Celebration of life Dwane Michael Edward Tesluk

It has been over 25 years I have been living in Costa Rica and certain people standout as pioneers and good friends to this day. 

Michael with family


Where do I start with Dwane Michael Edward Tesluk  ( Big Mike) who has been dear friend for my life time here in Playa Hermosa. We met in 2000 when I moved my catamaran, Spanish Dancer moored in Playas Del Coco to Playa Hermosa, working with Earl from Diving Safaris. We had connections, both being Canadians from Ontario Canada moving to BC Canada and then to God;s country, Costa Rica.   Mike helped me get ready to understand local politics and lay of the land in Playa Hermosa.  A few years later I met one of the best friends and current partner, (Turbo) Michael Simons who was the new owner of Tres Amigos. Mike Simons told me to sell my catamaran and go hard on selling real estate with him. Michael Simons was my inspiration that changed my life in Costa Rica. The area was booming until 2007 when the global economy went flat  and our 15 agents returned to USA and Canada with Simons and I remaining together planning our future and planning for better times.


This picture still makes me smile, laugh

Michael Simons had already made the El Velero a home base for real estate selling millions of dollars from contracts on tables at El Velero and was a brother to Big Mike as I was.  Big Mike with his partner Nels turned the El Velero Hotel into  “the place to stay” while in Hermosa, always there to help anyone way over and beyond. No holding back, Mike was a gracious host and the entertainment at the Velero after and during happy hour talking with patrons daily. 

I helped Mike refitting his sailboat throughout the years and also doing some tours with his guests, never a dull moment. .  Mike was always there to help with everything from tours to airport transfers as his knowledge and love for our area in Costa Rica blossomed from him.

Sailing "Big Mike's Sailboat"

After I sold the El Velero, Mike continued on to support the new owners 250% to a wonderful family from Canada until the day he passed doing shopping for them and helping them plan future renovations. He had a heart of gold and love for helping people. I miss  his 6 am telephone calls telling me specials at Pricesmart,   50 inch TV on sale NOW, inside info, $200,000 get your ass down there, sale on Air fryers and Virginia ham on sale 40% off. Mills, seafood truck is here and fresh Mahi, Mahi.  Mike always had the deals and inside info he shared. Mike share his love with all that crossed his path and when I go to El Velero which is weekly I sit in the “Big Mike” chair , missing him but laughing and smiling with memories. (Except him running on the beach naked at New Years)

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at the El Velero Hotel on January 27th, 12 noon until 4 pm and hope to see you all there to share the love and memories we all hold close to our hearts.

For further info email me at or Michael Simons at    We are all brothers from different Mothers


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