Issuu on Google+

Medical Tourism Special Edition • June 2010 • Costa Rica, Central America •

Tels.: (506) 2208-8417 (506) 2208-8419

www.centrofecundar.com www.journalcr.com

$40 Million Dollar Hospital For Guanacaste

• Clínica Bíblica

See central pages

Clincia Biblica sees the potential of medical tourism. To avoid the high price of health care each year, most medical tourists are leaving their countries in search of quality treatments, diagnoses and surgeries at reasonable prices. In 2007 alone, there were 750,000 medical tourist that traveled from the U.S. to foreign countries, and by the end of this year, this figure is estimated to be around 7 million foreign patients. Costa Rica is a country that is emerging in global medicine and according to The Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (CADEXCO) Costa Rica receives between 15,000 and 20,000 health tourists annually. This activity generates, $560 million a year for Costa Rica. Because of this situation, and their increasing projections for the years to come, Costa Rica has proactively worked to attract more international patients. Clinica Biblica has announced their new hospital in Guanacaste


2

Medical Tourism Special Edition

CERÁMICA PORCELANATOS TRAVERTINO MÁRMOL PISOS DE MADERA PIZARRA CORALINA PISOS LAMINADOS FACHALETA KONSTONE PISOS DE BAMBÚ GRANITO MOSAICOS

Jun, 2010

CERAMIC PORCELAIN TRAVERTINO MARBLE WOOD FLOORS SLATE CORALINE LAMINATE FLOORS FACHALETA KONSTONE BAMBOO FLOORS GRANITE MOSAICS

SALES: sales@journalcr.com / classified@journalcr.com NEWS: news@journalcr.com

SHOW ROOM IN SOLARIUM BY APPOINTMENT

INFO: info@journalcr.com

Vol 3 • Special Edition Costa Rica, Central America

OUR TEAM

Central 2215-3510 Construplaza 2215-2956 Guachipelín 2588-1800 San Pedro 2253-9202 ventas@dekoracr.com www.dekoracr.com

Marta Araya, Marketing & Sales Manager E-mail: marta.araya@journalcr.com / sales@journalcr.com • classified@journalcr.com Tel: 905-JOURNAL (5687625) Erick Murillo Valenciano • Editors Board Member E-mail: editors@journalcr.com Design & Production: Artestudio W E-mail: design@journalcr.com

The Journal is a Monthly english-language newspaper with headquarters

in Carrillo, Guanacaste. Suplex S.A.

Infocom® Infocom is a media service and provides the most of the Costa Rica and Central America news content. (*) Representing Edition-Production Company. THE JOURNAL Tel: 905 JOURNAL 905 5687625 (No additional cost) E-mail: info@journalcr.com www.journalcr.com

CONTENT • • • • • • • •

Cristal Sands Centro Fecundar Dr. German Gago Dr. Esteban Ocampo Dr. Rolando Mora Lifeguard Dental Cosmetics Clínica Bíblica

• • • •

The Journal®

Ylang Ylang Hotel Budget Rent a Car Rich Coast Diving Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa • Coldwell Banker • Lak Property • Guanacaste Pacific


4

Medical Tourism Special Edition

CENTRO FECUNDAR COSTA RICA – PANAMA One in every six couples over the world suffers from fertility issues and has been attempting to achieve a pregnancy unsuccessfully for over a year. The branch of science known as Reproductive Medicine helps couples achieve their greatest desire, a child of their own. At Centro Fecundar Costa Rica Panama, founded by doctors Ariel Pérez and Raúl Berbey we are certified specialists in Reproductive Medicine, properly recognized by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Costa Rica’s Medical College and Panama’s Heath Ministry. We have almost ten years of experience during which, when results from both countries are put together, we have brought over 2000 babies to the world. In our offices in San José, Costa Rica, located at Hospital CIMA San José and Avenida Escazú, we conduct Artificial Insemination ($300) and Gamete Transfer (GIFT) ($2100) respectively, and in our office in Paitilla Medical Center in Panama City, we also treat cases of In Vitro Fertilization with Intracitoplasmic Sperm Injection ($2800). Our In Vitro Fertilization Program is the biggest and most successful in Central America, with 507 cycles (cases) in the year 2009, with patients hailing mainly from Panama, Costa Rica and Florida (USA), however we have also received some cases from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala,

Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Antilles and Venezuela. The 278 pregnancies obtained just in 2009, set our global rate at 55%. Our laboratories of Assisted Reproductive Technology are equipped in compliance with the guidelines of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine with Sperm Banks and Frozen Ovum in both countries. In Costa Rica we conduct intrauterine insemination and GIFT procedures with extreme precision resulting in 9 out of 10 patients get pregnant within the first four attempts. Knowing full well that we live in an ever-changing world, we apply the most recent innovations in the field of reproductive medicine (Super ICSI, cytoplasmic transfer, laser embryo hatching, embryo glue, blastocyst and intrauterine insemination with gradients among others) and we include them within the standard services in order to minimize costs and improve results. At Centro Fecundar you will always receive the most professional and efficient service provided by highly qualified staff in an environment of trust and understanding.

CENTRO FECUNDAR COSTA RICA – PANAMA centrofecundar.com San José, Costa Rica Ph: (506) 2208-8419 centrofecundar@hotmail.com

Jun, 2010

Jun, 2010

5

Medical Tourism Special Edition

Costa Rica Infertilidad,

GIFT Una de cada 6 parejas en el mundo sufre de problemas de fertilidad y lleva más de un año de intentar embarazo sin lograrlo. La rama de la ciencia conocida como Medicina Reproductiva ayuda a las parejas a lograr su tan anhelado objetivo, un hijo. En Centro Fecundar Costa Rica Panamá, constituido por los doctores Ariel Pérez y Raúl Berbey somos especialistas certificados en Medicina Reproductiva, debidamente inscritos en el American Society for Reproductive Medicine, el Colegio de Médicos de Costa Rica y el Ministerio de Salud de Panamá. Tenemos casi 10 años de experiencia en los que sumados ambos países, hemos traído al mundo a más de 2000 bebés. En nuestras oficinas en San José, Costa Rica, ubicadas en el Hospital CIMA San José y en Avenida Escazú, realizamos casos de inseminación artificial (inseminación intrauterina o IUI) $300 y transferencia de gametos (GIFT) $2100 respectivamente y en nuestra oficina en el Centro Médico Paitilla, Ciudad de Panamá, resolvemos además casos de fertilizacion in vitro (in vitro fertilization) con inyección intracitoplasmática de esperma (intracitoplasmic sperm injection) $2800. Nuestro Programa de Fertilización In Vitro es el más grande y exitoso de centroamérica, con 507 ciclos (casos) en el año 2009, de pacientes provenientes principalmente de Panamá, Costa Rica y Florida (USA),

sin embargo también hemos recibido algunos casos de México, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, República Dominicana, Antillas y Venezuela. Los 278 embarazos obtenidos en sólo el 2009, cerraron nuestra tasa global en 55%. Nuestros Laboratorios de Reproducción Asistida están equipados bajo las normas de la Sociedad Americana de Medicina Reproductiva con Bancos de semen y óvulos congelados, en ambos países. En Costa Rica realizamos casos de Inseminación Intrauterina y de GIFT con extremada precisión por lo que de cada 10 pacientes que acuden a nosotros 9 logran embarazo dentro de los primeros 4 intentos. Concientes de que vivimos en un mundo cambiante, aplicamos las más recientes innovaciones de la medicina reproductiva (Super ICSI, Transferencia Citoplasmática, Laser Embryo Hatching, Embryo Glue, Blastocisto, Inseminación Intrauterina con gradientes entre otros) y las incluimos como standard en nuestras técnicas para mejorar resultados. En Centro Fecundar siempre obtendrá un trato profesional, calificado, serio y eficiente, en un ambiente de confianza y comprensión.

CENTRO FECUNDAR COSTA RICA – PANAMA centrofecundar.com San José, Costa Rica Tel: (506) 2208-8419 centrofecundar@hotmail.com


• Cirugía Estética y Funcional de Naríz

• Cosmetic Surgery and Functional Nose

• Cirugía con Radiofrecuencia para el ronquido

• Radiofrequency Surgery for snoring

• Estroboscopía (Estudio de la voz)

• Strobe (Voice Studio)

• Video Endoscopia Diagnóstica y Quirúrgica

• Video Endoscopy Diagnostic and Surgical


DR. ROLANDO  MORA RETANA

DR. ROLANDO  MORA RETANA

Médico Cirujano Oftalmólogo

Eye Surgeon Specialist

Cornea - Cataract - Refractive Surgery

• CORRECTION OF REFRACTIVE PROBLEMS: • Farsightedness (Hyperopia) • Nearsightedness (Myopia) • Astigmatism • Presbyopia • CORNEAL STRENGTHENING PROCEDURE (Crosslinking) UV light and Riboflavin. • KERATOCONUS SURGERY By Intacs Corneal Rings - (FDA approved)

• CORNEAL TRANSPLANT • CATARACT SURGERY (Microincision, Premiun Intraocular lens, Infinity vision system with IP (inteligent Phaco) • ADVANCE CORNEAL TOPOGHAPHY The GALILEI™ Dual Scheimpflug Analyzer. • DIAGNOSIS TEST Specular Microscope, OCT, Inmersion Biometry, etc.

Córnea - Catarata - Cirugía Refractiva

• CIRUGÍA LÁSER Corrección de Miopía, Hipermetropía, Astigmatismo y Presbicia. • CIRUGÍA DEL KERATOCONO Con anillos intracorneales - Certificado INTACS. • FORTALECIMIENTO CORNEAL por medio de luz ultravioleta y riboflavina (Crosslinking).

CLÍNICA UNIBE

POLICLINICO SAN BOSCO

POLICLINICO SAN BOSCO

2248-4100 / 2221-2344 175 South Torre Mercedes - Paseo Colón rolando.morar@gmail.com

• CIRUGÍA DE CATARATA Por micro incisión y facoemulsificación sin sutura con el equipo Infiniy de Alcon. • ESTUDIOS DE DIAGNÓSTICO Optica, lentes de contacto y terapia visual. Topografía corneal avanzada Analisis dual de Scheimpflug Galiei.

• CIRUGÍA DE PTERIGIÓN Con trasplante de la conjuntiva.

CLÍNICA UNIBE

2297-6300 ext 226 Florida de Tibás 200 East from ICE

• CIRUGÍA DE TRASPLANTE DE CÓRNEA

2297-6300 ext 226 Florida de Tibás 200 Este del ICE

www.oftalmologiadrmora.com

2248-4100 / 2221-2344 175 Sur Torre Mercedes - Paseo Colón rolando.morar@gmail.com

www.oftalmologiadrmora.com


12

Medical Tourism Special Edition

Jun, 2010

Jun, 2010

Medical Tourism Special Edition

13

Lifeguard is striving to change the face of medical transport, by empowering its employees with a positive attitude; by offering its customers a variety of transport options; and by demanding that excellence and quality service be attained in every aspect of our company.  Lifeguard strives to be a leader in the medical transport industry. 

We provide bedside to bedside service, ensuring quality and continuity of care during the transport. The Lifeguard team members take extreme pride in making each transport as smooth & uneventful as possible. Lifeguard Transportation Service, Inc. began its full service ground operations in New Orleans, Louisiana in November of 1998 and in January of 2001 Lifeguard added its second full service transport company in Birmingham, Alabama. In January 2002 Lifeguard proudly welcomed its third ground operation to Pensacola, Florida. In February 2003 Lifeguard greeted a fourth service in Dallas, Texas and we proudly opened our 5th ground ambulance operation in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2004. In January 2006 we acquired Medic One Ambulance Service which had operations in Nashville, Knoxville & Chattanooga, Tennessee & assimilate their operations into the Lifeguard team. 2006 also saw the opening of Lifeguard’s newest operation in Atlanta, Georgia; these 2006 additions almost doubled Lifeguards operation site size, employees and customer base. In 2008, Lifeguard began operations in Mobile, AL. At every location Lifeguard continually strives to give our clients exceptional customer service partnered with compassionate patient care. Together the Lifeguard companies operate six aircraft and one hundred twenty-five ground vehicles. Our team members consist of over 700+ medical & non-medical personnel - pilots, aircraft & vehicle mechanics, EMT’s,

Lifeguard Air Ambulance, Inc. is a medical ambulance service in operation since 1980, providing transport for critical & non-critical care patients. Lifeguard Air Ambulance, Inc. saw a 56% increase in its customer base in the first year of private ownership and bought its first aircraft. Over the next 20 years, Lifeguard has continued this positive growth with a small fleet of aircraft that include a Cessna 421, two King Air aircraft, two Lear Jets and a Citation Bravo Jet.

April 1997 saw the opening of Lifeguard’s air operation in Birmingham, Alabama and today Lifeguard Air Ambulance continues to provide quality national & international medical transport for critical and non-critical patients via mobile intensive care units aboard our aircraft. Coverage area includes but is not limited to: all of the United States, Europe, South America, Canada, Upper & Lower Caribbean, Africa, Azores Island, essentially World Wide. Lifeguard’s medical teams are certified in Advanced Life Support (ALS) & trained in Aviation Physiology.

Lifeguard • Costa Rica Tel: (506)2220-0911

(506) 2291-0350

Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists, Registered Nurses, Physicians, and Administration & Billing Staff.  Lifeguard began its operations in Costa Rica on August of 2008 and has grown into a reputable and reliable company. We operate six urgent care clinics in preferred tourist destinations across the Pacific coast. Our aim is to provide tourists and residents of Costa Rica with highly professional medical care and standards in many of the beautiful tourist areas. Our clinics are staffed with bi or multi-lingual physicians, paramedics, ambulance drivers and administrative clerks. In the event of a major emergency, patients are transferred to specialized medical facilities via ambulance units located at our urgent care clinics. Lifeguard also provides on-site clinics for various job sites, as well as providing physician services to specific hotels and resorts. We operate a total of 10 ambulances which are situated at our clinics, projects, and hotels. We also provide air transports within Costa Rica from our clinic locations and can transfer them to specialized hospitals in San Jose. Lifeguard has created strategic alliances with local air ambulances which provide exceptional service to all our patients who require an airlift. The fleet of aircraft available to Lifeguard includes a Bell 212, Jetstream 32, and Cessna Grand Caravan.

www.lifeguardcostarica.com E-mail: preguntas@lgts.net


The art of

Laser teeth whitening Smile Design Dental implants Porcelain veneers Porcelain crowns and bridges Comfortable dentures Full Mouth Rehabilitation Root Canals White fillings Invisalign (orthodontics without braces) TMJ disorder treatment

Avenida Escazú office 206 San José - Costa Rica info@dentalcosmeticscr.com Phone: +506 22287658

From left to right: Dr. Roberto Hernández (Endodontist), Dr. Alejandro Mora (Oral Rehabilitation and Aesthetics specialist), Dr. Félix Guido (Orthodontist), Dr. Gustavo Gutiérrez (Periodontist) and Dr. Andrés Fernández (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon).

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and for its peace and environmental friendly politics, but in the past few years another great quality has grown: top quality and affordable dentistry. Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica (DCCR) is one of this modern dentistry centers which provides almost every procedure by top specialists in all areas of dental treatments. “Our philosophy is to give our patients the best of the best. We take care of every detail in order to give them their smiles back and to make their visit the most pleasant moment”, comments Dr. Andrés Fernández, one of the most prestigious oral and maxillofacial Costa Rican surgeons and partner of DCCR. Dental implants, crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, laser teeth whitening, root canals and Invisalign orthodontics are some of the procedures DCCR offers in their office in the middle of Avenida Escazú, an exclusive lifestyle center in San Jose and right next to

Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica is an advanced center of modern dentistry in the most exclusive area of San Jose CIMA Hospital, the most modern medical facility in Costa Rica. “We keep ourselves updated with the latest techniques and technology available in dentistry by constant research and ongoing continuous education around the world”, adds Dr. Alejandro Mora, the oral rehabilitation specialist and also an associate of DCCR. So, if you are in need of a dental specialist or you are just thinking about improving your smile, here in Costa Rica you have a great staff of specialists and a state of the art clinic just around the corner. Just get rid of your fear to smile. Ignacia Mora Journalist

“I have been to at least 20 dentist in my life time and never have I found a doctor as good as Dr Mora”, said James Roach, one of Dental Cosmetis Costa Rica patients after getting a Full Mouth Rehabilitation with Dr. Alejandro Mora.

The truth about

A complete staff of specialists in dentistry, the ultimate technology and a modern and comfortable confortable environment allows us to offer a large variety of dental services for you, including:

immediate load

smiling

implants

Modern dentistry

Specialists agree that “one stage implants” are not a solution for every dental patient

Immediate load implants, known as “one stage implants” have become very popular as an option for those who want a rapid solution for missing dental pieces. These titatnium posts are placed with the respective permanent tooth in one stage, wich means that in one week (2 visits), you can leave the dentist’s office with an implant and your definitive porcelain crown. But this is not all the truth about this “one stage implants”, because they are not a solution for everyone. Immediate load implants, in fact, are the same implants specialists use in two stage procedures- when patients has to get the implants and one temporary tooth in one visit and 4 to 5 months later, return to the dental center to get the definitive crown-. The only difference between “two stage implants” and “one day implants” relies on the patient, because

depends on his or hers bone quality, the implant retention and the healing capacity of each person. “The only way to know if the patient fill the requirements is in the exact moment of the implant placement”, says Dr. Andrés Fernández, Oral and Maxillofacial specialist and partner of Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica (DCCR), which means that it is impossible to know previously to the surgery if the patient is a candidate for immediate load implants or not. “It would be wonderful if we could offer everyone an immediate load implant option, but this is not being honest with them, because you cannot know until you have seen the bone height and quality and also depends on the initial stability of the implant when

placed”, adds Dr. Alejandro Mora, Oral Rehabilitation specialist and partner of DCCR. “Also the more implants you are going to have connected to each other, the better predictability for immediate load”, explains Dr. Mora. “For example, if you get an individual implant it would have a lower success rate than two or three implants that will be connected together”, concludes. Ignacia Mora Journalist

The best place to smile in Costa Rica

CONTACT INFO

Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica is located in Avenida Escazú office 206, second floor, in San Jose. For more information call at +506 89929454 (with Javiera) or email at info@dentalcosmeticscr.co You can also visit their website: www.dentalcosmeticscr.com

Oral Rehabilitation and Cosmetic Dentistry Center Contact us at +506 22287658 info@dentalcosmeticscr.com Avenida Escazú, office 206 San Jose, Costa Rica


$40 Million Dollar Hospital For Guanacaste

Clinica Biblica has announced their new hospital in Guanacaste

• Clinica Biblica supports the Do it Center Foundation

Clincia Biblica sees the potential of medical tourism. To avoid the high price of health care each year, most medical tourists are leaving their countries in search of quality treatments, diagnoses and surgeries at reasonable prices. In 2007 alone, there were 750,000 medical tourist that traveled from the U.S. to foreign countries, and by the end of this year, this figure is estimated to be around 7 million foreign patients. Costa Rica is a country that is emerging in global medicine and according to The Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (CADEXCO) Costa Rica receives between 15,000 and 20,000 health tourists annually. This activity generates, $560 million a year for Costa Rica. Because of this situation, and their increasing projections for the years to come, Costa Rica has proactively worked to attract more international patients. The first Medical Tourism and Wellnes Congress was organized this year through the joint efforts of CADEXCO, PROMED the (Council for the Promotion of International Medicine), and other national institutions. The growing medical tourism industry generates U.S. $ 40 billion each year worldwide.

One of the most treasured skills we human beings have is the ability to move on our own. So easy, so automatic, so routine, that many times we forget that for an important segment of the population, making such motions are not as easy as it appears. It is estimated that in Costa Rica 4 percent of the total population (a little less than 200,000 Costa Ricans) are unable to walk and it is estimated that half of them cannot afford a wheelchair. Fortunately, there’s a foundation that has made it possible for thousands of Costa Ricans to receive mobility free of charge. The Do It Center Foundation and Hospital Clinica Biblica have, in the past three years, provided 8,000 wheelchairs to people in need directly or by delivering them to rest homes, hospitals, and other institutions. Foundation Director, Jerad Portner, says the foundation will donate another 3,300 wheelchairs this year. The Do it Center Foundation was founded 6 years ago and has become a great help for thousands of low-income families who need wheelchairs but haven’t been able to obtain them through the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS) or due to lack of funds to buy them. According to John Scheman, president of the foundation’s board of directors, ”seeing the expression of happiness on the faces of people who receive such donations is impossible to erase from one’s mind.”

• Clinica Biblica’s Guanacaste Location

• Future of Clinica Biblica in Guanacaste

The Hospital’s board is composed of recognized lawyers, engineers, doctors, pastors, architects, missionaries and teachers who perform ad-honorem, seeking to give continuity to the original purpose of the Latin America non-profit Mission.

• Medical Tourism

Clinica Biblica – San Jose, $50 million dollar state of the art facility designed by Maggi Cercone y Associados

• History

I

n 1921 evangelical missionaries Harry and Susan Strachan arrived in Costa Rica from Argentina with the purpose of sharing the Gospel and helping the poor. The couple found a complex and difficult health situation, where children were the most seriously affected. They established a small clinic to offer free medical services under the Latin America Mission. It was first a pediatric center to attend to sick, malnourished and abandoned children. Soon after, however, they recognized the need to offer other services. The Strachans took on the challenge and built a maternity ward, a surgical unit and a nursing school to fulfill those and many other needs that they saw.

Currently located at the Papagayo Do it Center, Clinica Biblica offers you a wide range of products and services: They have the largest drug and medical supply inventory offered by any pharmacy network in Costa Rica. The highly qualified and professional team of pharmaceutical managers check all the prescriptions previously dispatched in order to guarantee the safety of the medicines you receive.

That’s how the Hospital Clinica Biblica began and since it’s inception, has been operating as a non-profit organization. Its mission is to use the economic resources generated by the hospital to give back to the community through social programs, charities and donations to benefit those in need. 33% of profits are used to administrate the hospital, 33% for growth, and 33% are given back to the community.

Clinica Biblica in the early 1970’s

• Clinica Biblica today

Today, Clinica Biblica is the largest private hospital in Costa Rica and is ranked in the top 5 best hospitals in all of Latin America by America Economia magazine in 2009. General Director Bernal Aragón says “Its 80 years of service has made the institution a stable pillar of medical services in Costa Rica. The hospital provides both national and international patients with access to up-to-date technology and a wide range of physicians, surgeons, and specialists”. The hospital has 250 in house doctors and another 750 that use its facilities. Since August 2007, the Hospital has been an affiliate of the INICC. This organization seeks to establish a network to standardize and improve infection controls in hospitals around the world. Clinica Biblica is the first Costa Rican hospital to participate in this kind of organization. This affiliation reaffirms its commitment to high quality medical attention where the patient’s safety is a fundamental part of medical practices.

• Joint Commission International Accreditation

Another important accomplishment is the completion of a rigorous process to obtain the Joint Commission International Accreditation – the highest accreditation given to an international hospital. It is the first hospital in the region to receive this coveted certification. The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals for more than 50 years. Their approval indicates a hospital meets high performance standards in the United States as well as internationally. The JCI accreditation helps hospitals improve their performance, raise the level of patient care, and demonstrate accountability in the rapidly changing health care marketplace. According to Medical Director, Jorge Cortés, “Clinica Biblica Hospital offers more than 40 specializations and their respective sub specializations”. For example, it offers state-of-the-art technology in cardiology services. It has Intensive Care, Coronary and Intermediate Care Units equipped with mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, and continuous monitoring of vital signs, among others in order to offer integral quality care to critical patients and patients with heart trouble. Patients will benefit from the best technology, as well as medical and nursing professionals specializing in this type of patient care.

There is a doctor available 7 days a week to treat a wide range of aches, pains, infections, allergic reactions, minor accidents, as well as many other ailments in a prompt and professional manner. They also offer a fully bilingual staff and a laboratory. The radiology (x-rays) and cardiology departments will be open soon. In Guanacaste, Clinica Biblica is currently working with hotels to provide services to guests and their employees. Many hotel managers are excited about the express delivery service. Their express delivery distribution area includes Liberia to Belen as well as Sardinal to all the beaches from Ocotal through Papagayo Peninsula. This service is free with purchases greater than 5,000 colones (roughly $9.50).

Clinica Biblica has announced their new hospital in Guanacaste. The hospital is located within the 2,350 acre Sun Ranch development (www.sunranchcostarica.com). According to Mauricio Rivera, Project Director, the development will encompass assisted living and long-term care facilities, a medical hotel, a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., as well as commercial and residential. The project is located 2 kilometers North of the Daniel Oduber International airport. The hospital will be built on 37 acres, which was donated by businessman and philanthropist Jimmy Gesling along with the Do It Center Foundation. According to John Scheman, Director of Development for the hospital in Guanacaste, the complex will be built in four stages and consists of four towers. The medical towers are 3 stories tall and construction of the first stage will begin in 2011. The first building measures 37,674 ft2 which includes a diagnostic center, pharmacy, emergency room, observation, stabilization area, laboratory and imaging center. The second and third floors will house 48 medical offices that will be sold to doctors and will be available for purchase early next year. Towers 2 and 3 will have a total area of 96,875 ft2, including 50 in-patient suites, operating rooms, pre and post operative recovery, maternity ward, delivery rooms, and intensive care among others.The last stage will be a three story tower measuring 37,674 ft2 which will have 72 doctors’ offices and will focus on specialty medical services such as plastic surgery, geriatrics, orthodontics, and snake bites. These medical services are a welcomed addition to Guanacaste’s current medical infrastructure and will improve the lives of current and future residents. (For more information contact jport@ grupodoit.com / info@sunranchcostarica.com / Tel: 2667-0906)

HOURS

Pharmacy: Monday – Sunday 7:30am – 7:30pm Doctor’s Office: Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 7:00pm Lab: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 3:00pm Saturday 7:30am – 11:00am Delivery (Servicio Express): Monday – Saturday

• Telephone: 2667-0891 2667-0892 • www.clinicabiblica.com


Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma, Costa Rica

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is beach front, located a 10-15 minute walk from the town of Montezuma at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.

• Rooms

Choose from a variety of accommodations nestled in tropical vegetation yet just steps away from the ocean. All rooms have free wireless internet, small fridge, in-room safe, A/C. • Coco Joe’s Bungalow • Beach Front & Private Bungalows • Beach Front Suites • Beach Front Rooms • Ocean View Tent Cabins

• Restaurant & Bar

Ylang Ylang Restaurant is a joyful place... your meals are prepared especially for you with the freshest of ingredients and caring, friendly service. A calm atmosphere and delicious food awaits you...

• Spa

Discover our Spa nestled in the jungle... from hot stone to swedish to couples massages...

• Additional Hotel Amenities

• Tropical swimming pool edged by waterfalls • Yoga and Dance Lounge with ocean view • Hammocks everywhere

Contact info Tel: (506) 2642-0636 (506) 2642-0523 email: reservations@ylangylangresort.com www.ylangylangbeachresort.com


The only PADI 5* IDC center in Guanacaste

Rich Coast Diving... All photos by Martin van Gestel and Adrian Stacey.

Want to teach diving? Go Pro! Rich Coast Diving will turn your passion of Diving into a new profession!

W

elcome to Rich Coast Diving we have operated since early 1993 in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. In 2009 we opened a second location in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, on the premises of the beautiful boutique hotel Bosque Del Mar. Rich Coast Diving is the place for an unforgettable diving adventure during your holiday in Central America.  We are a PADI 5 Star IDC facility in Costa Rica offering a full range of PADI scuba diving courses, beginning from entry level courses through to PADI Professional Dive Courses, and of course, fun dive tours and snorkel trips. We cater to divers who appreciate personal attention, diving in small groups on the most comfortable boats in Playas del Coco.  For divers doing their first dive experience up to divers that want to Go Pro.

Once you are here, you will feel our personalized service. Sign up, get fitted for our well maintained rental equipment or just drop off your own dive equipment, and we will do the rest.  The only thing you have to do is have a great time!  Our friendly and always helpful staff will boost up your dive vacation in Costa Rica to unforgettable and wonderful.  Whether you are diving the Catalina islands, Bat islands, or a short trip to one of the more than 20 local dive sites, with our experienced and specialized dive guides you will have a unique experience.  Our well maintained equipment and fit for diving boats will ensure comfort and safety.  Your diving day will be one full of surprises and enjoyment with special marine life varying from the little nudi branch to the giant manta rays or shark encounters. Rich Coast diving is also  proud to announce that we are part of the “trekcats”  A Central America Travelers Scheme: An organization of

reputable tourism operators and dive centers, offering quality and fun experiences to travelers and backpackers within Central and Latin America. What can you expect to see when you are diving in the Pacific you ask. On our local dive sites we get to mingle with big schools of fish like grunts, jacks and snappers, but we can also enjoy the white tip reef sharks, sting rays and spotted eagle rays just zooming above us like birds in paradise. Going to the Catalina islands (nov – may) gives you great memories of the giant Manta ray and at the Bat islands (may – nov) we can encounter the bull sharks. Both islands offer diving like nowhere else. Just imagine fish swimming all around you. Black Rock is a dive site at the Bat islands where fish make it sometimes hard to see your buddy who is only a few feet away from you. Come and visit Rich Coast Diving and make your dreams come true! DIVE TODAY!

 As a PADI professional, you do things others only dream of. Whether you work in a local dive center or at a resort, the adventure of a lifetime is yours for the taking. Imagine a job where you actually look forward to heading off to work in the morning. As a PADI Pro, you are one of the most sought-after dive professionals on the planet. And, with more than 4700 PADI dive centers and resorts worldwide, the world is your office, your playground.

Rich Coast Diving takes pride of the quality, the professionalism, and the fun of our courses. Become a PADI professional and join our most exciting IDC program in Costa Rica. Having our own Course Director on board, allows us, flexible schedules to fit your needs and exceeds your expectations. We provide maximum customer service by organizing IDC›s in small groups, so every student get his or her own personal time. Come and join us in an upcoming IDC course and let us help you begin your dream career as a Dive Instructor

Rich Coast Diving Co. PADI 5* IDC center http://www.richcoastdiving.com/ Go Pro : http://www.idccostarica.com/ Telephone: +506-2670-0176 / 2670-0004 cell +506 87024574 email: dive@richcoastdiving.com • open every day from 7.45 till 6 pm •


Ease your spirit in tropical surroundings.

accommodate over 300 people, three indoor conference rooms and a selection of outdoor areas; including a world class spa, to custom design any event.

The pinnacle of the resort’s revitalizing options is the Spa Vida, a perfect wide-away spot for guests to enjoy a menu of carefully designed relaxation therapies. The spa area is strategically situated away from the action and activities of the main pool area and

Treat yourself to a Vida Spa signature treatment while overlooking paradise.

is restfully nestled amounts the resort’s gardens and offers beach front access. Featuring its own secluded swimming pool, only for

adult use, 13 different therapeutic treatment rooms, a 24-hour Hilton fitness center equipped with private televisions and headphones for all guests and the Grill de Fuego restaurant which offers a menu specializing in health conscious food selections; treating yourself

to a day at the spa is a highly recommended experience.

Spa manager, Erika Cano, comments “Spa Vida is more than just a place to relax in; it’s an integral experience which combines fabulous treatments, healthy food served at the SPA snack complemented by a pool and beach area offering a total relaxation immersion in a unique ambiance…full of details!

Top favorite spa treatments include a warm volcanic stone massage which penetrates deep into the muscles, a nourishing and purely organic banana leaf wrap therapy which soaks your skin and has mineralizing benefits, a Costa Rican Hot Oil Scalp & Hair Massage to restore follicle balance leaving hair healthy and shinny, and the trademark Vida Signature massage to soothe mind, body and soul.

The Vida Spa and pool is a space designed to lounge, relax and pamper your body and soul.

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa a unique all inclusive experience (Papagayo, June 26, 2009) --- An onset of featured amenities and activities continues to make the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa a top of mind “all inclusive” resort destination in Guanacaste for those wishing to visit the Gulf of Papagayo. Foreign international travelers, incentive travelers and destination wedding guests are invited to enjoy the comfort and Costa Rican flair of the all inclusive resort’s

202 rooms, private plunge pool suites and bungalows. All accommodations feature the Hilton Serenity© Bed garlanded with down pillows and 250-thread count linens. La Source© luxury bath products created exclusively for Hilton by Crabtree & Evelyn© are featured in the rooms for guest

pampering. Further room amenities include complementary coffee by Café Britt©, a dual cup Cuisinart© single-brew coffee maker, 81 cm flat-screen television, high speed wireless internet access, complementary inroom electronic safety box and an easy to set alarm MP3 clock radio.

Beyond the privacy and comfort of the accommodations, guests have an array of activities and in house leisure sites to enjoy. The resort’s main pool area offers daily planned activities, including pool volleyball and excise routines, amongst other daily activities organized for children and adults by an enthusiastic team in charge of pool-side entertainment. A conveniently located swim up bar and an unbeatable view of the Papagayo gulf are but a few other added poolside amenities.

If hunger strikes the solution is deck side since three of the resort’s restaurants surround the main pool area. La Cosecha and El Dorado offer an eccentric mix of a la carte selections infused with fresh Costa Rican ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while El Bocadillo and El Ritual bars offer food and drink options throughout the day. With all of the indulgences included in the price, guests can just relax and enjoy their stay. your stay. Guests are also encouraged to visit the onsite water sport and scuba center and the tours & excursions desk. The Kidz

Paradise, two gift shops, tennis court, car rental facilities and all the sunlight and fresh air you can breathe further complement guests’ stay while live music will

liven up the evenings around the main pool area. Nearby attractions and places of interest to visit include the quaint town of Liberia, an assortment of beaches for sport or souvenir shopping; plus a variety of national parks and protected wild life areas. Action and adventure eco-activities are within close proximityand include zip-line tours, white water rafting, surfing, sport fishing and deep sea fishing.

Incentive Groups, weddings and conventions are catered to by a dedicated team of event specialists. With over 743

sq meters of meeting and event space available to accommodate gatherings of up to 350 participants, The Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa makes available an amphitheatre to

Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa Jr. suite’s private plunge pool

Tropical elegance with a view at the Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa Jr. suite.

New Relaxation Options for Local Customers A new relaxation hideaway becomes a welcomed opportunity for local residents of the Papagayo region and surrounding areas to indulge in. The Spa Vida of the Hilton Papagayo Resort is opening its doors and inviting local customers who enjoy the therapeutic delights that mind and body pampering brings, to schedule a day of self indulgence. Featuring 13 therapeutic rooms, Spa Vida, offers an array of health and beauty

treatments ranging from 75 minutes of hand and feet pampering by scheduling a Vida signature pedicure or manicure, to tantalizing facials and hour long revitalizing massages. A specialized team of professionals is on staff and ready to cater to your every need while a fully equipped gym, pool and soothing sauna further enhance each spa guests’ experience. Previous reservation is required.

Phone: (506) 2672 0000 Reservations: T (506) 2672-0000 or 2672-0304 www.hiltonpapagayoresort.com Email: SJOPA.reservations.papagayo@hilton.com


Coldwell Banker has over 104 years of experience serving clients worldwide in prime locations like Costa Rica, where we have been operating for over 10 years. By providing multiple offices in key Costa Rica locations we can best meet the needs of our clients and offer large inventory of properties.

We never stop moving for you!

Casa Corazon del Mar

Lot in Dominical

Playa Potrero Construction size: 5,000 sq ft. Lot size: 1,069 m2. Titled beachfront, Fully furnished, infinity pool,

Location: Dominical Lot size: 1397.8 sqm / 0.35 acres Beach Front property with clean water running through it. This is a Fire Sale.

Price $1,950,000

Price: $279,000

Buenos Aires, Puntarenas 315 Acres. Features: Eight springs, Buenos Aires City Views, Building sites, Fruit trees and internal roads. Price: $395,000

Zafiros Samara. Townhome. Construction size: 80 sq. mt. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms. Ocean view condo with brand new modern style. Walking distance to Samara Beach Price: $299,000

House in prestigious section of Nosara

San Rafael de BelĂŠn, La Rivera. Central Valley

EE section of Nosara Lot size: 2406 sq/m Construction size: 180 sq/m Details: 2 Bed/ 2 bath Qualities: Fantastic ocean view on dead end road, Surrounded by wildlife refuge, Great fixer-upper with best price in the area

Lot size: 8,740 ft2 / 812.0 m2 Building Size: 3,552 ft2 / 330.0 m2 Bedrooms: 3 Baths Full/Half: 4/1 Special features: Originally its focused and decorated according to Feng Shui by Tito Rodriguez. 24 hour security on a private residencial and a stunning swimming pool, which is accessible from all bedrooms.

Price: $340 000 US

Dolce Vita Units 10, 14 & 16 and Tropical Dreams Unit 5 3 Condos (Dolce Vita Units #10B, #14B, and #16B) 2 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms. Condo Size: 750 sq ft Fire Sale/ 4 Condo’s: $199,500.00

Escazu Lot Size: 11,000 m2 (2.7 acres) Construction Size: more than 5,000 m2 (50,000 ft2) combined Bedrooms: 25 Bathrooms: 22 Special Features: on the property: 1. Health & Beauty Spa 2. Casino & Sports Bar 3. Helicopter Pad, and many more features Price: $ 5,000,000

Price: $ 525,000

Franchise Opportunities! Great locations still available; Tamarindo, Caribbean, Lake Arenal, Santa Ana, Central Valley, San Ramon, Liberia, among others. Contact us today and find out more about owning a Coldwell Banker Franchise in Costa Rica. For more information contact: info@coldwellbanker.co.cr or call (506)2236-6720 Each office is independently owned and operated.

www.coldwellbankercostarica.com

COSTA RICA


NORTHWEST PACIFIC

Lots/ large parcels available for development; custom homes, small ranches, community/resort development.

San Blas, 20 minutes to Hermosa/Coco Beach 6 ha. ( 360 acres) of gentle rolling hills, flat areas, valleys. Mountain and nature/valley views. Located in the town of San Blas, 2 kilometers from the Papagayo Golf course (memberships still available and open to the public). Only 20 minutes to the International airport in Liberia and 20 minutes to Playa Hermosa/Coco Beach. 1 kilometer road frontage, water/well on property (water study & topo completed). Great site for residential development of small ranches, retirement community .

Offered at $1.35 a sq. meter or pay 1/2 price & give seller option to buy back w/18% guaranteed return to you.

Rancho Alto – Papagayo Area, near Polo Club The only large parcel of land (890 acres) approved under condominium law, in the Papagayo Area! 46 parcels segregated ready to sell and develop. Lots range in size from 2.6 acres, $79,850 to a 90 acre parcel – for hotel/resort, condo development. Golf course planned. Waterfall, spring/lake in the common areas. 35 min. to the International airport, short drive to beautiful white sand beach of Cabuyal.

Offered at: $7.50 a sq. meter for nature lots and $12.50 a sq. meter for ocean view.

Coldwell Banker Vesta Group Jaco Profesional Realtors Jaco Beach, costa Rica

Playa Hermosa: 7,500 sq. ft. lot. Flat, spacious building pad. Located in the exclusive community of Altos Cacique. Nearby new road takes you to Coco Beach in 5 minutes! Minutes to full services in Coco or Hermosa. Ocean view from a 2nd story. Offered at $129,000

Jaco • Manuel Antonio • Dominical • Guanacaste • Escazu • And More 10 Offices Throughout Costa Rica

Contact Us Today cb - jaco.com / 1 - 866 - 403 - 1345 / in Costa Rica 8875 - 4111 Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated

Playa Ocotal: 74,642 sq. ft. or (1.7 acres) – 3 building pads,ocean, valley, nature views. Water and electric to the lot line. Very private setting. Perfect for large villa/estate, executive retreat. Offered at $220,000

Playas del Coco: 1.5 acres + Best value ocean view lot in Coco Bay Estates. Lot next door sold for twice per sq. meter price in 2010. Community offers tennis, pool,pending private beach club, fitness center, hiking trails. Short drive to all services and recreation in Coco. 30 minutes to Intl. Airport Liberia. Offered at $293,500

SHORT FIRE SALE Libertad: 10.6 acres Located within 200 meters of the entrance to Papagayo Golf (memberships still available and open to the public). 20 minutes to the International Airport in Liberia and 20 minutes to Hermosa/ Coco Beach. Water meter on property and electricity. Perfect for; a ranch/villa and guest home(s), stables, gardens or nature lodge/ equestrian center. Offered at : $430,000

Total of 4 Condos. 3 condos, 2bed/2bath, located in Ocotal. 1 Condo has 2bed/1.5bath located in Coco. Walk to beach and services, LIMITED TIME TO PURCHASE ALL 4 CONDOS $199,500

Papagayo Golf Course Resort – (only 20mins to Int’l Airport Liberia and Hermosa/Coco Beach) Golf course with 110 Acres includes Hotel Site, all equipment and operating supplies, price $3million, 38 Lots in resort price $2.8million. Purchase both golf course and lots for $5 million.

www.coldwellbankercr.com linda@coldwellbankercr.com Toll Free 1-877-589-0539 Direct 011-506-2670-0805


www.costarica5starproperty.com

Pre-development hotel project (to be constructed). Master plan

Amigo to the

T

environment

he spectacular setting in nature for a potential hotel project bordering a protective zone is a unique advantage since it provides for an extensive natural oasis in the midst of urban growth. It is the capital city’s “Central Park” as urbanization moves westward. Strict guidelines govern the development of the property in order to conserve the existing valuable flora and fauna, as well as to enhance it. At the same time, the construction of buildings, infrastructure and other facilities integrate environmentally friendly guidelines. The LAK property is located right in the middle of the most desirable area in Costa Rica’s central valley. Bridging the communities of Santa Ana and Escazú, the 26 hectares (65 acres approx.) nestles on the hillsides cascading from the mountain range and only five minutes from the recently opened Pacific Coast highway. This modern route takes the visitor to the beach in less than an hour, yet is only fifteen minutes from the capital city or the international airport. The property has 12.5 ha (31 acres approx.) of predeveloped land with a valuable permit for a Class V major hotel. Another 11.5 ha (29 acres approx.) can be used for luxury condominiums and/or an upscale retirement community. Both are crowned by two hectares (approximately 5 acres) which the owner wishes to retain.

Highlights of Hotel Project • 160 Mini Suites • 14 Executive Suites • 44 Town Houses • Wellness Center • Conference Rooms • Casino • Night Club • 3 Restaurants • Amphitheater • Tennis and Racquetball Courts • and many other amenities ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDIES AND CONSTRUCTION PLANS APPROVED

Relevant development close to the property • Pacific Coast Highway (New Highway to the beach) • Multiplaza Escazu (One of the largest shopping centers in the country) • Forum and Forum II (The largest office complex in Costa Rica) • Avenida Escazu (The first office and shopping center with an iMax Theater in Costa Rica) • Hospital Clinica Biblica and Hospital CIMA (Two renowned hospitals accredited by the U.S.)

PRICE

$20 million U.S. for 24 hectares (approximately 60 acres). Hotel portion: 12.5 hectares (approximately 31 acres). Other portion: 11.5 hectares (approx.29 acres). The land is registered as a single parcel. Owner will consider a joint venture partnership.

E

Amigo del medio ambiente

l escenario espectacular de la naturaleza que rodea este proyecto hotelero potencial se debe a que colinda con una zona de protección, destacando su ventaja única como un oasis natural en medio del crecimiento urbano. Es el “Parque Central” para la ciudad capitalina en su expansión hacia el oeste. Unas directrices estrictas controlaron el desarrollo de la propiedad con el fin de conservar la valiosa flora y fauna existente, así como para ampliarla. La construcción de edificios, infraestructuras otras instalaciones se diseñaron para integrar las prácticas de avanzada respetando el medio ambiente. La propiedad LAK se ubica en el centro del área más deseable del valle central de Costa Rica. Sirviendo de puente entre las

(650) 219-3176 or (650) 344-6830 From the USA only call (800) 824-3112 Email: cs@lakdental.com • lloydkwok@yahoo.com

comunidades de Santa Ana y Escazú, las 26 hectáreas (65 acres aprox.) aprovechan las laderas que bajan en cascada de la cordillera y que se encuentra a solo cinco minutos de la autopista del Pacífico. De reciente apertura, esta moderna ruta lleva al visitante a la playa en menos de una hora, estando sólo quince minutos de la capital o del aeropuerto internacional. La propiedad cuenta con 12,5 hectáreas (31 acres aprox.) de tierra pre-desarrollado con el valioso permiso para eregir un hotel de lujo clase V. Otras 11,5 hectáreas (29 acres aprox.) se pueden utilizar para condominios de lujo y/o para una comunidad de retiro exclusiva. Los lotes están bordeados por 2,1 hectareas (5,2 acres) ideales para varias mansiones de lujo. Ambos son bordeados por dos hectáreas (aproximadamente 5 acres) que el propietario quiere conservar.


EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY with the best view located in ESCAZU-SAN JOSE

• Information: +506 2215-2605 or +506 8850-8484 • Email: info@guanacastepacific.net 1.

AREA: 1.167,87 m2

2.

PRICE: USD$145/m2 (TOTAL: $169.341)

3.

FINANCING: 100% financed through the Banco Nacional.

4.

CHARACTERISTICS: The property is located in an exlusive area of Escazu, at just 2 km. from the Multiplaza Mall and Plaza Itzkazu.

5.

It has a 270° peripheral vision range and the possibility to build 2 condominiums. The view towards the west is the valley of Santa Ana.

6.

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS: Studies already performed include CONTOUR LINES (CURVAS DE NIVEL) and SOIL SURVEY (ESTUDIOS DE SUELOS) that have a value of USD$ 5 thousand, which will be given as a bonus to the buyer.


The Journal Edition # 202