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seyalater posted Expat Cookbook on the Costa Rica forum on October 31, 2014:
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TICR posted Interested in solar energy? on the Costa Rica forum on October 30, 2014:
If you are interested in solar energy, you may want to visit the first annual ExpoSolar 2014 this Friday and Saturday. Attendees will have the chance to learn about current technologies available, installation costs, as well as the opportunities – and red tape – involved in interconnection with the electric grid.
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Kohl replied to the thread Looking to rent in Dominical or more south on the Costa Rica forum on October 30, 2014:
williamgafford initially posted:
Would like to find a single family home long term, 4-5 months, to rent in south-west CR for spouse and me, not on beach because it is too hot, maybe at 1000 to 2000 ft. elevation, for around $600- $1000/month. Right now we are living on the Caribbean side of CR. Would like to move in the next month or two. We are considering permanently retiring in CR and buying a home. Any information on availability of such a home or features of the general area would be much appreciated. Thanks 10/29/14
Kohl replied on October 30, 2014 with:
Personally, I wouldn't you rely on all posted information in regards to what is actually 'as advertised' on any property, whether for purchase or a rental. Been there...done that! Travel over for a weekend, as it will probably save you some money and disappointment in the long run. Or make arrangements to rent only for a month.
williamgafford replied on October 30, 2014 with:
Thank you. I have tried Nick @ Alside and the two places that I focused on were either too expensive or too modest. Will try the other two sources that you listed.
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cptmojo replied to the thread San Vito area on the Costa Rica forum on October 29, 2014:
89801bones initially posted:
doing our due dilegence tour in January 2015. really like the remotness and simplicity of the area. Any idea on motorized recreation in the area? Wife would really like a fabric shop, any suggestions?
cptmojo replied on October 29, 2014 with:
Agreed, most people go to the canal zone in Panama city area for those kinds of goods. Much cheaper. Southern CR is very remote and there is plenty of nature.
Kohl replied on October 29, 2014 with:
Well, this explanation does make a difference...8-) Most towns have a store that carries a selection, albeit small, of fabrics. San José have several large ones but as mentioned, you will get better prices in Panama, although I don't think that it will be actually 'local material'. Possibly, you may have to go to one of the indigenous reserves. Again, clothes and other 'paper patterns' are not sold in CR although it is possible that this is different in Panama.
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Kohl replied to the thread Cell phone while traveling on the Costa Rica forum on October 29, 2014:
camaromom initially posted:
What recommendations do you have for having cell phone service while traveling in CR? Is a prepaid phonecard the best option?
Kohl replied on October 29, 2014 with:
Dave2CR, agree 100% in regards to getting a decent connection. We have to go out in the road. in front of our home....
Dave2CR replied on October 29, 2014 with:
A basic cell phone is pretty cheap in CR. We bought one before having unlocked mobiles from home, and it was so inexpensive that we left it behind for anyone renting our condo to use. Reception is predictably spotty in such a mountainous terrain, at least around Guanacaste where we are.
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tbh replied to the thread Using the buses on the Costa Rica forum on October 27, 2014:
tbh initially posted:
This question is more about traveling in Costa Rica than becoming an expat but the folks living there should be best qualified to answer it. I'll be in Costa Rica again in late November and after renting a car on my first trip earlier this year I think it is time to learn more about using the bus system, at least for half of my trip. I'll be going down the central and southern Pacific coast for the first four days before going back to Atenas for the last four days. I've been looking at bus schedules and all the ones I've seen have been similar in format to the one from the Institute of Tourism. It gives the origin, destination, frequency, type and duration of the complete run. However, I don't see much detail about exactly where it goes between SJ and Jaco, for example, where the planned stops are (in addition to being flagged down), where to change, and what to change to, and how to identify the type and destination more specifically than reading the sign on the front of the bus. Apparently there are no numbers. So, are there links to sites with more information, or some weblogs that go into more detail? I did a search on this forum and found but I couldn't get much from it. This must be a very common problem for newcomers and tourists. Thanks.
tbh replied on October 27, 2014 with:
IluvCR: Thanks for the recommendation. I had seen mixed comments about Economy so it was difficult to decide. Right after I posted my last message I booked with Vamos. I hope I'm not sorry. cptmojo: Oops! Again, I hope I'm not sorry. At least they provide a cell phone to call them. Thanks.
cptmojo replied on October 27, 2014 with:
Highly recommend not using vamos.their cars have a propensity to magically get flats 1 km from their rental center at the airport location outside the airport. Happened to me and a tics I was with called the police. Apparently that is a great way to rob people. Since that time I used europcar. Not the cheapest but they pickup and drop off. A cabbie hit my landcruiser rental and I had the insurance. They looked at it took the keys and said see you next trip.
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property in Costa-RicaBeautiful mountain estate with 2 fully appointed houses, surrounded by lush and perfectly kept gardens.
2500 square feet block home, two stories, very good condition.
cptmojo replied to the thread Living in a Grecia on the Costa Rica forum:
Yogiana initially posted:
I like to have info about living in Grecia. Thanks !
cptmojo replied on October 27, 2014 with:
Thank you. Pa would be a northern climate for sure. Temperature always varies by latitude and altitude. The avg daytime temp in atenas is 77 degrees f and at night the avg is 65.Does it vary from that a few degrees at times? Of course but it is about as stable and moderate as anyplace on the planet. I remember vividly coming back to atenas 2 years ago in August. In texasit was 110. In atenas it was up to 80 in the daytime. I wore a jacket the entire 3 weeks I was there.Can't wait to go back for dec and Jan when it is freezing in Texas and 75 in atenas.
maxtmill replied on October 26, 2014 with:
Sorry-Texas heat was intolerable. I am originally from PA, and like cool weather. In Costa Rica, due to the microclimates, one's situation can change even within the same neighborhood.
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TICR replied to the thread BBQ Smoker in a Box on the Costa Rica forum on October 26, 2014:
gringojim initially posted:
Business in a Box for sale. I made the first true open pit BBQ in Costa Rica 14 years ago; a wood smoker pit for Ribs, Pork Shoulders, Brisket or Chicken. I gathered the materials for an additional location, but my health no longer allows me to continue in this. I have everything necessesary to build a one meter by two meter by two meter high brick BBQ smoker pit, and I am selling everything at a very small percentage of cost: 600 Fire Bricks. Not the clay kind, but real fire bricks that cost $4.70 each. Extemely dense, they hold in heat better than any other material, and could also be used to make a pizza oven. A stainless steel sink insert, 1.8 meters long, .70 meters wide, and .50 by .50 in the sink portion, with .50 depth. This allows you to clean really large pots or other instruments. It cost 180 mill. colones to build, and is almost new condition. Iron doors, 1/4 inch thick, with hinges, one for the fire pit and a larger one for the meat smoking area. Never mounted or used, ready to go. Safety guages, german made hoses, 50K Btu fire starter and maintainer for the fire pit. Fireproof glass = 1/8 thick at .80 by 1.10 for customer observation of the smoking process. 20cm by 20cm L shaped chimney, for smoke extraction. Plans that you can use to build it, drawn by me. I have built three of these here, and the pits work great. Pick up the materials, plans and get started on either a money-making business or an addition to your home or hotel. I will sell the entire collection to the first one to give me $800. This is about 20% of replacement cost.
TICR replied on October 26, 2014 with:
Jim, where is the smoker located?
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