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

14 Dec

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 24


What an interesting city!  Not one in which I would like to live, but interesting to visit.  The city slogan is “the best climate in the world”.  And maybe that’s true.  Daytime temperatures hardly ever leave the 70’s.  Night times cool off enough that sometimes a light sweater or jacket feels good.  Humidity is very comfortable.

I really don’t know how big it is in terms of square miles.  It’s located almost dead center in the country at an elevation in the neighborhood or 4,000 ft.  They call it “the central valley” because, even though there are no really high mountains in Costa Rica, it is in a very large valley surrounded by mountains.  As a matter of fact there are some excellent restaurants on the sides of those mountains with spectacular views out over the city lights at night.

Like many metropolitan areas San Jose is a conglomeration of cities/towns that run together with no distinction or lines of demarcation.  It flows seamlessly from one area to another.  Only the taxi drivers know for sure.  And like all big cities it has its good areas and its not so good areas.  Some areas even the taxi drivers will not go into.

I don’t know if it is for economic or climactic reasons but 70% of C.R.’s population lives there.  So that creates a city teaming with people and traffic.  Like so many European cities that were started before cars were invented, many of the streets simply are not capable of handling the mass of congestion that occurs most of the days.  In fact the city recently installed “smart” signals in the major metropolitan area.  I don’t know how you feel about “smart” signals.  I think about the only thing smart about them were the people who came up with the marketing campaign to get cities to buy them.  And if you talk to the taxi drivers in S.J. they seem to agree with me.  Couple that with the fact that Costa Rican drivers have a different ethic in regards to safe/sane driving (see Rules of the Road for Tico Driving) than we do in the U.S. and, personally, I must say I haven’t noticed any difference in traffic conditions either.



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