SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise

7 Dec

This is the continuation of a series of blogs to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers: Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

chapter 7 continued

Whew!  I had no idea!  It turns out that C.R. has a relatively low rate of violent crime but a high rate of petty theft.  You go into the nicest most upscale neighborhoods and you see bars on doors and windows like in the ghetto.  But I’m isolated in this beautiful little beach area.  Certainly there’s no big problem here, right?  Wrong.

It took me a couple weeks to accept but after 100% of people I talked to told me their stories I gave in to the fact that I need security.

So I call out the guy who is the most well known around here for installing security bars and by the time he was finished surveying my place I was thoroughly depressed.  Here I have this nice house where literally every room has a spectacular view and I realize that by the time he’s done I will essentially be inside a prison looking out through bars.  Yuck!

Then he gives me the price… $10,000 U.S.   I experience immediate relief and let out a big chuckle.  Because for 10 grand I can replace a lot of stuff.  So I settle for two security doors and we’re done.   I have more conversations with the locals.  I begin to realize that the thieves are not real sophisticated.   They look for the quick hit and run mostly.  And, and this is a big “and”, they don’t usually attempt to do their dirt if there’s people around.


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