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Status: Preparing to Move Abroad 
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Currently Lives: Key West, United States
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Some Forum Posts: 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.

Costa Rica: why:
Bluewind, Yet you continue to respond to questions asked by others interested in Costa Rica though you have never lived there and clearly have a negative attitude toward the country. International expansion by multinationals is not an American problem, it is worldwide. We are not the root of crime, obesity, guns or whatever else you have generalized as caused by Americans. Why not go to some other forum and troll...

Costa Rica: My Trip this to Costa Rica Aug 2015:
Fredo, I hate to say but looking back at your earlier posts, a number of people advised you not to bother with the Caribbean coast at all yet that's right where you headed and then you base your opinion of Costa Rica on what you saw on that coast. The Caribbean side was colonized by Garifino's, folks from the islands of Jamaica, the Caymans and even some Cubans, The largest port in the nation is there in Limon and typically port towns in any country are not the safest or prettiest places. I'm not trying to push my agenda, just pointing out that you were advised against the trip you took and now act like it was a big surprise by what you found. There are good and bad parts of every country, I am not fond of Port o Prince, Haiti nor a big fan of Detroit these days. But I would not judge the entire US by a visit to Detroit or East LA. Steve Linder

Costa Rica: airport transportation.:
try www.costaricaairportshuttle.com or www.easyridecr.com

Global Expat Forum: Not-yet-retired wanna be expat - Where?:
Check out Costa Rica... We went there 20 years ago and my wife and I now run property tours. Steve Linder Pacific Lots of Costa Rica www.pacificlots.com

Costa Rica: Cost of living:
Michael, Ecuador and Nicaragua are inexpensive but you get what you pay for. Belize, although a former British colony, speaks more Spanish than English and there are few areas where Gringos colonize, most being the expensive parts of Belize (Ambergris Caye). Belize diminishes its appeal to nearly every North American that goes to check it out, there's significant crime and its a small country with not much to offer. Costa Rica is in its mature life cycle stage for expats. There's lots of us there and lots of services, restaurants, activities, etc, English is widely spoken, healthcare is good, etc. Most of the expenses in Costa Rica are the same no matter where you are in the country but the central valley is more compressed as to the number of people, services available, cultural offerings, etc but with density comes crime, traffic and the tensions that come when lots of people are put in a smaller area. The southern region is more spread out, so the logistics of getting around cost a bit more but things like taxes, insurance, healthcare costs, etc are the same as anywhere in the country. The "neighborhood" is more upscale than other parts of the country and therefore in greater demand, when demand increases, so does price. It's still a developing part of the country and there's lots of opportunity still for entreprenuers and such. Housing costs are higher since stringing infrastructure between homes further apart costs more than when close together but things like food costs are lower (other than imported items) but fish, chicken, produce, etc is cheap and available everywhere. If you are looking for a social life as a widowed crooner, some prefer the central valley where working girls are plentiful but some prefer the expat enclaves like the southern zone where single older north American women feel comfortable enough to live on their own, since many of the communities are larger, gated and protective of their members. We run tours to the southern Pacific region to visit the oldest and largest expat development in Costa Rica, not for everyone but surely one of the "Easy buttons" of Costa Rica for wanna be expats who don't want to go it alone. See our site at www.PacificLots.com for more information. Again the area is not for everyone, nice climate, more rain but late in the day, contrary to many opinions, the southern zone temperatures are often lower than the central valley but more humid at times. If you look at sites like Weather Underground you can compare temps in Uvita (southern zone) to San Jose and will see what I mean.

Costa Rica: Desperately Seeking to workout near Ojochal:
There is a gym in Uvita that takes walk ins. It is near the qounset hut style building that houses the farmers market on Saturday

Costa Rica: Yet another U.S. Couple considering CR for retirement!:
We have a newer, nice and inexpensive golf course in the area around Ojochal, actually located in SanBuenaventura, quite nice.

Costa Rica: Credit card type which provides additional rental car insurance:
I suggest the Chase Explorer Card. It's a card designed for the traveler in mind and has no foreign transaction fees and a great rental card protection program. I realize you prefer debit cards but traveling with a debit card is much more risky than with a credit card. You risk all your money on a debit card whereas credit cards limit your personal liability. Steve Linder Pacific Lots of Costa Rica www.PacificLots.com The largest residential International community in Costa Rica. Located in the beautiful southern Pacific region.

Costa Rica: Uvita:
Uvita is a great area. there's lots to do there, close to Domincal for live music events, an easy drive to San Isidro for big city things and close to Panama when you want to shop duty free. There's a large expat community in the area between Uvita and Ojochal, great beaches, a weekly farmer's market and some of the best restaurants in the country are in the area. The weather is nice, not too hot like Guanacaste and plenty of water so no water issues. The crime is low in the southern zone thanks to the passport control checkpoint at the Baru River bridge in Dominical that keeps riff raff from heading south of that bridge. With Manuel Antonio less than an hour away, we have access to the most visited national park in the country for an activity and lots of tours, activities, attractions and adventures. The town of Sierpe is the gateway to the Osa, only about 30 minutes away, there's an annual river fest in Palmar, a great rodeo on Perez Zeledon, the festival of the diablo at the Baruca Indian area and great festivals in Dominical like the surf fest, beer fest and Envision Fest that has become one of the best events in Costa Rica hosted right in Uvita. The Ballena Maritime national Park is in Uvita and there's great fishing offshore as well as in the Terraba River. There's a new hospital in Cortez about 25 minutes away and plenty of services available right in town too. Ojochal has a great international community with nearly every continent represented in restaurants alone. The geography in the area is stunning with the largest mountain backdrops closest to the coast in the entire country. Zoning laws have been strictly upheld in the area with limits on height so NO high rise buildings and less deforestation than elsewhere in the country. The new coastal highway to the north is a breeze and drive time to San Jose is an easy 3 hours from Uvita on great roads. Steve Linder Pacific Lots of Costa Rica www.PacificLots.com

 
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