Archive for March, 2013

Timeshare – What are Points?

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The points system is a relatively new form of timeshare ownership. This system allows the owner to purchase points to be used for travel during specific seasons of the year. The more points purchased, the more flexibility offered when wishing to travel during high season. More points will entitle you to larger units or a higher standard resort. Another advantage to the point system is that it provides you with the flexibility to use a certain number of your points towards a one-night stay or up to the maximum number of weeks purchased. Flexibility is a major advantage to the point system, although everything is based upon availability. Nowadays points are a very popular system. However, if you need school holiday time, you cannot beat owning your own week in August, guaranteed occupancy for you year after year.

 

Costa Rica Real Estate Looks Forward to Spring of 2013

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Costa Rica is one of the top travel destinations and Costa Rica Real Estate enjoys helping individuals find condos, rentals, land, farms, property and houses. During the spring of 2013, they expect to have a large amount of customers.

Many individuals enjoy going to Costa Rica, while others fulfill their dreams of living in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Real Estate is available around the clock to help individuals live their dream in Costa Rica during spring break of 2013. They are prepared to take on a large amount of customers for the spring of 2013.

Costa Rica is a place where individuals can go for a spring break – there is a large amount of beauty that nature has to offer. There is a wide range of exotic flowers, colorful landscapes, tropical fruits and friendly people that will bring spring break to life. There is a reason why so many people have chosen this area as the destination for their new home. Individuals who are looking for a place to stay in Costa Rica can contact Costa Rica Eye Real Estate Consulting for help.

Costa Rica is amongst the top destinations for real estate for a variety of reasons. For starters, Costa Rica has a rich coast and an amazing climate. The first explorers found Flora and Fauna and today, it is still a favorite amongst the visitors.

 

Costa Rica – When to go & weather

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Weather

For a small country, Costa Rica’s got an awful lot of weather going on. The highlands are cold, the cloud forest is misty and cool, San José and the Central Valley get an ‘eternal spring’ and both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are pretty much sweltering year-round. (Get ready for some bad-hair days.)

When to go

Generally, the best time to visit Costa Rica is the dry season from December through April, which locals refer to as verano (summer). Dry season does not mean it does not rain; it just rains less (so perhaps should be called the ‘drier season’). Costa Rican schools are closed from December to February, when beach towns are busy, especially on weekends. Lodgings during Semana Santa are usually booked months ahead.

In May begins the rainy season, or invierno (winter) as it’s known locally. The tourism ministry has come up with the more attractive denomination of ‘green season’. The early months of the rainy season are actually a wonderful time to travel to Costa Rica: you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging. Some more remote roads may not be accessible to public transportation, so always ask locally before setting out. Bring your umbrella and a little patience.

Because of the number of North American and European tourists, some Costa Rican towns experience a mini–high season in June and July, during the northern summer holidays. Expect to pay high-season prices in some towns at this time.

For surfers the travel seasons vary slightly. For the most part, the Pacific coast sees increased swells and bigger, faster waves during the rainy season, starting in late June and peaking in the worst rainy months of September and October. The Caribbean side, however, has better waves from November through May. Some breaks are consistent year-round.

Wildlife enthusiasts may wish to plan their trip around the seasons of the critters. Turtle season on the Caribbean coast is from late-February to October, with the peak season for leatherbacks in April and May and for green turtles in August and September. On the Caribbean coast, the season for leatherbacks is from October to March.

Birders will be overwhelmed by feathered friends any time of year, but the best season to spot the resplendent quetzal is between November and April. Spring (March through May) and autumn (September through November) are good times to watch the migratory flocks.

Fishing, also, is good year-round, but you might choose your season if you have your heart set on a specific fish. Anglers head to the Caribbean coast between January and May in search of tarpon, while the autumn (September through November) is the season for snook. On the Pacific coast and in the Golfo Dulce, the best time to snag that sailfish is between November and May.

Places to Visit & See in Costa Blanca

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Costa Blanca, the white coast, is one of the major tourist destinations in the Mediterranean has some of the best beaches of Spain’s Mediterranean coasts. There are numerous places to visit & see in Costa Blanca for the holidaymakers.

Benidorm, Denia, Javea, Torrevieja and Calpe are the recommended holiday resorts for Costa Blanca. Alicante is the Valencian Region’s southernmost province and its entire length of shoreline caressed by the Mediterranean’s soothing sea breeze. Warm sandy beaches and curving dunes lie by the stretches of cliffs and rugged coasts shading the coasts in hues of white, blue, ochre and green. Benidorm is the biggest choice of the millions of holidaymakers every year located 40 km. on the north of Alicante. It is Costa Blanca’s major holiday resort and continues to be the ultimate destination. Benidorm is also famous with its skyscrapers which allow everyone to have a great sea view along the 7 km. breathtaking sandy beaches of Levante and Poniente. While a trip to stunning village of Joiosa gives you the taste of traditional Spain, at the end of the day, the picture on the Costa Blanca is Benidorm.

Gandia, Denia, Javea, Calpe, Altea, Benidorm and La Vila Joiosa (Villajoyosa) on the north, capital city Alicante in the middle, Guardamar and Torrevieja on the south are the popular coastal towns to visit and see in Costa Blanca. Denia is the district capital of La Marina Alta situated on the northern end of the Costa Blanca and 100 km. from Alicante. Denia is a spectacular town with a picturesque local road that passes between Cape San Antonio and the impressive mass of Mt. Montgó. Villajoyosa is a beautiful city located 32 km. on the south of Alicante with a long tradition of seafaring and voyaging, as well as a chocolate making industry of renown. Santa Pola is a small fishing town located 20 km. from Alicante and is famous for its white beaches and coves. Javea (Xabia) is a popular tourist destination located on the northern end of the Costa Blanca. Calpe (Calp) is a beautiful town which the Peñón belongs and worthy of its 11 km. of seashore ranging from fine sandy strands, such as the Levante and Arenal beaches, to picturesque coves, such as La Manzanera and Les Urques.

As for Costa Blanca beaches; Costa Blanca has great beaches and coves along its 200 km. of coastline with numerous Blue Flagged beaches. The excellent Levante beach and Poniente beach, which is quieter, are the beach holiday spots for Benidorm. The city’s Old Quarter sits on a promontory, which is separating the two famous beaches of Benidorm.

A visit to the marine reserves in Costa Blanca; is a great nature attraction. The Tabarca Island, Cape La Nao and Cape San Antonio are the must visit marine reserves in Costa Blanca. Also there are variety of nice museums in Costa Blanca that worth a visit.

 

Cancun and the Riviera Maya

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Cancun

 

Soft-sand beaches, turquoise waters, world-class resorts, an endless choice of pastimes and activities, Mayan archaeology, and fantastic climates – Cancun and the Riviera Maya is the perfect destination for a well-earned vacation …

Cancun
Cancun is one of Mexico’s most visited resorts. The local environment is stunning, the amenities are plentiful and the resort has everything you could want from a holiday destination…
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen has an authentic Mexican feel in its old central zone; and nearby Playacar is the resort area offering vacationers some of the best resort hotels in Mexico…
Tulum
About 80 miles south of the resort city of Cancun is the small town of Tulum, best known for its ruins, which overlook turquoise colored waters and soft sandy beaches on the Caribbean coast.
Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is a laid-back, simple and comfortable island where visitors go to relax and take part in a wide variety of water sports. The feel here is tranquil, rustic and easy-going…
Cozumel
Cozumel an island about 40 miles south of Cancun. SCUBA divers from all over the world come here to dive and snorkel; the island is popular with cruise ships and has some good resorts, too…

 

Mexican Vacation Home Investments

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Foreigners buy real estate in Mexico for a great variety of reasons.  Some people are buying because they move to Mexico to live and work, and prefer to buy property instead of renting.  Others come to Mexico to retire, or plan their retirement, and some are just looking for a worthwhile long-term investment for their money.

As Mexico is a major tourist destination, a significant number of people are buying real estate in Mexico with the explicit intention of renting it out as a vacation home.

Perhaps you don’t want to live in Mexico full-time, or maybe you’d like to, but your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to do so at the moment.  Buying a vacation home gives you a foot-hold in a local property market and can also offer a number of other opportunities. Your investment can earn an income while it’s being rented and you can take rent-free accommodation for your vacations in Mexico.  This is in addition to storing up long-term investment value.  In due course, you may re-sell your property, or you might move into it full-time or part-time, perhaps to retire.

The most popular areas for vacation home investments in Mexico are the Baja Peninsula, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and the Riviera Maya.   Other beach locations which are beginning to emerge as vacation home spots include Mazatlan on the Pacific coast, and Campeche on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Further inland, San Miguel de Allende has a well-established market of vacation homes for rent; other colonial cities with vibrant vacation rental markets include Cuernavaca, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, and Merida.

Homes designed and built by property developers are one of the most convenient methods of buying a vacation home in Mexico, especially if you’re scouting for a purchase near the coast.  Structured property developments lend themselves well to a vacation home investment because developers don’t just build homes, they also encompass a variety of local services and amenities such as swimming pools, gyms, shops, restaurants and golf courses into their plans.   So everything that you and your guests need may be found close-by–this is also an enormous selling point when you come to market your vacation rental property. Homes on property developments are actively maintained as part of your service contract, so when something goes awry, for example, a burst water pipe, you may easily call upon people to take care of matters locally.   This is also important for rent-paying guests, who are usually understanding of issues, but expect a fast and efficient response to them.

Homes not on a development can also be rented to vacationers and offer advantages and charms of their own–including, for example, authentic ‘old world’ character that is usually missing from new build developments. If you plan to rent a home that is not serviced as part of a development enclave, then you’ll need to put into place some local management arrangements in place to look after things when you can’t be there–this is usually arranged through a property manager or estate agent–who can sometimes be one and the same. Indeed, as the market for property sales has cooled in recent years, agents are actively developing their property rental and management service.

 

Why Canada Deserves a Second Look for a Second Home

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Despite the economic woes facing America, its neighbour Canada is much better placed to weather the global financial storm with its strong levels of employment, its oil and gas reserves and the fact that it has enjoyed 10 consecutive years of balanced budgets. Therefore many people are taking a second look at Canada as a place to potentially live and work, retire or perhaps invest in a second home. A stable economy, a low crime environment, a very high standard of living, relatively affordable property prices and a more liberal attitude to immigration also all mean that Canada really is an excellent choice.

For those contemplating a diversification of their financial affairs or who are in search of a robust yet profitable property market, the Canadian real estate landscape really is well worth closer inspection. There are pockets of the nation where one can find the perfect balance between well-priced and attractive properties that have maximum second home and tourism rental appeal. Areas such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Eastern North America’s #1 ski resort, Nova Scotia or St Sauveur have all come onto the radar for domestic and international property investors and holiday home seekers in recent months, as a greater awareness has arisen of just how universally popular Canada is as a vacation destination. Previously lesser-known provinces such as Quebec are now known for benefiting buyers by the very fact that they are more affordably priced because demand for real estate over the years has been less intense. They also potentially profit investors because the reputation of an area such as Mont Tremblant, Quebec has risen due to it being thought of as the best ski resort in Eastern North America and because of its celebrity appeal – Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, both renowned property investors, have an estate in Mont Tremblant with an incredible view of the mountain for example.

Pigeon Lake – Local Attractions

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You’ll also find plenty of local attractions including the historic Academy Theatre for Performing Arts,Peterborough Zoo, Lang Pioneer Village.

Be sure to see the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, or the Warsaw Caves (and Trails).

You can also put a lttle slither in your day by visiting the Indian River Reptile Zoo.

Don’t forget the historic Peterborough Lift Lock, Peterborough Speedway and Kawartha Downs, which features harness racing, OLG slots and special events throughout the year.

Peterborough also offers its Annual Festival of Lights in the summer, with free outdoor entertainment at Del Crary Park.

In addition there is the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival held annually in mid August.

Ask your park manager for more information about these attractions and other local events.

 

 

 

 

Why Costa Rica?

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Why Should You Consider Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s fame as a retiree destination is richly deserved. You’ll find the tropics along the Pacific and Caribbean Coasts, while most of the Central Valley is cool and breezy. If you find it difficult to choose which climate you prefer, you will be glad to know that the mild temperatures of the Central Valley are just two hours by car from the tropical beaches of the Pacific Coast.

This is why more than 20,000 U.S. expatriates already live in Costa Rica, enjoying one of the highest standards of living in Central America.

Expats are attracted to Costa Rica for numerous reasons, which include the low cost of living, excellent health care, modern telecommunications structure, beautiful beaches, rainforests, lush valleys, and cool mountains…not to mention the theaters, art galleries, and fine dining. There are more than 50,000 expats living in Costa Rica and many well-established expat communities.

Tucked between Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Costa Rica may truly have it all: a year-round tropical climate, modern cities, Caribbean beaches, Pacific coastline, rainforests, lush valleys, and mountains.

Costa Rica is a middle-income, developing economy, with a tradition of democracy. The life expectancy at birth here is one of the world’s highest–outstripping both the U.S. and the U.K., in fact. Tourist facilities are extensive, and because English is a second language for many Costa Ricans, the country feels visitor-friendly.

The land itself is mostly coastline–beaches galore and great surfing. And, of course, the weather is simply made for leisure.  The dry season is December to April; the rainy season is May to November. As you would expect, it’s cooler in the highlands.

Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s dream. The country has a progressive approach to conservation, which ensures that its jungles, with their renowned biodiversity, continue to be home to a truly mind-boggling assortment of species, from birds to butterflies, monkeys to wild cats, and hothouse flowers. Sea turtles nest along both coasts. Have you ever heard of a more enchanting place?

 

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