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jbncorp
1/23/2018 16:23 EST

Hi Everyone,
I am planning on moving to CR next year and would like to know if/where there are AA families living in CR in a concentrated area.

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Roseanna
1/23/2018 16:39 EST

It is not a heavy population but we have a few here in Uvita and everyone seems to be welcome here no matter where they are from.

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efn4
1/23/2018 17:10 EST

There are many on the Caribbean coast, but not many in Guanacaste.

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jbncorp
1/24/2018 13:00 EST

Hi Roseanna,
Thank you for the info...can we speak offline? I would like to ask you some other questions.

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lindyluvsCR
1/24/2018 15:36 EST

JBN, send her a PM (private message)

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jethroman
1/26/2018 13:29 EST

The Caribbean side is definitely where you want to be.

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jbncorp
1/26/2018 13:31 EST

Tell me why and where specifically should I be looking?

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Kohl
1/26/2018 14:38 EST

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere and her family moved to Limón a few years ago, and she has penned some very interesting articles, so you can search for some more.

http://www.ticotimes.net/2017/01/25/brooklyn-costa-rica-natasha-gordon-chipembere

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karenmmm
1/26/2018 16:32 EST

Met a fellow AA ..US Embassy Panama.

He had first retired to CR...related that it was not the most pos experience...he is now quite content in PC

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princzz
1/28/2018 20:21 EST

Absolutely NOT!!! That to me is racist, ghetto posting, trying to but all AAs in a ghetto city!!! Move to Rohrmoser, in San Jose!! Much better, cleaner, newer and more services and activities!! Im talking from experience, not thinking "Hey, Limon has lot of blacks...go there!"

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lindyluvsCR
1/29/2018 11:04 EST

princcz - If you look at his first post, he asked for what location where AA are in concentrated areas. Are there in Rohrmoser??? I don't think so. And I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. And I did not recommend where we live because that is not what he asked for.

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karenmmm
1/29/2018 20:45 EST

I lived in Rohrmoser from 95 until 2011. Purchased a condo for the first few years there. Our neighbor was from Limon...spoke great eng....he and his brother were the only blacks I had contact with while there. ... or saw there for that matter.

Interpol arrested them both within a couple of years...as I understand they are doing life in the US...bank robbery, and homicide.

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carolvaughn
1/30/2018 06:04 EST

Are you inferring that African Americans who come to Costa Rica tend to be murderers and robbers? If so, that comment is racist -- and also untrue.

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lindyluvsCR
1/30/2018 08:37 EST

She stated a fact about 2 people that were in Rohrmoser. She did not infer any such thing.

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efn4
1/30/2018 16:01 EST

Oh boy. Let's all calm down.

OP, perhaps it would help if you explained why you want to live in AA communities? You may find that you will be more comfortable elsewhere. I'm a single, african-american female who lives in Guanacaste and I don't have any issues. However, I don't care that I pretty much never interact with other black people.

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efn4
1/30/2018 16:11 EST

FYI, I only mentioned the Caribbean coast because that's the only place where AAs are concentrated and I was answering your question. However, although I hear that that coast is beautiful, the rainy season seems to last forever over there and its very far from international airports (deal breaker for me). Stay away from Limon, there is a lot of crime there.

If you are curious or worried about the "black experience" here don't be. You are a foreigner first and a person of color second (at least that has been my experience). Also, be prepared to be called negra/negro. It's not meant to be in any way offensive. I prefer moreno/morena but that is rarely used in this country.

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PombinhaCoco7
1/30/2018 17:34 EST

jbncorp
Hello, you can go anywhere you want but my next door neighbor (the owner) is black and it doesn't matter to those who live and who come here.
I've seen lots of black people here (one Nigerian lady married to a Tico)
and she feels comfortable here.
However since she has a daughter from her first marriage she divides her time between Costa Rica an the United States.
I believe you will be welcome my friend.

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ILuvCR
2/13/2018 08:53 EST

I just spotted this and followed the link from Facebook,

Blacks Only Resort in Puerto Viejo appeals to Black Gringas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=33&v=jhQI4w1eV80

https://youtu.be/jhQI4w1eV80

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jethroman
2/13/2018 16:36 EST

Birds of a feather tend to flock together.

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Kohl
2/13/2018 18:23 EST

Wouldn't this 'establishment' be considered 'racist?"

This is also featured on www.qcostarica.com

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shermanwc
2/14/2018 08:34 EST

I agree with Kohl - a blacks only resort sounds like discrimination and racism. I understand the desire to cater to such a group, but discrimination should not be allowed.

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efn4
2/21/2018 16:45 EST

What a complicated issue. I could stand behind it if it was just a healing experience intended to rebuild the self-esteem of those who have been directly affected by racism. However, the owner sounds nuts and can't differentiate between white people and racists.

To be clear, this isn't a permanent, black-only residential area so it really shouldn't be on this thread. This has nothing to do with the black experience in CR or living in CR. It's a retreat with a specific purpose led by a very opinionated, racist person. I'm a black female and have no interest in it. I just don't want anyone looking into that retreat and thinking it has anything to do with Costa Rica beyond its location.

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TeeBeeMore
4/27/2018 13:33 EST

Hi,

I am an African American single female and moved to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in the the province of Limon in August 2016. I had been to Puerto Viejo on 2 previous trips and fell in love with the place. I was a bit nervous while planning my first trip because I had read sooo many negative things about crime there etc... I also know, having lived in urban areas of the states, crime levels of areas populated by black people can often be grossly inflated. Sooo...I took a chance and I am so glad I did. I have never been to the pacific coast, so I cannot offer a comparison, but Puerto is exactly what I was looking for.

The mixture of Jamaican decendents, Indigenous (Bri Bri) and expats from Europe and North America (lots of Canadians), gives this place a vibe that I do not think is matched anywhere else in CR. The food is awesome and varied for such a small area. It's a laid back place (except for holidays and weekends when visitors arrive) where you can have a pretty simple caribbean life. There is a large yoga/vegetarian/spiritual community as well as plenty of ocean side bars to enjoy a drink and/or a night out. Yes, there are drugs in PV (mostly marijuana), but no one is shoving it at you.

There is also crime. But most are crimes of opportunity. Don't give anyone the opportunity to rob or assault you and you will be fine. Act like you would in New York. Don't walk around flaunting your valuables (electronics, money etc...) or leaving them unattended on the beach, don't walk around in deserted places alone etc. Don't buy from or do drugs with strangers. These sound like common sense, but most of the crimes against tourists have included one or more of these factors.

I will say that as a black woman/person, I felt a bit safer than most of my non-black friends and I have not heard of any black tourists being targeted for crimes. I think that this is mostly because a lot of the crimes in Puerto Viejo are not committed by locals. Most are committed by people from San Jose and the city of Limon. Because of this, they don't rob locals (most of whom are black). As a black person, they do not know that I am not a local, so it's easier to target obvious tourists. That is not to say black tourists are exempt. My neighbor (who I knew for 12 months) broke into my house when I wasn't there and stole my TV on a drug bender. Soo... ish happens.

Overall, Puerto is worth visiting. There are lots of little areas along the coast north and south of PV that are also worth a visit. It's not cheap, but once you get to know people, you find ways to save money. My biggest tip is to get to know locals. You will find rentals that are not listed online and are half the price of what Expat renters are charging. You will also have a more authentic experience and it's safer for you if locals know you.

As far as an African American population, there were less than 10 of us "living" there, but more people are finding out about PV, so expect the numbers to rise. I kind of understand why you asked and I assure you that you would fit right in in PV.

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mzseptember
4/27/2018 13:54 EST

Did you speak Spanish before you moved there? I speak a little but I'm not fluent. I still have about another year before I retire so I can brush up on it.

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mzseptember
4/27/2018 13:54 EST

Did you speak Spanish before you moved there? I speak a little but I'm not fluent. I still have about another year before I retire so I can brush up on it.iterator

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mzseptember
4/27/2018 13:54 EST

Did you speak Spanish before you moved there? I speak a little but I'm not fluent. I still have about another year before I retire so I can brush up on it.iterator

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princzz
4/27/2018 20:47 EST

Yes...I did...but when Americans say a little Spanish...it really mean absolutely no Spanish.

People tell me that all the time, and when I put them to the test and say, "ok...let's speak now in Spanish" they back out. Liars.

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lancej
8/6/2019 11:35 EST

Ive been in Costa Rica for 10 years. Im a black american from Philadelphia. I just started a Facebook group Black Americans in Costa Rica.

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mzseptember
8/6/2019 16:30 EST

I am also originally from the Philly area. I searched FB but it did not come up. Would it be under a different name?

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mzseptember
8/6/2019 16:30 EST

I am also originally from the Philly area. I searched FB but it did not come up. Would it be under a different name?

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