SANTA TERESA, COSTA RICA

The Land

Yoko Village is nestled on the hillside of Santa Teresa, just minutes from the beach. The diverse landscape offers breathtaking ocean views with spectacular sunsets, natural resources, and serenity. This environment sets the stage for future villagers to plant roots in paradise.

Yoko Village is being developed with a special focus on regeneration and sustainability:

– Thoughtful architecture to incorporate the natural landscape and tree preservation
– Regeneration of previously deforested areas to renew the forest canopy
– Rainwater collection, gray water re-use, and robust water treatment facilities
– Sustainably and locally sourced construction materials
– Recycling facilities and a commitment to remove single-use plastic waste

The Villas

Community

The Yoko Village community is a mix of freelance entrepreneurs from various backgrounds, nationalities, industries, and age groups. We have creatives, creators, doctors, agency owners, startup founders, wellness coaches, environmental and sustainability experts, entrepreneurs, early retirees, and more. The sense of community is an important factor in the well-being of Yoko residents. As such, the villages were designed to promote a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, while meeting the professional needs of remote workers looking to move to paradise and remain connected.

Communal Amenities:

• Community center

• High-speed internet (throughout the Village)

• Hi-tech community co-working center & private office space

• Yoga deck

• Gym

• Edible forest

• Communal garden

• Restaurant

• Pool

Communal Services:

Yoko Village North and South are fully managed communities with full-time staff, security, and onsite maintenance. All common areas, co-working spaces, facilities, roads, and communal gardens are maintained year round by management and are included in the monthly HOA fees. Residents also receive basic residential villa maintenance.

“Yoko Village is centered around the well-being of its residents while focusing on building creative and productive co-working community. We understand the business needs of remote workers, providing a perfectly balanced work, home environment”

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Team
Liran Rosenfeld

Founder, Creator & Managing Partner

Founder of Yoko Village.  A serial founder with a proven track record and partner at PassRight, Global Talent Fund and has also served as the regional partner for Amazon Key for Business in Costa Rica during 2020. Liran comes from a strong marketing, sales and finance background. Liran described why he started Yoko Village here.

Marta Czubak

Co-Founder

Marta is a digital marketing professional based in Zurich with experience working for startups and the biotech industry. She is inspired by the power of intentional living, and is a true believer in a local’s wisdom: “Costa Rica might not always give you what you want, but it will give you what you need.”
Dana Almozlinos

Co-Founder

Dana is an author, speaker, and transformation guide; she focuses on helping organizations and people to create inspiring new futures. Previously, Dana worked for five years as a business development specialist for global cooperation. These days, she is finishing her first book, Breaking Cages, which will be published soon.

 

Omri Barzilay

Investor

Dad, serial investor, VC, entrepreneur, currently serving as a principal as Peak State Ventures. Previously Forbes columnist and a marine officer.

Brad McIntosh

Co-Founder

Brad is a co-founder of GuruLink – a high-tech recruitment and software innovator based out of Toronto, Canada. Graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BES, honors in Geography & Environmental Resource Studies. When you can’t catch him on his devices, he is probably trying to surf, doing yoga, hiking, or gardening.
Dr. David Pervan

Co-Founder

David is a serial entrepreneur passionate about sustainability and the welfare of our planet. He holds a PhD in 3D printing of metal nanoparticles and is the founder and advisor of various venture-backed startups in the AI, energy storage, healthcare tech and 3D printing space.
Drew Lindsay

Co-Founder

Co-founder of GuruLink, one of Canada's preeminent technology recruiting firms. Has spent the last 20+ years helping to advise some of the most well-known startups and scale-ups in Canada and the US. Active mentor at TechStars and Founder Institute, an active angel investor, an avid traveler and the proud father of twins.
Jakub Krusina

Co-Founder

With more than 5 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, including international project management, working for a leading consulting firm and business development in the hydropower sector, Jakub is currently pursuing new energy-related projects for private investors.
Alexander Molayem

Co-Founder

Alex is a dentist/entrepreneur, currently working on a healthcare tech startup. After visiting Santa Teresa yearly for the last decade, he is thrilled to be able to make a home here. Alex enjoys surfing, gardening, cooking, and DJing, and is always up for meeting new friends.
Vikram Gundu

Co-Founder

Vikram has been in the IT consulting & staffing domain over the last 10 years in the US, and he currently owns and manages a few popular Indian restaurant chains. On the side, he is into real estate investments and private equity. Outside of work, he loves travelling, socializing, nature, and sports.
Serrana Robledo

Architect

Architect and Designer, urban planning teacher at University (FADU, UdelaR, Uruguay), for the last 10 years. Has worked as a project designer in offices from Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv. Has won several awards in international architecture and urban planning competitions.

Minerva García

CFO

Chief Financial Officer and Administrator of Yoko Village. Minerva is a wizard when it comes to numbers, with five years experience as a Senior executive in Deloitte. She also takes care of operations and daily management.

Jean Girard
Head of Sales
Mauricio Slon
Construction Manager & Architect
Nora Correa
Community Manager
Gastón Hernández
Architect
Rodrigo Oviedo
Architect
Lua Kupferschmidt
Community Manager
Joaquín Musetti
Architect
Fernando García Amen
Web Developer & Webmaster
Santiago Alvante
Architect
Juan Manuel Terra
Architect
Cynara Kupferschmidt
Sales Advisor
Angel Armagno
Architect
Ariel Wajnerman
Graphic Designer
Josué Berrocal
Civil Engineer
Roy Trejos
Architect
Florencia Sellanes
Adminstrative Assistant

Blog

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Latest Updates From Yoko Village – March...

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F.A.Q.

Ownership Questions:

Do I get a title for my villa?
Yes! 

Who owns the property?
You have 100% ownership of the property you purchase. Yoko Village owns the communal spaces.

How big are the Lots?
All lots are 1000 square meters, and some can vary to 2000 or even 5000 square meters.

Can I subdivide my property?
Depending on the property and the size of your lot, you can create an LLC and subdivide it. At Yoko Village North, you are not allowed to subdivide your lot.  If you like to get a bigger piece of land and subdivide it, check out our Slow Living Venture (www.slowlivingventures.com).

What are the estimated monthly HOA fees?
For 2BR $250. For 3BR $350 and 4BR $400. The HOA fees include security, landscaping, and general maintenance of Yoko Village, like running the communal services, i.e. Shared workspace, garden, roads, etc. 

What other monthly fees may apply?
General maintenance of your house after the wet season, dry season, the impact of saltwater on the materials, etc. The maintenance costs are equal to the HOA fee structure. For 2BR $250. For 3BR $350 and 4BR $400 per month for the maintenance of your home. Including a handyman available for any unexpected issues. The costs are charged monthly, and it’s optional. It is mainly used for units that are constantly rented to 3rd parties.

Is there a board or organization that runs the community?
There is no community board. There is an in-house management team looking after all aspects of the community. They will be based on the community campus and their job will be to manage all of the community’s business affairs as well as manage properties for owners who wish to use their villas for additional rental income. You will have ownership of your house and what you do in your house is your prerogative. We will have some general rules for co-living in harmony in the community.

What are the vocational rental management fees?
If you want to create passive income on your property or wish to rent out the villa when you are not using it, Yoko Village will manage the property. To have a successful rental business there are a lot of criteria that need to be met and typically that is very time-consuming. YokoVillage will therefore take responsibility for the whole process of advertising, cleaning, renting, checking in and out guests, and providing oversight with reports for a 20% fee of the booking price. We are proficient in online rental services such as Airbnb, booking.com and VRBO.  

When can I sell the property?
At any time. 

Can I buy a ready-made home?
Currently, we are selling houses by order only. 

Do I need to have residency status in order to own a home? No. Anyone can buy and own and home in Costa Rica.
Costa Rican law permits you to apply for residency after you have spent $150,000 or more on any property. You do not have to have a residency to enter the country, however border agents typically give a tourist a 3-month visitor stamp. If you apply for residency the process is relatively easy and inexpensive. We created an article about immigration to Costa Rica here.

Legal Questions:

Is the developer the legal owner of the land designated for Yoko Village?
Yes. The developer has secured the land on which Yoko Village is being built. 

Is the land that I’m buying free of any debts, claims or litigation?
Yes. Yoko Village has done all due diligence and has gone through all the legal processes to acquire the land.

Are all taxes paid for the property I’m buying or being part of?
Yes. 

How long would it take to register the property once I sign the agreement?
All land/title transfers are done with lawyers in Costa Rica. Their land registry system is extremely efficient and well organized. After signing, you will have a contract in hand and a copy of that title is electronically and physically sent to the municipality to be officiated.

Travel Questions:

What are the closest airports to Santa Teresa?
Costa Rica has two international airports.
· Juan Santamaría International Airport, located in Alajuela, near the capital.
· Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, located in Liberia, Guanacaste.
Depending on where you fly from, each airport has different internal flights throughout the country.
From San Jose, you can take a 30-minute domestic flight to Santa Teresa.
From Liberia, it can be a 1h30m or a 30-minutes flight. It depends on whether the flight includes a layover in San Jose.

Both flights will arrive at the nearest airport, Tambor. From there, it will be a 30-minute drive to the town.

How do I get to Santa Teresa?
As mentioned before, you have two domestic flights that will arrive at Tambor.
From Tambor, you can take a 30 minutes taxi (30 min) to Santa Teresa. It’s better to coordinate your international flight to arrive a minimum of two hours before your domestic flight, which you can book online! So that you don’t need to spend the night in San Jose. 

How long is the flight from NYC/LA/ Europe?
New York under 5 hours Los Angeles 6 hours Europe 10 Hours 

Do I need a vaccination?
Costa Rica does not require visitors to have a Covid-19 test, vaccination, or travel insurance. However, it maintains the requirement for the mandatory use of masks and the protocol for washing hands and taking temperatures. 

I would like to visit the property, is that possible?
You can visit anytime! It is essential to arrange the visit well in advance with Jean Sebastian – Head Of Sales, on his WhatsApp number +506 8988 5394 (Not on Weekends or after 5 pm).

Yoko Village Questions:

Who is Yoko Village?
Yoko Village is a company founded in Santa Teresa last year after its founder and CEO Liran Rosenfeld saw a shifting mood for the digital nomad (term used to refer to people who do all of their work online and no longer need a fixed location to work) to be able to work from remote and beautiful destinations outside of the US job market. As he himself had done the same thing he realized there was an opportunity to help many others with a like-minded living and at the same time develop a great business model.

Where are you based?
We are based in Santa Teresa, but our team, like most of the Village, hails from all 4 corners of the globe.

What is the experience that you have in the area?
Daniel Assado and Itay Ohio, Board Of Directors members of Yoko Village have over 20 years of experience in the region as developers, building together 50 successful projects and counting. Founder, Liran Rosenfeld comes from a strong marketing and sales background as founder and partner of PassRight, and the regional partner for Amazon. Our management, marketing, and sales team have been working with top US companies for many years now and we’re all happy to move down to Costa Rica and take life a little slower and replace quantity for quality.

What do you hope to accomplish at Yoko Village?
A thriving community. Yoko Village is uniquely designed to cater to the needs of remote workers and their families looking to escape the city life in exchange for a relaxed, less stressful, and more productive lifestyle. The community comes fully equipped with all the amenities and facilities necessary to maintain a healthy, well-balanced, co-working lifestyle.

What are the benefits of living in Yoko Village?
Houses in Yoko Village are built ground up, are beautifully designed, and weather resistant.
Yoko Village has amenities that are exclusive to its residents including a gym, a large elegant co-working space, a communal restaurant, communal garden, and is located in a gated property with 24hr security service providing comfort and security for your family and investment.
A community of like-minded people, who maintain a healthy lifestyle and an adventurous spirit.
The best location on the peninsula. Nestled in the hills of Santa Teresa, minutes away from the beach, restaurants, and nightlife, Yoko Village has a premium foothold in Santa Teresa.
Abundant nature surrounds you, peace and tranquility follow your every step.
Construction has been planned ahead so that as the community grows it will not stress the infrastructure, while continuously blending into the environment.
The resale factor will only go up as the community’s roots grow deeper.
Due to the fact that we are building such a large-scale project, we have already gone through painstaking efforts to secure top contractors, architects, and landscapers that we know can do the job and provide top-quality affordable finishes.

Am I buying directly from Yoko Village?
Yes, we are the sole owners of the project and are doing all of the in-house sales, marketing, and working with trusted and very experienced contractors for the construction.

If I’m not 100% satisfied with the construction at the end of the build what do I do?
Here at Yoko Village, we are dedicated to creating a well-constructed and executed community project. That being said all construction has a 1-year warranty on the build. The contract itself is very detailed as to what you will be receiving as far as finishes, sizes, construction materials, etc. and you will be getting the exact same villa like the one shown in our unit specifications document (Annex A).

Is Yoko Village a family-friendly space?
Our will is to create a community open to every type of person and their clan. If the trend is pointing towards more families, we will adjust the amenities to suit that need.

Are you the only community in Santa Teresa?
Yes. There are a few residential communities that exist, however, none of them are providing anything close to what we are. They are gated residential areas with little amenities to provide. We will provide all the lifestyle perks that make us unique to Santa Teresa.

Are you working in any other projects?
Yes, we have another Yoko Village in the pipeline on the peninsula.

What is the demographic for the investors who are part of the project?
YokoVillage North members are from all corners of the globe and currently mostly consist of Europeans, Americans and Canadians. The same goes for age range and occupation. Our members range from 30 to 60 years old and come from various occupational backgrounds, including digital nomads, entrepreneurs, families, and early retirees.

What is the timeline for the completion of the communal areas for YokoVillage North and YokoVillage South?
The expected timeline for the completion of the communal areas is 2024 for YokoVillage North and 2025 for YokoVillage South.

What if I have more questions?
Contact us!! info@yokovillage.com
We are here to give you all the information you need.

Rental Income:

What monthly income do you foresee on a rented villa?
We project by our knowledge and research that the average percentage is around 14% return on your investment. Of course, this can vary depending on the season and type of rental, long term vs. short term.

Income Plan – Short Term Rental 1BR 2BR 3BR
Daily Rental Income 250 350 500
Days Rented (per month) 18 18 18
Yearly Rent Income $ 54,000 $ 75,600 $ 108,000
       
Income Plan – Long Term Rental 1BR 2BR 3BR
Monthly Rental Income $2,000 $2,800 $4,000
Yearly Rent Income $ 24,000 $ 33,600 $ 48,000


What do I need to know about Management fees and services?
The management fee is 20%, and is only for people owning a property as an investment and are not planning on living there. Many people in Santa Teresa own houses that they use periodically throughout the year, and the rest of the time the property is earning income as short-term rental. Yoko Village offers internal management services in sort term rentals for the Villas of the community. The management fee covers all rental platforms and advertising, cleaning, maintenance, and all other services that are necessary for running a profitable rental business, making it easy and smart for owners to see the highest return.

Our rental office will be using platforms such as Airbnb, Vrbo, and Luxury Retreats to advertise your property in our community. We believe that if everything is run under one umbrella the community and properties will be better managed and protected.

Financial Questions:

Is it possible to get a mortgage for part of the investment?
We’ve been asked countless times about financing for Yoko Village, and we have some great news. We are now officially able to offer financing! More information can be found here.

At what point can I still back out of the deal?
Once you have signed the contract and transferred funds over to us, we consider the deal closed. At that point, you are committed to seeing the project through to completion.

What guarantees do you offer?
We offer guarantees on the workmanship and materials used in the buildings. We guarantee that your house and finishes will be and look like the one you saw in the model unit.

What extra costs will I incur?
Gas, Electricity, Cable, Taxes.
This is a question based upon your personal needs; however, you will have a gas, electricity, and water consumption need. These prices can vary based upon your villa consumption. Cable, internet, etc. are services that we don’t personally provide, but they are well established and easily installed.

Do you have an estimation of utility costs i.e. electricity, gas, insurance?

Descriptive Average Wet Season Average Dry Season
Electricity $50 $200
Gas $10 $10
Water $0 $20

When do I start making payments on my house?

A $25,000 deposit to secure the financial phase.
  • 1st equivalent to 25% when plans and permits have been presented.
  • 2nd payment equivalent to 25% when the general base of the home has been completed.
  • 3rd payment equivalent to 25% when the concrete floors and electric and sewage installations are finished.
  • 4th payment is equivalent to 25% when the house is built and finished.

 

What is the income tax rate in Costa Rica?
Property taxes in Costa Rica are ridiculously low. You will pay a 0.25% property tax on the value appraised and registered by the city, which is always a lot lower than the real value. A $200,000 property might be registered by the city for $50K and you will, therefore, pay $125/annually.

What are and how much are closing costs?

If we successfully manage to get a condominium license, the cost will include 2.5% of the total investment for transfer taxes and stamp fees, plus 1% of legal fees, totaling 3.5%.
 
If we do not acquire a condominium license, then there will be one title for all lots, and the “rights” for the titles will be sold to either individuals or companies. The costs will be 1.5% of transfer taxes and stamp fees and 1% of legal fees, totaling 2.5%.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for individuals wanting Yoko Village to register and maintain a Costa Rican company for them.

What is the average cost to insure a home in the area?

The average cost of insuring a home in Santa Teresa and surrounding areas is around $1,500 per year but can always vary depending on the details of the residence.

Construction Questions:

What is the price per meter/foot for construction?
$1,200-$1,500 per square meter.

Will my villa look like the model in the brochure?
We will have two models per layout. The 1,2,3 bedrooms will have a standard and exclusive model. They will all be the same design so yes, your house will look like the one you saw.

Can I have the house designed the way I like?
To maintain a pleasing aesthetic throughout the village we are choosing to have several choices of construction and keep a uniform look to have the houses blend into the surrounding beauty.

How big are the villas?
1BR Interiors 70-80 square meters. Area Built 180
2BR Interiors 90-100 square meters. Area Built 280
3BR Interiors 100-120 square meters. Area Built 320
For more information please go to the following link

Do all villas come with a pool?
All villas except the 1 bedroom villa model B come with a pool.

What is the average distance between villas?
While each home has a different distance from its neighbors, the average 5,000 square meter lot has up to 4 homes. Each homeowner obtains ownership of 1,000 square meters which distances homes by at least a few hundreds of meters from one home to another.

What materials do you use for construction?
The foundation will be poured concrete (minimal amounts to lower our environmental impact). The flooring will be polished concrete and the structure will be made out of wood, metal, sheetrock, and metal studs.

Who is responsible for utilities?
The homeowner is responsible for all utilities in their property, such as electricity, internet connection, etc. The communal expenses will be paid for by Yoko Village out of the HOA fees.

What layouts are you offering?
There are two models: Single Family Home and Semi-Detached Home. 1,2,3 bedroom layouts in two versions each, Standard and Exclusive model.

When do I choose what finishes and details in the villa?
You will actually need to do that before you purchase your house as the finishes and extras can potentially increase the amount of your final costs.

Does the price include furniture?
The furniture is not included, but we offer to furnish the house at a cost that is under market price.

What building finishes can I choose?
We will send you a brochure with all the details and pricing upon request.

What (if any) warranty do I get on the construction and appliances?
The contractors we work with have a year guarantee on labor. Like most houses anywhere in the world this is a standard form of guarantee.

What type of zoning do you have?
Santa Teresa has three types of land use zoning, Commercial, agricultural (not the same as the concept of land for growing, but rather land protected for keeping nature), and lastly a form of land use connected to main roads that we will call Road Adjacent. Each type of land allows for different types of buildable property and ownership. Yoko Village is a mixture of both.

Have all slope analysis, erosion checks, and safety measures been made already?
Yes, we have checked the land with various engineers and are taking all safety measures needed.

When are communal areas and services expected to be up and running?
By mid 2022 Yoko management and security is live and running and you will be able to rent out the Villa immediately. By the end of 2023 all communal areas will be built and ready for use. Some of the communal areas might be completed before the end of 2023.

When will construction begin? 
Once you have signed your contract and transferred funds it will take about a year of the legal process until the contractors will be permitted to commence construction.

How fast can my house be built?
A typical time frame for building a 1-3 bedroom house is 6 months. However, there is a waiting time of about 3-12 months before we start building, because of permitting and planning.

Are there any risks of not getting the needed approvals for either villas or communal areas?
There are no risks in getting approvals for the construction of the villas and communal areas. All Villas and communal spaces are built according to law with the Yoko Village engineers and architects.

Is there any risk of increased costs of building etc. for the purchaser?
No. We commit to the costs in advance and under contract.

How is the capital paid at this first stage guaranteed to be used for the actual Villa ordered?
Yoko Village will make use of the funds in any way it sees fit and is committed under the law to build your home as mentioned in the home description and architectural plans as written in the contract.

Amenities / Lifestyle :

What are the school options in Santa Teresa?
Daycare:
Tia Meli – Owned by Costa Ricans, this place receives babies and toddlers up to 4 years old. They’re a preference for short-term visitors as they have very flexible rates and they are still open during vacations and most holidays.
Pre-school:
Only Love – USD 300-350 / monthly rate + enrolment fee.
Hermosa Valley School – USD 300-350 / monthly rate + enrolment fee.
Schools:
Hermosa Valley School – located in Playa Hermosa.
Futuro Verde – International Validation system, located between Santa Teresa and Cobano.
Public School Santa Teresa – Located in central Santa Teresa.
Camps:
Surf Camps – for kids from 3 years old up, this camp lasts through all holiday school vacations.
Seasonal Camp – Every high season, a small group of local caregivers prepare a 2 to 3 week-long camp for kids between 3-12 years old.
* Baby sitters: There are caregivers living here year-round, fluent in foreign languages: Italian, French, Hebrew, Spanish, and more.
The average rate for multilingual caregivers is between USD 15 to 20 / hour. For full-time caregivers (Spanish speaking only), rates can go from USD 3 / hour up.
 
What activities are available for my kids in Santa Teresa?
Surf Lessons:  personalized and group classes for kids are offered year-round.
Skate Parks: there are two skate parks open to the public, both offering year-round personalized and group classes
Tide pools: perfect for the little ones that are in early-stage of learning how to swim
Circus classes: Funky Monkey lodge offers lessons of silks, dance, and performance for kids from 6 up.
Personalized swimming lessons: from any age.
Private music lessons: various instruments, singing, and composition for all ages.
Yoga for kids: for all ages, as well as baby and mom, etc.
 
Are there any facilities for kids inside of Yoko Village?
Yoko Village has designated recreational areas for outdoor playground facilities.
 
What amenities are included in the annual fees?
Currently, YokoVillage is offering the communal office space, gym, and Olympic pool.
Not included: The produce grown from the communal garden will be first come, first serve when available. Some of the office services will have to be paid for as you go.
 
If I need medical assistance, what are my options?
As this is a place that attracts people looking for extreme sports and wildlife experiences, there are three paramedic First-Aid centers in the Village that can respond quickly and efficiently. When there’s an important medical emergency, an air ambulance service to hospitals in SJO and Liberia (20-minute flight) is available 24/7.
For any other events, the closest clinic is in Cobano Village (25 min drive).
There are also chiropractors, a pediatrician that comes to the village and attends by appointment, acupuncturists, herbalists massage for babies and kids, doulas, biomagnetism, and more.
 
Are pets allowed?
Yes, pets are allowed, however, we have some restrictions as to how many and what kind of pets are allowed. There is a lot of sensitive nature around and we aim to protect and respect it as much as we want you to protect and respect your fellow community members.

Is there a fast internet connection?
Yes, there is an excellent internet connection, and the speeds are up to par with any American House.

Visa / Immigration Questions:

Are there restrictions on travel to and from Costa Rica?
Costa Rica currently has no travel restriction and all borders are open. Due to Covid 19 situation, this can obviously change. They do require an Insurance policy that will cover you for all medical expenses if you do contract the virus while in Costa Rica. This can be obtained from any travel agent.

Do I need a visa to come to Costa Rica?
You can reference this link to see if your country of origin requires a travel visa for its citizens to enter the country. US citizens do not need a travel visa.

How hard is it to get a residence permit?
Any person over the age of 65 Is eligible to apply for a retirement visa. Any person owning property over $200,000 is also eligible for residency. The application process is fairly simple and inexpensive. We can recommend several lawyers for the process if needed.

Do you have any good lawyers you can recommend?
Yes.

General Questions:

Where are you located?
We are located in the village of Santa Teresa in the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Click here for a pin on Google Maps to see Yoko North location.

Santa Teresa is situated in one of the world´s 5 blue zones with a community of global citizens who enjoy a laid back, bohemian lifestyle filled with  sunshine, yoga, surfing and a lively nightlife with excellent cuisine.  

Can I come and visit the community?
We would love for you to come and see what we are doing and share our enthusiasm for our way of life. To schedule a site visit please click here: calendly.com/yokovillagecontact
Any time you come down here you are gifting yourself with sun and fun. Contact us today and ask for personalized instruction on how to to get here, depending where you’re coming from.

What is the typical climate in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is classified as a tropical country because of its proximity to the equator. The seasons are more or less divided into two: Dry and Green.  During the dry season, the skies are clear, the sun is shining bright and we seldom have rain. During the green season you get more rain but still plenty of sunshine. There is consistently about 12 hours of sunlight per day for the entire year. We like to say that it’s always hot here but from December till April it’s warm and dry and from May till November it warm and humid.

I do not speak Spanish, will I be ok to communicate?
Yes! Everyone in touristic areas in Costa Rica speak English. While the official language is Spanish, here in Santa Teresa everyone speak English, and there are no shortages of English speaking professionals, such as lawyers, doctors and accountants, restaurants, pharmacies, etc 

What currencies are accepted?
The official currency is Colones, but most of the businesses here receive US dollars and accept major credit cards. 

Will I be close to the beach?
Yes. Santa Teresa and the surrounding area have some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. 

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