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May 16th, 2006

The Real Costa Rica Blog is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Should you wish to, please contact us by email at myquestion@therealcostarica.com


37 Responses to “Contact Me”

  1. mike brechner on November 16, 2007 10:51 am

    Hi. I’m interested in moving to costa rica. I am 23 and a chef. I was hoping to get a job cooking for 6 months or a year. In your website you say that is going to be difficult. just hoew difficult? and what if I want to work at the four seasions or some 5 star ressort? please contact me


  2. Laura Stats on November 16, 2007 3:08 pm

    My son is 18 and went to Costa Rica for about 4 months and loved it. He wants to return after he graduates early from high school in January 2008. We are seeking suggestions for basic employment, like picking fruit in orchards or working on a ranch. Do you have any suggestion? He would like to be staying with a friend who lives in Paraiso.
    Thank you for your help and by the way, you have a very nice blog.
    Juneau, Alaska

  3. Tim on November 16, 2007 6:19 pm
  4. Darwin on November 19, 2007 11:14 am

    With Christmas fast approaching, what would be the best way to send christmas gifts? I do not trust the mailing system in CR (just too many stories of items not being delivered). I was thinking of sending these gifts to a local UPS or DHL office and having the receipients picking them up but wasn’t sure if that was feasible. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

  5. Doug Ward on November 29, 2007 3:18 am

    Mike Brechner.
    Contact me. I know how to do it and know 2 people looking for a ” partner”
    We’re up on Lake Arenal.

  6. jennifer willis on December 9, 2007 9:05 am

    does anyone know if it is possible to have cell phone service in Santa Teresa? My husband and i will be there for 5 weeks this winter and have had a really hard time sorting this out.
    many thanks!
    also…a follow up question about internet security (re the recent post on the blog)–are Macs any safer than PCs?

  7. lucky on December 13, 2007 4:32 am

    I am moving to Costa Rica for couple of years for study and will need to find a place to live around Moravia. Any good places to live/safe and integrate with tica’s. many thanks.

  8. Miguel Veronos on December 24, 2007 7:08 pm



  9. Miguel Veronos on December 31, 2007 11:42 pm



  10. jacqueline on February 13, 2008 7:09 pm

    My husband and I are heading to Costa Rica March 13th-27th for a much belated honeymoon. In just a short time… but we still are not sure what kind of traveling plan to establish. We just found out that it is Holy Week and should book hotels soon but where to go, what to do? I don’t even know where to begin. We are on a budget but would still like to do things like ride horses or see the rain forest or a volcano and explore on foot. We love the beach and are pretty easy going about everything so long as we can find good food. Easy to please!

    Will you help us? Just a few destinations, what to do during Holy week and where we can go during it so we aren’t putting anyone out of a hotel room that wants to be at the beach…

    If there are hotels or cities/town you can suggest and how to get there.

    I know this is above an beyond but since finding out that we will be there over Easter ( 11 minutes ago), I’m in a panic. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you for any suggestions!
    PS- are you from Illinois?

  11. Gia on March 5, 2008 8:48 am

    I am visiting Costa Rica in May for a week and on one of the website a tourist stated that there are rats running around the courtyard in San Jose. Is that true? Is there a rodent problem in Costa Rica?

  12. Tim on March 5, 2008 10:33 am

    Huh? What courtyard?

    I have never seen a rat in San Jose although I cannot imagine that they do not exist as in any major city in the world.

  13. mike on March 11, 2008 8:06 pm

    What kind of income do you need to live comfortably in Costa Rica?? Not fancy, just a decent house in a safe neighborhood and the basics with income left to enjoy the many things I’ve read about in Costa Rica!!
    Thanks.. Mike

  14. lucille on March 16, 2008 9:57 pm

    Hi! Im moving over to study spanish and I need to take my cat. What/where do i fnd out what requirements are needed?
    thanks! L

  15. Roger on March 18, 2008 11:02 pm

    My best friend is from Costa Rica. He has lived in the U.S. for many years now (NYC) and says he would never consider moving back to C.R. because the crime is so bad. He says people are basically prisoners in their own homes because EVERYBODY must have tall iron gates surrounding their residences to keep predators out. The way you describe the petty crime goes hand in hand with most 3rd World impoverished countries experience. If one has to be SO careful and vigilent at ALL TIMES, then you are speaking about a quality of life which is lousy and certainly different from the U.S. where the poverty line is drawn with less distinction. If you’re going to talk about the “Real Costa Rica” then you need to be honest and realistic about the standard of living issues that effect the country as a whole and how that influences crime.

  16. jaik on March 25, 2008 3:45 am

    hi im a single (he) parent 37 yrs old planning on making a trip to costarica with my 5 yrs old little girl , looking for low budget place to stay with locals or another single parent so my little girl can find some one her age to play with while a get a chance for some relaxing hopefuly . any one contact me on my email

  17. linda on March 31, 2008 6:48 pm

    Hi I am planning a trip to Costa Rica at the end of May 2008 for 10 days…..I am hearing some mixed reviews about the weather and the rain…….Do we have a chance at some fun in the sun or will be be all washed up. Anyone with experiences and advise please

  18. Lucy on April 2, 2008 8:03 pm

    Our family is planning a trip to San Jose in July and are trying to judge the cost of gas. We are 11 adults and 5 children so are renting a 15 passenger van. What is the cost of gas per gallon currently? Thank you!

  19. jacquelyn on April 12, 2008 9:34 am

    Have the cases of Denang Fever increased or decreased for 2008?


  20. kelly on May 15, 2008 3:16 pm

    Hey, love your webb page. I am a Elem. teacher. would like to teach this summer in CR. any suggestions on how to gain employment!


  21. Donald Lee on May 17, 2008 3:28 pm

    I note most of the replies/responses above say either one or three things…”I want..I need or I have to have…”.
    I myself am an “ex pat” who has resided 1970-1972 and then 1986-present in Central America, mainly El Salvador and Guatemala, I have authored a few bloqs and have assisted a few persons to relocate, retire or invest in the region where I live, and I say this with all due respect to your readers and responders, when one asks a question on line such as:
    “Am I able to work in such and such a position and where do you recommend I move to and how much is the price of land there,etc.??”

    Wait a minute..Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize…wherever…Travel here first..and not as a “tourist”, please don’t stay at a 5 Star Luxury Resort and take a few day trips and expect to get the feel of the country.
    Travel on down to your target country or region for at least a 3 week minimum, while there contract best a bilingual driver/owner from the area, on those days you require transportation and make some contacts with locals through him or her and also speak with long term ex pat residents who speak the language, know the culture, customs and pitfalls of relaocating/retiring and take all the good advice you can get.

    Ask if there is a humanitarian aid project in the area for the disadvantaged, visit and perhaps make a small donation or help out a couple of days, the bilingual staff will most likely know where one can purchase land directly from the owner, rather than pay high commisions to online real estate brokers.

    One of the scams that exist in this region is “guided real estate tours” run by “relocation specialists” another is that they provide “honest lawyers”, if you are in Costa rica pick up a print copy of the weekly English Language ‘Tico Times’ and read the letters to The Editor editor from frustrated Residents and Ticos alike. I plan to write a short and sweet “e book” that will save wanne-be ex pats a bundle as well as a lot of hassle. I just don’t hand out valuable insider information on the Internet to perfect strangers..why should I?

    A lot of teh so called Baby Boomers are coming…but remember..young or old…You must do most of your own research on line, legwork on your first visit and planning before you arrive. Relocating Abroad is the next most stressful thing you will ever experience next to a death in your immediate family!

    And if one cannot adapt, nor learn customs and language..it is stress that keeps on coming!

    For those who adapt easily, welcome to paradise!

    Casper the Ghost is not waiting behind this or any other computer screen to plan your Central American journey from A to Z and to help you find a job or the perfect piece of land for you. That’s up to you……

    If I offended anyone..so be it..I find generally, race, creed, religion, national origin aside only two types of people in the World..Givers…and Takers!

  22. Patricia Melchor on May 17, 2008 7:24 pm

    Hello –

    I just stumbled upon your site, and feel blessed to have found it. I have had a dream of living in Costa Rica for about the last 15 years after seeing a travel documentary on the country. I am in my forties and am returning to school for a degree in graphic design. I have a 3-4 year plan and hopefully will be able to move “somewhere” by that time. I prefer a mountain environment, but I am open to suggestions. Infastructure, especially pharmacuticals (have meds I must have access to – not life or death, but important) is important to me, and I plan to learn Spanish before I move. I am taking a conversational course now. I have much to read on your site, but any suggestions of where to live would be greatly appreciated. I need a beginners guide to Costa Rica right now, just to get a feel for the whole country, a feel for good cities/towns to live in, and I need to work. Can I work as a graphic designer/some web design…in CR?
    Thanks for your timely response. PMM

  23. Kate Berault on May 19, 2008 7:02 pm

    Do you know if folks can rent a laptop computer for a month while in Alajuela? Love your blog site. Thanks for the great info!

  24. Walter on May 24, 2008 6:17 am

    Ex-Marine Sniper kills Costa Rican doctor with M-16

    Hello Tim.. finally, it was a matter of time for this horrible thing to happen, yet, not a single mention on your blog is made. I wonder why?

    What will you do, delete my posting as if wanting the message to get lost in limbo?

    You knew I’d say something about the matter and yet, after living among Americans in several states in the US, I finally get to point some fingers and in MY OWN COUNTRY.

    Let’s talk about your nutjob American: Frederick Marlon Kelch, a 48 year old ex-marine who simply because he felt he could, assassinated a Costa Rican Citizen COLD BLOODED MURDER.
    In addition, the same was an illegal immigrant who had overstayed his visa.

    As the story develops I want you to start spewing the truth. DO talk about crazy bastards like this crazy American who dared to kill one of OUR OWN.

    Don’t forget Tim, no matter what you do or say you will always be a foreigner in Costa Rica or elsewhere you can’t call America.

    Let’s get the facts straight.

    Francotirador mata a médico con un fusil de guerra M-16

  25. Tommy Boy on May 29, 2008 8:14 am

    Nutjob?? I should let you know first of all that this is my uncle and second his middle name is Norman not Marlon. My uncle is a paranoid skitzophranic(probably spelled wrong) and for years we have been crying out for help to the officials to get him help. Their reply everytime was “well he hasn’t hurt anyone or himself so he is fine” Apparently it must take something like this happening to get help for people that need it. I feel deeply sorry for the victim and his family and do not condone what my uncle has done, but the authorities are to blame for this. If you check with the police they had been called to his home many times by his wife and was told the same thing over and over again “well he hasn’t hurt anyone or himself so he is fine”. On another note my uncle is a very smart man and entrepeneur and for you to call him a nut job offends me. The real nutjobs are the people that were asked to help him and did not!!
    I would appreciate your blog to focus on that end of this. Please don’t refer to my uncle as a nutjob. He isa great man that is very sick and was denied help when he, his family and all of his loved ones asked for it. Thanks and I apologize to the victim, his family and the people of Costa Rica.

  26. Tim on May 29, 2008 8:57 am

    It seems that at least TWO people cannot read.

    First To WALTER.

    Huh??? What ARE you talking about?

    I do not blog about every crime in Costa Rica. If you want crime coverage, go to La Nacion. Why should I blog about one crime committed by one Gringo? Is that crime worse than the two Nicaraguan kids found in the river last week? The little girls raped and found in another river near Guapiles? Does that mean I have to blog about every crime committed by a Costa Rican? Columbian? Nicaraguan? Should I rename this the The REAL Costa Rica Crime Blog?

    Next, I do NOT delete comments unless they are SPAM, use improper language or are abusive or off-topic. I have NO idea who YOU are, but unless you fell into one of the above categories, all your comments would be posted.

    Finally, you apparently not only got his name wrong (see post above) but he did NOT kill that doctor in cold blood. He was firing rounds into the air and one landed on the doctor killing him.

    I also suggest you read the HUNDREDS or articles and posts I have written in the past ten years telling people the same thing. They are guests here regardless of status.

    You apparently have a real issue with North Americans living here. Clearly you need some professional help.

    Now to Tommy Boy

    I did NOT call your uncle anything. You need to learn to read as well. Your uncle was called a nutjob by another nutjob named WALTER who apparently has serious issues reading comments (in fact reading in general). The NAME of the commenter is clearly stated at the top of the comment. I am the blog owner and MY name appears above.

    I do not know your uncle and I have no idea if what you write is true or for that matter if YOU are for real.

    Either way, I am not going to blog every crime here in CR nor am I going to form opinions on your uncle or anyone else I do not know personally.

    Finally, a suggestion. IGNORE the Walters of the world. They clearly have serious issues and simply by reading his comment you should KNOW he is just spouting crappola.

  27. Brad on June 23, 2008 11:07 am

    I’m a physician. We’re thinking of moving to CR. Any ideas on medical licensing, working in CR?

  28. Connie on August 11, 2008 1:52 pm

    OK, so San Jose isn’t the safest place to live. If we’re wanting to relocate to an area with a cooler climate that isn’t too far from civilization, where do you suggest?

  29. Tim on August 11, 2008 4:06 pm

    Simple! Anywhere (almost) outside downtown San Jose. I do.

  30. hyder on August 23, 2008 7:17 pm

    hi i wanted to ask if you knew of any good voip companies here in costa rica. I have a internet cafe and am not curretly pleased with the company I have.

  31. Josh Hayes on September 29, 2008 10:59 pm

    I’d like to echo previous comments about how truly useful your website is; for this, much thanks.

    My family and I are visiting CR in November. I lived in Panama for a year about 20 years ago (working at the Smithsonian), and did a fair amount of driving there. Would you say driving in CR is similar to the driving experience in Panama (which wasn’t too bad, mostly)?

    And any update on the Dengue Fever situation would also be appreciated. Thanks!

  32. Tim on September 30, 2008 7:43 am

    Panama has much better roads in general… and in fact better infrastructure. Sadly, it is way to hot for me, so I’ll not be moving soon. 🙂

    Nothing new on Dengue. Rainy season now, but I have seen no updates/warnings other than the normal.

    Government spending $$$ on control, so may be working.

  33. john david on December 6, 2008 8:24 am

    Good blog but I need to free up my email load. The web site works better for me. Please remove me from the blog for now.

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    The UN subscribe is at he bottom of every email you receives. Unsubscribe there please.

  36. lucky on January 28, 2009 7:24 am

    Hi Do you know if high speed or ANY internet access is available in San Isidro General? I am especially interested if maybe satellite connections /cable tv-internet-are available in the surrounding mountains- thank you

  37. Tim on January 28, 2009 9:21 am

    Yes, Yes and Yes

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