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November 30th, 2014
When I first came to Costa Rica (hard to believe that it was back in the past century… late ’90s!) there were two groups of ex-pats here. A few took the time to really learn the language and the culture… others, (maybe most), not so much. This has changed greatly and for the better. More and more people with whom I come in contact not only have learned to communicate in Spanish, they are taking more time to learn the “why things are the way they are” part of ex-pat life.
Living here can be a real challenge, and while I cover the language and the culture shock stuff as part of my tours, in the early days, not a lot of people took me seriously. The Internet portrays a very different place than the REAL Costa Rica. Not bad necessarily… just different. Interested in this topic? Read on… Continue reading »Filed under Costa Rica, Culture, Culture Shock, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica, Retire in Costa Rica | Comments (2)
November 26th, 2014
Trying to find a good and comprehensive list of restaurants that offer a good Thanksgiving feast in Costa Rica is difficult. Several sites and user groups offer a few, but nothing really complete. Hotels often offer Thanksgiving Dinner… quality can GREATLY vary. Interested in this topic? Read on!
November 24th, 2014
Forever its seems, when you left Costa Rica by air, you paid the ($29.00) exit tax at the airport in a special area to the right of the main entrance at SJO. I am not sure where it was paid in Liberia (LIB). Technically, you could also pay it at at Bancrédito bank branches, or at travel agencies, but I know I never did that nor did many folks I know. The line was actually fairly efficient in SJO, so it generally did not bother many people. I guess this is now changing! If this topic interests you, read on! Continue reading »Filed under Costa Rica, Costa Rica Exit Tax, Costa Rica Tourism, Travel, Travel Advisory | Comments (4)
November 23rd, 2014
If you own a car here in Costa Rica, you probably already know what is marchamo. Marchamo is paid every December and gives you the right to take your car out of the garage (or wherever) and drive it in Costa Rica, i.e. “circulate”. There are over 1 million cars in Costa Rica. The marchamo payment includes mandatory liability insurance, property tax, sales and other taxes and any traffic fines that you have failed to pay. Depending on the age and model of your car, marchamo is by no means cheap. Interested in this topic? Read On! Continue reading »Filed under Cars - Automobiles, Cost of Living, Cost Of Living Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Driving in Costa Rica, Marchamo | Comments (5)