We had a great outcome buying property with the assistance of Christian, Bruno and the team they assembled to support the process. Living in the U.S. we lacked experience and had concerns about our ability to educate ourselves on the nuances of buying in Costa Rica. That’s where Hidden Coast excels – from identifying potential property to closing the purchase, it was seamless and transparent. Highly recommend!

Tara Gill

If you are looking for a reliable, honest, hard working realtor this is the place! Everybody here is very friendly and polite and willing to help. Christian has helped me with several things and I have never been disappointed! We have worked on things large and small, as soon as I tell him what I am looking for he immediately starts working on it. One thing I like about them here is that they are honest with you. They will not just tell you what you want to hear to make a sale like so many do. They are here for the long term relationship not the one and done sales. The team works together to find what you want. If you’re looking for a management company, a rental property or looking to buy, this is the place!!!

Corey Pradon

Our experience with Hidden Coast and Bruno Grenier was nothing short of extraordinary. We purchased property that needed quite a bit of legwork to put together and also keep together. We ran into some unexpected issues that kept us from being there and Bruno put in a ridiculous amount of time and effort to pull it all together. I don’t even know when he sleeps as he seems to be working all the time. The amount of problem-solving skills this guy possesses is truly a gift. I can’t even thank you enough for the amount of help you provided us to keep it stress-free on our end with everything we had going on.

Heather Alton

As Canadians we had the most incredible experience purchasing a condo in Tamarindo from Hidden Coast Realty!
Christian Cavanagh and Bruno Grenier not only found us a place and negotiated the price…but continued to assist us in acquiring a bank account in Costa Rica, purchase appliances and furniture, hire contractors to do renovations and also promote it as a rental property. (We plan to eventually retire there in the winter!)
Their professionalism and integrity, as well as their support and friendship has been unparalleled!! There is no way we could have managed without them!!
We are truly indebted to Bruno and Christian for helping us realize our dream!! They are simply the best!!

Sharon Hillcoat

I have lived in Tamarindo for many years and have purchased/sold multiple properties over time. I recently purchased a lot in town with Bruno and it was a real pleasure to work with him. Timely communication, efficient and a very smooth transaction. I would definitely use him again in the future..

Nir Naor

Christian helped us find a great long-term rental that was exactly what we were looking for. He’s super responsive and easy to work with. Highly recommend him.

Katie Klith

Christian has been wonderful and 100% responsive for any issues we have brought to his attention. He as made renting this property a wonderful experience and i would recommend anyone to use his service in the future. It has been a complete pleasure doing business with them

Yada Schneider

I highly recommend Bruno as a real estate agent. I had an unusual property for a unique potential buyer that other agents were not interested in putting in the time and work to market and sell. Bruno took on this challenge and helped sell my property in a quicker time period than I expected and for full asking price. His experience, professionalism, contacts, work ethic and personality all contributed to making the process and the sale a good and profitable experience for me. Bruno was a real pleasure to work with and always was available to provide his helpful insights and knowledge. I feel fortunate to have found him to sell my property.

Kevin Reedy

Great guys, super Pro and well connected Ended up finding me my ideal spot to built my dream house.

Pablo Bellini

We recently purchased an ocean view lot from Hidden Coast Realty and were very pleased with their knowledge of the area as well as their professionalism throughout the entire process. Both Joost, the owner and Steven, the local agent were very thorough and easy to work with while ensuring we found the lot where we will build our dream house. I highly recommend Hidden Realty for your next CR purchase…Pura Vida !!!

Rob Hanson
Pennsylvania, USA

Bruno and the team went above and beyond to find our dream beach house for our group of 8 ladies that have of course varying tastes in architecture and amenities. He was able to pinpoint what was most important to our group and he was able to find us the perfect home to enjoy with all our families. From beginning to end, Bruno overextended himself along with the rest of the Hidden Coast Realty team. When we initially were reaching out to various realtors in the Tamarindo community, Bruno was the first to respond, has had open communication throughout the entirety of the sale, and has held our hand through every step of the process of purchasing our first home in Costa Rica. If you’re looking for a great Realtor and group, this is definitely the place to look!

Danielle Stovall

There aren’t enough stars to properly rate Bruno and Hidden Coast Realty. Start to finish above and beyond knowledge of the area, friendliness, and listened to us so he knew what we were looking for. Bruno has gone beyond finish. Our new best friend in Costa Rica, helping us with every connection and service we need to get our new house into the vacation rental market.
I wouldn’t go anywhere but Hidden Coast Realty.

Mary Roper
Seattle, USA

Second Post: This is the second time I’ve used Hidden Coast Realty, and nothing has changed (see my first post below). These guys are knowledgeable on every property in the Tamarindo area, they are always the first to know when a property comes on the market, and they know the value of every property in the area. If you’re selling, they’ll get the best offer. If you’re buying, they’ll get you the best price. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, they’ll walk you through the buying/selling process and give you excellent advice along the way. Take my advice don’t shortchange yourself by using another realtor.

First Post: Hidden Coast Realty is the best realty I’ve ever worked with. I’ve bought and sold many properties and no other realtor has come close. My realtor was Bruno Grenier, and this guy was friendly, knowledgeable, and always familiar with the area/property I was interested in. I can’t say enough good things about them. Do yourself a favor and give these guys a call before you look at any property. I highly recommend them.

Jeff Long
Iowa, USA

I have used Bruno’s and Hidden Cost Realty services for the purpose of both renting and later buying/purchasing property and I was beyond satisfied both times. I cannot praise Bruno enough for everything he has done for me and the high quality service he provides. Bruno’s humanity, humility, professional skills bound together with grace, personal attention to detail and kind manner are simply unmatched. Bruno was able to bridge the gap between the Costa Rica tico time and my western desire to tackle things in a timely manner when it comes to the property I can now call my own. He tended to my requests promptly at all hours with his precise and calm demeanour, which I am certainly most thankful for. Bruno has a special skill of somehow marrying the pura vida attitude with a dedicated and exacting approach you’d expect from a Swiss watch as the saying goes. I’d put my trust in Bruno wholeheartedly any day without hesitation, as I know the outcome will be most agreeable. Thanks to Bruno and HiddenCostRealty, I was able to find a place to call home, jump through all the hoops and secure it with just the right person on my side to make the job smooth and satisfactory. I will certainly be a return customer should the need arise again.

Dalia Granite

I had an great experience working with Hidden Coast Reality. Joost was an excellent agent and pleasant to work with. As a buyer from the US, I could not have asked for a better experience. Highly recommended.

Emily Renschler

You could not ask for a better realtor than Bruno Grenier. At every step of the process, Bruno went above and beyond our expectations. Our list of requirements was long and specific, and over several days viewing properties in person with Bruno, we grew to appreciate his meticulous attention to detail, keen understanding of the market and valuable advice. After we left Costa Rica, we placed our trust in him to find the perfect home for us, and he proved that our trust was well placed. After the sale was complete, Bruno continued to be an invaluable help in obtaining all the goods and services we required. If you’re looking for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and hard working realtor who you can trust to faithfully act in your best interest, call Bruno Grenier.

Lara Horgan
California, USA

We had a great experience working with Bruno and Joost at Hidden Coast Realty in our search to buy a home in the Tamarindo area. We had very specific needs due to having a wheelchair-bound family member. Bruno patiently worked with us to find alternatives and if Bruno was unavailable, Joost was always there to help. When there was a misunderstanding about what appliances were included in the sale, Bruno and Joost replaced the missing appliances at their expense. That is a sign of a true professional! Their consistent commitment to excellent customer service, even after the sale, makes us confident to strongly recommend them to anyone looking to rent or buy in this area.

Cecilia Farina-Morin

Hidden Coast Realty is the best realty I’ve ever worked with. I’ve bought and sold many properties and no other realtor has come close. My realtor was Bruno Grenier, and this guy was friendly, knowledgeable, and always familiar with the area/property I was interested in. I can’t say enough good things about them. Do yourself a favor and give these guys a call before you look at any property. I highly recommend them.

Jeff Long
Iowa, USA

Bruno Grenier from Hidden Coast Realty is the most reliable real estate agent l have ever met. I was lucky to enter the agency and to find out that I am not alone in my search for a suitable place to live. He was dedicated to the task always responsive and absolutely obligated in a very professional manner.
He found my dream home and made it work.
I got all the support and help I could have asked for.
Highly recommend and appreciated. Thanks.

Dalia Granite

Bruno Grenier from Hidden Coast Realty is very resourceful, responsible, smart and trustworthy. His communication is timely, always got back to me to answer any questions. I’m very pleased with the experience of buying a house in Tamarindo. He was not pushy, he presented all the options very professionally and once he perceived what I liked and didn’t like, he called me that he thought of a house I would love. And I did, made an offer that same day and closed a month later. Felt comfortable buying from New York, he made me feel I was being taken care of.

Magali Capi



Hi! The hidden coast team made purchasing our dream home a breeze. They went above and beyond to explain complicated matters and their enthusiasm and dedication to making it right was extraordinary. A big thank you to Joost and Stevie.

Marina Richards




Bruno has been a wonderful partner in our needs both as a rental manager and in the purchase of our condo in Langosta. He was extremely responsive in all issues and always followed up to make sure work was done to our satisfaction. Truly a pleasure to work with him and he should be considered a valuable asset to Hidden Coast Realty.

Craig Wells




Bruno Grenier was my agent recently as I was looking for a property between Langosta and Flamingo.  Bruno was extremely professional, attentive to my needs and style and always went above and beyond.

I ended up purchasing in Reserva Conchal and the legal team and contractors he has recommended  have all been top notch. Bruno continues to stay in touch and go the extra mile to help.

The bottom line is I can’t imagine anyone being more helpful in going through the process.  Plus, if you buy a property he will take you fishing and you will catch a fish.

Greg Bunt

Arizona, USA



I contacted Bruno Grenier a month or so before I came to Costa Rica for first time.  He knew about my intention to purchase a property here, as well as my requirements, and continuingly provided me with opportunities that fit my goals.  I purchased a great property for the price I wanted within 3 weeks of my arrival, thanks to Bruno’s cooperation and good negotiation skills.  I also must mention the post-closing assistance with institutions and services, which is really important for non-Spanish speakers.  I would highly recommend Bruno, Hidden Cost Reality and its broker Joost Hauwert for their professionalism and support.


Rado Dimitrov


Our experience with Hidden Coast Realty has been absolutely amazing! It was our absolute pleasure to work with Joost. He found us the most beautiful property to purchase right by the gorgeous beach in Hacienda Pinilla at a wonderful price.

He also really went the extra mile and connected us to all the contacts we needed to make the purchase as seamless and convenient as possible
-considering we did everything from Canada!

He took such great care of us, sent us all the pictures and communicated really well throughout the process. It made the whole experience so effortless on our part. Joost is also very well-connected so it really helps if you’re looking to build your dream home. He even helped us find the perfect rental property to live in as we wanted to rent something while we build our dream home.

We highly recommend Joost – you are absolutely going to love working with him and you’ll be in great hands!


Ramsha Mirza,


I had an excellent experience with Hans and Joost when procuring property on the Nicoya Penninsula. They Communicated very well and made the processvery easy. I would recommend these guys to handle any real estate transaction.


Rob Cinkant,
Vancouver, Canada


Highly recommend – great service! Knows the area, has great listings, and helped us find a great place in Tama very quickly. 

Alex Clifton,
United Kindom


Joost and his team has helped me purchase 2 apartments and a luxury home in Costa Rica. It really helps to have the European professionalism mixed with the years of experience with the Pura Vida. Investing in Costa Rica really requires someone who knows the ropes here, this is still an emerging country and it has it’s share of pitfalls. You need to work with someone you can trust. 

This team is the real deal.

Ashley Black,
Texas, USA


Bruno and Joost @ Hidden Coast Realty are a pleasure to work with! If you are ever in need of a short or long term vacation rental or even looking to purchase a new home these are the go to guys in Costa Rica!!! They have helped me settle in my new home and made the transition super easy! Thanks again Team!

Kyle Lernout,

Bruno at Hidden Coast was the most helpful agent that we found whilst trying to find a long-term rental in the Tamarindo area.  He responded quickly to all of our queries, immediately found us a selection of appropriate houses to view, assisted with getting utilities set up and went out of his way to assist us when some major problems came up out of hours.  We found that he went far above and beyond anything that we would expect from someone helping with lettings and we’ll definitely be talking to both Bruno and Hidden Coast again soon.  Coming from the UK it was completely novel to have a real estate agent actually try and help us – rather than work against us.  It was genuinely the first time that we felt we had someone on our side trying to help us get the property we wanted.  We briefly worked with Joost at the office when Bruno was away over a weekend and found him to be just as helpful.

Guy Powell,


We’ve bought through Joost already and he’s one of the best agents ever. He goes above and beyond what is normal, and will do everything possible for your happiness and peace of mind. On top of all that he’s a wonderful human being and friend. Will continue to use Joost for all our dealings.

Basim Mirza,


Both Stevie and Joost were professional, trustworthy, personable and had excellent follow through. I would not hesitate to do business with them again and would not go anywhere else for purchasing a home in Costa Rica. I’m very appreciative that we got our dream property!

Kristen Kells,

While on holiday in Tamarindo we would rent a car and venture out, explore the area and do some informal reconnaissance on properties for sale. A friend and long time business owner in Tamarindo suggested calling Joost if we were serious about finding a home.

It wasn’t until we had been back in Toronto that we decided to follow our friend’s advice and call Joost. Without a doubt the best thing we have done to make our dream come true. We wouldn’t have found the ideal home and property without Joost’s knowledge of the area, personal service, commitment to following through from start to finish. The process was extensive yet Joost held our hand each step of the way with patience and an open mind.

Thank you Joost for your incredible support. We wish you continued success and would say to anyone looking for their dream property, “You should call Joost”.

Chris & Anastasia,
Toronto (Oops! Not anymore)
La Josefina, Tamarindo

I am taking the time to send you this overdue note regarding the outstanding services we received from Ms. Bucknor, during the recent purchase of our new home. Her personal touch and attention to details is most responsible for making our dream become a reality.

As you are aware, we toured several homes, with both of you, during our previous visits to Costa Rica but when none of those homes was to our liking, Mercedes asked us for an updated wish list for our “Dream Home” and promised she would continue looking to find the ideal home for us.

After six months, we assumed Mercedes had become occupied with other responsibilities and was no longer actively trying to find us a new home. Therefore, we decided to keep and continue remodeling our condo. However, to our surprise, during our February return visit to CR, Mercedes contacted us and said she had finally found our dream home and that it met all our must haves, previously outlined to her.

After touring the home, on its first day of listing, we immediately realized that Mercedes not only met but exceeded our expectations in the home. As a result, we put in an immediate offer and she quickly acted to secure the property for us, blocking other interested buyers from out bidding us. Throughout the due diligence period and escrow process she continued to work tirelessly, in our best interest. She coordinated with our attorney, home inspector and listing agent to ensure we had all required information to make an informed decision about continuing with the purchase.

As a result of Mercedes dedication and focus on providing consistent quality service to her customers, we are now proud owners of Casa de Vida!! Please recognize her for her excellent work and know that it is with great satisfaction that we have and will continue to refer her services to our friends and family.

Gracias Y Pura Vida!!

Jason & Carla Ralph

When we decided to sell our house, we had no idea how difficult it could be to realize this deal. But with excellent professionally help of Joost we could realize a deal with success. At any difficult situation, he  always has a good proposal to resolve the current problems. For us Joost was the most trustworthy person in Costa Rica. We would recommend Joost each time to any seller or buyer.

Cecilia & Boris

Joost was great in managing the sale of our property in Costa Rica. Because of the “unique” nature of our property, it took a while to sell. Joost stuck with the process and ultimately identified a qualified buyer that resulted in a successful transaction for both parties. Not only is Joost a high quality real estate agent, but he also brought excellent professionals (lawyers, surveyors et al) to the task. They all responded well and in a very timely fashion. I would certainly highly recommend Joost to any buyer or seller.

John S.

When my sister and I took a Costa Rican vacation, we certainly did not expect to become Costa Rican property owners! However, during the last week of a three-week vacation, we decided to indulge a fantasy of becoming international house owners and decided to “window shop” for property in Tamarindo. Someone highly recommended that we use Hidden Coast Realty; there we met Joost and Mark, who, with humor and expertise, made what could have been a very stressful process quite pleasant.

They were incredibly patient, and provided sage advice throughout the entire process. Even after we returned to the United States, they were very communicative and ensured that we fully understood the Costa Rican real estate market, and applicable Costa Rican real estate laws and requirements.

Ultimately, we were delighted with our purchase, and would enthusiastically recommend Hidden Coast Realty to anyone considering purchasing real estate in the area.

Kamina P.
Atlanta, USA

When we first arrived in Tamarindo my wife and I already had a realtor lined up. After meeting Joost and his team we began looking for a property with them instead and are very happy we did.

They were able to help us find the perfect property, made the purchase process dead simple and helped us sort through every issue that popped up.

I highly recommend Hidden Coast Realty if you’re looking to purchase a property!

Jeff Fraser

From the moment I received word that a buyer was interested in my beautiful land in San Juanillo, Costa Rica, Hidden Coast Realty took charge and covered every detail with efficiency and expertise. Joost and Stevie were always available by phone or email, and as I did not travel to finalize the deal I had confidence that all was taken care of in a professional manner. They not only represented the buyer but very kindly and with care, made sure my legal responsibilities were also covered. In close communication with their team of lawyers and assistants, every step was documented and communicated to me in a timely manner. I felt safe and secure in their hands as the process continued over a relatively short time. Thank you Joost and Stevie for a job well done.

With gratitude,


Our family moved to Costa Rica on July 1st. We traveled around the country with two kids and two dogs. Needless to say it was pretty stressful. We decided on settling down in Tamarindo. Tamarindo had a very small selection of rental homes and condos and places were dissapearing as fast as they were on the market.

We worked with Bruno and found that he was responsive, got our taste and budget and offered the best of what was out there. He was on time and respectful of our concerns and needs.

I would work with Bruno again and recommend him.

Melissa Ryan

It is one thing to purchase real estate in the United States. It usually can be a stressful event and you never know what kind of problems may arise. Now you decide to purchase a piece of property out  of state. Then you add the problems of different state laws. Each state has their own little rules and the manner in which the transaction will take place.

Now you are considering purchasing a piece of real estate in a Foreign country where you do not even speak the language. Insane! Most people would say that. However,  my son Bret and I did purchase a condo in Costa Rica and with the help of Hidden Coast Realty it went very well. Joost and Mark were great and any issue we had was solved and our supposing insane idea of buying real estate in a foreign land did not happen. It was a positive experience and I would say if you are interested in Costa Rica do not be afraid and go with Joost and Mark and Hidden Coast Realty. You will be pleasantly surprised.

John R.
Florida, USA

We really enjoyed working with Joost and his team at Hidden Coast.

They made the whole process easy fast and streamlined.

Our relationship went way beyond closing with Mark also helping us with furniture appliances and renting … and Joost sharing his solid and trustworthy subcontractors and attorney to get incorporated within days.

One stop shopping here with help in everything we needed 🙂

Jim DeVries

Joost came highly recommended from multiple friends in the area. We were loosing hope when we decided Joost was the answer to our problems and hired him as our realtor. Joost was positive he could sell our beachside duplex and we never looked back. It was a journey to find the right buyer, but Joost persisted and came up with many different scenarios to find that buyer. We had some very unique issues arise during escrow and Joost provided full service from start to finish to sell our property. If you are looking for a problem solver, Joost is your guy. His drive, honesty and positivity is more than you can ask for. We couldn’t be more thankful for his loyalty and hard work.

Tara Thompson

These guys are fantastic!

We found them accidentally and glad we did. Their team have been incredible through the entire process. Very professional, courteous and follow through with their promises.

They have exceeded our expectations, and frankly could teach my realtors in the USA a few things. I would highly recommend 🙂 Pura Vida!

John Stone

We had outstanding service provided by Bruno.

I’ve spent time communicating with my husband and I via email before we relocated to Tamarindo.

After we arrived he was able to give us a tour of the available properties in the area. After we selected one, he went to step further and helped us move in. Thanks again.

Robin Cassidy
Duran, USA

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