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Guanacaste Expat groups?

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MrRoberto
8/8/2019 10:13 EST

I will be living in Playa Hermosa from December through March this coming year. Very interested in connecting with any active expat groups in that area of Guanacaste.
Please reply with email or phone contacts.

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MrRoberto
8/10/2019 08:04 EST

Really? No ex pat groups, social or otherwise, active in Guanacaste?
Really? Please help by responding! Anybody out there?

(Roberto, replying to my own post)

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ILuvCR
8/10/2019 08:50 EST

Search Facebook for groups like,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/expatsguanacaste/

each town over there might have a page,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/297720547030161/

https://www.facebook.com/playaflamingo/?ref=br_rs

and then the larger groups,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/114368828959992/

More Facebook pages and fewer web-sites in paradise!

Pura Vida!

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shermanwc
8/10/2019 08:55 EST

I am not aware of any general Expat Groups in the Tamarindo area - we asked the same thing when we moved there. There was an attempt several years ago to create a group especially for newcomers, but it fizzled.

It is more like moving to a new city in the USA to a neighborhood that does not have a "Welcome Wagon" - you just meet people thru daily living.

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Kohl
8/10/2019 09:54 EST

We lived in rural Guanacaste for many years, and never heard of an expat group. You will come across many tourists though...

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PombinhaCoco7
8/10/2019 10:35 EST

I already mentioned it here before:
you start interacting with the people in your complex,neighborhood,church, etc...
I didn't have any expat group when I immigrated to Canada and I also didn't have any expat group when I moved to Costa Rica.
In our complex we have lots of tourists but besides an American owner and now a Russian owner we are the only ones living here full time.
We make friends everywhere because we engaged in conversations with waitresses, fishermen, street vendors, realtors, gardeners, cleaning ladies, property managers, etc....
When I go to the Ebais Clinic (social medical care) I speak to the people who sit beside me.
I mentioned here the other day how locals volunteered to write letters to the Immigration when they heard that we were trying to switch our Temporary Residency to Permanent Residency. The Immigration didn't ask for references but I was so touched by them that I printed their names, Cedula numbers and phone numbers for references and gave it to Immigration.
Now they told us (guards, cleaning ladies, gardeners...) that they want to have a party when we get our new Cedulas. When we are in those restaurants at the beach it's normal for us to invite one of the street vendors who have become our friends to have a beer wit us.
Some are true artists and one of them took us to see some work he was doing (painting).
Once I was trying to walk downtown to lose weight but it didn't work.
Ticos would stop their cars and give me a ride both ways. I didn't want to offend them so I accepted it. Now I can only walk on the beach.
I also give rice pudding to everybody because for some reason people like it a lot.
I mentioned here few days ago that I had made rice pudding for my "oblivious" lawyer. LOL!
Actually he apologized for taking so long to dissolve our corporation. The next day he emailed me saying that his wife and daughter ate almost everything and only left a little bit for him.
I promised to take some Portuguese donuts soon.
This is what I do for the locals as well.
They have become our family.

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lindyluvsCR
8/10/2019 13:36 EST

Pombinha - That is exactly how you do it. Being friendly etc etc.

And whoever gave her a thumbs down, I can't imagine why, needs a thump on the head! She said nothing out of order, just how you become a part of this country.

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ppbritton
8/10/2019 14:25 EST

when I first came to live in costa rica in 2002, many, many expats were hanging out in Puntarenas bars/hotels - they have all left, with no one new moving in!! PURAVIDA

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ILuvCR
8/10/2019 14:40 EST

I wonder which of the nimnal's, the nattering nabobs of negativity is giving the "thumbs down" on each of these relatively constructive comments above?

I'm afraid that it's a symptom of whats going wrong with previously useful blog.

You know who you are loser!

Pura Vida!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/10/2019 15:12 EST

lindyLuvsCR
I never paid attention to the thumbs down but whoever did that must be one of those that while they are back home they never interact with any immigrants.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/10/2019 15:22 EST

If people come here expecting to interact only with those of their kind why come here in the first place?
This is for the thumbs down person.
Shame on you!
Go ahead and give me one more thumbs down.
I could care less. I pitty you!

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ILuvCR
8/10/2019 16:36 EST

Hi PombinhaCoco7!

the good news is that they must be blue in the face, got tired of thier own b.s. because at least they've shut up!

jajaja!

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MrRoberto
8/10/2019 19:18 EST

Thanks to all who think positive. The downer might cconsider going back to the negative place he/she crawled from. Purs Vida!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/10/2019 19:49 EST

ILuvCR
My husband used to go for a walk on the beach with a Canadian guy.
Every time my husband would stop to greet the locals the other guy would always walk away and say nothing.
Finally my husband confronted him and told him that we are guests in this country and that we must respect the Costarricenses.
After that our friend started smiling and he also started greeting Ticos.
Sometimes we have to awake these people up and remind them that we are not superior to anyone.

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ILuvCR
8/10/2019 20:57 EST

PombinhaCoco7, good point!

and now there are two negative ninnies indicating thier disdain for you common sense comments with thier "thumbs down" or maybe just one who really hates the truth?

jajaja!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/12/2019 21:29 EST

Today my husband got stung by a stingray while waking in the ocean.
He was in great pain and lost a lot of blood.
Two Ticos came to him and told him what to do.
Then another one saw him and gave him a ride in his bicycle.
When our guard saw all the blood he came to our condo insisting that my husband should go to the Clinic while a Tica asked me for more towels for his foot
We went to the Clinic and after an injection, antibiotics and other medication and a tetanus vaccine he was told to immerse his foot in hot water.
Once again the Ticos came through for us. May the Lord bless Costa Rica and the Costarricenses.

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Kohl
8/12/2019 22:19 EST

Glad he is OK.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/12/2019 23:24 EST

Kohl,
Thank you.

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lindyluvsCR
8/13/2019 10:07 EST

Yikes!

God sent you the right help. The Ticos come through.

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