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Living in Heredia

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unpack
4/13/2019 11:29 EST

Anyone familiar with Heredia and how a Gringo with minimal Spanish skills may fit in as an expat there. Are there many English speakers, easy to find a safe apartment at a reasonable rent, walkable? Any other suggestions as a place to live preferably close to San Jose.

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scalnew
4/13/2019 18:27 EST

Ive been living in Heredia, off and on, since 1994. It's my secret. Gringos, as a rule, aren't in great numbers here because it is rather lackluster and not near a body of water. For actual living, it's ideal. It has the best climate in Costa Rica, in my opinion, and in many parts of the world. Not too hot, not too cold. 75-80 year round. It has everything from malls to Walmarts to many local points of interest. You don't even need a vehicle. Cab service is good but most is within walking distance. There's many apartments to choose from and every price range. With all these conveniences and the climate too I've found no reason to move elsewhere in over 25 years! Any setbacks?? Yes, the noise from traffic if you live right in town, especially, near the train line.

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Drneuro100
4/13/2019 21:49 EST

The top two choices for us to move to were San Rafael de Escazu and the Heredia area (after many visits to many areas). Similar climate, and with American amenities close by, etc. but a too rural and isolated (less English spoken and fewer American ex-pats) then San Rafael which we chose. Visit both. We are all different.

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lindyluvsCR
4/13/2019 22:08 EST

A regular poster named "Pebblita" here asked me to send you personal message with her email. She is having a problem logging on to the forum.

Press on the link in your email or the orange PM button under "Costa Rica Forum above.

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Drneuro100
4/13/2019 23:50 EST

I am not very tech savvy and can not figure it. Sorry.

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lindyluvsCR
4/14/2019 06:51 EST

Drneuro - My personal message (PM) was for Unpack. But to receive personal messages, pressing on an orange button PM is not difficult.

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ILuvCR
4/14/2019 08:39 EST

Hi unpack! I rented and lived in one condo behind gates and one small family home in a lovely town near Heredia, San Joaquin de Flores for a couple of years.

Great weather and really friendly people.

I did walk around there a lot for a couple of months prior to buying my vehicle.

It's between Heredia and Alajuela and really convenient to the airport and easy to escape to the mountains or beach from.

Across the street an up the block from the condo I discovered CPI a very nice language school and took 40 hours of private lessons. Lot's of foreign visitors there for the language classes so I met some interesting people and always had someone to speak to in Ingles.

My landlord at the house was a Tica women next door who spoke perfect English so I'd say I got a really good launch in to the scene with all her referrals and, recommendations and advice on things.

La vida es buena, if you can afford it here. ( it's not cheap)

Pura Vida!

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unpack
5/9/2019 23:55 EST

ILuvCR, I am interested in the CPI language school. Would you think I can find a private small apartment within walking distance on a month to month basis?

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