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

25 Nov

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog 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

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 18


When it comes to bullfighting, Costa Rica is very civilized.  As a matter of fact, the bull always wins, sometimes big time.

What a fun loving country (people) this is.  Literally every weekend there is a fiesta somewhere in C.R.  Small towns, big towns, it doesn’t matter (next to San Jose the second biggest town, Liberia, only has one traffic signal so I guess the terms are relative), they are all going to have a fiesta at least once a year.  I haven’t been here long enough to keep track but it seems like they actually have more than one per year.  They just choose a different occasion to party.  And party they do.

Depending on the size of the town, the area devoted to the festivities can range anywhere from a couple acres in a park, as in the two I’ve been to in Playa Junquillal where my house is, to a half mile x a quarter mile as in the one I had the good luck of going to because it coincided with the night once a month I spend in Liberia so I can catch the plane to Ca. that leaves early in the morning.

There seems to be two types of fiestas.  One is as the title of this segment implies, it has something to do with bulls.  I’ll get to that in a minute.  The other also has a theme but the themes vary depending on… whatever they think is a good reason to party.  For example, the two I’ve been to in P. Junquillal had to do with turtles.  One was in December.  The next one was only a month later in January.  P. Junquillal is one of the worlds protected turtle nesting beaches.  There is more than one type of turtle that nests here so the two fiestas were in celebration of the two different types of turtles.  To protect the turtles from poachers there is a group of volunteers that walk the beach at night and look for signs of a nest or an actual turtle nesting.  They then transport the eggs to a protected area, re-bury them in sand and a few weeks later, when they hatch, release the baby turtles to the ocean.  It’s quite a thrill to hold a baby turtle in your hand.  These are the kind of turtles that grow up to weigh a couple hundred pounds and when they hatch they’re about the size of the cute little guys you see in the pet store that you put in your aquarium.


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