quality features, but it’s not an expensive place – it’s going to be very approachable and very reasonable.”


With high season coming up, Taulere will be busy rotating between Pangas and his two Flamingo restaurants, but with Cole at the helm of management, the team hopes to cook up a recipe for succulent success at Pangas on the beach. For more information call 2653-0024.