Costa Rica: Orosi:
On the road down into the Orosi Valley from Paraiso, you'll drive by the Orosi Lodge. It's worth driving in their long driveway and checking out the restaurant, it has one of the most stunning views of the Orosi Valley you will find. The food is not great but they've done a great job of catering to many of the tour companies in the area to provide breakfast or lunch for your white water raft tour, hiking tour, etc.
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Costa Rica: Weather in May:
The roads in that area will be fine. Only rarely do we have any real issues in the area, like in 2008 when we received record rainfall (the most ever recorded in the area) from the rain bands resulting from Hurricane Thomas in the Caribbean by the Cayment Islands.
Costa Rica: Single woman in late 50's:
Ojochal Costa Rica is a good place for Single women. The community is large and everyone watches out for each other. There's a woman's club called the Costa Ballena Women's Club with several hundred members. Look at Ojochal, we run property tours there but with the intent of selling property, if you want to come on a tour, there is no sales presentation and you can learn more at www.pacificlots.com at the visit us tab. yes this is a shameless plug as a real estate sales person but I have traveled throughout Costa Rica as well as most other parts of the Americas and you will find the community, amenities and safety you are looking for in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica in both Ojochal and Uvita. Uvita is more of the commercial center of the area whereas Ojochal is more like a bedroom community for expats. Both towns have strong expat presence.
Costa Rica: Tell me about Uvita and area:
To answer the question about the area around Uvita, let's begin with a look at the towns that make up the area. This area is known as the Costa Ballena. The area includes Dominicalito, Uvita, Ojochal and Tres Rios De Coronado. The Costa Ballena is most noted for the large international community residing there. There are many north American retirees and baby boomers as well as large European population. There are great hotels and the largest concentration of international restaurants in all of Costa Rica. The area around Uvita and Ojochal is home to nearly 30 bars and restaurants including 2 French bakeries, a few Italian and pizza parlors, Thai, Mexican, Argentine steaks, French, German, Indonesian, Indian, Cuisine of the world and local fare. The local expat enclave has also created a large farmers marketm, held on Saturday morning at the indoor soccer field in Uvita for organic foods, great spices, organic dairy products, free range chicken, grass fed beef and fresh local seafood. There are a number other farmers markets and local produce stands and some of the best ingredients are available along this stretch of the southern coast. The area is noted for great weather (if you google accuweather and check the weather in the town of Uvita, you will see temperatures that average 80 degrees, typically never hotter than 89 or colder than 71, There are great beaches here including the Marina National Park Playa Ballena. Ballena means whale and it is the area where the humpback whales from the southern hemisphere come to mate with the humpbacks from the northern hemisphere.
Dominicalito is a small fishing village just south of Dominical and although it is home to a few great waterfall swimming holes up in the hills above the coastal highway, there's not much else there.
There's lots of bio diversity along the Costa Ballena, Uvita include: great birds including many pairs of macaws and large flocks of parrots inhabit the area as well as nearly 40 varieties of hummingbirds. Over half the entire southern region of Costa Rica is national park, a testament to the bio diversity in the area. Uvita is more laid back than the northern or central regions of Costa Rica as is Ojochal, the next town to the south, another great town. Crime is significantly less than most everywhere else in Costa Rica in this region for a couple of reasons. Things are more spread out and harder for criminals to get to than in the central valley and harder to escape but the primary reason for lower crime is there's a passport control checkpoint on the Baru River as you cross the river heading south of Dominical. This bridge is a natural barrier since bad guys don't want to cross it, since they may have to show a passport on the return across the bridge. Any illegal immigrant won't want to cross either. The area around Uvita was noted as one of the top places to visit in 2014 by Conde Naste' magazine and HGTV's house hunters recently did an episode in Ojochal. It is also home to Pacific Lots and homes of Costa Rica, the largest international residential community for foreigners in the country.
We run property tours to the area, 4 days, 3 nights all inclusive for $299 per person including transportation from Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose and returning to San Jose at the end of the tour. These tours include all meals, lodging, even adult beverages however meals are not included on the first day of the tour since we put our clients for the first night at the Hotel Martino in Alajuela though they do have a nice Italian restaurant for food purchase. Breakfast is included there however. There are no sales presentations on our tours. See more details at http://www.pacificlots.com/visit or contact me
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Costa Rica: Dollarization of the CR economy and buying colones:
Costa Rica will always control the rate between the dollar and the colon, you could call their currency "dollarized" due to a couple of factors. First of all their number one source of income is tourism and mostly from North America. Second, many may not realize that 25 of the TOP FORTUNE 50 companies in the world have manufacturing facilities in Costa Rica. A big disruption in the relation of the dollar to the colon would make exporting goods manufactured there very unstable. it would also make it more difficult to attract direct foreign investment. As an international economics major with 7 years of business school, Costa Rica has much to lose if the relationship between the dollar and the colon were to change very much.
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Costa Rica: Costa Rica 2015 Crime and Safety Report:
I'm going to mention that it depends a lot on where you live. If you live in places like San Isidro En General or the Southern Pacific region around Uvita and Ojochal, our crime rate is very low. It's much like describing crime in the US, I could talk about Detroit or I could talk about Cambridge, Massachusetts, Comparing one to the other without qualifying "where" I was talking about would be completely useless information. If you go into the Central Valley, you'll see lots of bars on windows, barbed wire and dogs. Same with Guanacaste in the high tourist areas. Head into some of the small towns without tourism and crime is nearly non existent. We have a program in Ojochal call CAP, Cap on Crime. We work closely with the local police and OIJ, posted the town with "crime watch community" posters in town, in both Spanish and English and we encourage ANY crime, no matter how small, be reported and that denuncia's be issued to the police. I can clearly state that we have VERY LITTLE CRIME. Sure we do have an occasional break and enter, perhaps one a year. We are a residential community however, not a tourist town. Ticos in our town have sided together with us to combat crime. So blanket generalizations about Costa Rica as though it is all the same, are not warranted. I would no sooner live in an area like Kohl is describing than I would live in Detroit.
Costa Rica: Opening the bank account:
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Costa Rica: Tico Times:
What really bothers me in the US is the legal extortion known as healthcare. I just had to re-issue our Florida Blue Cross insurance and for my wife and I, with a $6500 deductible each and full payment until our deductible is reached, the least expensive catastrophic health insurance available to us here in south Florida, priced at $1655 PER MONTH. We get no supplement since we earn more than the cut off, So just shy of $20,000 per year goes to health insurance that does nothing unless we are really sick. That's crime in the worst way, done right in your face and sanctioned by the government and we are required to have it. I'd rather take my chances in Costa Rica, we just don't plan to live in the central valley or Guanacaste.... Where you live, how you live and what you do to ensure your well being has a lot to do with your risk...
Costa Rica: Things to Do around Dominical:
There's a bunch of stuff for a three year old in that area, ask any local how to get to the Paz Azul waterfalls right there in dominicalito, they are nice, safe and easy swimming for a toddler. You can also drive further south to Sierpe and take a river cruise on the Sierpe river, as at the restaurant "Las Vegas" for either a one or two hour cruise, two is better but your toddler might get antsy. You can also go up to Manuel Antonio National park (closed on Mondays) and bring swimming gear, nice safe beach, lots of animals. There's safe ocea swimming in Uvita at the Whales tail but it is part of the Playa Ballena National park and you will have to pay an entrance fee. You can also take your child to the Tilapia Farm in Tres Rios de Coronado, about 25 minutes further south, there are two tilapia restaurants, you want to be sure to go the the further one in, (El Pavone) where you can also swim in a nice waterfall (do be careful as the rocks on the path down to the swimming hole are slippery if they are green or mossy. Another nice take in is walking the nature trails at the Cusinga Lodge, about 20 minutes south of Dominical. The hacienda Baru, just before Dominical, has a butterfly exhibition and nice walking trails. Best of all is likely to stay at the Hotel Villas Gaia and keep your toddler in the pool, nice pool for a toddler.
Costa Rica: Ride From San Jose Airport?:
Not sure where you could ever get a taxi ride for $5 for an hour, had to be quite a while ago. Taxi's now cost at least $20 to go to downtown San Jose from the airport.