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5/14/2012 16:48 EST


I will be coming to Costa Rica in August to begin opening a small B&B.

Can anyone give me any advice as to things I could bring down to save money? I know that most things cost more in Costa Rica than the US... It will be me and a few friends with check bags... What should I bring down with me?

ie, I have some small power tools I will be bringing (drills)

Any advice?


5/14/2012 17:03 EST

Hello! Actually, we have been told many many times to bring better quality bed linens, bath towels, tools, small appliances, any vitamin suplements, & so forth. Some better quality items in these categories are either not available or are exhorbitantly priced.

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5/14/2012 17:50 EST

Hey ZAX, Raymond here.., Where is the B&B, I may have other advice based on the location you are going to.

Maybe i can do you one better, as you can save money and make money with the same 2 edge sword.

The same thing that makes things more expensive can work in your favor if you plan before you leave. I have several clients that fly "back n forth" 2-3 times a year, and using this, they usually end up making enough to pay for their airfare EVERY TRIP.

Here are two links to give you an example,

The Craigslist for Costa Rica link:

and the Apple Computer store in Costa Rica:

If you don't know spanish, just drop the URL of Apple CR into Google Translate and it will translate the entire page.

OK, simple setup.

Any Apple Laptop (say a Macbook Pro) is going to cost you around $1000 to $1500 more if bought in Costa Rica, and locals are paying that price every day.

Buy a couple in the US at the lowest price there, and sell them in CR Craigslist for more $ then you paid, but less then CR retail. Just unbox them and save all the paperwork for the new owner.

I even have clients that run an ad in Craigslist BEFORE they come down, telling buyers to "tell me what you want and I will bring it". I had a client the other day that brought 3 Macbook Pros, 1 iPhones 4s, and a coupe of new cameras, and made $2500 the day he landed, everything pre sold from Craigslist. So his and his wife's travel was free plus cash in his pocket

Also, use Craigslist to see what tools go for, Appliances, rentals for homes, etc. Then you will know what things cost here, what they sell for used, what house or apartment rents really are in different areas, what a used SUV goes for, etc.

Any questions, feel free to email me directly or call, both numbers ring in my home office, plus I use Skype

Below are the links to some of my Facebook Project pages, and Youtube Video channels, so feel free to look around or friend me, I have other Happy clients there as well that you can chat with to see their experience, as we all started off the same as you.


Raymond Cruz

1-855-255-5544 / 1-330-449-0007

Skype: CostaRicaTeam



5/16/2012 15:47 EST

I'm not really looking to bring stuff down to sell just yet, I am more looking into saving money on items at home that I can use for myself. I know that comptuers cost a lot more in CR as well as TVs and such, et cetera. Basically I have 200 lbs to spread out in suitcases. I will probably buy the linens in the US since they are a higher quality and cheaper than CR. Any other advice?


5/21/2012 14:55 EST

Great post, If I were looking to do business in CR, I would be looking for contacts who advised their clients to break the law. I wish you continued success in your real estate ventures.

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