Tamarindo pioneer Boogaard dies in Heredia at 77 years

Koen Boogaard

Koen Boogaard, 77, who has been characterized as a Tamarindo pioneer, has died at home in Heredia. He had been battling cancer.

Boogaard moved to Costa Rica from The Netherlands with his wife and daughter in 1979. Planning to retire, he bought a house in the then-quiet little beach town of Tamarindo, according to his family.

Retirement went out the window when he became one of the first people to realize Tamarindo’s potential, they said. He sold land
with the promise that if the buyer did not like it he could give it back, no one ever did, the family said.

In later years he became an involved member of the Dutch community in San José and hosted many a tennis tournament. He was the consummate business man and stayed active until just a few weeks before his death, said the family.

A memorial will be held in June in his hometown of Gorinchem.

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