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yesrod2 commented on the Expat Report Retirement in San Jose, Costa Rica
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What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad?
The weather and fresh fruits and vegetables. (Continue)
yesrod2 replied most recently with:
Costa Rico is a place I would consider retiring. How are American treated and how do the locals view them?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in San Jose, Costa Rica
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
In comparison to the rest of Latin America, this country has very little that it can claim to be culture. (Continue)
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Resided in CR and experienced most things reported. To me Ticos have very little motivation especially the Gov't when different political parties cannot agree on a damn thing. In my opinion if you are a gringo you are automatically wealthy. Non CR's now have pay for CAJA (hospitals run by the state) whether you utilize the facilty or not. Payments are calculated by your income and you must sign up or else. Also, to the best of my knowlegde there are not water treatment facilities in the country so you can figure out where the solid wastes wind up (do you eat fish)..........BTW I have no desire to even visit that country,
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This report is truthful, and he has written it, when not wearing 'Rose-tinted glasses'
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to San Jose, Costa Rica
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Travel there first, travel around the country and find a place/local people that suit your tastes. Everyone in the country is generally friendly. I don't know why the other guy seemed to have problems making friends with Costa Ricans. Perhaps he is the type of foreigner who has difficulty adjusting to different cultures/places and ways of life. Costa Ricans are not "in your face" friendly or over the top outgoing by any means. They are, however, genuinely friendly if you're respectful and considerate of their space, culture, customs, etc. (Continue)
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Above tips are so much helpful. I also found some important information that we usually missed when we move. Here said avoid San Jose, it's a very crowded & dense city. But I love crowded. I don't live like alone. So love to move San Jose. But I was little worried about movers company. But ssmovers solve my problem. you can also try with them http://www.ssmovers.com
A reader replied recently with:
Very Good I have lived here 21 years and Do avid San Jose only a 20 minute drive from out LOVELY safe Herediia Bus routes are great and we now have a NW Mall (for those who can not live without them :) Also WIRELESS INTERNET furnished apts Just utside of San Jose 3 or 4 km like San Rafael and NORTH of there has CLEAN air and PERFECT climate NOT hit and muggy like our beaches and NOT COLD like Cartago area :::I will when time write my experience here , Fully furnnished apts can be rented for $300 to $500 in our area.and City and VOLCANO VIEWS are AWESOME and you need not have the noise or petty theft as in San Jose ,,Prices are cheaper for stores here also and Restauarants STAY away from the Gringo Gullches like Escazu or Santa Ana UMLESS you want never to learn Spanish and PAy about double our prices for EVERYTHING including groceries ( May as well stay in USA..with traffic jams also ..GOOD Luck,
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to San Jose, Costa Rica
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Demand that your company arranges everything! Costa Rica is a highly bureacratic country so you will not want to get involved in any of that. Your company should give you some alternatives and you should do nothing more than approving their selection. Trying to do things on your own will only give you stomach ulcer. (Continue)
dameion53victor replied most recently with:
I am suprissed to fine the answers about the corruption, and attitudes towards foreigners, experienced there by you. It is the first time I have heard such a report. I am not disputing what you have said, but am interested in if this is a common spread throughout Costa Rica or more of an isolated area evperience. I would like to know more about what you have seen. My e-mail is dameion53@gmail.com. Thankyou - Victor
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There are some really good apartments for EXPATS on costaricastays.com apparently they offer great packages and location is ideal for relocation in San Jose Santa Anna Costa rica, Dick Chennoy
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jimsanders commented on the Expat Report Dating and Marriage in San Jose, Costa Rica
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What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
Oh boy! It is not good here for a single woman in her 30s. I speak English and Spanish and I do not recommend that single women move here. I don't really meet anyone here. BUT I did meet the last 2 men .. walking up my road! (Continue)
jimsanders replied most recently with:
You sound strong.... You'll make it. You sound a little lonely. I'm still in California. It took a lot of courage for you to make the move. I know you'll do fine. Take care, Jim
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in San Jose, Costa Rica
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There are many Yahoo! list serves available that help expats get to know where others meet and socialize. Also, Costa Rica AM (www.costaricaam.com) is an English-language e-newspaper that provides a lot of good information. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Your review is accurate (source: I lived in CR for six years before relocating to China)
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Expat Report Having a Baby in San Jose, Costa Rica was published
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy here is San Jose, Costa Rica. I couldn't have had a better experience. I have a 3 year old daughter who was born in the states and with her I had to have a C-section. I really wanted to try and have a natural birth with my son, and most doctors will not even discuss that option with you after you have had a C-section. My doctor here at least let me give it a try, it did not happen but he was willing. I had my son at Clinical Biblica in downtown San Jose. After a C-section I left the hospital the very next day and my healing only took 2 weeks and I was back in the gym. It was amazing!! With my daughter it was a horrible recovery and it took weeks. The care I received from everyone was the best. I do not speak Spanish yet, but they were patient with me, and everything went better than I could have hoped for. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of British School in San Jose , Costa Rica by barryash was published
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What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
This is good academically and fairly high standards. Not good for all students if they need extra help and they can get left behind. They do IB, which is more important all the time for anywhere in the world.Price fairly high now approx $850 a month including the bus. (Continue)
Expat Report Jobs in San Jose, Costa Rica by ronimoss was published
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
I think this country is for enjoy the outdoors activities, the landscape, to retire here because work here could became so slowly. (Continue)
Expat Report Jobs in San Jose, Costa Rica was published
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
Most countries have protective labor laws that make finding local work very difficult. You must be prepared to meet the legal requirements of any country where you wish to work. (Continue)
Expat Report Jobs in San Jose, Costa Rica was published
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
I would urge everyone to consider that a good place for a 2-week holiday is not necessarily a good place to live. Costa Rica is very much a proof of that. So: Do not believe the guidebooks!!! You should rather talk to expats in the same country. (Continue)

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