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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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