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  1. Thank y'all for the comments. Could you elaborate a little more WHY you'd consider Panama today?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. That makes it even more expensive and raises the cost to a level of highly developed western nations.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. That (Caribbean coast) and English speaking communities elsewhere is what I meant.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
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