Common Questions When Buying Real Estate
There is a special maritime zone law that applies to beachfront property. Any property within 200 meters of the ocean’s high tide line is governed by this law.
The first 50 meters from the high tide line are considered public beaches and you cannot build on them.
The next 150 meters of land cannot be owned, but are leased as a concession from the municipality. The lease may be granted for 20 years to up to 99 years.
A percentage of the ownership in the concession must be owned by a citizen of Costa Rica. The leases are transferable.