|Some Forum Posts:
Costa Rica: Electrical power usage:
|In terms of electrical usage at the beach, some southern Pacific areas of the country by the beach have large mountain back drops. If you get up on the hillside much above 500 feet elevation and you design the house properly so that it "breathes" right, you won't need AC. The termps in Guanacaste are hotter but dryer and again depending on where in the country you are also affects the amount of breeze you get. Around Arenal there are places where the wind blows almost constant, in the Gulfo Dulce there is rarely any wind at all. With 12 separate eco climates in Costa Rica and ever changing geography as you move around the country, you really need to check out the areas you are interested in to see for yourself. Blanket generalizations about "the beach" or "the central valley" can be misleading. for example if you head to Cartago, also technically part of the central valley, you might find it colder than you want.|
Costa Rica: Starting a business in CR:
Joe the American, alias Sanbuenaventura, alias Valenduran is really an angry Canadian who lurks on this board and posts horrible rubbish about Costa Rica. He's now found the Horrible videos of Travel Costa Rica Now on Youtube, another hater and not worth watching one second of his nonsense videos. Just look at the titles of his videos and you can see he has no interest in telling a true and accurate tale of Costa Rica.|
Costa Rica: Weather in Ojochal:
|As someone who operates property tours in Ojochal I can give you a good idea about the weather from June to September. Typically the temperature will be in the mid 80's during the day, rarely getting much over 90. Most folks living there don't use AC (as long as they are up on the hill and get the breeze). The temperature doesn't get that hot so a ceiling fan will usually suffice to cool you. As for humidity and rain, the summer months are pretty humid. Typically in the morning it will be pretty clear but as the day progresses, moisture off the ocean starts stacking up against the mountain backdrop. The cloud at the top will get bigger and bigger. As mid to late afternoon approaches and the sun starts to drop, the cloud condenses and the rain starts. It will then rain very hard until the built up clouds have dissipated. It really is that predictable and we rarely get a "rainy day" when it rains from morning to night. We do occasionally get big fronts from the south that linger a few days and it will be cloudy all day but again typically won't rain all day. In October you are likely to get a number of "rain all day" days but again it is warm and as long as you don't have to do something outside, not at all unpleasant to sit on your porch and enjoy it. A few years back there was a hurricane off the Caribbean side over the Cayman Islands and we had the most rain ever recorded in Costa Rica, close to 10 feet of rain in 10 days. Yes it did wash the highway out in a few spots and there was major flooding in the lower towns of Cortez, Palmar and others. The Terraba River and the Sierpe River were a mess.|
Costa Rica: Property / house:
|Our prices for a small home in a gated community start at $160k including land, AC in both bedrooms, granite counters kitchen and bath, landscape and some hardscape. You can see the details on our website at http://www.pacificlots.com/home-land-deal|
Costa Rica: I want the REAL truth:
|Sanbuenaventura, See the end of this email to see where we buy our cars, perhaps you just don't know where to buy a car. There are lots of cheap cars around, good cars.
Here are the cars:
2006 Chrysler Town and country mini-van. V6 gasoline, automatic transmission.. $17,000 USD. Photos
Boston Whaler, 17 foot, 135 hp Evenrude outboard, trailer. $21,500 USD. One photo.
2001 Galloper Exceed, 2.5 liter turbo diesel, 4 X 4, manual. $7,900 USD Photos.
2001 Chevrolet Blazer (export version), 4 door, 4 X 2. Economical 2.4L four cylinder, five-speed manual, gasoline. Photos. $7,000 USD (firm).
1999 GMC Sierra step-side pick-up, SLT, 4 X 4. 5.3L V-8 gasoline with propane conversion, automatic transmission. $13,000 USD. Photos.
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, 4 X 2. 5.7 Liter V-8, gasoline with automatic transmission. $4,200. USD. Photos.
1995 Nissan Pathfinder SUV 4 X 4. V-6 gasoline, 5-speed manual. Dirty pictures. $5,000 USD.
1994 Misubishi Montero SUV, 4 X 4. Gasoline V-6, manual transmission. $8,000 USD. Many photos.
1990 Isuzu Amigo 4 X 2. Gasoline four cylinder with five-speed manual transmission. Photos.
1987 Mercedes-Benz 230E Sedan. Four cylinder gasoline engine. REDUCED, $3,500 USD
1986 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, 4 X 4. Diesel. Photos. $6,000 USD
Two Suzuki Samurai, 4 X 4. Metal hardtop: $4,000 USD, Fiberglass top: $6,000. Photos.
Looking for something specific? Let us know and maybe we can help you find it.
If you want to buy or sell a vehicle, or for any other automotive need, please contact us at: AUTO SHOP SANTA ANA.
Allen, 8502-6305 (English), Joaquin, 8815-7668 (Spanish)
You can rent a car from Vamos rent a car and apply the price of the rental to the purchase price and George has very reasonable car prices. He buys them all used and has a good eye for it
Here was a list posted today on Costa Rica Living, these are not astronomically priced. One other thing if you want to give the REAL truth, most of us living in the southern region live up the hill and get nice breezes. We don't use AC in our guest house at all, that's what pools are for. Anyone who is spending $800 for electric is either running AC with the doors and windows open or has a problem with their system..|
Costa Rica: Telling the truth about Costa Rica:
It depends entirely on where you are in Costa Rica. I can assure you that in the southern Pacific region we don't often have to wait in line at the bank, that the bank has put in "take a number" machines and flat screen TV's for the few times you do have to wait and candidly in Costa Rica the reality is that having to wait at times in life is a good exercise for many North Americans who are to impatient. A Tico will ask you "what's your hurry and as you rush around in your haste, you miss living life". I will admit I don't have to wait in lines in the central valley like many have to and I'll also admit seeing those long lines come right out the door of the bank as I drive past in Alajuela. As for the spiders, bugs and scorpions you mention, this has not been a big issue to most of us here in Costa Rica though those not living here think it is. I've never been bitten by any of them yet I had been stung by a scorpion in my home in Florida and bitten by a spider in my Massachusetts home. The fact that Costa Rica has over 5% of the animals, plants and birds of the entire planet yet is only .02 of 1% (1/50th of 1% of the earths land mass) is a good thing, not a bad thing. Sure again being in the southern Pacific we get to see much more of that biodiversity that you don't see when living in the central valley but 50% of the population of Costa Rica lives in the central valley because they are working there, us Expats for the most part are not working, that's the premise of this site and most of the other Expat sites, we have chosen these locations as retirement destinations, for vacation homes or rental properties and many of us are not in San Jose. I for one could not take the traffic in San Jose. But to say we are painting a picture of Costa Rica that is not true is unfounded. Okay, the good where I am at: the beauty, the flora and fauna, the beaches, the warm ocean water, the food (plentiful and inexpensive, fresh and tasty) the easy access to and from the US on every major airline (just booked a ticket round trip to Boston on American for $438 round trip via Miami), I can drive to Panama in an hour and a half, I can fly to many places in Latin America really cheaply, the healthy lifestyle, the activities; hiking, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, diving, waterfalls, etc. Okay the bad: Some people don't like the rainy season, I for one who has a house in south Florida appreciate the fact that we have plenty of water, good potable water, never have to water our garden, I don't like the cost of gasoline but that's reality, costs 25% more than in the US, I can't find some services in Costa Rica that I might need, can't shop online, can't ship to my Costa Rica address, the roads are gravel in many areas in the south and tough on you sometimes, not having big malls is fine by me, I don't need to shop every day, if I need an Ipad or router I will be in San Jose soon enough and can always drive to Perez Zeledon if I want it today. There's no tennis court right near me. I really did just sit here writing this and can think of MUCH MORE THAT I LIKE about Costa Rica than things I don't like. Again I am not in the central valley, don't need a dog and bars on my windows. We have a really good expat community, plenty of nice restaurants, lots to do in a short distance between Palmar, Sierpe, Ojochal, Uvita, Dominical, even Manuel Antonio and San Isidro en General (80,000 people) are only an hour away. So yes I do think Costa Rica is wonderful. I also notice that you have been a forum member for less than a month. We get plenty of foreigners trolling these boards who think moving to a foreign country is crazy. Have you ever been to Costa Rica? We|
Costa Rica: Lake Arenal Crime:
|Interesting that in one post Sanbuenaventura claimed to never have been to the states yet in this recent one said he was there often and worked there.
To any innocent reader of this forum, Greencoast (joined 3 days ago), Valentinduran and Sanbuenaventura are all the most negative people I have ever seen on a forum. Very rarely do any of there three have anything good to say, just how bad Costa Rica is, how expensive, unsafe, full of lazy Costa Ricans. Please understand these three will always see every glass as nearly empty and never half full. They have ruined this forum as a great conduit of information for people interested in Costa Rica since nothing they have to say is ever positive. As I pointed out a bunch of times, the cost of coffee, bananas, automobiles or a gallon of soda is not what determines whether you are happy or not. If Costa Rica was so bad why did it top the "Happy Planet Index" two years in a row? I don't live in a tourist town and not in the central valley and I find Costa Rica to be inexpensive. Just my dos colones. Go ahead Sanbuenaventura, please dish some dirt for me saying these things.... Just for the record, I appreciate Kohl for telling the truth on this forum, that's what he does, but every time he does, you make some snide comment about how "that guy Pacific Lots is not going to like that for you telling the truth". I wish Sanbuenaventura would just go away..... take your negative crap somewhere else.... Not sure what your thing is, you remind me of the hate groups that come to parades and hold up large signs about gays, simply to antagonize people. I found out recently that they do so to win lawsuits when people lose their cool and beat them up. It's a business.|
Costa Rica: Advice on car rental:
|I have personally used Vamos car rental for 10 years as well as recommending their service to our clients. They used late model but not new cars and owner George sees that the fleet is in good operating condition. They will also let you buy any of their cars if you like it. see them online at www.vamos4x4.com, they will let you use your credit card to cover the vehicle other than the compulsory insurance required by Costa Rica law.|
Costa Rica: Rainy Season Weather:
although the rainy season varies depending on where in the country you are, typically in the central valley it does not rain until later in the afternoon. The temperature does not vary much from dry season to rainy season, but the humidity does. Temperature is more a function of elevation and geography. Some locals get lots of wind due to the terrain and wind patterns while some places have very little. There are 12 eco climates in Costa Rica, from sub tropic to high mountain and everything in between. Again though, rainy season is later in the day however there are exceptions, Arenal can get morning rains from the lake effect and weather patterns, the Caribbean side can also have early rains as well as steadier rains throughout the day, but again very much depending on where you are, how far up or down the hill....
In the southern region, we get rain like clockwork, typically not until 3:00 pm and often over by 5:00 but hard hard rain in between.
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Costa Rica: Costa Rica or Panama?:
|Panama’s number one source of income is the canal, Costa Rica’s is tourism. Panama does not seem to be concerned about litter, Costa Rican’s are proud of their country and rarely litter. Costa Rica has a large middle class, Panama has a similar per capita income but it is made from a small rich class and a large poor class. Costa Rica has been a neutral democracy for nearly 200 years, they abolished their military by constitutional amendment. They put the money saved from not having a military into education, conservation and healthcare. They have more women in office than any other country, their life expectancy is longer than ours or Panama’s. They have free healthcare (you pay a small fee to the CAJA but healthcare is then free). Lots of reasons, too many for me to type, google it, there are those who will tell you Panama is better than Costa Rica but I don’t think so. Panama is hot.
Panama is on the dollar. As we print dollars to pay off our huge international debt (we are the largest debtor nation on the planet) we pay off our debt with cheaper dollars. It’s caused the dollar to devalue, your life savings is in dollars and the government is reducing the value of our currency to pay off our debt for less, but your life savings is being eroded. Remember when you were a kid and the Canadian dollar was worth 70 cents? Now they are just about even. The Costa Rican Colon has gained about 17% in value against the US dollar in the past 5 years, let me rephrase that, the US dollar has lost about 17% in value against the Colon in the past 5 years. When the dollar devalues it hurts countries that are using the dollar as their currency (Panama for example).
Panama has more drug use and their property tax is 5 times higher than Costa Rica per $1000 in value unless you have qualified in a pensionado program.
Here is a blog posting with lots of Facts about the two countries. http://www.pacificlots.com/Costa-Rica-Blog/bid/32110/Costa-Rica-versus-Panama-a-Comparison-for-Expats
These are just a few things….|