Ruta La Paz XII Race for La Paz Scholarship Program

Ruta La Paz XII was a grand success here in Playa Hermosa! Even through the pouring rain, everyone was all smiles and full of excitement. So many members of the community came to support the runners and La Paz school’s scholarship program.

In case you missed my previous blog about the La Paz scholarship program please click here link or watch this video. To give a quick overview, the La Paz school offers a scholarship program that is donor-funded. Community leaders that participate within the school seek out underprivileged children in the local communities and offer them the opportunity to learn at La Paz with one of these scholarships. The goal of the scholarship program is to help these less fortunate children become future leaders and raise up the underprivileged communities they came from. Ruta La Paz is a race hosted by La Paz school to help fundraise for these scholarships.

Saturday, June 11th, was the day of the big race! Parents, volunteers, sponsors, and kids were all working hard since 11am to get ready for the event. Music was playing, kids were laughing, tents were being set up, and donations were being collected. Aquasport, the beach front restaurant that was the kick off for the entire event, was filled to the brim with community members working together to get the beach race ready.

My wife Karla, Julia and her husband Mike, (Julia is my right-hand assistant, not sure what I would do without her) helped set up a large tent by the finish line to hand out bananas, mandarins, and apples to all those who ran in the race. It was such an honor to personally be a Diamond sponsor for Ruta La Paz and to know that so many underprivileged kids will now get an educational opportunity of a lifetime! I was also so proud of my team at Tres Amigos Realty Group for coming together and also donating to the La Paz Scholarship program. Collectively, Tres Amigos became the Principal sponsor of Ruta La Paz XII by donating $20,000.

At 3pm some dark clouds started to roll in and the wind picked up. But that didn’t stop all the great energy and enthusiasm for the race which was to begin at 4pm. The kids started dancing in the rain to warm up beforehand and the adults continued to work hard to get everything ready.

Finally, at 4pm the first race began. The little ones (2-4 years old) lined up at the starting line and shot forward like little shooting stars across the sand. The crowd went wild! Everyone cheered on the littles ones as they ran as fast as they could. It was so cute to watch!

Soon after, it was time for the main race to begin. A 5 kilometer run across Playa Hermosa beach. The runners assembled into place and took off at lightning speeds at the end of the countdown. Hundreds of runners were scattered across the entire beach. No rain or wind could stop them from running for a great cause!

Finish line for Ruta La Paz in Costa Rica

As the runners started to cross the finish line the sun began to poke through the clouds. Beautifully carved coconut medals were passed out to the runners and everyone was high-fiving! The rain was a blessing in disguise, keeping everyone cool and hydrated.

Joseph Emanuelli at the podium of the Ruta La Paz race

Ruta La Paz XII raised $120,000 in donations! This amount will allow 10 underprivileged kids to receive a full scholarship to La Paz for a whole year. A full scholarship includes uniform, laptop, books, transportation, lunch, school supplies, special services such as home visits, workshops, and field trips.

Interested in helping out and sponsoring a local child? La Paz is always accepting donations! No donation is too small. If you are interested in donating, please reach out to me at See you in Playa Hermosa soon!

Rainy Season News

Rainy season is finally in full swing here in Guanacaste. The mountains are lush and you can no longer see over the grass! This year we are expected to have an intense rainy season and we are already off to a strong start.

Rain falling near Playas del Coco and Playa Hermosa

The Rainy Season is Affected by La Niña

Due to the “La Niña” phenomenon, the National Meteorological Institute predicted an exceptional 2022 rainy season. At least 14 tropical cyclones are being anticipated for this season. Thankfully, here in the Playa Hermosa and Playas del Coco area we never receive the full effects of any tropical storms that may hit the Atlantic side of Costa Rica.

Even though we don’t have to worry about hurricanes, be prepared for larger pot holes, fallen trees or rocks in the road, and definitely don’t park under palm trees! Be cautious when driving during an aggressive rainfall and check for road closures if traveling to other parts of Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa and Playa del Coco even get some “surfing waves” during this time of year! You better be a good surfer or you could get hurt.

Use the Rainy Season to Check on Properties

For homeowners, there are plenty of important things to keep in mind when the rainy weather begins. Make sure your gutters are clean. If the gutters become clogged, rainwater will not drain and possibly cause damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Inspect the trees on your property, weak trees can snap or become uprooted from strong winds. Cover and protect your outdoor furniture and put away any items that can become blown away.

If you are not in Costa Rica, it is important to contact your property manager at the beginning of the rainy season to double check that your property is ready for the season. Lot owners that have their properties listed for sale should have the grass cut at least once a month to keep the lot accessible.

For those interested in purchasing property, this is a great time of the year to see if there is any flooding, which in 14 + years living here I have never seen any. You will also be able to see if there are any roof leaks and how quickly water will drain away from the property. For those looking to put in some new landscaping, there is no better time than the rainy season! Plenty of rain will help establish new plants and promote root growth.

Surprising Differences in Rainfall

Oddly enough the difference in rain between Playa Hermosa and Coco can be quite drastic! It can be a sunny day in Playa Hermosa but down pouring in Playas del Coco! For many years I have been keeping a close eye on daily rainfall throughout the rainy season. It’s fascinating to see how much the rain varies!

For example on June 5, 2022 in Monte Seco (Playas del Coco) it rained 1.2 inches vs in Los Altos de Cacique (Playas del Coco) it rained only .6 inches. But then on June 6, 2022 in Monte Seco it rained .9 inches and in Cacique it rained 1.4 inches! For the month of May it rained a total of 18 inches in Monte Seco and only 11.5 inches in Los Altos de Cacique.

Even though it may be the rainy season, expect plenty of sunshine! Here in Guanacaste, you can still enjoy many sunny beach days. Thankfully the rain usually sticks to the mornings and nights with a possible shower midday every once in a while. This is my favorite time of the year! Come see for yourself the beauty of the green season.