Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Langosta condo building

Here is a view of the new Crystal Sands condo from the beach. In Costa Rica, the first 50 meters from the ocean is public property.

We can walk along the beach from our condo in Playa Langosta around San Francisco Point to Tamarindo, even though there are luxury homes and condos along the beach. Similarly, people walk along the beach behind our beach front condo, which is just a couple hundred meters down the beach from this location.

Playa Langosta is a quiet residential area. We might see some a few people walk along the beach about every 5 or 10 minutes when we are sitting on our balcony. Most of the time, we have a view of the beach and ocean without anyone visible.

Tomorrow, I will show you what was lurking in the bushes right next to me when I took this photo.

I received a comment yesterday from Jacob (of Ocala, Florida Daily Photo) asking if the reason that most condos must be set back from the ocean 200 meters is to protect them from hurricanes. That is a good guess, particularly from someone in Florida, but that is not the reason. We do not get hurricane on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. If there is a hurricane on the Caribbean side, which is unusual because Costa Rica is south of the hurricane belt, there might be some winds on the Pacific side as the giant low pressure system of a hurricane can cause wind. The hurricanes do not cross the high spine of mountains in the central part of the country.

The reason for the building restrictions is to preserve the environment.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo website we are showing photos of Peru, particularly Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world.

4 comments:

glenda said...

Costa Rica has always put environment first, to their credit. Keeping Hotels back from the beach is another good example.

Jarart said...

Excellent! I think all beaches everywhere should be public property.

Jacob said...

Thank you, Dave, for the explanation. I had no idea you don't get hit by hurricanes. That's pretty nice!

And I agree with the environmental judgment.

I also agree with the notion that the beach (or at least a portion of it) should belong to all the people...we have a similar law in Florida, I believe, but people still try to block off access to the beach in front of their houses (read mansions!)...

Jilly said...

Just catching up and amazing to see the growth in Tamarindo. I'm glad they have strong regulations and it won't end up like parts of Spain.

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