Any digital nomads presently in Costa Rica? I’m coming down next week.
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Any digital nomads presently in Costa Rica? I’m coming down next week.
Recommendations on places to rent in Santa Teresa?
Hi all. We are looking at Costa Rica for a month or so, but have heard mixed reviews about the internet situation.
We aren’t looking for much speed really (.5-1mb/s here), but are wondering more about reliability as we are starting to do webinars and need internet that doesn’t crap out every half hour.
We were thinking of Jaco as it’s one of the more developed beach towns. Anyone have experience with the internet there?
I had a good apartment in Manuel Antonio with 2 wifi networks for reliability, also a 3g card from Kolbi (more on that here http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Costa_Rica). If you have just a WiFi in your hotel / apartment I suggest you get 2 or 3 SIM cards as I’ve observed outages on Kolbi in La Fortuna. Speeds on 3g are not the greatest but fit your requirements. Mind the longer ping though which means slight delays between you talking and other side hearing. Overall, situation with the internet in La Fortuna was much worse then on the coast. I hear the best is in the central valley, you can have 4g there, but we skipped it as not very exciting.
Any Digimads in Costa Rica between September 23 and October 22? I’m not sure where the winds will take me, but from the weather radar I’m actually leaning towards Limón with its favorable Caribbean climate during the rain season. On the Google map, it even looks bigger than Puerto Viejo, albeit I didn’t find it on any nomad list … which actually
makes me quite curious (maybe it’s a Wifi black hole or a center of crime?). Anybody got any experience there?
@freedio, Limon is the capital of the caribean in Costa Rica, its full of crime and a lot of poverty and you really don’t have much to do there besides maybe spending one day there or taking buses to bigger cities (which you also can from Puerto Viejo), etc…You should continue to Puerto Viejo, its just 1 hour away and its a friendly and great place for tourists and nomads, you will love it
I am Santa Teresa in the pacific , let me know if you are around( I think the first week of October will fly down to Peru) …its the rainy season but its not an issue at all, maybe rains an hour per day at night and you can go by 5 days without any rain.
Thanks, @hodaraadam, I’ll heed your advice about Limón and Pto Viejo. Sta Teresa looks like kinda natural way point from San José to Pto Viejo, and it seems to be a favorite place with a lot of DNs coming to CR, so I’ll definitely give it a shot last week of September. You’ll hear from me
@lognaturel, many thanks for your feed back…it is so helpful to get that kind of information…Boquete sounds a little bit like Monteverde here in Costa Rica and we have now had plenty of rainbows and hiking…internet here is very good though…and we also found that we did catch up with a lot of work…but I am thinking now that we might head to Panama City next… where in the world are you now?
Panama City is a lot of fun and I recommend going. It’s pretty expensive so we didn’t stay long but we had a really good time. There are some newer hotels running nice deals so leave your options open when it comes to housing – we really enjoyed our stay at the Best Western Plus Panamá Zen Hotel and it was way cheaper than any apartments we found.
We’re in Medellín now for another week and it really lives up to the hype. Definitely come here if you have a chance!
Oh, I miss CR, especially Santa Teresa. Looking forward for being back with Hackership in September. Until then, I have the beach pic to remind me of it (and calm me down, when stressed)…
(Actual pic. Worked there. Amazing spot. #nofilter!)
Hey @ben I’m working from Santa Teresa right now, and it’s pretty awesome. Out of curiosity where did you set up shop to work from and did you guys bring your own networking equipment? Internet has been good enough in the hotels that I have stayed, but could be better.
Where’d you stay in S. Teresa?
I had an amazing time in Santa Teresa and ended up staying in 2 different hotels over the course of 2 week. I ended up booking a week in Otro Lado and another week in Casa Marbella (because Casa Marbella was not available for the full 2 weeks). They were both fairly pricey for backpacking, but totally worth it ($60/night or so). I didn’t end up using my phone internet because both hotels had decent internet. Keep in mind that in both hotels, the internet isn’t always the strongest (or non-existent) inside of the rooms. That was fine for me because I spent my time in the common areas and on my porch. Casa Marbella was slightly more expensive, but had great ocean views. Otro Lado had more of a luxury backpacker feel and a social environment, but no ocean views. I’m not sure if Otro Lado has rooms with kitchens, but our room in Casa Marbella had a kitchen.
@ben, Santa Teresa is a lovely place…just be mindful…Dengue is on the move like everywhere in the costal areas of Costa Rica…the prevalence is less than last year but still relatively high…my partner got infected most likely in Santa Teresa and he had to be hospitalised…he is fine now and the good thing about Dengue is that once you are recovered there is no lasting damage…but still something you want to avoid…
@lognaturel, hah…we are in Santa Teresa right now…and yes it is hot but bearable :)…we will be staying here until mid July…where are you heading to now?? Still Costa Rica…???
We needed some cool-down time so we’re now in Boquete in the Panamá highlands. Next up are Panamá City and then flying to Medellín!
@lognaturel, that is interesting….we were planning to go to Panama next! How are you finding Bouquet?...how is the internet connection? We are now in Monteverde and really enjoying the cool climate…we just found a little apartment for a while and so far the internet and phone connection seems to be good.
Sorry, totally missed this! Boquete was beautiful with lots of rainbows and very mild weather. It’s a small and quiet town, though, so there isn’t a ton to do. It was a good chance for us to catch up on work and do some hiking but I wouldn’t have liked to stay for more than 2-3 weeks. We were a little ways out of town and had reasonable Internet – something like 2 down and 1 up.
I’m in Costa Rica - Cocles, near Puerto Viejo. If anyone is coming this way, give me a shout.
Just been there and crossed to bocas del toro to surf after a week in cocles, I’m back in Santa Teresa if you are coming this way
Thanks, Adam - I hear Santa Teresa is nice, but I rented a house in Cocles until April 20. Not sure yet if I’ll go to Guanacaste after that.
I/we are new digital nomads and we will be heading to Costa Rica on 16-06. Are you/any other digital nomad still in Costa Rica? Any recommendations on where to go?
@Claudi, we just left but had a wonderful time in Quepos. It’s pretty hot right now but nothing we couldn’t handle with a few strategically-placed fans. Great beaches, lots of cool animals and fantastic local produce, especially at the Saturday morning market on the boardwalk.
I’ll probably be stuck in the Central Valley most the trip.
I am in Costa Rica too, in Santa Teresa…anyone coming this way?
Hi Adam !
I’m in costa rica , in Tamarindo right now . to which city are you heading ?
How is Tamarindo? Coworking available?
No co-working space here in Tamarindo, also there are some power outages and it’s expensive. So I don’t recommend it for DN. Sorry for the bad news . Initially I was planning to stay here for 6 months, but due to the facts that I mentioned earlier I’m heading to Brazil in the next weeks.
Ah, I see. Thanks for you input!
Any surf (beginner/intermediate) where you are heading? Same vibe? Safe? Internet?
Yes, I’m going to Florianopolis , it supposed to be a safe place with good waves and cheaper than Tamarindo, but never been there So I can’t tell
Hey! How was Florianopolis? We are looking for a cool surf place for three weeks to hash out our MVP with a team of four others… did you see any cool eco lodges which would be good to rent?
After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.
We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)
Does anyone ever travel to any Islands like Bermuda, Barbados, Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis?
Hi there, title says it all. Canadian nomad hoping to find the city/town in Portugal with great, consistent surfing, a solid coworking spot, and a fun group of young nomads. Please recommend!
I'm in need of a tax advisor who understands "our" typical situation. I'm all good on being legal on taxes at this point, but as I'm doing more investing and there's more compliance and KYC and such, it's getting more complicated to deal with this topic. Not living in my country of citizenship, company in another country, resident in yet another country, banking in a different country ... you know how it is, a pile of red flags.
Would be great to find a good tax advisor to sort things in a way that makes my situation as "explainable" and easily dealt with as possible. Any leads?
Hi, I've got a question to anyone who had experience with the digital nomad lifestyle. I'm 24, I'm in my last year of university doing computer science, got 3 years of experience mostly doing web development.
I never liked the idea of staying in one place, getting a job and growing roots - hence the will to take the opportunity and travel the world. My main question is – how do I go about it? Are there any useful resources I could look into?
How do I go about insurance and such once I decide to move. I currently live in Switzerland and do freelance work for one company. It's not a lot, since my studies don't allow me to pick up a full time job, but it allows me to cover simple expenses.
I'd be happy to get some insight into how things work and also happy to network with anyone interested.
Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.
I would love to get your feedback regarding the best insurance for digital nomads. i'm traveling around Asia since 1 year and for next 4 or 5 years. Would love to buy an insurance to cover especially :
- laptop, phone ...
Anyone know of any groups or resources for Ph.D. students working on dissertation while living as a digital nomad? I know there are several virtual writing groups around, but wondered if there were any specifically for digital nomads, particularly those who are dissertating.
I’m looking for an international health insurance (no travel insurance) for my nomadic life. It should cover the basic services and at least be accepted in the EU (it’s ok if it’s not accepted in the US as I’m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?
Thanks in advance!
Hello digital nomad!
I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!
I have made attempts in the past to start an online business, but these fizzle out quite quickly when I do not see traction especially when the goal I have set myself is too high.
Instead of reaching for the ultimate nomadic lifestyle goal, I want to start much smaller. Really small! I am simply looking to make $50 profit per month from a new online business. That’s it.
I need some advice from you please!
Is $50 profit too low? How long did it take you to earn $50 profit per month?
What is a good way of achieving this goal?
aka the $0 online business entrepreneur
Hello everyone! I’m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesn’t leave my head.
How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if you’re constantly traveling, how are you going to pay taxes for a certain country if you are going to stay there a short period of time?
Or do you return to your “original country” and then pay them?
By the way, this forum has very nice cool formatting features!
Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.
As far as I know of, Canadians don’t pay taxes if they do not live in the country for 6 months.
But I’d like to talk to an accountant or someone who does Canadian taxes specifically for expats and nomads to get clear on the rules and for help on my return coming up.
Does anyone know someone who specializes in Canada who can help? I’ve seen plenty of US recommendations but none for us canucks.
I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). I’ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but I’d love to get some community input.
Here are the cities I’m considering:
The most important things I’m looking for:
Anyone have any experience with these places and can give some insight? I’m also completely open to other recommendations.
I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wondering… Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Don’t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?
There’s been a lot of discussion on this recently.
Nomads usually stay in hostels, hotels and short-term apartments. But it’s all not very optimal.
I’ve heard people suggest getting funding and building a network of houses you can stay at for a subscription price (e.g. Bruno Haid is working on that).
I don’t want do physical stuff, so I’m thinking of building a platform around making housing better for nomads.
What are the housing problems nomads face? And how can we solve them with products/services?
I vaguely remember hearing about such a service before, but I’m drawing a blank on the name. Basically I left my tablet on a connecting flight in Europe, right before my main flight to Thailand. They have my tablet and are willing to ship it out for me, but people have warned me there’s a big risk of it getting “lost in the mail” if I ship something expensive like that to Thailand.
I’m wondering if there’s a service or community, where I can find a nomad who’s in Europe/heading to Thailand soon, so I can have it shipped to them in Europe and pay them to ferry it down here for me? I met someone in Budapest a ways back who had built something for this type of use-case, but I can’t remember the name of it. Any help would be appreciated!
I have seen a lot of posts from different people across the world, but not even a single post from someone in India, who has been a nomad, either living within the country or traveling to another one.
Would definitely love to hear stories from such people. We are a couple traveling as social nomads who are trying to bridge the gap between the rural and urban societies in India. We have started out very humble and do not have much resources, so looking out for help from the community.
Ankit & Rishika
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Does anyone have experience in Bari, Italy please? We are thinking of going from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari by boat in mid-March. Has anyone taken a boat across? Is it nice or can it be choppy? (We are trying to avoid planes, to reduce our carbon footprint, so adding more surface travel.) Also, any info you might be able to offer about Bari and the surrounds? Next step will likely be trains up Italy as the Spring progresses.
I’m planning on spending a couple of month in Mauritius Island and even when I’ve been there for a week, never rented or worked there.
Does anyone here has tips or experience to share about Mauritius?
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