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''So, imagine you live in Canada and you decide randomly that you're going to invest in a Faraway land such a Costa Rica. Imagine the questions you would have, imagine all the insecurities you might have. It almost seems like a pipe dream. You go through YouTube video after YouTube video trying to figure out what to do. You finally get to a point where you're going to decide to make the leap to speak to a real estate agent. Google then directs you to Flamingo Beach Realty, this is where you meet one of the best real estate agents in all of Costa Rica.

We were all over the place initially, didn't know if we wanted to buy an investment property by the beach or a house overlooking the sea up in the hills and move to this beautiful place permanently. That didn't matter to Melanie, she would do anything and go anywhere for us, and we would buy our first place in Tamarindo Costa Rica, sight unseen (in person) with all the confidence in the world. She held our hand every step of the way, and I never doubted her once. She would even drive down the street with her phone outside of the window to show us what the roads were like and what the sunset looked like along the beach. She was such a professional, she even knew to show us how private things were from different angles and would use certain things to show us the relative size of rooms and furniture, to make sure that we were going to be happy with the place we purchased.

So many homes that she walked us through and so much honesty. If a place looks like it needed work she would tell us. If something looked too small she would tell us. If she really liked something she would let us know and then give us her opinion on things that she would change. All these things were exactly what we needed and things that we didn't know we needed until we had someone like Melanie to show us. As we told our friends about the exciting news of our new purchase in Costa Rica they've all become more interested and intrigued about an opportunity for themselves. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend Melanie to everybody I know and hopefully, all of them will follow our lead to come and live in Paradise in Costa Rica.''


- Ryan Priest

''From the moment Melanie and I first spoke, it was an instant connection and clear verification that the decision we were making to purchase a home in Costa Rica, was the right one for our family. The decision didn’t come lightly, this has been a family discussion for about 5 years, and something imprinted in my heart for a lot longer. After many conversations and with a similar story, Melanie continued to confirm this move would be the best thing for our family, and how excited she was for us. With sights on the Pura Vida lifestyle, we were heading in the right direction.

Our entire process was done during the events of Covid 19, so things were done a little differently, Melanie took us on video chat tours and showings of the home we had our eyes on. Any time I had questions or concerns she was always there to lend an ear and get the answers. The process was seamless, the help, guidance, and assurance we received was incredible.
I can say with absolute confidence that the passion Melanie has for her country, her work and her clients shine through all she does!
If you have a question and are considering purchasing a property in CR, for whatever reason, investment, vacation, or living, please don’t hesitate to contact Melanie! :)''


-Natasha Valentino

''We can’t say enough good things about Melanie! When we were looking for a rental property in Guanacaste, she helped us through the process from start to finish. Since we live in the United States, we needed a lot of hand-holding and she did just that. She knows the country well and she is very knowledgeable about the region and the laws and regulations.

We had our eye on the condos in Punta Plata in Playa Flamingo and since we could not go down there to see it, she sent us a ton of pictures and took us on a video tour of the two condos we were interested in. She even drove around while we were doing the video chat so that could see the surrounding area and the beaches nearby. First-class service! She also introduced us to the team of people that helped us with the purchase of the property and was a wonderful liaison. All along the way, she addressed our questions and concerns in a timely fashion and put our minds at ease about our first investment in foreign property.

Now that we own the condo, she and her team are going to manage it for us through her property management company. The communication from her and her team has been excellent and they quickly set up various rental websites and are actively working on our behalf to get our property rented.

We are looking forward to visiting Costa Rica at the end of this year and meeting Melanie and her team in person. If you are looking for a real estate agent or property manager in Costa Rica, we highly recommend using Melanie.''


-Ryan Svendsen


''Dealing with Melanie Engel from Flamingo Beach Realty has been an overall delight! We first discovered Melanie when we Googled realty companies in Costa Rica’s Gold Coast. Flamingo Beach Realty’s website stood out from the competition with its excellent reviews, great photos, and a plethora of real estate options. Butmore importantly,Melanie’s story pulled on our heartstrings as we instantly felt a connection with this Canadian lady who had visited Costa Rica on a family vacation and then decided to make Costa Rica their new home! My husband and I are both from Toronto, and had only visited Costa Rica once, ten years ago where we got engaged, see photo. We promised each other that we would return to the dreamy Gold Coast on our 10th anniversary, but instead we were hit with the Covid-19 pandemic. Isolating during the winter was rather depressing, yet it allowed us time to reflect on what we wanted in life and that was to own a home in Costa Rica. For us, Melanie was our guiding light. We felt confident in this remarkable lady right from the start because she exudes deep passion and knowledge of the area and has strong communication skills and many key contacts who helped us with our foreign investment, including the legalities, property management, home insurance, etc. We really enjoyed the virtual tours of the properties that Melanie had showed us including the fine details as well as the surrounding area such as the neighbourhood, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, beach, etc. These insightful tours were nearly as good as being there in person. So, we ended up purchasing our dream home virtually! Modern technology in real estate was an exciting and convenient experience, especially during the pandemic. We wish we could buy more properties from Melanie as we will miss her but instead, we have already recommended her to our family and friends so that we can be somewhat a part of the exciting real estate process all over again. Melanie’s upbeat and positive spirit is infectious; and she is truly a top-notch trusted individual and realtor.''


-Cheryl Proctor


"My name is Patrick A. Budin.  I am a 66 year old retired United States Navy Commander 0-5.  I spent 31 years service in United States Navy traveling and living abroad.  I have chosen Costa Rica to be my final home. I have been coming to Costa Rica since 2003. 

Melanie Engel has been my most trusted real estate expert when it comes to making decisions whether buying or selling property here in Costa Rica. Melanie has made some very profitable choices for me over the past year and kept me out of harms way when it comes to questionable or problematic real estate opportunities.


Melanie Engel is always very friendly, professional and accommodating while meeting my real estate needs. I could not have been blessed with a better real estate guide and mentor concerning buying or selling real estate here, in the land of Pura Vida!


If you would like to talk with me further about Melanie Engel’s superb qualifications and performance, feel free to email me at patrickabudin@gmail.com.


I hope you are wise enough to choose Melanie Engel as your agent for your meeting your Costa Rica real estate needs since she has a tireless work ethic.  Best of luck on finding your dream place in the sun and surf. Pura Vida!"


-Patrick A. Budin

Commander United States Navy Retired

"We knew on our first visit, that we wanted to own a home for our family in Potrero.


We initially contacted Melanie based on positive online reviews, her detailed website and the fact she was a fellow Canadian who would understand our expectations, our family needs and point us in the right direction.


We couldn’t be happier with our experience with Melanie. She was well versed in the area, had excellent pointers for us in both the neighbourhoods and the homes we went to see. She provided detailed plans for us on the days we went house hunting, and she was extremely responsive to our many calls and emails. Melanie was endlessly patient with answering our long list of questions about the process, who to contact  for various needs, all the way to how to set up bills for the house transfer to be flawless.


In the end, we found the perfect house for our family, all thanks to Melanie and we wouldn’t hesitate to give her our highest recommendation. Spending time in Potrero/ Flamingo, we see why she holds such an excellent reputation within the community.


Buying a home abroad can be challenging and even a little scary, but having a well versed, dedicated agent like Melanie made it as painless and straightforward as possible. We felt she had our best interest at heart from start to finish and it is all thanks to her that we are living our Costa Rican dream! "


- Ali & Alex


''This is Corie & Nick Ferrentino and we purchased our dream home in Las Ventanas Playa Grande. Melanie Engel is our real estate broker. Melanie put us together with an incredible lawyer Mr. Gonzalo Rojas (my husband refers to as the doctor), who guided us through the laws of purchasing property in Costa Rica. Upon us flying home to follow all of the rules to buy property in Costa Rica the virus pandemic of Corona broke out and all the borders were closed! This when Melanie really showed us how honest and trustworthy she really is and an amazing person to work with, she is helpful, kind and gave all the information a realtor should. When the virus broke out this when she really became someone I am grateful to have in my life. We just bought our dream home and now we can’t get there! Melanie has kept me up to date with what is going on in Costa Rica, she has been making sure the people who work at the house are doing their jobs, making sure the home we purchased will stay in the same condition as when we bought It. So yes Melanie is an amazing realtor, she also is now my friend and someone I know I could turn to if I needed help! That is going up and beyond her job description! Thank you Melanie for all you have done for us! We can’t wait to come home!''


 - Corie & Nick Ferrentino


"Melanie Engel helped our dream come true! We closed the deal on our condo in Flamingo beach this past July and Mel was with us every step of the way. She suggested a fabulous lawyer, was able to answer the many, many questions we had and also recommended our incredible property manager.


Mel takes her clients needs to heart and goes above and beyond to help you in any way that she can. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about life in Costa Rica. We feel like we gained a friend and would highly recommend her if you're buying or selling!"   


- Jodie Nychuk & Scott Farmer

"I started working with Melanie Engel at Flamingo Beach Realty because I found their website very easy to use.  I liked the way the section on Condos for Sale could sort by location, neighborhood, and price.  After I downloaded a brochure on the listings I was most interested in, Melanie  immediately emailed me and introduced herself and wanted to get to know me better and how she could meet my needs.  She was very personable and friendly.


My daughter had recently moved to Costa Rica and I was looking for something small, affordable and possibly an investment for the future.  Melanie contacted my daughter and set up a time they could see the condos together that I was interested in.  I was still in the United States and got to tour the condo units with them through video chatting.  It was a very helpful and fun experience!

Once I chose the condo I wanted, Melanie worked very hard to make sure the condo was ready for me  when I flew into Costa Rica for the closing and stayed in the condo on a 2 week visit with my daughter.  She provided me with contacts so I could get the condo cleaned before I arrived and meet with a handyman while staying at the condo so everything could be the way I wanted it for the future.


I now have a double unit condo that I love and is available for me and my daughter and friends and family who would like to come and visit!  I couldn't be more pleased with the whole experience and outcome. Thank you so much Melanie Engel!"


- Janna Forsgren

"We just bought our first Costa Rica property in Brasilito. Melanie helped us sort through various options on locale and the struggle deciding condo vs house. She was very organized and kept us on target by honing in on what we were looking for. Big decisions were made by us with confidence. Melanie has her own experts on call whether you need a lawyer or builder! I have already recommended her to a number of folks wanting to rent or buy in Costa Rica. She looked out for us the whole time and we look forward to starting our escape plan to Costa Rica.
In addition I found her website to be among the best. I didn’t have to jump around to many realtors as she has all the listings on there. She was easy to reach via WhatsApp and email and phone. She also made personal recommendations for places to eat and see and shop. We loved them all!"

- Kathie Roberts and Chuck Wright


"Melanie Engel helped us sell our condo. She was with us every step of the way. No matter what question we asked, Melanie always answered in a very timely manner. She is very resourceful. She looks at real estate more than just a business, she sees it as helping to find a home or sell  a home.

We would definitely recommend Melanie. She is very professional, knowledgeable, and hardworking. Thanks for everything."


- Margrit & Bahram Daipour

"Melanie get 5 out of 5 stars in all aspects of realtor service and commitment to her clients.  She goes above and beyond the role of just "buying or selling property" - and provides the personal attention to detail.  


Whether it is knowing the right inspector, handy-man, or finding kitty litter and cat food; Melanie will assist and be there with a smile and answers to most any questions.  


There is no better realtor and friend than Melanie."


- Ellen Jewett


''Melanie was such an asset during our “from a distance” home purchase - She was honest and forthright and enabled us to purchase a beautiful 3 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home in our desired neighborhood ALL BY VIDEO! yes, by zoom and video she handled all of our viewings and our questions. We have used her for long term and short term rentals previously and she has always met our needs with professionalism, genuine care, and deep knowledge of not just housing but any other needs we had to settle into our stays and transition in Costa Rica.''


 -Michael Diaz

"Melanie helped us with two transactions and was very pro-active with both.
She went the extra mile to find the right property that met our needs. It happened to be under construction which made it more complicated, but she helped us through what at times was a trying process and we couldn’t be happier with the home.
We look forward to enjoying it for years to come!"
- Greg Salley


"We found our dream home in Costa Rica thanks to Melanie knowing what we wanted and taking us right to it.  My husband and I went to Costa Rica for 3 months earlier this year to escape the cold weather we typically get in Toronto with part of our mission to start looking for a home to call ours in this beautiful Country that we love so much. We met up with Melanie to discuss our wants and needs and we knew that she was the agent for us, we did not have to meet with anyone else. She was very thorough, listened to what we both were saying, gave us some great advice on building vs buying and was also able to tell us about her own transition from Canada to Costa Rica which really gave us comfort that we were absolutely doing the right thing.  

Two days later Melanie set up a tour for us to go see some homes. We weren’t sure how many homes we would have to see before we found the one for us, we even thought we might not find what we were looking for as we had a lot on our wish. After seeing a few homes, the last one we saw that day was just amazing, we knew it was the one for us. We all loved it and it had everything we wanted, ocean views to die for, walking distance to our favourite beach, a pool, the ability to do some renovations to make it ours and it just had the most amazing energy.  My husband and I knew we were going to somehow make it happen and we did. Thanks to Melanie, we were able to make an offer and do all of the necessary due diligence required to move into the house just three weeks later!!!

Melanie knew exactly what she had to do to make this happen for us.  We can’t stress enough how important it is to have an agent that you trust, is well known, has amazing connections with lawyers, inspectors, insurance brokers, escrow agents that all speak English and can move quickly.  It was also very comforting to know that she had our best interests in mind. Knowing that Melanie had moved to Costa Rica from Canada a few years back just made it more flawless. She knew the ins and outs of what we needed to do and guided us through it all.

We look forward to the journey that’s ahead of us and we highly recommend Melanie to help you make your dreams come true."

 - Marilia & Graciano

"Being part of a High School community volunteer and adventure trip to CR last year had opened my eyes to the beauty and the nice people of CR. And after months of research online, my husband and I had made it a goal to retire in CR someday. We did not expect anything from our short trip to CR but to our amazement, we have found the perfect property for us through Melanie! Being so unprepared, Melanie guided us and helped make the whole purchasing process so smoothly!


Melanie was able to make an otherwise daunting undertaking easy for us! Even despite months of research and understanding what it takes to purchase a property in CR, we were still so intimidated by the whole RE purchasing process in CR that we thought we would never be able to do it. Yet, Melanie was able to make it happened for us! We are still in shock that we actually did it!


Not only that Melanie goes above and beyond by developing a very exhaustive pre-closing punch list for us, but she also ensured that all of the items on the punch list were completed properly and on time before closing! She is truly amazing!!!

We could not thank Melanie enough and will be forever grateful to her for helping us make our dream of owning a property and eventual retirement to CR a reality! We would not have been able to pull it off without her help, guidance and encouragement. We have found a very reliable, knowledgeable, professional and trustworthy Realtor in Melanie but also a great friend as well. We highly recommend that you connect with her for all of your RE needs!


We are so excited of the new beginning, to spend our lives ahead in CR, being part of the beautiful and wonderful country that we can now say our home and most of all, being with the amazingly simple and nice people, it is truly OUR PURA VIDA FOREVER!"


Annalisa Torrente-Haney and Drew Haney

https://mediavault.point2.com/p2a/htmltext/7d73/a402/763a/9facac65011c464e3764/original.jpg"After a 6 month search with no luck in finding a long term rental home for my family, a friend recommended I call Melanie Engel.  I sent a text her way, and within minutes, she called me, and had me scheduled to look at 3 homes. 


She was very knowledgable about the local market, knew of homes we hadn't known about, and even one that wasn't actually on the market yet, but coming soon. She advocated for our family, and got us into a home that was exactly what we were looking for, and within our budget.  She was able to get a contract to us immediately, and the whole process took just a few days.  Melanie then checked in on us after we had moved in, and even introduced us to a family in our new neighborhood, making us feel welcome and right at home.  I have already shared her contact with my friends, and highly recommend her to anyone looking for properties in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Thank you Melanie!"


- Sarah and Jason Gross

"If you are fortunate enough to have Melanie Engel of Flamingo Beach Realty work for you and with you on real estate, then by all means do it. The first thing I realized about her was that no one can possibly work harder than she does. So, when she messaged me that she wanted to schedule a showing of my property at 2:00 the next day, I cautiously confirmed with her that she meant two in the afternoon rather than morning. But, I would not have been surprised if she was making a 2:00am appointment. Due to her expertise, dedication, tirelessness, constant marketing, valuable relationships, and incredible reputation, Melanie presented me 3 offers the first week on the market. I had a Contract and Pending Sale in 9 days and closed on the sale 3 weeks later. All of this was timely orchestrated to immediately return to the closing attorney to finalize the purchase of my dream home, also found and professionally organized by Melanie!"


We then used her to help us buy our dream oceanview condo in Flamingo.  Selling or Buyering property, she has been the most helpful!  We would recommend her in a heartbeat!!"


- Glynda Perry & Barth Derry

"Melanie is an outstanding realtor. She knows the market and the business like no other. Additionally, she is responsive and an excellent communicator, often answering questions I have asked about properties within minutes of my request. I have purchased numerous properties over the years and worked with many realtors, and rarely have I come across anyone as good at Melanie."


 - Bryan Radabaugh

"Gaynor and I just want to thank you so much for working so hard to find a rental for us. We have dealt with many realtors in the past and you surpass them all, especially with your level of customer service, and the fact that you get back to your clients as often as you do. 

You are exceptional.

Thanks so much – you really are a star!

Warm regards."

- Bruce and Gaynor Nilsson

"Just closed on our Surfside Towers Condo in Playa Potrero. Thanks to Melanie Engels of Flamingo Beach Realty for bringing us to, and leading us through the buying process. Can't wait to enjoy, and have others enjoy this gem!


If you're looking to buy or rent in the Flamingo 

area, do yourself a favor and give Melanie a call!"


- Randy and Diane Niemczyk

"I found Melanie Engel via her website while searching for condos in the Playa Flamingo area of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  Her website was very easy to navigate, and when I requested more information Melanie immediately emailed me back.  


We communicated regarding various properties for a couple of months before I was able to make the trip to Costa Rica to look at properties with her. Melanie is a complete professional, very kind and easy to talk to, and knows the area very well as she lives in Playa Flamingo herself.  She was able to guide me through the decision making process very well so I could focus on what it was that I really wanted.  Melanie also did a fantastic job on negotiating on my behalf so I could obtain the ocean view condo that I always dreamed of but never thought would be within my reach.  


If you are looking for a realtor in the area, I highly recommend Melanie."


- Sharon Gordon

"Primero que nada quiero agradecerte por sus servicios brindados y a la vez recomendarte para las personas que puedan ver este mensaje debido a la eficiencia, orden y dedicación al vender nuestro condominio ubicado en reserva conchal Costa Rica en un periodo de 2 meses pensando siempre en la comodidad tanto del vendedor como del comprador, sin presión alguna, dando así tiempo a que ambas partes puedan razonar conforme al trato. 


De verdad apreciamos sus servicios de bienes y raíces y te damos mil gracias por su comprensión. 


We love you very much. THANKS." 


- Mack and Lisa Furr

"We are extremely grateful and feel very blessed to have Melanie in our lives. While that may seem to be a strong statement to use for your real estate agent, you will understand our feelings once you get a chance to meet and work with Melanie and her family. Melanie worked tirelessly with us for over a year to find the perfect condo for our family to use for our own vacations and as a rental property. Throughout our process, she answered all of our questions and addressed our concerns in great detail. Melanie makes sure she is available at all hours of the day, every day of the week, to give her clients 100% and it was immediately apparent to us that she is a truly open and honest individual who always acts with integrity as well as being exceptional at her profession. Once we made an offer on a property, Melanie made sure the purchase was quick and easy and we were able to go through the entire process online while we remained at home. 

We actually chose to purchase a condo at this time, rather than waiting for a few more years, when we heard that Melanie would be able to manage the property for us - we didn’t want to miss out on that opportunity! We have a few other properties near our home that we manage ourselves and normally wouldn’t trust anyone else to live up to our high standards. However, we knew that we could count on Melanie to go above and beyond as a property manager as she had done as our real estate agent. We have been so thankful to have Melanie manage our condo, we can rest easy knowing that she is taking care of our property and our guests with the perfect blend of professionalism and genuine kindness that she brings to every aspect of her business. We don’t quite know how she manages to do it all but we are very lucky to have found her and we highly recommend Melanie to all of our family and friends!"


 - Katee Gebo

''We love Melanie and Flamingo Beach Realty. Their knowledge of Costa Rican Real estate and laws were huge and a comfort while buying our home. The process was smooth and seamless. We 100% recommend them to friends and family. Great people, honest and extremely responsive to our needs.''


-Megan Earley

''It’s taken us awhile to write this review but it’s definitely long overdue. Melanie Engel and Jen Dalton from Flamingo Beach Reality are owed a huge thank you from my wife and myself. This was our first time buying a property overseas and needless to say we had so much doubt and reservations. During the negotiation period we went from nervous apprehension to flat out refusal and back to finally find a more than satisfactory agreement. Throughout all of this, Melanie was always available to answer any questions, even outside of working hours and after the sale lol. Without Melanie and Jens abundant knowledge of the area and local laws, as well as questions not pertaining to real estate and more to just help us set up our business, they gained our trust and made us feel like we were family. If you want someone to buy or sell you a property, feel free to contact us and we would love to share our experience with Flamingo Beach Reality...5/5 rating.''

- Jamie Bieber


"We are Canadians and we bought a property through her, without seeing it and when when we saw it for the fist time, it was better than we could have envisioned! When we actually arrived again at Flamingo and saw her signs everywhere on estate lots, buying and selling we knew we picked the absolute best of the best real estate agent! I almost felt foolish for doubting her.. . I met her the first time after the deal had closed and was blown away!
She has set us up with the most reputable builders, who to avoid through years of experience (bad reputation) who to use from her experience as well as lawyers etc.. beyond invaluable!
We do appreciate a straight shooter and she is the only one for the job. Other real estate agencies responded immediately but follow-up was blah...took forever if ever!! 
She is in high demand, we noticed this just being around her and the response she garnished around the Flamingo area. We normally do not write glowing reviews but in the case it was absolutely warranted."
 - Kathy Flanjak

"Melanie is an anomaly in her environment. In this paradise where pura vida prevails and the hurry up and wait game is legendary, Melanie’s work ethic and relentless drive stands out. She took our initial inquiry seriously and dove into finding us the right place. But it doesn’t end there. Her availability, reassurance, and persistence is key during negotiation. She is steadfast, honest and gets things done when no one else can. I have no hesitation referring my friends to her and I am grateful for her unwavering commitment to her clients. She found our dream for us and her vast network and extensive resources have been essential to our move."



 - Jill Urquhart

"Thank you, Melanie, for a wonderful opportunity we had working with you. You went over and beyond to try and make our dream come true of moving to the Golden Coast of Costa Rica. To finding the perfect home for us, providing an excellent attorney in Gonzalo Rojos to make the transition go smoothly. Unfortunately due to certain circumstances, we were not able to complete the purchase at this time but will definitely keep in touch with Melanie to make it happen in the future. She is the best!"


- Flugeberg Family

"Melanie is the best! Not only did she find us a place to live in a very short amount of time but she has been a great resource for everything from car rentals to dance lessons! She is extremely hardworking and will negotiate to make sure you are getting the best deal!!"


- Susan Kamp


''Thoroughly enjoyed working with Melanie - she is very professional.''

- Sandy Louzon

''I can't recommend Melanie highly enough.

She has a strong ethical base and integrity, and genuinely wants what's best for the clients. She follows through and her communication is excellent, and she is incredibly knowledgeable about the area.

In addition to listening to what my wife and I told her we wanted to look at, she took the time to get to know us personally so she could find the right properties and not waste our time. She succeeded brilliantly and found us our dream property, one we had been seeking for over 15 years in many countries.

In addition to helping us negotiate our purchase she introduced us to an excellent attorney, architect, and builder so we can proceed with building our dream house.''


- Jim Kanter

''It has been a pleasure to work with FBR! Melanie is very implicated and motivated for her clients and has been very responding to our answers! We are now starting a new hotel / villas project in Potrero and are very excited! :)''


- Julia Mazaureau

''Melanie was so very helpful in our process of purchasing property in Costa Rica. She was always so professional and patient when answering our many questions. Her team was always available and recommended an excellent lawyer to help us finalize the purchase. My husband and I highly recommend Flamingo Beach Realty!''


- Kaki Beasley

''We are enjoying the stunning beauty of both the accomodations at Flamingo Towers and the area of Flamingo Beach thanks to Melanie! She found us this condo to rent which far surpassed all our expectations as well as helping us with our car reservations and umpteen questions we had in a new country where everything and everyone is spanish!! We would not be here if it weren't for her! And we certainly wouldn't have had such a smooth first time experience as snow birds without her untiring help!! She is truly the best and we are blessed to be here for the 2nd year now in the same place! Thank you Melanie!''

- Gord & Shauna

''Melanie Engel, of Flamingo Beach Realty, is certainly the best broker that we worked with in Costa Rica. She made the other brokers that we dealt with seem like used car salesmen. We explained our budget and requirements, and Melanie came up with a number of condos in the Flamingo / Tamarindo area that met our family's needs. We settled on a three bedroom unit in Reserva Conchal, based on the myriad amenities available to us there, (the Beach Club, golf course, restaurants, etc.) and the rental potential when we are not there. Based on our personal relationship with Melanie and her staff, Flamingo Beach Realty will also manage the condo for us.''

- Victor & Dianna Janule

''Melanie is an anomaly in her environment. In this paradise where pura vida prevails and the hurry up and wait game is legendary, Melanie’s work ethic and relentless drive stands out. She took our initial inquiry seriously and dove into finding us the right place. But it doesn’t end there. Her availability, reassurance, and persistence is key during negotiation. She is steadfast, honest and gets things done when no one else can. I have no hesitation referring my friends to her and I am grateful for her unwavering commitment to her clients. She found our dream for us and her vast network and extensive resources have been essential to our move.''


- Jill Reed

''Melanie is very knowledgeable and was very diligent in helping this retiree to acquire his dream getaway. Highly recommended.''


- Gary Pollock

​"When I made the decision to move to Costa Rica with my 13-year-old son, we had never before set foot in the country. All decisions regarding what part of the country we were going to live in were made through online research. Fortunately, this is how I found Melanie Engel of Flamingo Beach Reality.  


From the first interaction we had via the web, Melanie was prompt, professional and efficient. Finding a long-term rental along the coast is no easy task but within 24 hours Melanie leveraged her many contacts within the community to locate the perfect home for us.  What I found most amazing though, were the ‘extras’ that I have never experienced in working with a realtor before.  She helped source the school my son ultimately was enrolled in, ensured I had a rental car at a great deal for our house hunting trip, Face Timed a thorough home walk through to ensure I was fully satisfied (since I was committing from afar) among many other “above-and-beyonds”. 


We have now been in Flamingo Beach just over 2 months, and I am proud to refer to this as our home.  Without Melanie’s high standard of partnership and service both before and after our home rental, an already stressful move to another country would have been very tough to manage.  However, thanks to her attention to all of the details both large and small, we moved with confidence and were able to embrace our new life motto – Pura Vida.


I highly recommend Melanie if you are looking for someone to facilitate a home purchase, investment purchase, or long-term rental. You will find, like I did, a person with great integrity and a can-do attitude."


- Mary Farmer-Demeter

''Melanie was immediately responsive when we were searching for help to find housing for two families - with a very short time period in which to get the job done. She is so easy to work with and very hard working. She successful toured us through several neighborhoods and housing options, negotiated leases we felt were fair and continued to be an incredible resource as we moved and got acclimated.
On top of that she is someone who you genuinely want to be around and makes you feel at ease. We don’t even get that level of service back home and we can’t say enough good things about her as a person, and ad a professional realtor.''


- Kerry Diaz

''My wife and I bought our 1st condo in CR recently, and I cannot say enough about how great it has been to work with Melanie and her team. Everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped for, and she was always willing to help in any way she could. We continue to work with Flamingo Beach Reality for managing our rental property while we are not there. If you are considering buying any real estate in the Flamingo, Potrero, Tamarindo area, you would be smart to look her up. Thanks again Melanie for doing a great job and we look forward to seeing you again when we come down.''


- Ross Redman

"Buying a home in your own familiar part of the World, City and Country can be nerve racking in itself! Now walk into the paradise of Playa Flamingo Costa Rica and fall in love with a place you wish to call home! We had contacted Melanie Engel of Flamingo Realty over the Christmas Holidays to ask a few questions, more than a few questions! Regarding not only purchasing a home but, also living in Costa Rica.  Melanie is a wealth of information and guided us to the right avenues for answers.

In a few short months Melanie helped us select a few beautiful homes to view when we were vacationing in Playa Flamingo, all fitting the criteria that we had listed. Excited to see the homes we set off to explore the opportunities, each home beautiful and exactly as we asked for. We never felt pressured to purchase from Melanie at anytime, there was always the reassurance we would keep looking if the “one” didn’t find us this time.

When we decided to flip and complete a 360 in our idea and purchase a property instead and build our dream home, Melanie supported the entire process as the expert and professional that she is. We were introduced to a recommended lawyer, Notary, Surveyor and Builders all within a few days of our purchase.

This is truly where Melanie Engel’s professionalism and expertise comes full circle. To have the trust and confidence in your Realtor/ partner is so critical. We returned to Canada after a few weeks, Melanie took care of all the details and questions ensuring all t’s were crossed and I’s were dotted. The team she recommended was very professional and helpful with prompt communication during the entire process.

For us we could not have purchased our property with little to no stress without the expertise of Melanie Engel. We are truly grateful for her patience, kindness, professionalism and friendship. I would highly recommended Melanie Engel of Flamingo Realty as your Realtor in any Real estate venture you may have."

- Wendy & Karlo Kovac

''Melanie Engel is an amazing person, both professionally and personally. We purchased our new house without ever actually being there. She took about 16 videos (each about 5-7 minutes long) and literally pointed out every detail of the house. Is Melanie good at selling houses? of course she is. But anyone who has ever purchased a home knows that's just the beginning, especially in a different country. How do you turn on utilities? How do you find a property manager? How do you find trade people to do repairs / changes? How do you do any of these things when you don't really have a command of the language? Here's the answer: You don't! And that is exactly why Melanie Engel is the best. She does all of these things and more, effortlessly and seamlessly. The Butler / Whetzell family want to give Melanie our sincere thanks for helping us make our dream come true.''

- Adele Butler

''My wife and I just bought our first condo in Costa Rica. After visiting 5 times with our family, my wife and I decided it was time to make our dreams a reality. The hardest part about starting this process was finding an agent who we felt had our best interest in mind. We can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are that we came across Melanie at Flamingo Beach Realty. From our very first conversation on the phone to our meeting in person Melanie had us covered. After one conversation Melanie had gone above and beyond and arranged a FaceTime tour with the units we where interested in. After much deliberation we where fortunate enough that Melanie was able to negotiate on our behalf and get us into a great property at Reserva Conchal. Her whole team has been nothing short of amazing. The legal team she has assembled is truly first class and has made this experience a pleasure. I would even say it was easier than buying a property in our home town. If you have ever had a desire to buy a piece of paradise look no further than Melanie at Flamingo Beach Realty.''

- Francesco & Rosa Ignangni

"Melanie we owe you a big thank you for your quick turn around on the sale of our condominium in Flamingo. Your contacts and connections are superior. You came highly recommend to us from a previous client and after closing on our property we knew exactly why. 


Kirk and I knew the moment we met you that you were a genuine, sincere and professional broker. Through the process of selling our unit you were there for us via email, WhatsApp and actual phone calls. We really appreciated how many times you called us to review the status of the sale. Any and all of our concerns or questions were answered with integrity and compassion. Thank you for managing cleaning out our owner’s closet and transferring our personal items to our family. 


Melanie you are a brilliant mom above all! We are proud to know you and call you friend.


May God Bless you and your family every step of your days in Costa Rica. Pura Vida."


- Barbara & Kirk

"I traveled to Costa Rica-Flamingo Beach area in search of a beach area and potentially home in Costa Rica for my husband and I. I worked with Melanie during my 7-day stay and she was fabulous. We viewed homes and lots in the area and found a home we absolutely loved. She took me back to see our top picks again and are highly considering the Flamingo area of CR. Melanie is a true professional, offered a great price range to view and even showed me land that I had not considered. She recommended professionals in the area we will need when making the transition, arranged a driver and a great massage on Conchal Beach! I enjoyed working with Melanie and highly recommend her if you are searching for a forever home or relaxing vacation in the Flamingo area.

I also arranged my condo through Melanie, staying at Casa Del Sol #6 and it was wonderful. The swimming pool was great, easy walk to beaches, restaurants and the market. The on-site security & staff were great and I enjoyed getting to know the neighbors. Casa Del Sol also gets a 5-star rating. We will be back to this beautiful and friendly area. Thank you, Melanie!"


- Deborah Walston 

''Melanie is a like a breath fresh air! From the initial contact, to the live walk throughs, to preparing the offer and inspection, we were pleasantly surprised at her honesty and professionalism and how easy it was for her in helping us get our paradise dream vacation home. I will highly recommend Flamingo Beach Realty to all my friends and family, and would not hesitate to use them again in the future. They are top notch!

Thank you again Melanie!''

- Tony Uccello

''Melanie give us a excellent customer service and follow up. She made all the effort to find our dream house with a big listing of different options, also she put her best to try to negociate what we looking for.
I would highly recommend Melanie for her professionalism and kindness.''

-Mónica Rodriguez

''Melanie was so awesome! I bought 2 properties instead of 1! She's an excellent realtor, reliable and well connected. She knows the areas, the people, and how to get things done in Flamingo / Potrero. I recommend her to all my friends looking to invest in the area.''

-Scotty Real

''Our experience with Melanie and her team was incredible. She was attentive and responsive every step of the way. She even got involved in helping with areas that were outside of what was expected.


Very very happy with the value she delivered us!!.''

- Chris Jepson

''My wife and I both highly recommend Melanie! Five stars all around. We listed our beach house in Hacienda Pinilla with her and she sold it for us virtually in less than a week! Melanie is very responsive and attentive, and available at all times to answer any questions promptly. You cannot be in better hands when it comes to anything related to real estate in Costa Rica, thank you so much Melanie, we're forever grateful!!''

- Jorge Morera


''Melanie gave five star service the whole way. She arranged for everything and made the purchase of our business very smooth. She was there to support us in every aspect including arranging for a beautiful long term rental and car rental. Thank you Flamingo Beach Realty we will definitely be recommending you.''

- Lynnette Linkletter

''We just completed the purchase of a beautiful Costa Rican vacation / rental property through Melanie. Doing this during a pandemic would be incredibly challenging if you did not have a highly professional, knowledgeable and responsive real estate agent working for you. Melanie was all that and more. She takes the time to understand your criteria, has the local knowledge to quickly identify the properties to consider and was always available to answer questions and do virtual showings for us. She also has a local network of professionals to support you through the purchase process (home inspectors, lawyers, accountants, etc). Even though we did this entire transaction remotely, we felt fully supported by very capable and responsive professionals. Thanks again, Melanie.''


- David Varriano

''Melanie Engel is, by far, the best real estate agent I’ve ever worked with. She listened to our needs and desires, always responded and followed-up quickly, and answered questions with knowledge and experience.

Melanie also referred us to other qualified industry professionals to help us sort out immigration and other complications of our circumstances.

Melanie is a great resource and a caring person — someone I trust with my family’s dreams and finances.''


- Heidi Simone

"Melanie, I would like to say thank you for all the help you gave me in purchasing my condo at Surfside Towers, Potrero. 
You went beyond your responsibilities by showing me around the area as well as helping me navigate the red tape of purchasing a property in Costa Rica. 
I would recommend you to anyone as an agent when considering a vacation property purchase. Once again thank you. PS. I do know of at least one friend looking to purchase in the next year. I will be giving them your contact information."
 - Leo Schwab

"Melanie the owner of Flamingo Beach Realty was so helpful with her information on the area. Helping not only my wife and I but before us my Daughter and Son in law with their purchase of their property and house. Setting us up with Lawyers, Surveyor, Engineers to check property and structures. Even providing names of some builders in area you can count on. Gave us piece of mind, a one stop Company. She should be proud of the company she has built."

- Dave and Lucie Johnson

"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Melanie and her team! From the moment we started connecting she was professional and very friendly. Melanie was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in our transition. She is my favorite realtor I've ever worked with and I now consider her a friend! I highly, highly recommend Flamingo Beach Realty!"

- Amanda Fidler

"Melanie is very professional, appointments were all scheduled and prepared for making our time looking for a home highly efficient. We would recommend Melanie and her company, in fact we have already provided her name to close friends."

- Brad Wells

''My husband and I made many trips to beautiful Costa Rica, but when we arrived in Playa Flamingo, we know that we had found a place hwere we felt at home.  We were so fortunate to meet Melanie and her staff.  Melanie helped us to find the perfect home for us.  We never dreamed that we would own a beautiful home in such a magnificent setting.  Melanie led us through the purchasing process, always keeping our very best interest at the center of everything that she did.  She is a brilliant and caring realtor that I would recommend to anyone considering a Gold Coast Costa Rican home.  She is the best in every way!"

- Janet Hjelmgren

"Melanie does not just assist you in search for property or rentals, she helps you find a home and then stays to welcome you into the community."


- EJ Washington

Melanie was extremely helpful in showing me properties that were for sale. She was quite happy to drive us to look at properties that were almost an hour away.I found her easy to talk to and very warm and kind. She would go above and beyond to make sure that she showed you properties within your price range and was never trying to talk people into buying or being aggressive.
She always responded to me about other
non real estate questions that I had for her. I really liked her and feel that she would be an amazing contact to have in the Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero area.


- Kathy Minghella

"Melanie Engel was extremely helpful and showed me the perfect property for my retirement goals. Melanie did a terrific job in following up with me before, during and after. She made my entire purchasing process a good experience. I felt she was doing everything to make my transition into the property a good one. Melanie did a great job putting me in contact with good people. Melanie and her husband, Mike went out of their way to make me feel welcome in the very special community of Reserva Conchal. Many thanks to Melanie Engel."


- Ron Delrey

"I can not say enough good things about Jennifer Dalton and Melanie Engel. They listed our house and sold our home. Very professional, hard working, and the best in Costa Rica by far. If you want results, go with Flamingo Beach Realty. Thank you Jennifer and Melanie. John Yoder"


- John Yoder

''I have been working with flamingo beach realty for a long time now and they have always been very professional and extremely responsive.

Highly recommend!''

- Aaron Berkowitz

''This was our first time buying property outside the US which can be a little scary. Melanie was there walking us through the process and really helped us feel at ease. She knew just who to contact and kept us fully informed. If we buy more property in Costa Rica, we will definitely call on Melanie.''

- Jeff Liticker

''Melanie from Flamingo Beach Realty is one of the best real estate agents I have ever worked with. I first found her when I was searching online for an agent to help me with my move from California to Costa Rica. She has been so informative about so much more that I needed to learn about becoming an expat of Costa Rica. After over a year of sending us listings, we were able to get to Costa Rica and meet with her for a tour of the area. Not only is she a very hard worker, but she is super personable. We chatted the entire tour.

Her intelligence, hard work, and friendly personality make me incredibly grateful to be in her hands. I'm now back in California planning our move and I am so grateful to have her represent my family. This is a huge process. She is now my eyes and ears on the ground in Costa Rica as I probably won't make it back before the move. I have complete confidence and trust that she will find us our dream home! Five stars!''


- Jessica Carre

''Melanie spent the morning showing me various properties in Jan, 2020. Very kind, very knowledgeable, and very informative of the complete process of purchasing a condo in Costa Rica. I feel totally confident using Flamingo Realty when I do purchase a condo this year.''
- Woody Eastman

''Since meeting Melanie, I have experienced not only a high level of professionalism but a sincere desire to find the right new home, that in this market can be so hard to find. She is creative, responsive and personable. As we searched fo the right building lot to build a new home, she introduced us to a top level builder, attorney and several friendly people within the development, making our experience more comfortable. For Melanie, it's not about the sale, but more about a long term relationship. I would highly recommend her.''


- Bob Cameron

''We had a great experience with Melanie, who was very experienced, with great knowledge of the area, and, honest. We highly recommend her for all your real estate needs!''


- Kristina Namolovan

''My wife & I recently had the wonderful experience of working with Melanie Engel from Flamingo Beach Realty. Melanie took the time to discuss our needs and focus on the properties that clearly matched our goals. She was extremely knowledgeable not only about the properties in Reserva Conchal but was very helpful in educating us on the processes of buying real estate in Costa Rica. Melanie was an extreme pleasure to work with and we highly recommend her for your real estate needs in Costa Rica.''


- Ray Ralph

''I can't say enough good things about Jennifer, Braeden & Melanie all the Real Estate agents who help us through this process. We are from the USA & wanted a vacation home (A Dream of ours for a very long time). They got to know us & in doing so show us houses that they knew we would love. So they also made our decision that much harder, but so worth it. They are so knowledgeable in every area & aspect of the housing market. They even recommended a Great Attorney Gonzalo Rojas of Quatro Legal who made this process so much easier than we would have imagined. Our new home "Casa Royal" in Guanacaste Province is now our home away from home. Thank you All for making this a Dream come true for us moment. We can't wait to see you again. I am recommending Jennifer, Braeden, & Melanie to any & all who ask. Thanks again.''


- Peggy Shultz

''Our experience with Melanie was without a doubt, the highest level of service, helpfulness and looking out for our interests of any realtor ever (regardlesd of location). She puts her clients first, every step of the way. I would give her six stars if I could.

First of all, she knows the area. She knew everything that was available and showed us only properties that she knew would be of interest to us and within our price range.

Second, she knows the ins and outs of buying in Costa Rica which, coming from the US, was new to us. And she was able to introduce us to all the right people.

Third, I've never seen anyone work that hard (and in a vacation paradise!) She has both incredible ethics and an energy level that cannot be overstated.

If you are looking to make your Pura Vida dream a reality, I highly recommend you speak with Melanie Engel.''


- John Friedman

''Melanie and her staff are fantastic! From professional pictures and staging to tirelessly working to get our unit sold. If you are looking to buy or sell a condo in Guanacaste, see Melanie!.''


- David Parker

''Melanie was extremely helpful with our real estate purchase in Costa Rica. She was able to recommend a lot of different people to us with different skill sets to assist through the purchasing and even renovation process. I would highly recommend Melanie as your realtor in Costa Rica.''


- Darcy Hall

''Melanie is so awesome. We originally meet her and her husband on Playa Flamingo beach and ask her to take a photo of our group. From that time we felt at home here in Playa Flamingo.


We wanted to look at property on our subsequent trip. We called Melanie because we remember that she was the kind lady that took our photo.

We looked at property the next 2 trips made offers that didn’t work out. We purchased a lot in MarVista and built a home and moved in January 29th.

A dream and a goal fulfilled! Praise God!

Melanie was such an big part of our Dream coming true! She is a wonderful thoughtful lady with a true servants heart. I can’t say enough about her. Kaki and I have become true friends with Melanie. We will recommend our friends and family to her. If anyone is interested in Costa Rica property I highly recommend Melanie.

She not only helped us with the reality transaction but recommend a wonderful attorney. She has been a wonderful resource for us. Thank you Melanie we are grateful!!''

- Donny W. Beasley

''Melanie is a real pro. In the first month of our listing in Reserva Conchal
we had 7 showings followed by a sale. We highly recommend her.''


- Ken Chilvers

''We are beyond grateful that we purchased our property thought Melanie! We almost walked away from a deal, Melanie advised us differently and we are so so so incredibly thankful we followed her EXACT advice otherwise we would have regretted our decision for a long time. We appreciated her straightforward approach and quick response.
We are Canadians and we bought a property through her without seeing it. When we saw it for the fist time, it was better than we envisioned! In Playa Flamingo, Conchal, Potrero/Surf Side area you will see 'Melanie Engel' signs on multi million dollar homes, estate lots, land, condo's she is active and well respected in the community.
She has set us up with the most reputable builders, land surveyors, lawyers and also who to avoid through years of experience.. beyond invaluable!
We normally do not write glowing reviews but in the case it was absolutely warranted.''


- Kathy F

''Our experience could not have been better. Melanie and Braeden were responsive to all our questions leading up to our visit. We had many questions and there was always a quick detailed response to them. Once we decided to visit, Melanie did a great job of providing properties that fit our requested needs to view. With her help we were able to secure a deal on a great place with fantastic opportunities for us now and in the future. She also insured that we were connected with a great lawyer (GR) that along with Melanie made the entire process painless and timely. We could not be happier. Thanks!''


- Ken Quintero

''Melanie Engel was extremely helpful and showed me the perfect property for my retirement goals. Melanie did a terrific job in following up with me before, during and after. She made my entire purchasing process a good experience. I felt she was doing everything to make my transition into the property a good one. Melanie did a great job putting me in contact with good people. Melanie and her husband, Mike went out of their way to make me feel welcome in the very special community of Reserva Conchal. Many thanks to Melanie Engel.''


- Ron Delray

''Melanie has been so much help during our stay in Costa Rica, and she also helped me find the house of me dreams. Wasn’t sure about everything, but after much debate, we will be making the move. Melanie will help you in every way possible to make sure that you and your family are having a great time. After that she’ll make sure you get the home your are looking for. Her family is great as well, just all around great people. So if your looking for some advice or looking to make a move, contact Melanie at Flamingo Beach Reality. It’ll be worth it.''


- Dwayne Gratz

''Melanie Engel was exceptional in every way. Phone calls, text, and email were answered quickly and courteously. Melanie made the selling process seamless. Our condo photos were great, and the video tour was above anything I had expected and a great selling point. Melanie work tirelessly to sell our condo. If you want a motivated, professional Real Estate agent we wholeheartedly recommend Melanie Engel.''

- Dan & Toni Henning


''Melanie Engel is a professional, full-time realtor in the Flamingo area with high standards and ethics. After two failed brokerage listings, we listed with Melanie who sold our property timely. You would be in good hands with Melanie.''


- Henry Mandell

''We had decided to move to Costa Rica and came down in July to search areas and find a place to live. We knew we wanted to start out renting and had several referrals to work with Melanie at Flamingo Beach Realty. We only had about a week to find something and she did an excellent job listening to our criteria an only showing us options that fit our criteria. The day before we left she came across a perfect fit for us and was able to get us in to see it even though the previous renters had just left that morning. Since our move she has gone above and beyond to help up with anything we have needed even though she is technically not our property manager. We appreciate all her help in making our dream to move to Costa Rica become a reality and would recommend her to our friends.''


- Laura Valentino

''Flamingo Beach Realty is a top-drawer, full service realty company. As our purchasing agent, Melanie Engel took great care to ensure that we understood the process and worked tirelessly in representing our interests throughout the transaction. We never dreamed that we could actually own our own place in Costa Rica, but Melanie and her staff made it a reality.

As our property manager, Melanie earns her AirBnB Superhost designation with every guest who rents our condo. She has a keen eye for detail, always ensuring that it is exactly as represented, resulting in wonderful success for our modest vacation rental business venture. She genuinely cares about each of our guests and that they have the best vacation of their lives.

Melanie is well connected throughout the Playa Flamingo community, which has been very helpful to us when minor repairs are needed, thereby ensuring that our condo remains beautiful and in top condition. With Melanie and the staff of FBR, we never worry about dream home in beautiful Costa Rica.''


- Douglas D. Cox

''Finding the most suitable and likable Real Estate Property is challenging, although the transactions that were handled and guided by Melanie were outstanding. Connecting with trustworthy professionals such as legal, land surveying and other services were crucial for us as a non resident in Costa-Rica. Working with individuals such as Melanie and her team, they were caring, effective, very well connected in the field. The first few days were the most challenging as it would be when buying property in a foreign Country. Melanie re assured us by her professionalism and her recommendations.

We are very happy we chose to work with Melanie, of Flamingo Beach Realty.
Thank you Melanie for all of your time and support as we bombarded you with millions of questions, and you were always quick to answer them.
I would definitely recommend Flamingo Beach Realty to all my close friends, family and to you.''


- Karlo Kovac

''Melanie Engel and her team at Flamingo Beach Realty really go above and beyond when my husband and I bought our home in Costa Rica. She listened to our needs, worked to help us navigate the purchasing process in Costa Rica and continues to help us manage our property until we are able to live there. And she even comforted me with a hug as I cried in hope of buying our dream condo which is now ours. She really does treat her clients like family while being professional and having a strong work ethic. We look forward to working with Melanie and her team for many years. Melanie Engel helped make our real estate dreams come true and we are so grateful.''


- Donna Arbuthnot