United States cable network Home & Garden Television, better known for HGTV, chose Costa Rica for an episode of its acclaimed Beachfront Bargain Hunt reality show. Episode 3 of Season 10 takes place in Playa Nosara, a coastal community in the province of Guanacaste that is part of the Gold Coast beaches of Costa Rica.
The title of the episode is No Shirt, No Shoes, Nosara, Costa Rica, and the HGTV synopsis is as follows:
Glenn and Linda met through friends, quickly fell in love and have been married for over 20 years. They’ve vacationed all across the globe and the one place they’ve really connected with is the small surf town of Nosara, Costa Rica. Glenn and Linda love the active outdoor lifestyle Nosara offers and feel it’s time to finally settle down and purchase some beachfront property of their own. Glenn is a licensed real estate agent and he has compiled a variety of homes to show Linda within their budget of $375,000.
No Shirt, No Shoes, Nosara, Costa Rica made its airwaves debut on March 6th and was scheduled for a second showing on March 7th. This was not the only episode filmed by HGTV in Central America; the previous show was set in Belize, a real estate destination that many people consider to be Costa Rica’s main rival in the region.
HGTV describes Beachfront Bargain Hunt as follows:
Each week we follow a family making their beachfront living dreams come true — on a budget! We’ll follow them on the house hunt as we discover some of the most surprisingly affordable beachfront locales that prove you don’t need to be a millionaire to live right on the beach.
In 2014, Beachfront Bargain Hunt came under criticism by Sarah Zielinski, who usually writes for online magazine Science News. Writing for Slate, Ms. Zielinski reminded readers about the inherent risks of beachfront real estate:
Home and garden shows sells dreams, not reality. According to them, anyone can have that perfect kitchen with granite countertops, an open-plan first floor, a master bathroom bigger than most New York City apartments—or a home just steps from the ocean.
The first three may empty your bank account, but the fourth is truly dangerous. Sea level is on the rise. What’s oceanfront this year could soon be sitting in the water. The beach is one of the most reckless places to invest in property.