The Story Behind

Tropical Investments

Tropical Investments was born out of a passion for helping people enhance their quality of life by achieving their real estate dreams in Costa Rica. We are a professional real estate brokerage serving buyers and sellers in the southern Pacific of Costa Rica.

It’s important to know there is no mandatory license for real estate agents in Costa Rica. That means it’s crucial to only work with a qualified, honest broker with a proven track record of success. Our founder, Karol Barboza, is a licensed real estate broker and local, bilingual Costa Rican. Our unparalleled industry expertise and on-the-ground background knowledge ensure we provide objective advice to each and every client.

OUR MISSION… …is to provide an outstanding level of expertise in the Costa Rica real estate market to ensure our clients achieve their real estate dreams. We are dedicated to market-leading knowledge, an unwavering commitment to service, the highest ethical standards, and a driving passion for helping our clients enhance their quality of life.

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Your Costa Rica
Real Estate Experts

Approx. Total Sales

Combined Years Experience

Acres Sold

Transactions Since 2005

Meet The Team At

Tropical Investments

Karol Barboza

Managing Broker

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Originally from Costa Rica, Karol Barboza grew up within a family of entrepreneurs in the capital city of San Jose. Working in the family business, she learned at an early age the importance of timeliness, responsibility, and honesty. Karol graduated as an engineer at the University of Costa Rica. Later, she returned to attend Law School to better understand the legal aspects of Costa Rican real estate. In 2006, she ventured out of the family business and into a working management position with a group of foreign investors. Moving to the southern pacific, she coordinated with topographers, lawyers, architects, and construction workers, obtaining the permits and support needed to successfully deliver the sellable products to the investors. She then became a licensed broker and continued with them assisting in the sales process. Using her knowledge and experience she was eventually able to successfully execute her own projects as well as managing her husband’s extensive portfolio. Karol loves spending time with her two boys and enjoys mountain biking, travel, and adventure. Her high level of intelligence and empathy combined with her excellent negotiating skills ensure her getting the best deals for her clients, as she is the perfect choice to represent your needs and desires when investing in this paradise called Costa Rica.

Languages Spoken:
English, Spanish

(506) 8833-7895

karol@tropical-investments.com

Allan Barboza

Licensed Realtor

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Allan is a Costa Rican licensed architect with a 34-year experience. He received his degree at
Autonomous University of Central America and extended his education in landscape design, renovation
and maintenance. Early in his career, while working with renowned local architect Bruno
Stagno, his admiration for nature led him to develop an interest in bioclimatic and sustainable design. In
2004 he became a Costa Rican licensed realtor with special interest in investing which completes the
comprehensive service that he seeks for investors, not only guiding them in the purchase of a property
but also advising on the architectural and building potential of the land.

Allan is very proud of his country, its people and nature. Raised in a family rich in moral and social
values, he learned the importance of honest work and authentic respect for others. Later in life he
studied psychology, became a mindfulness meditation teacher, and now also dedicates part of his time
healing people. He loves spending time with his wife and daughters while appreciating nature. Personal
service, attention to detail, environmental considerations and professional ethics characterizes Allan’s
work.

Languages Spoken:
English, Spanish

(506) 8833-7895

allan@tropical-investments.com

Mauro Esquivel

Office Manager / CPA

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A Certified Public Accountant with over 18 years in the banking and tourism sectors, Mauro Esquivel has extensive professional experience in hotel management, public and private accounting, finance, human resources as well as marketing and sales. He is strongly skilled in Microsoft Office and digital marketing tools. A strong leader who thrives in a team environment, Mauro is inspired by overcoming any challenges that he faces. Mauro is an avid outdoorsman who is committed to the environment.

(506) 8833-7895

mauro@tropical-investments.com

Charli Jo Meek

Sales Rep

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Born in the US and raised in Costa Rica, Charli knows the lay of the land, the locals, and the best surf spots. She comes from an incredible background in real estate. Both of Charli’s parents worked in real estate and taught her from a very young age the importance of honesty, knowledge, and to appreciating the beauty of land and architecture. Charli has been going with her father to property showings in the US and Costa Rica since before she could even walk. She has a deep love for the beautiful country she was raised in and has a strong passion to help others experience this incredible country as well. She loves meeting and connecting with new people from all walks of life. When she is out of “the office” you can find her exploring new places with her dogs, surfing, working out, and eating ceviche. Charli is also an international competitive snowboarder and previous competitive surfer. She has directed that same drive and passion she learned from sports into finding each client their perfect property match. Charli understands and has personally experienced that it can sometimes be intimidating and overwhelming when coming to a new place. She is here to guide the way for you in this beautiful paradise we call Costa Rica!

(506) 8833-7895

info@tropical-investments.com

Dan Moore

Webmaster / Media Creator

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Dan brings his years of experience in digital storytelling, website design & development and international business to Tropical Investments. This winning combination keeps Tropical Investments at the forefront of the latest online technologies and stunning imagery. Dan’s work has appeared on such sites as CNN, NYTimes and National Geographic. When he’s not conquering the online space or behind the lens, you’ll find Dan flying drones or surfing.

(506) 8833-7895

dan@tropical-investments.com

Casey Siemasko

Marketing Director

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An entrepreneur at heart, Casey is always thinking up new and creative ways to push the limits of what is possible. This imaginative spirit is at the core of all Tropical Investments does. Casey believes in conquering self-limiting beliefs in order to maximize success and achieve measurable results. Her favorite pastimes include running marathons and drinking wine while traveling the world. 

(506) 8833-7895

casey@tropical-investments.com

Carol Rodriguez

Executive Assistant

(506) 8833-7895

info@tropical-investments.com

Testimonials

Don’t Take Our Word For It

When buying a property in Costa Rica, it can be intimidating. Karol, who is completely fluent in English and Spanish, made our purchase easy to navigate, was a great communicator, and always maintained transparency throughout our transaction. Thanks Karol!

– TYLER CORBETT, CANADA

“Tropical Investments went way beyond the call of duty. They were professional, respectful, hard-working, and moreover, very passionate about their work. They even returned my call at 9 PM to discuss and answer my questions that I had about a property that I was interested in. I could tell that they cared about me as a client and wanted me to find the best property possible. Their passion toward their work, they made me feel motivated to work harder as a teacher.”

– TOMOKO TAKASE, USA

“When it comes to real estate agents in Costa Rica, Karol’s industry expertise is unparalleled. Not only is she a master of the local real estate market, Karol also has the capability to analyze a project and offer sound financial advice from her unique experience in investment fund management. This is why Karol manages my entire real estate portfolio, and I am excited to continue using Tropical Investments for all my future listings. I cannot recommend Karol’s professionalism and ability to negotiate on your behalf enough. If you want to easily sell your property in Costa Rica, don’t look any further.”

– MIKE MCGINNIS, USA

“Karol is a master at her craft. It’s always hard to know who to trust, but Karol overdelivers on her promises and, most importantly, ensures your property spends less time on the market than the average listing in Costa Rica. I’ve listed multiple homes with Karol and have always been thrilled with the results.”

– FERNANDO ABDELNOUR, COSTA RICA

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