FAQs

Q. Where is Alazan exactly?
A. Alazan overlooks the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, about midway between the popular travel destinations of Jaco and Manuel Antonio.  We are just 4.3 miles inland from the Coastal Highway.

Q. How long does it take / how much does it cost to fly to Costa Rica?
A. Smart shoppers can find good deals on flights from the United States these days, depending upon time of year and point of origin.  Approximate flight times for direct flights from the U.S. to San Jose, Costa Rica:

Southern California: 6 hours 
Texas: 4 hours
Florida: 3 hours

Note that you also have the option of flying into the Liberia International Airport. Airlines that fly to Costa Rica include United, Delta, American, Copa, Taca, Avianca, and Frontier.

Q. How do I get to Alazan once I’m in Costa Rica? / How long does it take?
A. By car, it’s a 2-2.5 hour drive from the San Jose Int’l Airport on new, improved highways.  There are also two in-country airlines that fly into Quepos, which is a short 30-minute drive from Alazan.  Contact us for detailed directions.

Q. How big are the lots?
A. Lots for sale range from 1.5-3.5 Acres in size.  All lots offer a variety of building sites, and being a jungle environment, there are plenty of opportunities for privacy almost anywhere you decide to build!

Q. How much do lots cost?
A. Prices currently range from $80,000 to $120,000.  Contact us for a price list.

Q. Are these for retirement or vacation or …?
A. YES!  Alazan is perfect for extended vacations, retirement, or even as a rental property.  Because we place a high emphasis on community, we hope that owners will choose to spend time at Alazan and become involved in our Homeowners Association and community activities.

The Alazan Project Managers offer a full suite of concierge services to support home rentals.  In the future, Alazan would like to be able to host group retreats.  

Q. Does anyone live at Alazan full time?
A. Yes!  At this time, a growing number of families live full time at Alazan, including our project managers, and a number of families who have retired to Alazan.  We expect to have more new full time residents this year.

Q. Can I actually OWN LAND in Costa Rica?
A. Yes!  You purchase land using a corporation known as a Society Anonima (S.A.) or a Limited Liability Corporation. An attorney can easily set you up with one of these corporations, which is the entity that holds the land.

Q. How much does it cost to build there?
A. Construction costs can range from $75-$200 per square foot, depending upon finishing materials and the complexity of the design.  

Q. Do you have community fees?
A. Yes, these fund infrastructure maintenance, repairs, project manager and maintenance staff salaries, and special improvement projects.

Q. What do you mean by “Intentional Community”?
A. An intentional community is a planned residential community designed from the start to have a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork. Alazan is such a place.  We are working together to create a sustainable community that embraces nature, collaboration, and friendship.  We are actively seeking new members who want to contribution to this vision.

Q. You mention on your website that you’re building a permaculture farm.  What is this?
A. Permaculture is a system of farming that mimics natural systems in order to maximize productivity while minimizing the need for labor and other inputs. By mimicking patterns found in nature, you can design & build profitable, sustainable, productive ecosystems that offer the diversity, stability & resilience of natural ecosystems.  Permaculture is one of the most productive methods of organic farming.

Q. How did we decide where and why to do this?
A. We were all looking to form a small close-knit community in Costa Rica.  Our community grew as people learned what we were doing and wanted to jump on board.

Q. How  is social life around Alazan?
A. Folks often coordinate their visits to Alazan and share social hours and dinner parties onsite (dinner parties generally last about a week at Alazan).  Alazanians often bring guests, so there are always familiar and new faces at any Alazan gathering.  It’s relatively inexpensive to hire a couple local señoras to prepare dinner for 8 or 12 at an Alazan home, compared to schlepping to a restaurant (and a lot more fun)!  However, Alazanians are easily convinced to head out and enjoy some of the great nearby restaurants.

Q. How would you describe diversity within Alazan?
A. Alazan welcomes people from all backgrounds and interests.  The common bond is a respect for the environment, and a desire to actively participate in the community.  Alazanians come from all walks of life, and different regional areas.

Q. How is the area near Alazan for LGBT folks?  
A. Costa Rica is conservative, however LGBT members of the Alazan community feel very welcomed by locals, who care more about simply being good neighbors above all else.  Costa Rica is the first Central American country to support same-sex marriage.  Occasionally, Alazanians and guests will form a carpool or two to Manuel Antonio (LGBT-friendly beach town) for a beach day, happy hour, dinner, or after-hours entertainment. 

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