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

18 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 21

LIFEGUARDS

In Costa Rica there are none.

I saw a cartoon in the Tico Times.  It showed a sign posted on a beach “please don’t drown here, its bad for the tourism business”.   It captured the attitude of the country perfectly.  Of course they want the tourist dollars but the lack of lifeguards on some of the more crowded beaches is endemic of the mentality here.  They display all the great reasons for visiting but overlook the infrastructure that would create a sound and sustainable base for a continued tourist draw.

Maybe the most glaring recent example is a very popular beach community (it shall remain un-named) that has been experiencing rapid, sprawling and uncontrolled growth for several years.  Last year it was awarded the “blue flag”, as was my beach, which is Costa Rica’s highest award.  This year it was discovered that the water in the bay, which of course is the big draw for surfers, swimmers, etc., contains 7,000 times the maximum amount of contaminants allowed in the U.S.  This fact was published in the Tico Times, which is an English language newspaper published in San Jose that I subscribe to.   Since there are no sewers, only septic systems in most of C.R., you can imagine the source of the contaminants.  You’ve heard the expression “don’t eat the yellow snow”.  I guess you wouldn’t want to get any of that ocean water in your mouth either, or on your skin for that matter.

But at least the government finally stepped in and after several weeks of investigation and testing has closed down some of the biggest offenders and put many more on notice.  The good news for that community is there is a group of concerned citizens who are working with the municipality to find a solution to the problem.  (But of course the beach remains open with no signage to warn tourists.  Yuuuucckk)

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