Skip to comments.I Want To Retire In Costa Rica
Posted on 11/09/2012 6:00:52 PM PST by kjam22
Anyone know anything about retiring in Costa Rica?
Take lots of OFF, the bugs are big as Volkswagens, some large enough that can carry a Cocker Spaniel away.. :)
Quoting Ms. Palin...... "You betcha"
Dims looked at in 2008. You can bet that this will be coming up again. Check the link
Have thought about renting for a while to figure out if and where a person might want to buy property.
“Tips on How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
Maintain a low profile. Do not carry large sums of cash or wear flashy clothing and jewelry. Most businesses accept major U.S. credit cards, and many local ATMs dispense both U.S. dollars and local currency.
If possible, do not travel alone at after dark, and do not walk in isolated areas at night.
Travelers should purchase an adequate level of locally valid car theft insurance. Never leave luggage or other valuables in a parked vehicle. Park in paid lots whenever possible; if unavailable, park in well-traveled and lighted areas. Always lock vehicle doors and use the anti-theft device and alarm system if the car is so equipped.
When driving, minimize the risk of smash-and-grab robberies. Keep valuable items hidden and if possible, within reach. Valuables left in plain view on the passenger or back seats are easier targets.
Visitors should use taxi cabs that are red or orange only. Visitors should never get into a cab that is occupied by more than just the driver. Visitors should also ensure that the cab has a working meter.
It is highly advisable that visitors avoid city buses. United States government employees are not permitted to use this medium of public transportation, as city buses are a haven for petty thieves and are often robbed.
Passport theft is a big issue in Costa Rica. Tourists are encouraged to leave passports in hotel safes or other secure locations while visiting. Make a photo copy of the biographical and entry stamp pages in lieu of carrying your passport.
The Embassy recommends visitors be extremely cautious when visiting downtown San Jose after dark.”
Does that sound safer than where you currently live? I know that despite growing up and working in one of the most crime ridden cities on the West Coast that around here government agencies encourage their employees to ride on city buses. To me it sounds a little scary, but I have never been there... so I don't know. We do know some people who retired to Ecuador and moved back here after it didn't work out.
Sounds wonderful!. LOL.
No thanks! I'd rather BE the "angry locals" then fear them.
I don’t know the details of how they got conned. I think they were a little embarrassed. They had vacationed there several times and knew others who had retired there.
I honestly don’t know why they even wanted to retire there. They have children and grandchildren and eventually did retire near one of their daughters in Kentucky. They still travel all over, and spent around 5 months in Europe this year.
Texas for 500 a month. Where might that be.
Besides. I'll be damned if I'll leave the ground I was born on, and bled for. Change gooberments, yeah, leave here? Sure. Dead. There's a coffin in the barn made to fit me.
It must be west of Midland/Odessa
I thought that was Mombasa? But I could be wrong.
Or was that Roland the Thompson gunner?
I thought that was Mombasa? But I could be wrong.
Or was that Roland the Thompson gunner?
Mrs Kjam22 wants to know if they have ice cream there?
The people who started this country left the country they were born in.
I think the world will go the way America does.
I own this land, this house. It's a family thing.
Single man don't need a bunch of stuff.
Nice thing about having a place that no-one wants is that property taxes are cheap.
I don't pull in government funds, but I can get by really well with $500USD/month. I've done it with much less, and it sucked.
“Most of south america is socialist/marxist.”
Most of the world is socialist/marxist. Even Israel is a socialist country.
Costa Rica’s third world. I prefer Panama, specifically, Boquete, Panama.
Okay... I’ll google research it
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The nice thing about growing up in the north is the fact that I’m cold tolerant and when the going gets rough, everyone else heads south and leaves me the hell alone.
Midland/Odessa makes watching paint dry seem exciting. Everything west of there has a certain money smell to it. Lord love a refinery.
Nope. I'm right near to where the West begins. Close to the west branch of the Trinity.
I am leaning Panama right now.
Did he have a smile on this face when he said it.
All kidding aside, I have been thinking of a faraway place to retire for years.. I’ve had the benefit of extensive travel in the Caribbean and Central America, and even the Mediterranean Europe..
I even have owned land in Belize, as far back as when it was British Honduras, but after spending time there, I always found the best of what they offered is still a weak substitute for the good ole USA..
I was only half kidding about the bug problem in the tropics, it’s a big problem.. Good Luck
I’ve been in Oil and Gas since 1980. Been to Midland/Odessa a few times. You’re right about it being slower than watching paint dry.
I could see us owning property in some other country where we spend a few months a year. Preferably some place with a nice golf course or two.
Property Taxes in Houston is around 3% of value. Amazing just for the property taxes you can live for a year somewhere in Texas.
Colombia is still hanging in there, but yes. The promise of mirrors and shiny things have enveloped them. Sad really. Some protestant churches have been fighting this, but it is hard.
Technically, that's not accurate, sir.
Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Jefferson was born in Albemarle County, Virginia. Ben Franklin, born in Boston, MA.
Even Arnold, Benedict (major general) was born in Norwitch, Conneticut.
Hamilton was born in St. Nevis... but I don't think much of him. Sam Adams, born in Boston, had his number.
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Oil and Gas? Need to visit Houston you might like it.
That would be near Ft. Worth bouts.
I think they will here. I am begging my children to get out of their government ruled accounts and have personal accounts.
Been to Houston a gazillion times. Used to work there 3 days a week for a couple of years.
Just watch out for that sonofabitch VanOwen.
You’re welcome! My cousin has been there for about 15 years now. Went down in her 20s with the intention of opening a Christian children’s home. Married an awesome local guy and he is totally on board with her mission. Long story short, there has been a TON of bureaucratic red tape at every turn, from getting permits, to purchasing land, to getting permits for the children, and pretty much anything else you can imagine, so they have only recently completed the first home. It has been around a decade in the works.
That said, I guess it really depends what you have in mind. I know that more and more North Americans are vacationing and even moving there for work or retirement. It is a very American-friendly country. Lots of English is spoken and MANY places accept U.S. currency, which are both great perks if you want to visit and see for yourself (especially the English part, if the language is a concern for you. Everyone I’ve come into contact with there has been very patient with my Spanish, thank goodness!)
If you are serious about leaving the formerly great U.S., CR certainly has its flaws (my cousin has plenty negative to say about the socialism, obviously!), but you could definitely do worse.
I hear Belize is nice.
I used to date a little cutie from Lake Jackson. I really liked East Texas, it reminded me of the Florida Panhandle except our beaches are about a hundred times better.
The rural people are just like the people back home. Friendly and helpful and they expect you to be friendly too. She went to East Texas Baptist College.I remember the drivers in that area would pull over to the paved shoulder to let you by so you didn’t have to pass in an other lane.
I am with you. I prep and have support.
So says Yusuf Islam.
I was dumbfounded to realize that people don’t pull over onto the shoulder like that in all states. That is so NORMAL here...and not just in the eastern part of the state.
How do you get that tag line after your FR name? I looked and could see no way to do it. I want to add one.
Weird. I’ve been there four times and I’ve never noticed a hooker. Hmmm...I guess it depends where you are hanging out.
Lake Jackson. Friendly people alright.
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You will not believe how much Houston has grown. Oil and Gas Business is booming.
Guess they don’t have books for learning for $500 a month.
I was in Houston on biz about 6 months ago... Houston is Oil and Gas “central”. I know it really well.
Why? Nepal's Maoist Communist Party runs the government.
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