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Lindajones
7/25/2019 20:25 EST

Traveling to Playa Del Coco, Guanacaste soon. Are there some places that expats meet at regularly? Would like to get some recommendations and hear what life is like there.

Thanks, Linda

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PombinhaCoco7
7/26/2019 08:14 EST

I know that Linda is always inviting people to go to Grecia to show them around and to introduce them to other expats.
In Coco we don't have organized meeting.
You'll find expats all over Coco.
Usually you start interacting with those who live in your complex.
I used to spend many hours giving information about the documents necessary to apply for residency and
explaining the difference between being born or getting married in a country that is part of the Hague Convention because no lawyer gave me that information.
Peter 2017 knows how I gave them a lot of information and I remember when my husband walked with him to the fish market in our neighborhood.
However I honestly don't feel that I have something special to share about how we live our lives because that depends on each person individually (or family).
I've been the one always letting owners know about the new laws in Costa Rica. Sometimes I'm more concerned about them getting in trouble with the Government than they are.
Even now with this new law. It took 4 times of warning some people for them finally to contact a lawyer.
I've been the one always contacting the property manager, HOA or the guards. I have had people knocking on my door borrowing everything you can imagine.
Finally I had the chance to stay away from my condo for several months and even though I was just across the street I finally found peace.
Now that I have returned to my first condo I decided that I didn't come here to be a consultant (all the time) and to take care of those who don't want to take care of themselves.
People have different lifestyles. Linda says she doesn't like to eat out. I do.
We go out several times a week whether it's for a meal or just a drink or a coffee and carrot cake, etc...
I always tell my husband that this too for me is part of living in the tropical because it's how I envisioned it.
Since my husband retired he is the cook in the family ( and a good one) and I am the baker.
Yesterday I made tiramisu and rice pudding to take to another family who recently bought a condo in our complex and who invited us for dinner. I give rice pudding to everyone: Ticos I know in my neighborhood, our guards and cleaning personnel, tourists, etc....I have never attempt to make new friends. It just happens naturally.
A Tico gentleman who was with a lady Yesterday at Auto Mercado approached me and he knew my name.
He seemed very happy to see me asking if everything was alright and how good it was to meet me. I told him it was very nice to see him too.
My husband said: Now you know more people than me. Who is this guy?
I replied: I have no idea.
Why?-Because I talk to everybody.
When I go to the Clinic (Ebais) I talk to the people there. If I go to a restaurant I ask the waiter/waitress what is their name and we treat them as friends. The street vendors all come to greet us. So I don't go out looking for friends. It just happens.
When I immigrated to Canada it was the same thing. The difference now is that we don't have snow here and we don't have to go to work.
Our daily life is between the pool and the beach and like I said, I love going out and have my piña colada, margarita, mojito, coffee or just a natural juice.
So as you can see I don't have anything special to share about my life as a retiree.

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peter2017
7/26/2019 11:00 EST

Lindajones,

What Pombina said is very true.

First, talk to full time expats in your complex, you’ll learn more about the place and about CR in general.

We don’t eat out for health reasons, but I see the restaurants on the main road to the beach always packed with gringos so I am sure you’ll find interesting people to talk to.

There are four major supermarkets in coco: automercado, luperon, mega super and super compro.

Mega super has big discounts on Saturday. Automercado has best selection.

Organic vegetables you can buy in Luperon, and in Las Palmas complex on Sunday.

Join Coco chit chat Facebook page to get more information about the town.

For immigration questions, if you decide to apply for residency, contact Marcela Gurdian from immigration experts, they are in the Pacifico plaza next to the HardRock cafe.

Coco beach is great for walks, but not for swimming. Check out playa Conchal and matapalo. Conchal is the best beach imho, It is about 45 min away if you take “Ruta 911”, brace yourself as it is a gravel road through the mountains, lol.

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