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  1. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    future is very difficult to read yes, there are more options (countries) out there... but we have to start somewhere with the research Moving now from Costa Rica to Panama is difficult for you?
  2. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    That is one of the steps we'll take if we decide to move in Costa Rica. thank you!
  3. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    Coming from Canada, we say "thank you" 300 times a day, so being polite won't be a problem :-) I will leave "Cerro de la muerte" for some other time... It may be spectacular but I know what "Cerro de la muerte" means :-) From this hotel we picked I have 1h to Grecia, 1/2h to Alajuela, 1/2h to Heredia, 1h to Atenas. It doesn't look too bad to me. At this hotel we'll be only at night, when I don't interact with locals anyway. We can change it if it's going to be an inconvenience. Waze is an excellent app, can be used on and off-line. ¬°Gracias por tu consejo! :-)
  4. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    We had to choose between Arenal and Monteverde for that reason. We put Monteverde aside for other time. Will check the paper map, thanks We stay 3 nights at Arenal so we have time to enjoy the area. This being our first visit, I would like to meet with expats because they already went through what we plan to go through when we will retire. I can learn from their experience. And right now I can communicate with them better and faster than I can with Ticos. As for the weather, Central Valley sounds right to me. I am not big on city life and shopping is a waste of time and money, but I like my Internet to be reliable :-) Right now for Spanish I use Google-Translate and my Romanian background. I have the latin accent already :-) and there are many similar words. I can get by for two weeks. I don't plan to live in an expats-bubble at retirement. So improving my Spanish and interacting with Ticos is the normal way of life for me and my wife. But there are few more years until we cross that bridge.
  5. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    I am going to Jaco and Uvita anyway. I was thinking that maybe from Dominical I could go up to SIDG for few hours just to check it out. I am not taking that twisty HW-2 that google suggests from San Jose to SIDG... I get dizzy only by looking at the map :-) I bet the scenery is spectacular, but I don't need the aggravation of HW-2
  6. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    another question, maybe not so smart Is San Isidro de El General worth the drive? is it in an area frequented or preferred by expats? how is the micro climate there? thanks!
  7. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    good point, I keep forgetting it
  8. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    Hi EleanorCR, I was hoping for an answer from you :-) I think my wife used booking.com as well. We won't try to see it all. We excluded Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste coast to focus more on the potential areas for retirement. Probably we'll go there some other time. Jaco and Arenal are assigned for "lazy" vacation days... short day trips and back to the ocean or hot springs. I don't want to waste too much time driving. We'd rather walk in these small towns. I am a big fan of printed maps, at least I have something to show when I ask the locals. I will check with our CAA (the canadian AAA) to see if they still have them in this paperless age :-) Yeah, didn't think of getting a gps with my rental... I never do but now would be a good time. Probably we'll leave the back roads for another time when I'll be more familiar with the country, the roads, the people, the driving style :-) Thank you for the "Kolbi" tip, never heard of them. And thank you for offering to meet up, next time for sure. I will plan so that we'll be in your neck of the woods :-) Cheers!
  9. cocog

    First time in Costa RIca

    Hi Paul, I checked the Excel file my wife made :-) and we're going to be at Country Inn and Suites on PanAmerican Highway, not far from the airport. We're not going to spend too much time in our room. I guess she picked it because it has a pool. That's useful after a day of wondering around. We are on vacation after all :-) On Google Maps looks like it's not quite in downtown San Jose. But the listed address says "San Jose". If we find something more convenient, like a B&B, we can change it for the rest of the Central Valley stay. Alajuela is definitely a place to check out. It's been mentioned a lot in what we have read. These information tidbits about local points of interest (eateries, bars) are what I am after right now. There is nothing better than word of mouth. So thank you for that !
  10. Hi, My wife and I are going to spend 2 weeks in Costa Rica starting next week. We fly out from Toronto and rent a car. This is our first time in this country. We want to do some "touristy" stuff (not too much) but, more important, also scouting for a retirement place. We plan to retire in 3-4 years and Costa Rica is on the list. We read a lot about it, now it's time to finally see it. This is our schedule and what we have booked: San Jose (4 nights) Uvita (2 nights) Jaco (4 nights) Arenal (3 nights) San Jose (1 night) The 4 days in San Jose are dedicated to checking out Central Valley, with trips to Athenas, Grecia, Alajuela, Santo Domingo, Escazu. We try to "get the feeling" of the Valley. For now I have few quick questions: - how do I get a SIM card with a local phone number and a data plan? what cell-phone operator do you recommend? - I would like to get a GPS map of Costa-Rica to load it in my GPS. Do you know of a good, more complete and accurate one (free or not)? - where are the bad, not-safe areas in Central Valley, where I should have no business going? - are there any main roads that are still damaged by the latest floods? - where are some good places to meet with expats (Americans or Canadians), restaurants, bars, etc? It would be great if we can meet with some expats that can share some of their Costa-Rican experiences with us: how they adapted to their new place, how do they spend their retirement days, what do they like and don't like, etc. If anyone has the time and inclination of a friendly chat with us over lunch, dinner or cold beverages in between please PM me so we can get in touch. Thank you !
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