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Public is fine
public = the bus, there may be a route from Jaco to Tamarindo
it would suck but thereโ€™s 100% a route thatโ€™s Jaco-San Jose-Tamarindo
Yeah Iโ€™d definitely take an Uber over that route
ya Iโ€™m not active enough to post links but search transportesjacoruta655
there's probably a bus to Liberia or Santa Cruz. from there you can get to Tamarindo
My friends and I will be there...not sure yet where though. Trying to figure out logistics.
When traveling to CR, have any of you used travel agencies or vendors to help plan activities, logistics, etc. that you can recommend? I realize this isn't what nomads typically do. Also asking for potential partnership opportunities since I'm working on a related project.
Sounds awesome! Jaco looks good for some surfing but not sure if the NY celebrations would be fun? Do you have any places in mind?
Just starting to look into all thisโ€ฆmy friend is sort of leading the planning effort though. Will share anything I find out. Might surf there, but would have to be a spot for novices. Otherwise, hoping to hit spots for a good mix of beach, nature and nightlife. Iโ€™m guessing weโ€™ll move around at least once or twice during the 9 days weโ€™re out there.
do you need to take any precautions coming to CR in regards to your tech vs humidity. Iโ€™ve heard peopleโ€™s laptops stopped working because of that when they were in mexico. Is this a concern for costa rica in nov to march?
All electronics sold in the US (and therefore most other markets) are required to have operating specifications, which includes what humidity they're rated to operate in. So 0% through 90% non-condensing humidity for a MacBook Pro, for example. The best precaution you can take is to get a place with aircon and don't work outside when it's very very humid and the temp is dropping. If there's dew on the grass or leaves, it's probably bad for your laptop as well.
cool, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜Š
you'll be fine.

only time I had problems was last year went it rained for an entire week nonstop. My battery got pretty humid and stopped working
summer is coming to CRC so unlikely to happen again in the next 6 months
Hey All. I'm looking to stay in Costa Rica for a month or so while working remote. Is there reliable fast internet outside of San Jose or is most everyone working remote doing it from San Jose?
or you could just get the testโ€ฆ
Anyone familiar with the Escazu area?
I am
Great! I am looking to rent a place there for a month to have more room and still be close to San Jose. Did you find it easy to get around without having a car?
Would you suggest staying in this area?
Escazu, not really. do you mind sharing the neighbourhood you're staying?

You'll have bus service, but it takes 30-1 hour, depends on time. traffic gets crazy in busy hours
if you want to be close to san jose, I recommend San Pedro or Barrio Escalante
you can walk to san jose from there, and many things are available in the area
Ahhh Ok, Yea I was originally looking at places in Barrio Escalante, seems like the main place to stay is one of these two differnt condo towers but al reviews say the walls are paper thin to be warned about that. From the photos the places look super nice and that area sounds cool and the type of place you would want to surrounded by.
The area I was looking in now is Quebrada Masilla. Mainly because I can rent a stand alone house there but I don't know much about the actual area and distances from everything. Seems like it could be inconvenient more a suburb for families or something since one of the key points of the neighborhood was shopping malls and a golf course haha.
The area is by bello horizonte
Sรกmara or Puerto Viejo de Talamanca? I can't make up my mind ๐Ÿ˜…
if you like rain and humidity, Puerto Viejo it is.
Puerto Viejo it is then ๐Ÿ˜…
I guess it's not all year tho? I plan to go in February/March
I have been to both, I prefere Samara
the coworking place is better for me
and the city is smaller and chiller, depends what you are looking for
Hmm, interesting thanks, I guess it'll depends on the accommodation too. As for the beaches, in which place do you prefer them?
In samara, for accommodation, you can find really good view in the hill
If you wanna surf, itโ€™s a good place to learn, And you are close to other surf spot for advance surfing
Less paries, more quiet, smaller

In Puerto, for accommodation, you can find really good spot in the jungle
You can surf, from beginner to expert I guess, but much more current, I didโ€™t really enjoyed.
More parties, less quiet, you need a bicycle for sure
just personally I prefer Samara because I could be focused on my work for few months
Caribe has a different weather from pacific. at least is the case with Puerto Viejo and it rains a lot even when is not raining in the rest of the country. I prefer to go there when is rainy season as it's likely to be sunny in Puerto Viejo
summer is starting in costa rica, so likely gonna rain the next few months.
I think in march doesn't rain that much
Sounds like Samara is a better plan then. How do you deal with transportation there? There is Uber or any equivalent? Or you don't need that and a bicycle will suffice?
in samara, no uber, all by walk, but from San Jose (capital) to samara, you have a 5h public bus to go there
oh ok, I guess the city is small enough not to need an Uber
only San jose is big
oh ok lol
Jaco too I think
I donโ€™t think so lol, but probably good enough to rent a ๐Ÿšฒ
I've decided not to stay in San Jose, is Jaco the best beach area t be this time of year or is the east better?
Anybody been in Costa Rica in May-September? It's apparently the "green season" with lots of rain, but is it like Bali wet season where it rains for an hour or two every day and then is sunny the rest of the time? or is it like long grey days with no sun for days on end?
May-September it rains, but it's not constant. You should have a rain jacket, but htere will be plenty of days where you can go out and enjoy nature, surfing, etc.

October into November is when it really sucks.
some years are rainy, others are very dry. this year has been very rainy, almost everyday during the whole after, somedays until late night, or even the whole day
if you're looking for a beach with city vibe, and everything in walking distance, jaco is the best option and only a few hours from SJO
tamarindo is a better IMO. more expensive and farther
๐Ÿ›ฌ vgoals just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
๐Ÿ›ฌ ddsdak just arrived in Monteverde Cloud Forest, #costa-rica
Playa Hermosa just went up way up high on my lost for surfing!
Will be travelling to Costa Rica in January and potentially staying in Uvita. Can anyone recommend any good communal places to stay?
Hey guys, Iโ€™m planning a trip to Costa Rica over new years. Any tips or ideas on where to celebrate NYE?
Iโ€™m planning a trip as well with 2 more friends. Will probably be around Nosara but happy to move for the right party ๐Ÿ˜‰
๐Ÿ›ฌ yeprze just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
Howโ€™s it looking there? Gonna be there soon w my bro ๐Ÿค 
Looking to do some hiking and enjoy some of the national parks & preserves in CR. Has anyone been to Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve? Thinking of spending some time there. Manuel Antonio has a nice looking beach, so thatโ€™s a good option too.
Normal life. Everything open. :)
Entry easy if you are vaccinated
I only did a weekend trip to monteverde, but the park is breathtaking! Like another world! You can stay at the selina there it's right by the park entrance and it has this mountain lodge vibe. Loads of other activities to do in that town too I just didn't bother ๐Ÿ˜‰
Good to know. I was thinking of staying in their lodge, but wouldn't mind Selina either.
I'm so excited to be coming back to CR in December!
It's hard to pick the perfect spot. I think I'll be in Santa Teresa just based on the nomad/cowork vibes I'm getting from that places and I think it will be easier to connect with the community a little before Christmas and New Years. Nosara and Samara would be my second pick...Haven't comited 100% yet tho ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Oh, you're in playa right now, me too, wanna meet up and brainstorm? ๐Ÿ˜„
I recommend finding other local hostels/hotels to stay in in Monteverde. There are some beautiful places (and I'm personally not a fan of Selina so a little biased here)
True...supporting local businesses vs chains should be preferable. If there are specific places you've stayed and recommend, please share
the place i stayed doesnโ€™t exist anymore (this was 6+ years ago) but iโ€™m sure you can find something nice either on| or airbnb!
๐Ÿ›ฌ brtnjwkhmukqx just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Santa Teresa, #costa-rica
Wohooo! Cheers from Dubai ๐Ÿ˜‰
Hey guys,
Iโ€™m coming to Costa Rica in December, trying to do a liveaboard diving_mask program for coco island any recommendations?

Also looking for an amazing coliving space if you experienced any really good place that you want to share my ears are wide open ๐Ÿ™
I checked it some time ago, and they were offering good discounts if they had spots left and you booked last minute. But I didn't do it, I don't know much other than what's said on the Internet
I sent them an email, will see how it goes
I am looking for the same type of coliving space and potentially the opportunity to work with people in the Dominical area mtbitqjfihif where about will you be?
I donโ€™t know yet, havenโ€™t find any good and reasonable place yet ๐Ÿ˜…
Does anyone have experience with the Costa Rica residency process?
If I recall you need to live at least 5 years in the Country, have insurance by la caja
What about the new digital nomad visa?
The digital nomad visa law has been passed but there has yet to be implementation of it. I'd bet it's Feb next year when there are gonna be some deets about it.
If you've got $60k you can get the rentista temporary residency, afaik it's quite straightforward. You don't need to spend the 60k, just move it from a CR bank account to another asif you were paying yourself a salary.
Yeah, people told me about that. They also warned me that taking your money out of some tico bank is a pain in the ass
Some guy here told me it took him 8 months to get it out of BAC
Maybe itโ€™s just this bank though?
Hey guys! What do you think the best domestic airline is to move around from one side to another?
Came across these Skyway, Sansa, Aerobell & Air Caribe
Sansa is probably the biggest and will get you to the most destinations. But Costa Rica Green is my favorite.
Iโ€™ve done the rentista visa; thatโ€™s not how it works. You lock $60k. You get back $2.5k a month during 24 months. At the end you get all of it back.
The process takes about 6 months to complete. Depositing + getting a certified letter from the bank can take up to 1mo and the approval of the forms can take anywhere from 1mo to 3.
Afterrwards you need to pay $1k, then go to โ€œla cajaโ€ to register and get your social security. About a month later you get your DiMEX (your local ID)
With regards to the funds at the bank, I did it with Promerica and they just give you a debit card in USD and another in CRC. The $2.5k become available on the USD card and you can just spend from that card or withdraw from any normal ATM.
Hey everyone, Iโ€™m planning to come to Costa Rica in Feb for the first time. Can anyone tell me if Santa Teresa is worth paying premium? Airbnbs there are at least twice as expensive as in any other area
Iโ€™m in Santa Teresa and enjoying it, itโ€™s basically a millennial surf town, getting a bit too touristy though for my taste so next time will probably look elsewhere. If you are here for the surf there are probably more interesting places, itโ€™s a good and very consistent and safe beach break (although can get a bit crowded), but still a beach break. That said this is my first time in Costa Rica.
Got it, thanks, Chris! Did you just book an Airbnb? Any recommendations?
I'm at Griss Lodge. Was recommended by a friend, super nice and friendly Italian owners, but they seem to get booked super fast as well. My backup plan was just checking Airbnb and Booking. As for area I personally like the spot near Santa Teresa beach best, Santa Teresa town is basically just along a long road.
Thank you!
๐Ÿ›ฌ wefandlyewccme just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Santa Teresa, #costa-rica
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