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Guanacaste vs Puntarenas

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Subuti
7/23/2018 20:04 EST

We are headed down for our first visit end of Nov through Dec 15 Looking to retire in two years. Want to be within 30 min to coast. I like to surf fish. Any opinions between the two areas would be appreciated. Gated vs solitary living?

LettersFromParadise
7/25/2018 18:01 EST

Hi Sabuti,

I've been living in Costa Rica for the past 10 years. I love and prefer Guanacaste. It is also preferred by most expats and tourists. Guanacaste lies next to the Pacific Ocean, and its northwestern side is the most preferred due to its less population and better development compared to Limon and Puntarenas. It is quite famous for its breathtaking white sandy beaches, stunning coastline and its variety of wildlife. A simple walk under the jungle canopies with an accompaniment of howling monkeys, chirping of the exotic birds and the beautiful sceneries will definitely mesmerize you. Although the infrastructure is not as well developed, life on the Gold Coast is much more relaxed and friendlier than that of San Jose. It also has the most ideal climate of Costa Rica marked with sunny days most of the year. In fact, this place receives the least amount of rainfall in the country. Here, you also find a large population of expats and foreigners with a mixture of Ticos. It is also home of the famous Tamarindo beach, though this is quite expensive, and Nosara—the most unique and favorite home to many discerning expats.

Hope this helps.

Von
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guestuser
7/25/2018 21:38 EST

Nosara??? Boy do people think differently. When I was there a few months ago I could not believe what a total dump it has become! Streets filled with drunks and druggies and the town looking abandoned. Sure it is ok for the hippy crowd and out of the way yoga retreats but the town itself has really degraded over the years.

Gill Phelan
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LettersFromParadise
7/26/2018 11:08 EST

Hi Gill,

Are you sure you've been to the right Nosara? I've been living here for the past 6 years. It's truly my favorite place in Costa Rica.

bluewind
7/26/2018 11:55 EST

Always nice to hear your unbiased opinion on CR. I'm sure your being a real estate agent has nothing to do with your opinion. LOL

guestuser
7/26/2018 19:05 EST

Just letting people know that some spots are just plain dumps---but after all these years I still wonder what a guy like you who has no interest in living in Costa Rica does on these forums?? Life must be pretty dull --but at least my opinions are based on living and working and having a Costa Rican family for going on 20 years.

Gill Phelan
www.gvecr.com

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guestuser
7/26/2018 19:10 EST

Well if it is the one down the road from San Juanillo and has the old decrepit falling down hotel in the center of town and drunks and druggies laying on the sidewalk that would be the one. My wife is a Tica and has forbidden our family to go there. Last time the problem was a gang of guys robbing folks on the road between Nosara and San Juanillo. I do however love San Juanillo--go there a lot to spear fish and the town is super small but at least it is safe and not loaded with deadbeats--but rather a town of hardworking fishermen. To me this town is the epitome of the real old style Costa Rica.

Gill Phelan
www.gvecr.com

LettersFromParadise
7/26/2018 23:57 EST

I agree. San Juanillo is beautiful.

Blueridgeboy1
7/27/2018 13:48 EST

I was in Punta Arenas is early August and found it oppressively hot and humid by 11am. Perhaps the mountains east of town would be bearable. I was staying in San Ramon, which I found to be too urban and clogged with traffic jams.

lindyluvsCR
7/27/2018 17:38 EST

Blueridgeboy - Next time try Grecia. San Ramon has about 60,000 population - Grecia 17,000. Goes down low to mid 60's and in day about mid 80. We have no a/c. If you ever visit, be glad to meet for coffee and introduce you to other expats.

bluewind
7/27/2018 17:57 EST

I'm still here cause I'm still interested in moving to maybe CR or Panama.

bluewind
7/27/2018 18:00 EST

Thinking about another trip to CR. Got a room for me? Love to sit and argue or debate stuff with you. Would be fun.

Subuti
7/27/2018 19:42 EST

Thanks for the reply's. I was interested in Puntarenas because I wanted to have more of the year round tropical feel. Some of the dry season pics from Guanacaste look pretty harsh. Am I mistaken?

Are the gated communitys really more safe from petty crime? Seems like motivated burgalrs could evad that easily. Wouldnt ones own security measures be the primary protection?

We have spent a lot of time in Mexico and been around crime. Bad crime. Mass murders and such. Seems Costa Rica has more of a petty crime problem than violent crime, especially if you don't put your self in vunerable situations.

Have to say, the comments between those of you that have been obviously posting for awhile and have a forum relationship are hilarious!

shermanwc
7/28/2018 09:53 EST

Yes, during dry season in Guanacaste it is very brown and trees thin out. We like the reduction in humidity for a while, but the lush green is much nicer looking during wet season.

Gated communities are safer but not immune from theft. Thieves generally prefer easy marks. Theft is more common when owners are away from home for a period of time.

Petty theft is quite common in CR, especially in tourist areas. One must use common senses.

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