May 28, 2008

Limoncito in Punta Leona, Costa Rica Is at Home With Nature Featuring Spectacular Scenery, Exotic Wildlife and Pristine Beaches

Limoncito, a new luxury 58-room condo-hotel, is set to establish a serene retreat in the middle of some of Costa Rica's most spectacular natural attractions. The new resort at Punta Leona will combine the uniqueness of a 30-year-old beach club infused with modern day luxuries built with environmental preservation in mind.

An Established Resort Community

Located 90 minutes from San Jose, Limoncito will be ensconced within the established, gated community of Punta Leona. During the past three decades, Punta Leona has served as a second-home escape and private beach club for Costa Ricans (Ticos) and international residents alike, creating a dynamic international resort community amid lush jungle and beach surroundings.

The resort community has three Bandera Azul (Blue Flag-rated) beaches, one of which boasts the only Four-Star designation in the country. Protected by the Nicoya Gulf, turquoise waters stay warm year-round, creating the finest swimming and snorkeling beaches in Costa Rica. Blanca Beach, home to a resident turtle family, and Mantas Beach have life guards year-round.

The Vision for Limoncito

The authenticity, appeal and activities of Punta Leona serve as the foundation for Limoncito, the new condo-hotel offering. Situated above the pristine shoreline of Limoncito Beach, the development will offer buyers a secure yet genuine Costa Rican experience while delivering the amenities and services they have come to expect from high-end North American resorts.

The condo-hotel will honor the natural landscape through low-density building on the 22-hectare site, with just six buildings tucked into a hillside that provides a natural separation and privacy. Dramatic ocean views and lush forest surroundings will dominate the site, which will have direct access to picturesque Playa Limoncito's private beach cove via secluded trails. On these trails, guests and owners will encounter jungle "ranchos" placed along viewpoints on the trail for meditation, morning coffee and yoga.

Ranging in price from $250,000 - 850,000, the property's architecture and design captures the essence of Costa Rica's diverse environment. The 850+ square foot one-bedroom, and expansive 1250+ square feet two-bedroom suites will feature tropical interiors with appointments and conveniences typically found at luxury resorts.

Limoncito owners will have access to a wide variety of on-site amenities such as multiple swimming pools, a natural waterfall, Jacuzzis, hammocks, and outdoor decks & terraces. The owner's clubhouse will serve as a community gathering spot offering special events, movie nights, children's area, fitness facilities and Barbecue areas.

Punta Leona's Activities Bring Visitors Close to Nature

Punta Leona's diverse activities enable visitors to be up close and personal with nature without ever leaving the resort. Guests will find an extensive network of jungle hiking and mountain biking trails, a resident naturalist expert and guide, a zip line tour of the jungle canopy and butterfly farm, among the many offerings.

Additional activities and amenities include multiple pools, two restaurants and snack bar, internet cafe, volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, lighted soccer field and mini-golf. And within close proximity to Punta Leona are championship golf and a world-class marina at Los Suenos, sport-fishing charters, surfing, and neighboring towns' shopping dining and nightlife.

An Eco-Minded Focus

Because nature gives so much value to the community, Punta Leona's developers and residents are dedicated to giving back to nature. Sustainable building practices, a wetland management plan and onsite recycling program have all been implemented to minimize environmental impact.

Additionally, community-based initiatives including a reforestation program that has planted more than 30,000 trees, and an environment education program at nearby schools, foster opportunities for member residents to actively participate in caring for the surrounding ecosystem.

However, the most distinctive examples of environmental dedication is the success of Punta Leona's Scarlet Macaw Nesting program. Ten years ago, when the local macaw population began to decline at an alarming rate, Punta Leona participated in building artificial nests in a protected area adjacent to the community. Since then the local Macaw population has doubled, and now is intermingling and breeding with flocks outside of the area.

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