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About Redneck

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  1. Not sure what to think of this ... Source: http://www.usexpatcostarica.com/arcr-rate-hike-for-caja-plan/ Does that mean only ARCR members have to pay significantly more?
  2. I'm actually not sure if this is honest advice or sarcasm. If you really mean it, why would you want to live in Costa Rica? (serious question)
  3. So it basically boils down to having a house sitter whenever you want to leave for overnight stays? That sounds pretty restricting to be honest. Do you take any extra measurements when you go out on day trips, like leaving in the morning and returning late night?
  4. Thank y'all for the comments. Could you elaborate a little more WHY you'd consider Panama today?
  5. That would be bad news. I'm wondering how they would know that a proxy IP is being used. I thought proxies generate a dynamic IP.
  6. Thanks Paul, this is good to hear (read) somehow reassuring. If you don't mind me asking (maybe you've mentioned it already), which area of CR do you live in?
  7. Practical advice wanted - What do you do when you want to leave your home in CR for days or even weeks? Do you have to wait for relatives or close friends to house sit? Is the concern about security affecting your travel plans and every day schedules?
  8. I'm sure they are inaccurate to a certain degree. However, many user of this forum have confirmed in a different thread how high the level of crime in CR is. I try to draw a picture of the information that's available.
  9. That makes it even more expensive and raises the cost to a level of highly developed western nations.
  10. I've added "politically stable democracy" to the Pros list of CR. If you have to pay $400/mth or more for health care, I wouldn't call this "dirt cheap". I've been looking at the crime and safety report at https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=14288 for CR and https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=14357 for Nica, but others as well.
  11. We already know that we'll "test drive" CR. We're trying to make up our minds about if or if not we should spend more time and money on other countries as well. BTW, Belize has initially been on our consideration list some time ago too but we took it off because of its high violent crime rate, weak infrastructure and technology, high risk of hurricanes, weak health care.
  12. That (Caribbean coast) and English speaking communities elsewhere is what I meant.
  13. Thanks for the good input. We'll stay in CR for a considerably long time first anyway but we're also trying to keep our eyes and minds open to possible options and alternatives and we're wondering if we should plan on exploring these options. I'm trying to collect information to make a pro/con list. Please feels free to correct me if I'm wrong and let me know what needs to be added. Most of the information is based on more or less credible internet sources. CR Pros diverse landscape diverse climate many English speaking areas cost of health care once you're a permanent resident Politically stable democracy CR Cons long process of immigration high crime rate high cost of health care until you become a permanent resident (compared to) Panama Pros health care (quality and cost) infrastructure and technology Panama Cons cost of living (highest compared to ...?) climate (hot and humid) Nicaragua Pros low cost of living affordable health care safest country in Central America Nicaragua Cons Politically questionable weak infrastructure and technology possible occurrence of Hurricanes
  14. Would anybody like to offer thoughts and experiences about a comparison of Costa Rica with its neighbors, Nicaragua and Panama? Especially in regards to ... Immigration - rights, time frame, cost and process in general Health care - cost and quality Crime and Safety Weather Value of Money / Buying Power Infrastructure and technology Overall lifestyle I'm sure at least some of you must have formed opinions about it. I'd love to hear (read) them.
  15. Thanks for all the comments so far. I've read somewhere about maid services and wondered what y'all think of it? Can the presence of a maid help with protection or does one invite more risks? Another question would be how secure hotels are. Can you leave your stuff (including laptop computer) and luggage at the room?

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