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Dateline February 11, 2010
San Jose, Costa Rica

The New Highway is now open.

This is a dream highway in every respect for Costa Rica; in fact, I would rank it as the best stretch of highway in all of Costa Rica. Could it be better?  Sure! It could be four lanes all the way to the coast, instead of two lanes and in some places four lanes. But being able to eliminate that awful and tedious drive through the mountains is a real God sent. This is just a fantastic drive with no hair pin curves, no one lane bridges and no towns to go through.  Just a straight shot with exits along the way.  I shot some photos starting in Escazu with intermittent shots all the way to the Orotina exit. I also photographed every exit as well and posted all photos on our web site for your review. So take the tour.

I clocked the drive from Escazu to Orotina and it took me 25 minutes. Imagine being able to get from Escazu to Orotina in 25 to 30 minutes?  It would normally take an hour and half to drive through the mountain pass from Escazu to get to Orotina.

Now we all know that access leads to growth and an increase in demand and land valuation.   Already, the price of land has doubled and tripled around the exits in La Garita and Atenas.  The same will happen to lots on blue flagged beaches on the central pacific. Why, because that is where people really want to be, close to the beach, rather than up in the hills. The Central Pacific Coast will become very attractive for upscale Costa Ricans and others who love to go to the beach every chance they get. You will be able to get to the coast in the time it now takes to get from San Jose to Heredia in rush hour.

So if you are thinking about buying property in Costa Rica, think about what this new highway will do for land values along the central pacific coast on a blue flagged beach?

 
Jovan Damjanac

Site Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing
Las Olas Beach Community,
Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica

Click on the first picture to start the Tour.

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New road starts in Escazu and when completed it will take about one hour to get to Las Olas Beach Community.
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New road starts in Escazu and continue through Santa Ana and Cuidad Colon.
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Coming from Escazu entering New Highway at Ciudad Colon .
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Toll Booth at Ciudad Colon.
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From Ciudad Colon on the New Highway heading to Orotina, approaching the first exist at San Rafael.

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This is the exit at San Rafael not too far from Ciudad Colon.

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Continuing past the exit toward Orotina.
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Continuing on New Highway towards Orotina with approaching signage.
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Approaching signs for Atenas 27 and Guacima and Vueltas 124.
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Approaching Coyol  Siquiares Exit.

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Approaching Toll Both.

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The exit and Coyol Suquiares Exit and directions to Atenas.

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Continuing towards Atenas and Orotina.
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Continuing to Orotina with exit on the right.

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Continuing to Orotina.

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Approaching the exit for La Garita and Turrucares.
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Exit for  La Garita and Turrucares with directions to Atenas and Orotina.
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On the way to the Atenas Exit and one of the new bridges ahead.
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Continuing to Orotina.

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Approaching the Atenas exit with signage to Orotina and Caldera.
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The Atenas and Rio Grande exit.
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A toll booth past the Atenas Exit. There are two toll booths between Escazu and Orotina.

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Road continues to Orotina.
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Road continue to Orotina.

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Road continues to Orotina.
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Continuing to Orotina.

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Approaching the Escobal and Guacimo Exit.
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Escobal and Guacimo Exit with Signage onward to Orotina and Caldero.
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Road continue to Orotina.

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Road continues to Orotina.
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Road continues to Orotina.

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Road continues to Orotina.

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Road continues to Orotina.

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Road continues to Orotina.

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Road continues with new overpass.
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View from the Overpass.

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New road about three kilometers from Orotina.
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Continuing on new road about 2 kilometers from Orotina.
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Approaching the exit to Orotina.
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The exit at Orotina. We are now about 25 minutes from Jaco Beach and 40 minutes from Esterillos Oeste.

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Tarcoles River travels through the Nicoya Peninsula and flows into the Pacific. River hosts one of the world's biggest populations of American Crocodiles. The bridge is a good spot to observe and photograph the humongous crocodiles in the water.
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Punta Leaona. This is the oldest beach side community about 15 min from Jaco Beach.
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Punta Leona point.
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Los Suenos and the marina which is the most successful development in Costa Rica. The condos up in the hills are selling in the seven figures.
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Jaco Beach 15 minutes north of Las Olas Beach Community
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Another view of Jaco Beach.
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Road going out of Jaco to Playa Hermosa.
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At Playa Hermosa  the main road goes to the left away from the beach. Las Olas Beach Community is 10 minutes South.
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As we continue from Playa Hermosa, the hills continue to be quite a distant from the beach. From this point on the terrain is flat all the way to Quepos with the exception of Esterillos Oeste, the location of Las Olas Beach Community.
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This is Hermosa Palms which is very low and needed 6 feet of fill dirt before construction. Land is selling for 1000 per sq meter. As you see the land is flat.
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Continuing south to Esterillos Oeste you can see the land is flat and wet.
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Further south the land is still flat and marsh.
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Las Olas Beach Community at Esterillos Oeste,  view from the ocean. Only 1/10 of one percent of all the Land for sale in Costa Rica is located on a nice beach.  The property consists of about 100 acres right on the ocean. This is a designated blue flagged beach.
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Las Olas Beach Community, as you can see there are gently rolling hills right next to the ocean. This is where people want to be and why one of the best investments you can make is in beach front property in a popular resort area.
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View from the South, notice the hills at Las Olas Beach Community and just south of the property the terrain goes flat. Rental demand is high for beach front property.
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Another South view with the main frontage road on the right. All the utilities on the site and is bounded on all sides by roads.
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View of the back of the property looking to the ocean. When new road is finished to the coast it is expected that beach front property will double or even triple.
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Continue south from Esterillos Oeste to Quepos, terrain turns flat and wet again.
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Continuing south towards Quepos more flat terrain.
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Continuing south land is flat with estuaries and non accessible or buildable.
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Continue South toward Quepos more flat and wet land with a Shrimp Farm in the background.
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Terrain still flat and wet and much of this land is protected by the government.
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We reach Quepos, which is 30 miles south of Las Olas Beach Community, where there is finally hills next to the ocean.
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New marina in Quepos harbor due to be completed in 2009.
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Another view of the  the new marina in Quepos harbor.
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Manuel Antonio National Park, the most popular tourist attraction in Costa Rica, only 40 minutes south of Las Olas Beach Community,.
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Close up of Manuel Antonio National Park and a view of the beach.
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Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the few places in the world where there is rain forest right next to the ocean.

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