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or just places with beach
Jaco beach in costa rica ~= Da nang
Iโ€™d argue (my subjective view):
Similar internet
Little more expensive
More fun
Similar (bad) healthcare
Similar safety
Much better traffic
Probably slightly worse for women
Not sure about LGBT
Comparing it to da nang bc I was just there and I think its rating is on point
i start liking it ranks bad actually ๐Ÿ™‚ less people hehe
I love sleeping in the same room with bats, dogs and lizardsโ€ฆ, and the frog in the toilet lol. But i can understand is not easy for everybody to adapt to deadly insects flying around. Still there are so many accomodation and coworking options, such low score is not justifiedโ€ฆ
Bats can bite you in your sleep and give you rabies.
Thatโ€™s pretty risky behavior when theyโ€™re trapped in a room with you
braver man than i
Never had problems with bats in CR, but huge flying cockroaches ... different story.
builds character.
> Bats can bite you in your sleep and give you rabies.

ahah thanks iโ€™ll remember this when i try to fall asleep ๐Ÿ˜„
yeah insects everywhere but this is why i love here. how cool are they.
mosquitoes won the war btw. cannot fight the tiny ones ๐Ÿ˜ž need more bats lol
Tried going to the beach at night? Sandflies > mosquitos ๐Ÿ˜„
โค๏ธ PV/Punta Uva. After 3+ years traveling still one of my favorite if not the most favorite place to be.
Hi everyone :grinning:. Thinking to go to Costa Rica for a 1 or 2 of months. In doubt between Santa Teresa, Tamarindo or Puerto Viejo. Anyone has experience to share? prayskin-tone-3
jyxfffqnqrmoyktc Punta Cocles (a km or two outside of Puerto Viejo) is one of my favourite places. The best natural beaches in the world, right in the jungle with the sloths and the toucans and the howler monkeys, easy to get around by bike and everyone is super laid back and friendly.
Only potential problem is that services aren't the most reliable, especially outside of the town centre. If you have to make frequent video calls or need 100% uptime for work, it probably isn't viable.
Haven't been to Santa Teresa yet, but I hear good things.
Tamarindo is much more developed than the other two (most people say _over_developed), and probably packed out with American tourists for the next several months. That could be a positive or a negative depending what you're looking for.
i liked CRC so much i wanted to stay more. iโ€™ve been trying to get a new tourist visa, but the panama police was super unfriendly and they did not want to let me in. After one day i could finally pass, but now i have to come back from the other side of border :/
I got panama residence because CR was too hard
I haven't tried yet, but I think wouldn't have problems passing trough the borders
fufoljvlazs how do u get a residence in panama? does it gives you some benefits traveling in latin america?
There is a decent deal for some countries. Basically by creating a company.
As for travel benefits, I can use it as base. I also got motorcycle there which is under my name so I can cross borders easily.
very interesting iโ€™ve met few people buying land here in panam and explaining me how it works. differences with costa rica seems noticeable (bad and goods). The internet in panama looks also better. but the european vibe in costa rica is appealing too.
I don't like panama city too much, but outside there several expat communities
Bouquet was bizarre experience for me - it's like some remote place in USA - older expats, hyper religious, American style diners, English everywhere, etc
The place I was eating at was next to a bakery which was next to a self-defense shop with SWAT themed gear which was next to a Christ Crown church and there was also a Jehovah's witnesses kingdom hall around the block.
And the common talk you hear was about forcing waitresses to take pregnancy tests and 50k bank transfers being lost/stuck.
I felt like I'm in an American horror movie just before something bad happens.
I want to get land in PV region, but I'm kinda scared that the vibe is going to be gone in 10 years or even less.
> I felt like I'm in an American horror movie just before something bad happens.
I didn't realise until now, but that's exactly how Boquete felt when I was there too ๐Ÿ˜…
Beautiful place though
I don't think it's possible, you must have the car in your name to cross the borders. You can also cross only with 1 vehicle at a time and they stamp it in your passport.
And to have it in your name you must be a resident. This is why I got my moto in Panama so I have all the paperwork for crossing borders.
I've heard that in Mexico it might be possible to buy on locals name and then have it notarized and stamped that you're the effective owner, but I still think that when you cross a border they will require that the name on your passport match the vehicle ownership papers.
TLDR 90% You can't, 10% this is Latinamerica so maybe there is a way.
Hey ffgcbxcdaacb Hey, I actually just bought a car in CR, so hopefully I can help.
The main things to consider:
โ€ข It's expensive. Expect to pay 30-50%+ more than you would for the same car in the US or Europe.
โ€ข But used cars also hold their value really well compared to other countries.
โ€ข Road tax, insurance and annual inspections work a bit differently than you might be used to. Read up on the "Marchamo" and the "Riteve".
โ€ข You'll find the best quality and selection of cars in the central valley area.
โ€ข You can't get a CR driving license without a residency permit, and your foreign licence is only valid for 90 days at a time (same duration as the tourist visa waiver). If you want to keep driving after that, you have to leave the country and get a fresh passport stamp.
The buying process is fairly complicated. My Spanish isn't great, so I hired someone to handle the paperwork and deal with the sellers, lawyers, mechanics etc on my behalf, but if you speak the language and do your research it's definitely doable on your own.
You do have to request an exit permit in advance for a Costa Rican plated vehicle to leave the country. I haven't tried this yet, so I'm not sure how difficult it is, but I know a lot of people choose to leave their cars on the CR side of the border and cross by bus for visa runs.
> You must have the car in your name to cross the borders ... And to have it in your name you must be a resident.
This isn't true. Foreigners have the same right to buy property and enter into contracts as citizens in Costa Rica, regardless of immigration status (except for maritime zoned real estate, but that's a whole other thing).

Also the named owner could sign a notarised document authorising anyone else to apply for a vehicle exit permit if they needed to. _(Edit Whether Panama or Nicaragua will let you in with a car registered to someone else is a different matter I guess)._

My car here is officially registered under my own name, and I'm not a legal resident (yet)
xyzqmeavuj Was it complicated process to get it on your name?
No, not at all. It works exactly the same way for locals, residents and foreigners, except that you show your passport instead of a national ID card when you sign the title transfer documents.
The only thing that's more difficult as a non-resident is making the actual payment, because you might need to use an escrow service if you can't pay in cash, and either way you're supposed to prove the origin of the funds.
It used to be popular for foreigners to set up a Costa Rican corporation to act as the legal owner of the car, but that's not recommended any more, and it's way easier just to buy under your own name.
cool! thanks for sharing. This is very useful.
That's actually useful, thanks for correcting me
pfyclkqxfv are you going the investment route for the residence?
arlfezhpkne No problem ๐Ÿ‘ there's so much rumor and gossip about this stuff it's hard to tell what the latest rules are until you do it yourself
I applied as a 'rentista', which is the one where you have to guarantee a minimum monthly income from overseas. I'd have loved to do the 'inversionista' investment visa instead, but alas I don't have a spare $200,000 kicking around ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Yea, that's why I did mine in Panama where it's only 5k (which you get back after)
rentista is residencia temporal?
Damn, I knew Panama was a really good deal, but I didn't realise it was that good!
Yeah, I think they all are in CR, unless you get permanent residence through marriage/family.
You have to do 3 years of temporary residency in any category before you can apply for permanent status
It's still quite good
this is all very interesting tdukpdlxptq thanks for sharing your experience.
Guys, I have an expensive MTB like over 1,500$. How probable it is it would be stolen from my place? Say, I use a couple of locks.
I wanna use it. On the other hand it's a big piece of luggage which is fine with a car but how safe is my property?
hbotnwofyggx If you leave it outside overnight it'll probably disappear pretty quick, especially in San Josรฉ, Jacรณ or the Caribbean region.
Keep it out of view inside the house or behind a secure locked gate and you should be fine.
juutkfyihi Right, thanks. What about expensive wrist watch and smartphone? May I be targeted because of valuables over a grand?
Just exercise the same caution you would in any other developing country.
Costa Rica is much safer than most of the rest of central america, but if you're flashing a lot of cash or a visibly expensive watch or phone there's always a risk.
For what it's worth, I feel significantly safer here than when I've lived in big cities in developed countries like London.
There's a strong police presence in touristed areas, and the only crime I've ever witnessed in person here has been perpetrated by monkeys
pbcpphtetshr iโ€™d first get used to the place, then when you feel more confident you wonโ€™t worry that much. People here prefer tourists to stay safe,
Blending in also helps.
pura vida
Someone how do i deliver a laptop to costa rica from NYC?
znxgtzg getting a locker in FL with a courier like Aeropost/Redlogistic/Redbox etc. This is the common way to get stuff from Amazon for example. You have to pay taxes though. The customs office asks for a receipt, and they'll charge you an import tax.
oh i never made sucb shipmentsโ€ฆthanks iโ€™ll researcb! isnโ€™t it cheaper paying a friend for a trip down here? ๐Ÿ™‚
It can be, yeah. A few months ago I was doing the numbers for a new macbook pro and it was more efficient to fly with JetBlue/Spirit, buy the thing and fly back in less than 24hrs than waiting 10~ days and pay the taxes
try this calculator aeropost.com/site/en/calculator . This company is not the cheapest, but it gives you an idea of the government taxes you pay here
oh yeah thanks !! i will find a friend :)
xbvwkbp just arrived in Puerto Viejo, #costa-rica
Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹ Iโ€™d like to spend some time in Costa Rica next year, but Iโ€™ve heard a lot of negative things about the internet situation outside of San Jose. Are there any places outside of the central valley where I could get a ~10-15mb connection?
like pacific is going ot be ok
caribbean it's can disappear sometimes
but the speed is there
jtamjfsatgu The infrastructure is there for fast (up to 50mb+) wired internet in most decent sized towns, but check before you book accommodation because not everyone is connected or pays for the highest speeds.
In more remote areas or properties that haven't run network cable yet, 4g mifi routers are fairly popular. If you're in a 4g area these should easily manage 10-15mb+ speeds, but they'll struggle on only 3g.
Like dkjcmgjldnc says, internet service (and power) does drop out occasionally, especially on the Caribbean side, but mobile data usually keeps working so you can often switch to tethering from your phone temporarily during outages.
Tl;dr Internet is good most places, but ask for a speed test before you book if it's super important to you
good to know, thanks! Iโ€™m still learning proper Spanish, so does anyone know the best way to ask a potential AirBnB host what their internet speed is? What are some of the popular co-working spaces with decent internet outside of the central valley?
English is fine
You can ask for speedtest or / fast.com|fast.com results
tlpvzpxqpka i never had internet problems in the 4 months iโ€™ve been here. There are coworking spaces with fast (min 10Mbit) internet on the coast. In latin america you can find www.selina.com for coworking. There are airbnb with fast internet - it depends from the address. e.g. in Chepe some blocks donโ€™t have fast internet, even in the center of the city)
Hello friends! I'm also spending some time in Costa Rica, likely starting in January, and I'm also due for a yearly physical.

Has anyone had a particularly good healthcare experience at a place they'd recommend?
Could have opted for 200mbps down for a few dollars more
You fool!
USD โ”€ $

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