Local Services and Recommended Resources
A main purpose of Que Pasa Grecia is to connect people with local goods and services.
Services listed here are offered by members of our community.
Be sure to let them know you saw their listing on Qué Pasa!
Recommended Resources are based solely on the writer's personal experience.
Consumers retain all responsibility for their choices. "Caveat emptor."
Geraldo Miranda, 8988-1376
by Cheryl Cantrell
Anyone need a good gardner? One who knows his plants? I highly recommend Geraldo Miranda for any of your needs. He is a hard worker and honest. He has his own transportation and equipment. For our 1.5 acres he generally has 2-3 workers. He can be reached at 8988-1376 but he speaks virtually no English. He lives in San Luis.
by Jeanetta Owen, La Terrazza B&B
Geraldo Miranda has worked for me for several years and has been a friend for more than 10. Geraldo is very honest, loyal, dependable and overall very trustworthy. My gardener Geraldo came highly recommended from his previous employer before working for me at La Terraza. For a verbal reference, please feel free to call me Jeanetta Owen at 2494 0970 so I may tell you how wonderful he is. [listing updated 11/5/2016]
This category includes people that offer services to help expats navigate situations in the community, such as dealing with motor vehicles/Riteve, finding goods and services, etc, ie, someone who knows the system and can help you get whatever it is that you're needing.
La Tica Completa -
Are you confused by pura vida? Need help keeping the dust and cobwebs under control in your house? Spanglish not good enough to really understand what is being asked or offered? Is a chayote a food or a type of motor scooter?
Help has arrived in most all areas of life in the Grecia area. Time has opened up for me to offer my services to answer most questions even the most bewildered Gringo or Gringa might have. I am available to run errands, clean house or clothes, offer advice on where to shop for about everything. My joy in life is to help people and being completely bilingual I can help you.
Need an appointment made with a doctor but not sure of the words to use with the Spanish-speaking staff? I can help you and have even accompanied a Gringa to CAJA to register. Having lived in the area my whole life I can recommend places to visit, restaurants to frequent and even help you improve your Spanish skills.
Other skills that I can offer you include working with plants inside or outside plus I enjoy painting rooms and redecorating, even just rearranging furniture. I have contacts in the Grecia area for fabrics and furnishings.
When you want to improve your life here in Costa Rica, call me! References available. Carolina Alfaro 8636-8309
Adrenalina is located about 1/2 km from downtown Grecia, on your left, on the road going to Sarchi, Ruta 118.
Matrix is located on the main road (the radial) coming into Grecia from the pista (highway). On your right, about 4 blocks before the main stoplight.
Cardio Fitness is located on the south side of Grecia's Parque Central, upstairs from the block of businesses. From the sidewalk in the park, look up - you'll see the equipment thru the windows.
All are open approximately 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Equipment and classes and personal training options.
Bring your Spanish!
by Dave Murray
Johnny Hidalgo was, for many years, the appliance repairman for La Artistica in Pavas. When they ceased to be a Maytag retailer, he went out on his own. He should be able to repair pretty much anything for which he can get parts. Johnny speaks perfectly passable “appliance" English. His wife, Tanny, speaks English, too. Sometimes she answers the home phone.
Johnny's email address is: email@example.com His cell number is: 8818-2210
His home number is: 2244-6325 He makes house calls.
Harvey in Sarchi
by Tiina Laara
I want to recommend an electrician/handyman (English speaking). He is very service minded and located in Sarchi, his name is Harvey. He has helped us install alarm systems, an electric gate, electric doorbells and other electrical things. However, he also can assist in all kinds of services regarding the home and construction. Give him a call or reach him on WhatsApp. Harvey, 8574-0104
Health Food Stores (Macrobioticas)
by Diane Cooner
Ruta Sana is small in size but stocks an amazing range of products. Located right next to the bus stop between the Hogar Ancianos (Old Folks Home) and central San Roque, you can’t miss it due to their bright green sign that adorns both sides of the bus stop itself plus the store.
Fresh goat milk, bread and cheese, Himalaya herbal product line, basic vitamins and herbs, flours and grains, I really was surprised at the diversity. They are now offering organic produce and Express Home Delivery. And we're happy to report that you can now buy Earth Matters products here as well.
I’m always happy to support local business – these are our neighbors. This store has great potential, they are offering quality products and service to the neighborhood and their prices are reasonable. If you are a Ridge Resident, stop by and check it out. Off street parking coming soon.
Open daily, if they don’t have it on-site, they’ll get it for next day.
firstname.lastname@example.org is their email....
Very happy to see that Ruta Sana is interested in educating people about organic!
by Margie Davis
My fabulous former maid, Yajaira, is available to clean. She lives in San Francisco de Grecia but can take the bus to you. She was the best maid I had in my eight years in Costa Rica. She is thorough, takes initiative, lets you know if she can't make it, and is very honest. She had a key to my house and never abused the privilege. You can reach Yajaira via cell 8515-3566. She speaks Spanish only.
We have lived in Atenas Costa Rica for over 11 years and will be happy to provide references. We have operated an animal rescue shelter for over 50 years so we are familiar with the care of animals of all types. We have been featured in many Costa Rican and US magazines and newspapers. We consider animals to be members of our family and, therefore, treat them with the love and respect they deserve.
Frances and Bruce do the boarding. If your pet/s get along with other pets and is spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines then they will live in our home with us just like our own pets while you are away. We do not cage or kennel animals. We want them to enjoy their stay with us. We can provide excellent references and would be happy to speak with you anytime about boarding your pet or house/pet sitting while you are away. We'll even send you photos of your furkids, while they are with us, by email.
You are welcome to come visit our facility and meet all of us. Just give us a call. Our numbers are 8886-4502 or 2446-0434. Our email is email@example.com
I am taking reservations for 2017 to care and secure your home and/or love with compassion your pets (2 maximum).
Minimum one week at $25/day. Daily visit only: $20/day
I have references......I am dedicated and professional.
by Paul & Marilyn Stevens
I want to tell you about a wonderful resource person who lives on el Cajon in Grecia. Her name is Isabel Arguello. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has taught internationally and teaches Spanish to many gringos here and in other countries over the Internet. Her classes are well-structured, conversational and informal.
However, the main reason I am praising her now, is that I had a complex interaction with a garage mechanic yesterday about technical problems with my Subaru and ordering parts from the USA. She came with me to the garage and helped me and the mechanic understand each other: the part numbers, procedures, delivery times, cost estimates, etc.. I am so relieved now because I know the mechanic and I are on the same page.
I recommend her highly for any translation needs with an attorney, landlord, tenants, repair person, etc. She has first-rate interpersonal skills. I am so happy I discovered her.
You can contact her in two ways: cell phone- 8718-7233 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscape and Interior Design
Specialty Custom Jewelry
by Walt Clayton
Special people deserve a gift as unique as they are.
Back in 1984, while filming great white sharks in Australia, I happened to visit an underground opal mine -- the real Down Under of that sprawling island continent. The infinite variety of shapes and hues and ever-shifting play of colors mesmerized me -- I was dazzled. I dug into my per diem and bought up as many as I could, from tiny ear-piercing size to glowing pendants. For over three decades they languished in my safe, until just now.
Groping for a birthday gift for a Tica friend who has helped me on dozens of projects, I flashed upon those neglected opals. They are just as stunning today as they were when I got them, and millions of years before that. Problem was, who would make the earrings I had in mind?
Meet Marta Mata, a jewelry artist right here in Grecia with a passion for semi-precious stones, Swarovski cut glass, silver, copper, bronze... and sizzling hot blow-torches! Working in her little detached shop, Marta can't sleep once she gets a new design in her head. Up at 5:30 am, a quick café, and she's either pounding away on copper or firing up her beloved propane torch. When it's dark out and she's starving, Marta knows it's time to call it a day.
How did she get started? By making wine glass charms for her daughter's wedding. After that she was hooked, and worked with a partner for two years in Atenas, learning more every day. Chomping at the bit to do her own designs, she split off on her own and built her backyard shop in Grecia, where she now lives. Today she creates a kaleidoscope of unique bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and charms dictated by her clients' desires, the dominant characteristics of her materials, and her own unbounded passion and vision. No two pieces are alike, nor will they ever be duplicated. Marta loves special requests! To see several examples of her work check out the Photo section of her Art Quimia Facebook page.
I am delighted with how my opal earrings turned out, and am now pondering having Marta do a necklace with another stone to complete the set. And then there is the holiday season coming up... more gifts to plan for.
As an extra bonus, Marta speaks good English. Lacking a street number, here's how to find her beautiful home, which she will explain precisely when contacted: Coming from San Isidro on the main road (107) go all the way until you have to turn right downhill into Grecia. But instead of going right, turn left at the Escuela Eulogia Ruiz, go 100m and turn right, then make an immediate left along the school and stay right at the first fork for about 50m. Marta's house in on the right with a big iron gate which she will leave open. Marta's phone is 8833-1488 for calls, text and photos. Or use email for text and photos: email@example.com.
Get creative with Marta now!
Bufete ALFARO & Asociados
Lic. Luis Adrian Alfaro R.
Office +(506)2444-5746/ Fax +(506)2444-0513
Grecia, Costa Rica
Real Estate Specialist, Immigration, Tax, Criminal, Corporate and General Law Practice. Fluent in English and Spanish. Excellent references. Listed with the U.S. Embassy, Costa Rica.
Luis Adrian Alfaro, Attorney at Law, was referred to us by Ted and Donna Baker of El Cajon for our immigration process the end of July 2015. Mr. Alfaro is very personable and astute at the immigration process and very quickly assisted us in getting our cedula registration number within just a few weeks. He even took the time to take a car load of us to San Jose to be fingerprinted and smooth the way. We could not be happier with Luis Adrian Alfaro and his fees are much more reasonable than others! We will continue to call on Luis A. Alfaro for all future legal needs. Don & Debra Rogan, Grecia
Luis Alfaro, Grecia's lawyer, was highly recommended to us who understands all the processes in obtaining Residency in Costa Rica. Being new in Costa Rica, we were very happy he was fluent in English, explaining each step and the cost. There were no surprises. Additionally, Luis accompanies you in the residency process in case there are questions, insuring everything goes smoothly. We highly recommend Bufete Alfaro & Asociados who are very knowledgeable and conscientious. Douglas & Lois Sherman
We used Luis to help us with our residency. We have heard many horror stories about bad experiences, both with and without an attorney. However, our experience with Luis has been fantastic. The process has been quick, painless and actually enjoyable. Everything has been done very quickly and Luis has more than exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to apply for residency. Ted & Donna Baker, El Cajon Los Angeles de Grecia
Maximiliano Arias Sanchoby Debbie Rudd
I am having a will (testament) signed here as well as a full power of attorney. I've seen several expat friends here have serious medical issues where they have become incapacitated and unable to carry out their wishes. I think it is something that we need to address. I have an excellent bilingual attorney named Maximiliano Arias Sancho. Educated at the University of Costa Rica, he specializes in labor law, administrative law, and contracts. He has an office in Palmares but is a law professor here in Grecia at Universidad Latina. He will meet with clients in Grecia. He can be reached at 8849-7590. His email is: Maximilianoariassancho@yahoo.es
Finca Vibran B&B
San Francisco de San Isidro de Grecia
Finca Vibran B&B rooms, social areas and dining area have been handcrafted by local artisans to create a rustic, yet modern feel. Local timber was sourced for construction and each room is themed to reflect Costa Rica’s natural beauty.
All guests have access to the dining area, trails, coffee plantation, gardens and 2nd story lookout with breathtaking views over the Central Valley and mountains.
Double Occupancy Rooms
Each 5-Star boutique style room includes a King size bed, mini-bar, flat-screen TV, DVD player, safe, private terrace, space heater, coffee maker, ceiling fans, and bathrobes.
One of the rooms is wheelchair accessible.
Daily cleaning is included and laundry is available for $10 a load.
Meals can be arranged at an additional cost.
Upon request, we offer a variety of services to ensure that our guests have a relaxing and satisfying stay on the estate.
- Breakfast (included with double occupancy rooms),
- Lunch and dinner (additional cost)
- Massages by appointment
- Wireless internet (included)
- Cable TV (included)
- DVD library (included)
- Book library (included)
- Self-guided walks (included) around the property
Contact them at:
phone number (506) 2494-4706 Cell (506) 8708-7713
La Terraza Guest HouseSan Roque Abajo de Grecia
By Cheryl Cantrell
La Terraza Guest House is a great place to stay or have your friends stay. Located less than 5 minutes from downtown Grecia, it has fabulous gardens and the best breakfast in the country. I have stayed there and recommend proprietor Jeanetta Owens to friends and clients who have never been disappointed.
Apartotel La Sabana
by Jeane Brennan
The Apartotel La Sabana is a charming boutique hotel and was our hotel choice during our excursion into San Jose for the International Art Festival. We were totally impressed with the staff, the décor, the rooms, the breakfast, the price, and more, from the moment of the doorman’s greeting to the final farewell.
- $77 a night, including tax, for a standard room (rooms are also available with a kitchen)
- Complimentary airport transportation
- Clean rooms, attractive and impressive décor
- Gorgeous pool and patio area
- Sauna Meeting/conference rooms
- Great breakfast
- Secure off-street parking
- Walking distance to La Sabana Park and a variety of restaurants.
Contact Information: www.apartotel-lasabana.com 506-2220-2422 Sabana North, 150 meters north of Rosti Pollos Restaurant
Mangifera Hostelby Diane Cooner
If your house is full and you need an extra space for guests, try Mangifera. You would never know that you were in the heart of Grecia when you are sitting in their garden. Located across the street from the north side of the Central Park (between the Chinese restaurant and the pharmacy), Mangifera is clean, comfortable and hip.
Lodging prices vary from 6 mil per night for shared space to 25 mil per night for a private room with private bath. Wifi throughout, cable TV, kitchen. Laid back, chill out in a hammock in the patio garden and contemplate your next move! Travel/tourist info available. Live music events are also regularly scheduled. Marco Chaves Suárez, host. 2494-6065/8838-1195 firstname.lastname@example.org
They are also on Facebook.
B and B Garden Grecia
By Susan Adams
If you are expecting visitors and are needing to recommend short or long term quarters for someone, consider the B&B Garden Grecia in Sta. Gertrudis Norte. Ronald Alfaro and his wife operate a wonderful B and B that will make you feel at home immediately. The bus stops in front of the house so it is easy to get around by bus or Ronald is available to to take you on tours or to the weekend Feria. I stayed with Ronald and Iliana for 1 1/2 years and their help in transitioning to a new life here was priceless. Ronald does speak English so if you are Spanish challenged as I am this makes life much easier since he can communicate your needs when establishing residency, dealing with CAJA, setting up a Post Office Box or what ever help you might need.
B&B Garden Grecia is located in Santa Gertrudis Norte de Grecia just 30 minutes from the International Airport Juan Santa Maria and 6 minutes the center the Grecia. This comfortable B&B; has orthopedic king mattresses. All rooms have private hot water showers, and the deluxe suite has a Jacuzzi tub as well. Satellite tv and wifi internet in all rooms provide privacy and relaxation. Their RANCHO BAMBU offers you daily breakfast. You can also have other meals prepared for you or do the cooking yourself. They offer guests a free café tour and farmers market tour, and have a daily shuttle service. Check out their website at: bandbgardengrecia.com/
Justa Kaufman - Massage Therapist
“Let me offer you a higher quality of life”
Therapeutic Massages focusing on your individual needs.
Detox Massage, Swedish - Relaxation Massage: 60 minutes $40.00
Localized Massage - 30 minutes $25.00
Therapeutic touch, gentle localized massage, provides effective relief for most tension areas.
Options: Head, Scalp, Neck and Hands Head, Back and Shoulders Head and Face
Reservations: Cell Phone - 8360-1316
Appointments: Call to coordinate.
Method of payment: Cash dollars or colones
Testimonials: With chronic health problems, I have spent huge chunks of time going from physical therapists to massage therapists to chiropractors and everything in-between for the last 30 years. None of them has helped me as much as Justa. She is kind, insightful and professional. I call her my therapy angel. - Marilyn Stevens
Lidia Rodriquez Odonez
by Bev Jensen
I highly recommend the massage services of Lidia Rodriquez Odonez, who is certified.
I've had massage services for 30 years in several countries, and Lidia is among the best I've known.
She pays close attention to your response from touch, and if the amount of pressure is more or less than desired--tell her so. Her English is satisfactory, and, more importantly, she's a warm, pleasant personality. Lidia comes to your residence (!!!), arriving with a comfortable professional massage table, fresh sheets, and wearing the uniform of a healthcare professional.
Lidia also gives reflexology treatments, which is a rarer skill to find and is my own favorite treatment. Reflexology is massage on the chi points in the foot (72,000 nerves end in the foot--so they say). The treatment is both diagnostic and curative. If there's pain when the pressure point is touched, then the corresponding organ (eyes, sinuses, kidneys, etc--the nerve ending of all are found in the foot) is distressed, and continuing to apply pressure until there is no more pain, aids the organ in recovery. The first time I had such a foot treatment I had been ill from a virus, and weeks later the effect of fatigue lingered. When a point on my foot was pressed, an electrical shock ran up my leg--and instantly the lingering viral effects were relieved. My results are probably not usual! But my (late) husband found this foot treatment provided relief from GERD. In the hands of an able practitioner (and you can learn your own most effective points for your health conditions), reflexology is an effective health treatment. And we're blessed that Lidia has the touch!
Give Lidia a call at 6074 4541. She currently charges 60 mins for 10k colones or $20; 90 minutes for 15k colones or $30.
New Testimonial! - By Judith Bliss
Hey, I want first to thank you guys for listing Lidia on your website; she came to my house today and was WONDERFUL. I don't know if you need another testimonial, but if you do, I would highly recommend her. I realize she lives in Grecia and because of that I paid her extra for the trip to Rosario. She arrived with her husband, who muscled the rather wonderful massage table to my patio, and proceeded to give me a wonderful deep tissue massage for 90 minutes. She is lovely, professional, and knows what she's doing. She is also TOO inexpensive....15.000.00 colones (I paid her 25.000.00) for a 90 minute massage? Unbelievable to have someone come to your house for that! In any case, she's great. Thanks for the tip.
Vital Link Masaje Terapéutico
Come and leave your stress behind you and feel absolutely wonderful.
You deserve to be pampered and to relax in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
Enjoy this Relaxing Massage Therapy with Music and Aromatherapy for only ¢12,000 colones. Receive a free facial massage and consultation with Natural Health Products and Weight Loss Programs.
We are located in Turrúcares Alajuela,
50m South of the Bank National.
We will be attending from Monday through Friday
from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, by appointment.
Allan - Telephone: 6013-2626
Grecia Cinemaby Diane Cooner
There is a very nice movie theatre, with 3 screens, located in the Grecia Mall. I could have been in Northern California (except the movie was in Spanish). Nice comfy seats, a large 'reserved' section (higher priced ticket), further back from the screen. Very clean. Ticket prices varied from 2800 - 4300 colones per person, depending on location in theatre and whether you go for 3D or not. Oh, and your age, too.
They usually have a good selection of the latest movies. I believe that the last movie of the evening is in English. The others are either with or without subtitles and that will be listed on each movie listing.
You can get the dates and times for the movies at the Grecia theater online at https://www.citicinemascr.com/ With a credit card you can also buy your ticket online in advance, which is a good thing as the theatres aren't huge and it's nice to have a space reserved.
If you cannot negotiate this Spanish language site, try using Google Translate.
No, I didn't try the popcorn. Movie popcorn is bad for you! But it did smell good.
Mudanzas (Removals or Household Moving Company)
Are you planning to move? Rene Soto drives a 20 ft box truck. He has 20 years of experience.
Call or text Rene at 8341-8015 (email address) Spanish only or utilize, at a small additional charge, Giovanny Chaves at 8583-7870 as your English speaking Facilitator or interpreter.
Gringo or Tico: Professional local or long distance household movers in Costa Rica or clean junk or old major appliance removals locally within the Grecia area.
A dependable and prompt Professional mover, Rene is strongly built and knowledgeable to easily get your home moved safely to a location across town or anywhere in Costa Rica that you desire! Twenty foot, US imported, newer and very modern, well equipped enclosed box truck. A very cautious and safe driver who practices the rules of the road and maintains his truck to the highest standards of safety.
Moving blankets and appliance dolly are available when reserved in advance of your move day.
Please call today to schedule your move or removals at least 2 weeks in advance with Rene at Mudanzas Moving Company 8341-8015!
Mudanzas Moved Us!
by Don & Deb Rogan
Rene moved our household twice, once in December 2016 and again in January 2017, across Costa Rica. From the mountains to the plains, Rene did a fabulous job safely moving our home! Then when we decided to move back to the mountains in Grecia, Rene came and safely moved us back home! We even rode with Rene up front since we have no automobile! Rene does not speak English but is a very amiable mature man who works very hard to relay his communications. Giovanny Chaves was there on the phone to interpret as we needed him as well, Geovanny even helped load us while in Grecia! Rene's wife, Giselle, is a lovely woman who rode with us on our way to the plains! Giselle speaks very slowly in Spanish so you are certain to understand her which is so thoughtful of her for those of us still learning our Spanish!
We could not be happier with Rene! He quickly worked out a great solution to our challenge to get our furniture offloaded when we had a "grande truck challenged" driveway once returning to Grecia this trip!
Very reasonably priced, very prompt and dependable, a cautious driver, and, a very nice and professional man! We highly recommend Mudanzas Moving Company to everyone! Thanks for finding Rene for us, Geovanny!
Don and Debra Rogan, Carbonal de Grecia 2/2017
Music Instruments and More
Mike Music is the best music store in Grecia. We offer musical instruments, small batteries, audio headphones, 3 wire extension cords, and small electronic accessories.
We are located behind the red church in town, next to bar Saprisa.
We are open Monday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Mike Music also does instrument repairs and offers select music lessons.
posted 6/20/2017 dc
Patient Advocate for Expats - Medical
by Jane Howe
I would like to introduce a much needed service provided by my friend, nurse extrordinaire, Jon Graham. In fact, if there is one gift I could give to my fellow expats in the Grecia/Sarchi area, this is it.
Jon has been a nurse for 35 years in the US, most recently as a cardiac nurse, but before that as director of nursing in hospice. For the last thirteen years, he has commuted between San Jose, California, and Costa Rica, spending one month working in the US, then living here for the opposite months. He is fluent in Spanish; more importantly, fluent in MEDICAL Spanish, and he thoroughly understands the Costa Rican culture. He has now retired and would like to continue helping people.
Many of you know that my husband and my good friend both died within the last year. Jon was INVALUABLE help and I could not have handled it without him. He has taken my husband to the emergency room while I was gone, was always willing to evaluate treatments, recommended medications to the doctors in the Grecia hospital for Kathleen, which the doctors used. He was able to get past the “dragons” (the guards who insist you can only visit between 3-5), arriving at 7 in the morning to consult with doctors. He accompanied to Alajuela for testing, and was always willing to talk to medical personnel and interpret findings.
Jon is caring, competent, not an alarmist (helpful in terrifying situations), and very willing to help expats, whether they need accompaniment to a consultation, find themselves unexpectedly hospitalized or in an emergency situation, need to understand their options, or need an advocate in the hospital (really important).He has worked with the director of palliative care here in Grecia, who is very interested in having his help with English patients. His fees are determined by what you need, but are very reasonable. He is very easy to talk with and very fair. I don’t mean to offend, but he has more experience than many of the newer doctors working at the hospitals, and has a way of communicating with them in a non-threatening manner.
So, do yourselves a favor and write down his email, consult with him, because when the chips are down, we are all in a foreign land, and even the best Spanish can fly out the window when you are ill or frightened.jonenfermero at hotmail.com
Vivero Rincon de la Paz, in Rincon Colorado, Sarchi Norte
By Jan DeCook
Owner: Alfonso, 2454-4714 Employee: Luz speaks some English
Located at the end of Calle San Rafael, which starts in front of the Artist Co-operative (Big Painted Wheel), by the gas station.
They sell flats of mixed vegetable seedlings, 105 plants per flat, for C2,500
Lots to choose from: arugula, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, green and regular onions, 3 varieties of lettuce, jalapeno and sweet peppers, tomatoes and more...
This is a family run operation and he doesn't use chemicals on the plants. He also sells the recycled potting soil for C4,000/bag.
If 105 plants is too many for you...share with a friend...the price is right.
Vivero de Carlos Quesada
GLORIFY YOUR GARDEN
By Walt Clayton
I'm no plant expert, but I know what I like. These four Heliconias all have tantalizing configurations and vivid colors, and are typical of exotic tropical flowers found in Central America.
To help you liven up your garden with eye-catching color touches, Carlos Quesada just outside of San Isidro de Grecia, can be of help. In addition to supplying lawn grass (zacate), Carlos offers four gorgeous Heliconias in three forms: with bulb, in a bag, and cut flowers for decorating special events, or just to marvel at in your home.
Prices are: C1,500 per plant with bulb (planta en bulbo); C4,000 plant in plastic bag (planta en bolsa); and C5,800 for assorted flowers (flores) per dozen.
Carlos can be reached at 8343-0154 and uses WhatsApp. His daughter speaks some English but is available only on weekends. An English message via WhatsApp may work. Or try by email at email@example.com
So snap up some Heliconias and make your garden happy and the envy of friends!
Dr. Mario Barrantes
By David Murray
Dr. Mario Barrantes is an ophthalmologist with office hours evenings and Saturdays at Clinica Hellenica* in downtown Grecia. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Barrantes teaches ophthalmology at the University Latina medical school and he teaches opthalmic surgery to medical residents at the University of Costa Rica.
In addition to routine eye examinations, Dr. Barrantes does ophthalmic surgery both in his office in Grecia and in a more sophisticated clinic in Heredia not far off the autopista. (It’s on Waze.) A few months ago, Dr. Barrantes removed a stubborn growth from my eyelid here in Grecia. The experience was perfectly acceptable in every respect.
More recently, Dr. Barrantes performed a cataract surgery for me at the Heredia clinic which has a facility devoted exclusively to ophthalmic surgery. Once it was determined that I had a cataract, he sent me to the eye clinic at CIMA Hospital in Escazu for a computerized examination that determined the exact size and shape of the replacement lens I would need. He then ordered the correct lens from the U.S. and it arrived in just a few days. There’s a rumor that in Costa Rica only one size and shape of replacement lens is available. That just isn’t so.
Dr. Barrantes does about 350 cataract surgeries a year and has done over 2,500 in his career.
My cataract surgery came off without a hitch. In less than three hours, we were on our way back to Grecia with no discomfort but lots of eye drops to administer while my eye healed.
So, if you need any eye care, from a routine annual examination to eye surgery, Dr. Barrantes comes highly recommended. You can make an appointment by calling Clinica Hellenica at 2444-2436.
*Clinica Hellenica is a modern multidisciplinary medical facility that offers a wide variety of medical services and physical therapy. It’s located on the right (north) side of the street in the middle of the last block before the emergency entrance to the hospital in Grecia.
Dr. Victoria Urena-Porras, Atenas
By Carol Phillips
I would like to introduce Dr. Victoria Urena-Porras to the expat community in the Grecia area. If you're looking for a great Optometrist, Dr. Victoria is the one! She owns her own practice and optical shop, La Optica in downtown Atenas. Dr. Victoria is bilingual and has patients from the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, and other countries.
Dr. Victoria studied Optometry in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, the only University in Costa Rica that offers a career in Optometry. When she finished her studies, she practiced optometry for 8 years with a local chain of optical shops. In 2011 she opened her own business, La Optica.
Dr. Victoria is involved in the primary health care of the eyes and determines the value of vision to correct the visual system using glasses, contact lenses or vision therapy. She is also able to detect pathological and systematic conditions in the eyes and refer her patients to specialists as needed.
Dr. Victoria has the latest technology to test your vision and a variety of frames. She provides products and services to children, adolescents and adults. If you need an eye exam, new frames, lenses, repairs for your current frames, or contact lenses Dr. Victoria can serve you. For those who need further examinations and specialized care for your eyes, she has a referral service of trusted Ophthalmologists.
Dr. Victoria is a qualified professional and has the backing of the Colegio de Optometristas.
I was very pleased with Dr. Victoria's service. My prescription was perfect and I love my new frames. I actually received much better service from Dr. Victoria than the last time I got new glasses in the United States!
Dr. Victoria's Contact Information:
Address: 100 mts oeste Iglesia Catolica, diagonal a la entrada de la Radial, Atenas.
(100 mts west Catholic Church, diagonal to the entrance of the Radial, Atenas.)
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Photo & Video Home Tour Service
.. so if a photo is worth a thousand words, imagine how many a video would be worth!
When I put my Las Vegas house up for sale to move to Costa Rica, I wanted to show it in all its glory. Since it was going on the market in March, when it was cold and drab and all the plants and trees were bare of greenery, I shot my video tour during the summer, with my garden in full color. I wanted a potential buyer in winter to know what it looked like the rest of the year. The video paid off handsomely, and I made a tidy profit.
Having worked for decades in the film industry, I've become very familiar with videography and photography. For my full background, please visit: http://www.firststryke.com.
Since I've seen how long it often takes to sell a house, especially when there may be great urgency to sell, I decided to offer a photo & video service to help speed up the process. Options run from a straightforward photo walk-thru to a simple 7-8 video to a comprehensive, full-blown video tour with editing, narration and titling. To see each option, with pricing and terms, please visit: http://photovideohometours.blogspot.com
If you're in need of selling a home, and perhaps quickly, maybe I can help. I'll sure give it my best shot!
San Isidro de Grecia
2444-4237 landline & answering machine
6246-6015 cellphone & text
Pool Supply & Maintenance
Grecia does in fact have a pool supply store. They are not always open as they also offer pool maintenance.
Call for hours and service info.
Greco Piscinas Y Mas (Pool Supply) is located 125 m north of ICE, same side of street, 3 doors down from Panaderia Grecia.
You can also find them on Facebook.
Party Ranchita Rental Available
San Juan de Grecia
Located in San Juan de Grecia, 1 km west from the river Sarchí, road to San Juan. It is a big green, level area, so that anyone like the elderly or people with mobility problems won't have any inconvenience. When we rent it, we are used to do it for the entire day, so there wont be any time limit issue, but if, for example, someone would like to come only for a few hours (lets say 2-4 hours) then we can make a special offer on the price. We consider 2-4 hours as a little while, because usually when families and friends rent our ranch, they arrive at about 8 am to do their preparings for the party, and then leave at about 10:30 pm, once the party is over. This last point takes me to the price issue: we rent it for 50.000 colones during rainy station, and 65.000 colones during sunny station. Our phone numbers are 2-494-6489 and 8302-4909.
Diego Alfaro Alpízar
By Sheron Bloom
Diego's office is located in San Isidro de Grecia - turn at the Catholic church, go to end of very short block & turn right; Diego's sign & office are on the left.
This young man was a God-send for me! Having blown out my back lifting a futon, I was totally out of commission until he made a house call (!) and put me on the road to recovery.
Diego is very professional, speaks good English and has a gifted bedside manner. After his first session I was ambling along without using a walker and by our second session (five days later) I was able to confidently get around without having the walker nearby.
Besides routine physical therapy using various machines and manipulations, Diego also practices traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and acupressure. He conducts gentle exercise lessons in the pool behind his office.
His charges are reasonable and he can make house calls – at least in the San Isidro area.
Jose David Suarez Rojas
by Judy Burnham
He helps with the following ailments:
- Sciatic Nerve problems
- Facial Paralysis
- Carpel Tunnel
- neck and back pain
- neurological problems
- sports injuries
- and more.
His phone numbers are 8334-7315 or 2444-5220. He speaks English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Located in Grecia.
Diego Bolanos Arias
By Lynette Hunt
Diego’s office is easy by going down the main street in Grecia (when the big metal church is on your left heading down the road. The last block before you get to the hospital you turn right on and his house is two blocks down on the right side. It is the house with the 2 trees on the street. His office is behind his parents house so you enter through their driveway. It is a little bit of a walk if you need a wheel chair. When we arrived, we parked on the street and then rang the door bell. You'll see a long driveway behind the gate where the door bell is, and at the end of the driveway, there's Diego's large office building. You may meet his dad---or mom---or wife first. They are wonderful. He wheeled me from the street all the way back to his office.
His numbers are:
OR 8655 3000
OR 8823 0843.
I went to him after my nasty fall, and he has all the machines and the manual skill to help.
Heated Pool That Offers Water Therapy, Water Aerobics and Moreby Susan Adams
I just finished my first Water Aerobics class at The Hidroteripia Grecia on Calle Carmona (behind the Grecia Mall) and was pleased with the instructor (who speaks English) and the work-out I received. Having taken these classes in the states I had some knowledge of what to expect and those expectations were met. The pool is comfortably warm without being too hot, and the dressing area was quite adequate and clean.
It is a bit expensive. For example, a one hour class and one free hour swim per week is 16.000 colones. There are different prices for different amounts of swim time and class time. However I think if you prefer this kind of work-out it is worth it. It would be fun to get an expat class going. I hope someday they will also have a gym at this location but I don’t think they have any definitive plans.
Their phone # is 2494 1031….email: firstname.lastname@example.org. It can be a little tricky to get to but the location will come up on Google Maps.
Propane Parts and Service
by Walt Clayton
OK, here’s the deal. For the fifteen months I’ve lived in my house outside of San Isidro I’ve had problems with my two gas water heaters – one for the bathrooms, one for the kitchen. They would come on sporadically or not at all, with no rhyme or reason behind the malfunctioning. I was taking cold showers, and didn’t want that same fate for visitors. Finally, I’d had it.
I took both heaters to the Gines distributor and hovered over the techie as he cleaned out layers of soot and spider webs. I took photos and notes as he replaced igniters and micro switches and battery holders. He told me my old gas line was a “bomba de tiempo” (time bomb) and had to be replaced.
For $52 the heaters looked great and tested fine. I was set.
Anxious for a hot shower, I hooked them up as soon as I got home. But it was already dark, so with flashlight clamped in my teeth I connected the bathroom heater, then the kitchen heater. And did something very stupid. I connected the water line to the gas line, filling one heater with noncombustible water. Totally frustrated at my blunder I went to bed angry and grubby.
Next day, I dried out the heater, then tried every possibly gas line configuration, to no avail. Finally, it dawned on me that the heaters worked – I saw that at Gines! -- they just weren’t getting enough gas.
Enter SENSA, a brand-new shop that specializes in welding and gas connections of every type. Proud, friendly owner Mario Castillo listened to my tale of woe and looked at the hoses I brought in. In under an hour I left with two custom-made gas lines, new regulators and all the right connectors, pressure-clamped -- and they work perfectly! Mario is my new friend-for-life.
So, for any gas line problems pay Mario a visit. You’ll be impressed by his expertise and new shop with its huge array of fittings. Plus SENSA can do any specialty welding or gas line assembly at your home.
SENSA (2494-5072) is located on the main road just as you leave Grecia for the airport. About 200 meters downhill after the bright blue CAJA roof is a side street to your left directly opposite the large Materiales Arsenio Soto store. You’ll see their sign.