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  1. Fortunately, James, there are ample taxis, plus many inexpensive buses & routes with frequent service to most everywhere in the country –unless you happen to be way out in the boonies where the bus frequency may often be much reduced. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  2. Wouldn't if be just as simple Dean, to have the letter sent special delivery (if available) c/o General Delivery to your nearby post office? Then you can just go in in a few days and ask for it by showing your passport. All that said, since you say that already you have a 'workaround' in the form of a friend's 'loaner' p.o.box, you should be In Like Flint! ¡Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==
  3. Induna, a few points . . . When you apply for your residency and you documents, etc., are all accepted and you receive your 'comprobante' you are then considered 'en tramite' until you receive your 'resolución' awarding you your residency. And no, while 'en tramite' you may stay in the country 'til you are awarded your 'resocución' granting you your residency. But in either of those two statuses one cannot work. Only after you have maintained your residency in good status for three years and then apply to upgrade to 'permanente' status and once that is granted can you work ing CR> One last little point: The costarricans legislators themselves came up with the term 'turista perpetuo'. I saw it printed in La Gaceta. And somewhere here on the Forums is posted (twice, on separate occasions) the language from La Gaceta that addresses residency and tourista visas, both in spanish and english. I know that they are somewhere on here cuz it was I who posted them. But search as I tried I could not locate them. Possibly someone else will be able to unearth them and post them to this thread. One thing that was stated in the language (ref above) in La Gaceta, about tourist stays and overstaying one's tourist visa, was specifically that "there may be sanctions" for overstaying one's visa. OK — HTH Cheers! Paul M. ==
  4. James, regarding PT-ism . . . not sure exactly why you brought it up in this thread at this late date. I hadn't noticed anyone else here who has mentioned it anytime recently. (But perhaps I missed something new in this topic.) Anyway I would suggest that you read through our Forums Rules & Guidelines which are linked at the bottom right corner of every Forums page. (Note numbers 3 and 7.) While PT-ism is not very often talked about on here it does get discussed occasionally. What is not acceptable (per the Forums Rules & Guidelines) is promoting PT-ism in any way. Regards, Paul M. Forums Moderator ==
  5. Hey D, Don't get stressed-out by all the upcoming planning for your trip south. As an example . . . For me, when I remember back to just before I applied for my residency, the thought of trying to get all those needed documents together seemed like it was going to turn into a major mountain to climb. But after making the request for the first document which arrived quickly, then sending it off to the CR Consulate for authentication (as one had to do back in 2006), and waiting for it to come back in the mail, which it did in about a week, well, I was much relieved. After that obtaining the other several documents just went like clockwork and suddenly they were all back in my hands about a month before my flight south to make my resiidency application. Getting all those documents went so smoothly that I was indeed surprised that things went so quickly. So when you start making the arrangements for your upcoming trip south, if you will ahead of time do the things that you need to in preparation for the trip then everything should fall right into place so that once you're there you will wonder why you worried that much. Even so, I'm sure you will prolly have more questions in the coming months so please, ask away. There are folks here on the Forums who'll have useful advice and suggestions for your trip. ¡Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==
  6. Okay, thank you for that info, STW. I knew Charlie had many contacts in the US with whom he could arrange transport. What you say that he arranged for you sounds like it really helped simplify things a whole lot. How nice that that part of the move was so well taken care for you! Cheers! Paul M. ==
  7. STWoman, Remind me, please, where you shipped from in the States. That info eludes me momentarily at this writing. How did you get your items to Charlie in the US? Were you close enough to drive 'em to his warehouse in Port Manatee? Or did you have to have them packed up where you were and shipped onwards to CR? Paul M. ==
  8. Hey Stoic, Good luck with the house. Just a suggestionon the books: Consider using Charlie Zeller for some or any of the books if you don't have enough friends & family coming to CR to get all of them brought to you. Charlie has a decent rate for shipping used books or household goods: 2.5 cu ft carton = $35.00US (need to verify) 5 cu ft / 90# carton = $90.00US (max 90lbs for this size) Here are his contact numbers & info: Tels.: 506-2431-1234 / 506-2258-8747 Office Hours: M-F / 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tollfree: 1-866-245-6923 (from USA) Email: shiptocostarica@racsa.co.cr URL: www.solutionscostarica.com/relocating/ [NOTE, Call him during his office hours, CR time. If he's not in –he may be in Pto. Limón clearing someone's shipment that arrived. In that case his secretary who speaks some basic english can let you know when to call back. I recommend using Skype in case you must try several times; it's much cheaper. Once you get ahold of him you will find him very helpful.] == His office/warehouse in west central Florida at Port Manatee: Pack 'N Stow Ineke (Port Manatee = his sister; works at the office there) cell - 813.313.9411 Charlie/cell - 813-313-9057 (when in Florida) bus - 941.981.3880 If you or friends & family are or are going to be anywhere near Port Manatee, FL, you can take things to there warehouse yourself; just call ahead to be sure they are in the office. I'm in Tampa so it was very easy for me –about 40 minutes– to drive my stuff down to the warehouse. I have sent stuff using Charlie's services several times to CR & everything arrived safely with nothing broken. Remember your items will be traveling by sea so plan to get your stuff to him well ahead of time. I took my stuff to the warehouse about three weeks before my flight to CR and dropped them off. They showed up about ten days after I arrived, easy as pie. Plus they were delivered to me at my apartment in Alajuela Centro with no further charge. Sorry this got so long, but PM me if you have further QQs! Cheers! Paul M. ==
  9. Hi diceallion, Congrats on your concerted efforts in preparation for your planned move south! Let me suggest that you come while the kids are on summer break from school. That should make things simpler on the north end. As to the south end, that time of year would be the start of the rainy season and would offer the opportunity for you to see how that works, since it is very different from what we experience in the temperate climes. Sincein CR it most always rains in the afternoons you can go out early in the day (it gets full light by 5 am or so) and so you will have six to eight hours until the rains start around 1 to 2 pm. to explore and get things done. But the rain won't be every day, maybe two to four days per week in June and July. The later into the rainy season that it gets the more days per week it tends to rain, so by September it would prolly be raining 4 to 5 days per week, occasionally more. My reasoning for suggestion that you come during the rainy season is that it is so unlike what we experience in the temperate climes that if you cannot cope with the rain patterns during that seaon you may want to rethink your choice of CR for relocation. Mind you I am playing a bit of the devil's advocate here since I don't exactly know how much you already know first-hand about Costa Rica, so forgive me if I happen to be a tad out of line with my suggestions. Regards, Paul M. ==
  10. Interesting, CMGal. Seeiing your post I thought I'd juat chime it with this little narrative: When I first came to CR in 1976 I stayed at the (old) Pensión Otoya in San José (50 mts N of the Hotel Europa in downtown SJ). It was a lovely old place and was charging only $3.25US per day for a room with shared bath. Such a deal!! I stayed there for 20 years off & on, every time I came to Costa Rica. until it was sold and peremptorily buldozed to make way for a bus parking garage. [sigh] But the owner told me when I checked in that very first time in 1976 that for the price they had stopped serving breakfasts that year because there had been a bad inflation and milk had gone up to a dollar a gallon! So everything old is new again: Costa Rica is still getting expensive after all these years! Cheers! Paul M. ==
  11. Thanks Savannahjo, for those kind words about the Forums. Happy New Year to you, too, and to all of our Forums Members, as we march forward into 2017. The Forums would not be the useful place that it is if it weren't for our members. Collectively they are a font of information, knowledge and wisdom, as well as being a storehouse for many amazing experiences about Costa Rica. Regards, Paul M. ==
  12. Hello All. Just a reminder that ARCR's offices will close this coming Wednesday, December 21 at noon for the Christmas Holidays. Their offices will re-open for business on January 2nd, Monday. Let's hope that all of our ARCR Members & Forums Readers have a marvelous Holiday Season. Cheers & ¡Pura Vida! Paul M. Forums Moderator ==
  13. Income Property?

    Though it is about to change one must really become familiar with rental law in Costa Rica. It is different than in the US and in CR the tenant has certain strong rights, partially hamstringing the landlord. While the rental laws are inscribed in CR's Constitution, they seem likely to be going to undergo some revisions soon as was recently reported in the news, although it is not known yet exactly how or how much the rental laws will be revised. Still I believe that it is most important that the OP learn everything s/he can about rental law in CR before taking the plunge of renting out a newly purchased property. Regards, Paul M. ==
  14. No, no need to beat any dead horses Colin, true. But I was not complaining about the election result per se, rather it was mostly about the public's lack of involvement in running their own government -pretty much other than when it's election time. Mr. T. -may not have been my choice either- though he could turn out to be a happy surprise –or a surprise at least. He's got some l'arnin' to do first though about governing, that seems clear. And as Eleanor said he's scary in many ways. But we will have to wait to see what actually evolves or whether he is held in check by the system. We shalll see . . . PM ==
  15. Eleanor, I can't blame you for saying that's delusional. But you'll please notice that I used the words 'ideal wish' by which I think you can grasp that I am not holding my breath! The US Public abdicated its role in governing the country by electing others in to do it for them and then allowing various of those elected to pursue their own agendas and not those of the Nation. The Public nowadays has stuff like sitcoms and social media to solace them as a way to occupy their time. And so it goes. PM ==
  16. Yes Lucy, your feelings are very much mine, too. Sounds like the age of Fireworks (no pun intended) in gringolandia is nigh on schedule to begin. My ideal wish is that this will result in the US citizenry re-taking the reins. We are living in some truly strange times. Good luck to us all. Paul M. ==
  17. Just wondering how many of those who insisted that they would leave good ol' Unka Samland if their candidate did not win actually have current passports which would allow them to do depart for foreign shores. I'm curious, too, how many with that same intention who don't have pasports realize that they have to have one to follow thru with their emmigration. And if they all actually do apply for passsports how much of a lag-time is that going to create to receive a passport? Enquiring minds, and all that rot . . . PM ==
  18. Wow! Thank you Patty. I wasn't aware there was such a routing. I usually just take Spirit. Despite its well commented upon flaws Spiritair has always been the most convenient carrier for me TPA > SJO with one brief stop in FLL on the way south. I'll have to check it out. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  19. Welcome to the Forums, Doug. Glad to hear that you are enjoying all the nformation on here so much. And there are quite a few very knowledgeable regulars on the Fourms who can (and do) asnwer questions you may have, so feel free to ask. ¡Pura Vida! Paul M. ==
  20. Mmmmm.... very good point, Tom. Pondering this ought to offer certain chumps a chalupa or two to chew on! (But oops, there I go, waxing pseudo-politic!) Cheers! Paul M. ==
  21. Gail, Tom's advice about starting out in a B&B is really very good advice. You can find B&Bs which are well within your budgetary range and stay as long or as briefly as you need as you beging to explore the town. And while you are at the B&B you can will be test-driving the town and meeting people and trying out businesses. Then once you've made a few acquaintances you'll be able to start to ask the questions you want about where to stay longer-term and who might be a reliable and helpful agent/person for you with getting thing set up. The best thing about this way of 'starting up' in CR is by that being in a B&B that takes most of the pressure off of yout find some place in a hurry, and that in turn can allow you some welcome bargaining room during your efforts. Good luck with your upcoming advernture, Gail. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  22. What I last heard, Dana, was that if a US citizen were to go to the embassy and ask to renounce his citizenship that the embassy personnel would tell him to go home and think about it for a few days before returning and asking to formally file a request. And the filing fee that Eleanor (I believe) mentioned which is assessed has recently been hugely increased to, IIRC, somewhere between US$2K to $3K bucks! Then if your request is approved I'm almost positive that you are required to surrender your passport. You will also be assessed somethng like a 30% surcharge on all your US asssets & holdings as a penalty for renouncing your citizenship. After that, even as an ex-citizen, the IRS requires you to file taxes with them for up to ten years after your renouncement. All that sounds to me purposely off-putting on the part of the US. For me I'd have to reallyreallyrealy hate the US to renounce my citizenship (cuz I'm way too cheap to just surrender all that money to them). Anyway, that's my opinion of the whole shebang. [sigh] Regards, Paul M. ==
  23. Eleanor, Will you live long enought after renouncing your US Citizenship to not have to pay US taxes, I wonder? Many folks aren't aware that if a person renounces his or her citizenship from the US that the IRS will continue to assess taxes on the party's income for up to ten years afterwards! Also, there are significant sanctions placed on one's monetary & other assets in the US upon renouncing citizenship. That is around 30% of the value of the equity that is assessed, from what I read. A pretty big bite, that. Anyway, good luck if that is your intention. Regards, Paul M. ==
  24. Hi Dennis, The amounts you posted in your message just above . . . Are then in Dollars [$] or colones [¢] ? Just curious. Paul M. ==
  25. Com mucho gusto, Rodo... No vale nada la información si no la ofrecemos uno a otro! Estoy seguro que 'FiA' vaya a ayudarle mucho -y es cierto que pronto. 'French in Action' es un poquito repetetiva al principio, pero después de dos o tres episodios empieza la narativa/historia. A propósito, mis estudios de francés fueron en la universidad aquí en la Florida hace 40 años, pero de vez en cuando después de mirar este programa (FIA) siempre me da buena sorpresa qué rápido es que mi oido se agarra las palabras y el ritmo del francés. Y además es igual con el español: hay que practicar -siempre, durante toda la vida! Y es muy semejante 'Destinos' a sus principios: Después de la 2a lectura se pone el programa en tren de su historia. Creo que Lucy o qualquier persona con aun un poquito de español puede aprovecharse de ella y mejorarse la comprensión del español. ¡Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==