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gigi234 3mo
It is really hard for me to choose a spot in Costa Rica. I'm there for 8 days and since its my first trip, I really want to spend time getting to know whichever town I land in. I'm more of a slow / immersive traveller than a heavy activity one. I'd be perfectly happy going to the beach every day for a week. With that said I have considered Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, Jaco, and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. I can't quite choose which one.

My priorities are Beach, Moderately safe for Walking as a Solo woman, Good Food and Wifi. I don't care about a place being "touristy" - I am a tourist right now. Could someone please help me choose? ๐Ÿ˜ญ I'll probably go back to CR early next year and can explore further.
My flight is to San Jose right now, and in mid November.
mikegwhit 3mo
ST is very difficult to exist in.. i liked it bc of the remoteness and how global it is.. save for manhattan or a big city iโ€™ve never been somewhere so international in such a small place..

but iโ€™d recommend against it.. Tamarindo for the northwest, and Jaco is the land of escorts and casinos..

for mid-november itโ€™ll be cheaper in Puerto Viajo and less intense than the northwest
mikegwhit 3mo
yeah.. i have to sway people away from ST.. i lived there as long as i could (3 months) on paying rent back home..

i loved it but in the same way i loved boulder, CO and just stayed.. itโ€™s a hard place to exist with lots of inspiring people, high cost, super competitive.. every person for themselves vibes

itโ€™ll burn you and delight your brain at the same time

didnโ€™t understand the โ€œsuper competitiveโ€ remark but itโ€™s a lot of young machismo energy going on there.. sorta got it the first night when a bunch of broโ€™s all ripped off their shirts to show abs kinda as a machismo / iโ€™ve been here long enough to get a shred going from the routine (i wound up with abs after the first month of surfing likewise)

lots of beautiful women.. everyone is in great shape, etc. etc. food is amazing

i havenโ€™t been to miami but i think past a certain point i kept remarking it was like what youโ€™d hear about miami in the 80's in the cocaine era with lots of rawness

iโ€™d pick a lesser-known town with good surf if i go back to CR.. the northwest is filled with super expensive Airbnbโ€™s and the Costa Ricans donโ€™t even feel like Santa Teresa resembles their culture anymore

ST would be only if you specifically want to surf most days and avoid the partying that would be in Tamarindo and are OK but somewhat in the middle of no where while paying around $2,000 USD month for basic private housing without AC
mikegwhit 3mo
the ones in Montezuma cost $3,000 to become a yoga instructor
mikegwhit 3mo
iโ€™d push ya to Puerto Viajo but also be mindful there has been an uptick as of last year in some crime on the east coast as far as i heard.. the stress most people felt in the northwest theyโ€™d usually tell me was way more laid back in PV
gigi234 3mo
Thanks for weighing in!
I would recommend ST.
Avoid Tamarindo and Jaco.
PV is great too, but it feels less like "Costa Rica" and more like the carribean, which maybe you have been to before!

Also on the pacific side, Nosara is a great spot
mozilla 3mo
I think Uvita national park is good.
rmmlcstr 3mo
Of those, I'd say avoid tamarindo; the beach is not that beautiful, and you'll need a car to go around the wonderful beaches.
rbgk 3mo
I think given your list, Santa Teresa is the answer. It is definitely a tourist town, safe, good food, very easy to walk everywhere, beautiful beach. As long as you're mentally prepared for way too many beautiful people talking about the law of attraction all the time, you'll be ok.
mikegwhit 3mo
The law of attraction haha.. except with yoga vibes.. yeah Iโ€™d say most beautiful people in one place Iโ€™ve ever been..
What does everyone think about Costa Rica during the Rainy Season? Is there anyone that likes it? If so, why?
h 3mo
I'm not a huge fan, but many people refer to it as Green Season, which is aptly named. If you like being surrounded by lush growth and don't mind the rain, you may enjoy it.
slava 3mo
Costa Rica is a great place to be, regardless if it is raining or not. If you want to be prepared for the rain, bring or buy a rain jacket.
h 3mo
mozilla 3mo
Raining season can be manageable. Airbnb reservations cost less. As long as you complete your outdoor tourist activities in the morning, you can avoid most of the rain.
yogidev 3mo
So we are preparing to come to Costa Rica(me and the wife/10month Old) in Oct. How much money(Colones) will it cost for 7days for eating 3x a day? We will use our CC for the big purchases.
If you stick to local small restaurants (we call them โ€œsodasโ€), 3500 colones per person per meal. Around $6 each per meal. So $12x3=$36 per day, $250 or so for the 7 days
inesbou 2mo
hey hey ! who is in Santa Teresa right now and would like to meet for coffee ? :coffee:๏ธ Just got here and excited about meeting a few nomads ๐Ÿคฉ
bhtru 2mo
Santa Teresa?
inesbou 2mo
yes !
bhtru 2mo
Iโ€™m not there right now (will be later in December), BUT if you like eclairs the fruit eclair at the Bakery in ST is sublime. I nearly went everyday for a coffee and an eclair while I lived there

like legit so good lmao
rmmlcstr 2mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ rfekruenai just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Puerto Viejo, #costa-rica
Anyone in Nosara?
cbrwizard 2mo
Does anybody know if there is a minimum stay requirement about the digital nomad visa on Costa Rica? What if I stay for just 5 months, will I lose anything eg have to pay taxes for my income? ๐Ÿค” I think I've read it somewhere but I canโ€™t remember where anymore
srg_b 2mo
Travelling to Costa Rica in December. What is the most Ubud-like place there? Spiritual hippie stuff, laid back vibe with yoga and vegan food.
Nosara probably. Santa Teresa can also be that but itโ€™s also got a younger, party vibe about it.
Iโ€™ve heard good things about the Caribbean side but havenโ€™t been yet.
Puerto Viejo has all of this :)
eyobest 2mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ uxeciixgx just arrived in Jacรณ Beach, #costa-rica
Puerto Viejo, Montezuma, Nosara and Manuel Antonio
kimon 2mo
Heya, does anybody have any insight into how difficult it is to buy and sell a car in Costa Rica (6 months later)? If anyone has any experience I'd appreciate it, as renting for half a year seems excessive ๐Ÿ™ƒ
rmmlcstr 2mo
buy. easy, you can search on| I can help you as well
rmmlcstr 2mo
sell, it depends on the price
luisgc93 2mo
What would be a good spot in costa rica to learn surf, have access to a decent gym and a good community vibe? Appreciate any suggestions
topher 2mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ kwqbriwd just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
topher 2mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ jwnrepbe just arrived in Arenal Volcano, #costa-rica
On the pacific coast, probably Tamarindo in Guanacaste
The good part of Guanacaste (and using Tama as base), is you can move pretty easily between beaches
kimon 2mo
Thanks for the response yhkpwjsruu - any help would be very welcome, but I imagine that buying isn't too complicated? I don't need insurance or any extra paperwork do I?
I suppose selling will be back to this company or a similar one ... it always depends on the price but it can be a relatively painless process is my main question?
raul 2mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ nrcoxl just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
kimon 2mo
I don't know much about it, but if a flight reservation isn't enough, I don't know what would be ๐Ÿค”
raul 2mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ qemiki just arrived in Talamanca, #costa-rica
shadself 2mo
Hello! I hear conflicting stories about internet reliability in Costa Rica. Does anyone have advice on which areas tend to experience outages vs where I can count on a stable connection?
๐Ÿ›ฌ tmdmkkyxiguql just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Puerto Viejo, #costa-rica
luisgc93 2mo
thanks!! would you recommend any particular places to stay at (acommodation)? Airbnb, coliving, hostel etc?
slava 2mo
Any recommendations for recharging or topping up data plans in :flag-cr:? Iโ€™ve been using Recharge with Claro but Iโ€™m open to suggestions.
Airbnb is what I prefer. But Iโ€™ve heard Selina is great.
h 2mo
It sounds like you've been recharging already with Claro, so what issue are you trying to solve?
slava 2mo
Iโ€™m looking for better rates
rbgk 2mo
Generally speaking, Caribbean coast has the least developed infrastructure. Pacific coast or Central Valley are going to have much fewer issues.
shadself 2mo
Good to know. Thank you!
yogidev 2mo
Just arrived Santa Cruz
h 1mo
You don't have to type that out manually. If you enter your itinerary into your profile on the nomadlist website, it does that automatically. ๐Ÿ™‚
raul 1mo
whatโ€™s the wifi/4g situation along the Pacific coast? Iโ€™m currently in Puerto Viejo and although itโ€™s not terrible, there are some spots without cell service
edward_ 1mo
the pacific coast is quite ample, you would need to be more specific, but internet is pretty much available everywhere . PV is known for outages but the rule is that the closest you are to a town center, the lesser the chance to be out of signal.

Now, in more remote areas like the south pacific I would expect to have less coverage.

4G wise, I would get a Kolbi AND a Claro simcard as backup, they would complement.
raul 1mo
thatโ€™s perfect, thank you so much!
Hi friends, I'm hoping someone can confirm if Puerto&Co coworking in Puerto Viejo is, in fact, open and operating. Google says _temporarily closed_ but it's still listed on coworkerdotcom. It's not listed as closed anywhere else but I tried emailing and got no response. I really can't tell if this is a _duh, it's closed_ or _silly, why would they respond to emails_ kinda situation.....
ancamaria 1mo
Hi! I'll land in San Jose on Nov 4th and I'll stay for 2 months overall in Costa Rica, most probably on the Pacific coast. I'm looking to connect with other digital nomads. How is your lifestyle in Costa Rica? What are the best places to look for accommodation and how do you manage with the transport from one place to another?
ancamaria 1mo
How did you manage with the transport to Santa Teresa? I will land in San Jose. Should I rent a car?
ancamaria 1mo
suwdsuqhp what have you decided in the end? I'll kand in San Jose on Nov 4th and I will stay for 2 months. I was looking into the same places as you.
gigi234 1mo
cxppfrflnbe hey! I'm doing a short trip from Nov 10 - 18. Will be in Puerto Viejo most of the time with s few days in San Jose. Let's coordinate if you'll be in either place ๐Ÿ˜„
ancamaria 1mo
I'll be in San Jose from Nov 4, just few days until I understand how to get around. I haven't planned where to go from there yet
raul 1mo
transportation is fairly easy, there are buses/shuttles almost everywhere and renting a car is not too expensive. also the roads are OK as long as itโ€™s not raining too much. for accommodation โ€” i mostly rely on airbnb/booking since Iโ€™m staying for about 1 week in each place
raul 1mo
iโ€™m in puerto now so i can try to check but I donโ€™t remember seeing any signs anywhere, and itโ€™s weird because it seems to be on the main road.

there arenโ€™t that many cafes where you can work from in Puerto to be honest. the only one that has good wifi and A/C is House of Roam but they have a sign specifically saying `no coworking` . I was actually there yesterday and the waiters told me about it as soon as they saw me open my laptop.

my bottom line is, try to work from home, just check the comments in the airbnb listing โ€” so far Iโ€™ve had good luck with the two places Iโ€™ve stayed at
raul 1mo
okay yep itโ€™s closed for remodeling
ancamaria 1mo
Thank you, Raul.
Thank you UQU3HQ6QZ. Did it happen to say when it will reopen?
raul 1mo
hmm no i dont remember seeing anything!
Hey friends! We're heading to Nosara this week and trying to figure out where to stay with our one year old for 1-2 months โœจ any recommendations? Selina there has mixed reviews, would love to hear if anyoneโ€™s had experience!
pmillerd 1mo
Hey all have a new to nomad friend looking for a place in Santa Teresa the beginning of December to end of jan. 1BR w AC + WiFi ideal but I think heโ€™s open to other ideas if people have them in Costa Rica too.
๐Ÿ›ฌ zapgjoafbwsms just arrived in La Fortuna, #costa-rica
h 1mo
mqsuzvcpf There's a store on this block that sells stationary, gifts, makes photocopies, and sells electronics. That's probably your best bet. (It's not actually fruit world, it's next door.)

+506 8799 6000

This supermarket tends to have imported goods from China, including some household electronics.

Super Muralla
joshsg 1mo
also try Super Ronny 1, they have a lot of random stuff if you go up the stairs immediately on your left
Hi zquwmkyae , I can't figure out how to PM you (it's giving me an โ€˜appโ€™ icon?) but super happy to bring you a universal adapter! Any kind in particular?
ancamaria 1mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ uwyojrnuozw just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
ancamaria 28d
๐Ÿ›ฌ tffymgtbsyw just arrived in Esterillos Oeste, #costa-rica
raul 24d
๐Ÿ›ฌ hvguah just arrived in Ojochal, #costa-rica
gigi234 21d
How are people able to check in to a new location? I'm a bit lost on how to do this on the website.
h 21d
In your profile you can set your travel itinerary (past and future), and it'll announce your location in slack/discord on the day your travel starts.
gigi234 20d
ancamaria 19d
๐Ÿ›ฌ bojxidbnxkc just arrived in Puntarenas Canton, #costa-rica
raul 17d
๐Ÿ›ฌ denrcv just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Tamarindo, #costa-rica
kethle 14d
did you ever find out? i had a flight booked from peru to costa rica but was getting off in mexico city (skiplag). the airline was not happy about just having a reservation vs a real ticket number and insisted I must complete the purchase during my layover in cdmx.
Hey all, I'm here until December 10th, looking forward to meet up with some folks, if you're in the San Jose region send me a DM ๐Ÿ™‚
raul 11d
๐Ÿ›ฌ vbokqu just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Santa Teresa, #costa-rica
๐Ÿ›ฌ turywbvbtnz just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Santa Teresa, #costa-rica
๐Ÿ›ฌ wwqkueyzmav just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Santa Teresa, #costa-rica
No, something came up unfortunately but itโ€™s still on my bucket list
slava 3d
I heard itโ€™s not available yet
raul 2d
๐Ÿ›ฌ ciavid just arrived in Jacรณ Beach, #costa-rica
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