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Thank you for your “gracious” reply.
Thank you all so much!
Hi IMX! Would you say Mel Gibson has made the same mistake? He has a beautiful trophy property in the Papagallo area, and has been trying to sell it for quite a few years at a discount of $31 million as I understand. I love the guy, specially his masterpiece Apocalypto, but why build such a huge property that would be more akin to having a hotel. Does he go down there so often with people he invites? I’d be happy to build a two bedroom bungalow with a room big enough for my photography on the Caribbean side. Yep, that’s what I’m working on. That way I can invite pretty Ticas to come east for free lodging and bikini shoots. Sounds good doesn’t it? 😆
I understand that C.R. has the highest cost of living in Central America. Also, imported items are more expensive. At approximately C 540.00 colones per dollar, 19 million would be $35,185.18.
Having been born in C.R. of an North American father and a Tica mother, I have dual citizenship which by the way reminds to go to the C.R. consul in L.A. to get my cedula and passport.
I figure that for a single person to live well, I require at least $1500.00 a month. And I also can work as a Tico! As Scott will tell you, look up past searches on this forum to get an idea of what you will be up against. Visit first!
I finished my 6th grade in Costa Rica, so I’m fluent in Spanish, although my intellect in the latter is limited to my education up to that point. It does help that I have a lot of family down there, and I just learned from a cousin who is a professional, and who just built a holiday bungalow in Cahuita, on the Caribbean side for $70,000.00 including the lot, and not far from the beach.
Of course, you can buy mansions throughout the country in the millions.
Re-adapting to the Tico life will be the key to my future, hence that’s why I have to visit first.
All I know is that whenever I have to take the Santa Ana freeway on ramp, which I don’t do very often, while waiting for the light to change, I ask myself what the hell I’m doing in this part of the country, when I could be walking on those beautiful beaches of Cahuita-Puerto Viejo, or Manzanillo.
When I was going to primary school in San Jose, there was a joke going around that the reason Juan Santamaria volunteered to burn the filibusters out of their meson de guerra or stronghold, was because the other soldiers in the line took a step backwards. Costa Rican’s can be proud that they had in one man a hero that stood against the forces of slavery. By the same token, I hope they also have the courage to filter gringo “democracy” and the “American Way.”
This was in 1968. I also remember seeing this native American Indian driving a Huge Cadillac in Tucson that had bull horns in the hood. I had never seen that! Well, not an Indian!
One of my best memories was driving down to Costa Rica from Los Angeles via Tucson to Nogales to Hermosillo to Guaymas-Mazatlan-Guadalajara-Mexico City-Veracruz, on down to Guatemala,and to Costa Rica as an 19 year old with my uncle and aunt and a female friend of us. All this in a beautiful 1967 Pontiac Lemans that my uncle ended up selling to a rich Costa Rican cafetalero. It was great luck for my uncle, as he didn’t relish driving back! The trip was amazing, with Costa Rica having the worst roads. Sound familiar? It was a rather uneventful trip that I will never forget. But now I understand you risk your life. Too bad.
Great photos Scott!
I’m also very interested in these Bali houses. Thanks for the link. I have seen these listed by some real estate agents in the Caribbean. My only concern as a bachelor would be the safety issue. I’m hoping a couple of German shepherds might help!
Great question. I was wondering myself. Would one be hassled more entering Costa Rica with a C.R. or American passport?
Thanks for pointing out your house. Had to look up Playa Conchal on Google maps, which leads me to ask if the same materials would be used on a future house in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, say towards the Puerto Viejo Manzanillo area where the humidity is higher?
Beware of Americanos bringing gifts. I’d rather not take the chance with “we are here to help you”, after all, we are the government. Give that trade rep a glass of roundup, and see if she drinks it.April 17, 2015 at 6:32 pm in reply to: Article on a proposed gag law? Political climate in CR #171028
So I see that Costa Rica has their own versions of our malevolent neocons. Does anybody know who or which diputados proposed this law? And, and, were they influenced by the Washington District of Corruption gang?March 31, 2015 at 9:02 pm in reply to: Students studying abroad in Costa Rica – Is my daughter safe? #166491
Just the fact that your daughter wants to save the world is enough to tell me that she’s a bit naive, but then so was I when I was her age.
We were all good kids at that age, or should I say at that century. That would be the 20th century!
Things are much different now, here in California where I live and in Costa Rica.
The problem is that you have a lot of middle class to lower middle class “ticos’ who would just love to get a ticket to green card land in the good old paved with gold U S of A.
Both my sister and I were born in C.R. of a gringo dad and a tica mother, so I remember when I was 8 or 9, which would have made my sister 17 years old and how the young studs would take the train from San Jose to Puerto Limon to see my sister.
All this with deep concern from my dad who managed a plywood company owned by the president of the Morton Salt Company. In retrospect I can see now why they kept sending my sister to Connecticut to live with my dad’s mom in Manchester. Even then, she still had boy problems!
Just a warning to your daughter to never ever be by herself, and to be aware that young Ticos are very aggressive and sometimes will not take no for an answer, which some gals thinks its their “charm.” Also be aware that the drinking age in Tiquicia is 18 years old. 🙄