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History of Hidden Coast Realty:


Hidden Coast Realty was founded in Guanacaste in 2000 by Joost Hauwert. His goal was to help find the best deals for his clients, many of whom were from abroad.

As business grew, he opened an office in Tamarindo, but still continued to list properties for sale in out of the way places like Marbella, San Juanillo and Avellanas.

2006 included the opening of the office in Puerto Coyote, run by broker Hans Bakker, a long time friend of Joost.

The philosophy of the company has always been to cooperate with other Costa Rica real estate professionals in order to get buyers the best deals possible and to get properties sold for sellers as quickly as possible.

Hidden Coast Realty Services:


Hidden Coast Realty currently represents buyers and sellers from San Juanillo north to Playa Potrero from its Tamarindo office. From Ostional south, the Puerto Coyote office lists Costa Rica properties for sale and represents investors.


For sellers, we maintain a number of proprietary websites, write frequent newsletters, and update all real estate colleagues. We give an honest assessment of what we think a property will sell for.

For buyers, we scour the market looking for the best deals and prepare thorough real estate tours with the idea of letting the buyer make an informed decision.


Hidden Coast Realty

Hidden Coast Realty Associates
Joost Hauwert
Spanish, Dutch, English, German

As a student of Latin American Culture at Leiden University (Holland), Joost Hauwert explored this part of the world before settling in Costa Rica in 1993. After several years in the tourist industry Joost opened and ran a sub office in Tamarindo for a US realtor.

In 1999 he decided to start his own company. Joost combines his Real Estate expertise with a thorough knowledge of the land and people of Costa Rica. He and his team focus on Costa Rica beachfront and ocean view properties along the coast of Nicoya Peninsula.
The beauty and the potential of this area are still a secret to many investors.
Since 2010 Joost also became active in the San Jose (Capital) real estate market and has a wide knowledge about property values in the more upscale areas like Escazu and Santa Ana on the west side of the city

Tamarindo Office
Mark Brown
Mark Brown

Born in Whittier, California Mark came to Costa Rica in Feb of 2009 looking for a change in the hustle & bustle of the Lifestyle in the Automobile Industry

Working last for Toyota as a Sales Manager for 15 years. "Change is good!" He fell in love with the country and never looked back. He owned Cine-mas Tamarindo, the local theater in Tamarindo., He is acting as the new adventure sports venue General Manager for Sportsmans Ranch. He has become involved with the future development of Costa Rica and now actively seeks out opportunities for his clients and future friends.

You can contact Mark in English and Spanglish.

Brenda Burback
Brenda Burback
English, Spanish

Born in Western Canada, Brenda has been working in the real estate business since 1984. 

After taking a break to explore more of the world she landed in Costa Rica and fell in love with it in 1993. She has not looked back since. Her experience and knowledge has proven itself in this new adventure and Costa Rica which she now calls home. Being Fortunate enough to work with top developers and real estate professionals in the area.  

Her accumulated knowledge is surely an asset to all her clients past and present. You can contact Brenda in English or Spanish.


Puerto Coyote Office
Hans Bakker
Hans Bakker
Dutch, English, Spanish, German

Hans ‘Juan’ Bakker, a former interior decorator from Holland, came to Costa Rica in 1991 to develop a 100 HA finca he and two friends bought in the Coyote area.

Under his supervision the ocean view sunset property was turned into a residential project, while preserving over 50% of its natural reserve.
He sold over 30 lots and designed and supervised the building of 7 houses and the natural gardens surrounding them. It was therefore a logical step to offer his expertise on all levels of real estate development and construction to the latest branch of Hidden Coast Realty.