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Melissa Real Estate Specialist Interview

Meet Melissa, Tropical Sun Villas’ Vacation and Real Estate Specialist! She knows all there is to know about this gorgeous area. We sat down with her to ask her a few questions on what she loves about living and working here in the rainforest.

  • What made you move to Costa Rica?
    • My husband and I had been looking for a place we felt we could live for several years. We looked in Mexico, Belize, Panama and even Spain. When we came to Costa Rica for the first time for a visit in 2001 and saw Manuel Antonio, we knew we had found our place by the end of our 2 weeks here.
  • What is your favorite place in Costa Rica?
    • My favorite place is Manuel Antonio, because there is so much to do. A short distance from anywhere in MA, and you can find every kind of water and land adventure and so much beauty. Not to mention all the wildlife that abounds in the national park and the jungle. You can also get to a lot of places easily by walking, bus or taxi. I always say it’s got a boutiquey and cosmopolitan feel to it, since so many diverse people live here. It also has a warm and cultural Costa Rican feel at the same time.
  • What do you think is special about Manuel Antonio?
    • It’s so green and lush here all year long, and the mono titis—aka squirrel monkeys—are only here in Manuel Antonio. The park has one of the most beautiful beaches in Central America and you can see why when you are there. It’s truly breathtaking.
  • How long ago did you move here?
    • It’s been over 10 years now. Our first visit was in 2001.
  • What is your favorite activity or tour to recommend to visitors and why?
    • That’s tough to say—but I think for me, I love to recommend that guests visit the national park with one of our top recommended guides. There is so much to learn; kids and adults alike discover how much life is hidden but discoverable. After visiting the park, guests have the best pictures of the bugs, frogs, monkeys, sloths, birds etc. The guides use special telescopes that allow guests to take close-ups of faraway animals in excellent detail. It’s a truly memorable experience. Afterwards, guests can visit and enjoy one of the most gorgeous beaches on the planet, where the jungle meets the ocean.
  • What is your favorite thing about working with vacationers and why?
    • Really my favorite thing is learning about them—where they are from and what they are hoping to enjoy while they’re here. For so many families it’s precious time together as they come from all over North America and many other parts of the world. I want to be sure we are helping them experience this place in the most special way possible, and that each guest makes memories that last them a lifetime. What we hear time and time again is that this was the best vacation of their lives. That is a great feeling, knowing that we were a small part in making that happen.