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  1. Enjoy! At least its not the freezing cold rain from up north. The only problem I have had is getting caught in a down pour. I was SOAKED in about 15 seconds. So much for the so-called water-repellant jacket.

    Hey Dana,

     

    You haven't been here long enough to 'thaw out' yet, have you?

     

    Just wait. You will. And then you will feel chilly and start needing to wear longsleeved shirts, or sweaters, in the evenings!

     

    I've been here -albeit on a six month annual basis- escaping from our west central Florida summer oven-like temperatures, and already, in this second year I feel chilly in the evenings in Alajuela. ...And with all this rain, it feels even more chilly.

     

    I've been sleeping under a light blanket at night to block the chill. And sometimes I'll use one in the recliner in the afternoon when I'm reading. (And no, I don't have a thyroid problem.)

     

    Cheers!

     

    Paul M.

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  2. How interesting! It so happens that just last night we were watching an episode of "Chopped" on the Food Network, which is a cooking challenge that includes incorporating unusual food items in a dish. One of the items was dragonfruit, which we had never seen or even heard of before. I made a mental note to look it up today on the computer. Your post just reminded me and now I can't wait to try one when we return to CR!

    I see them available in Florida in the better supermarket chains (e.g., Publix), but they are asking around $5 a pop, so I haven't succumbed.

     

    Guess I oughtta buy one at AutoMercado while I'm here. It won't be cheap at AM, I know, but it will at least be fresh and not shipped in from who knows how far away.

     

    ¡Pura Pitahaya!

     

    Paul M.

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  3. How can one possibly live in Costa Rica with the falling value of the dollar? This is exactly what should be discussed on this thread!

    Newman & All,

     

    Topic has been moved to the Open Forum. Y'all can 'have at it' now.

     

    For Rick: Feel free to start up your thread again where it was originally and we'll very courteously request that Forums members keep it on-topic to CR and not hijack it again.

     

    Moderator

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  4. Do we have to go down this path again--we have spent way too many electrons in the past and all we get are heated arguments on both sides of the issue. ... unless there is something new to say like the helpful summary from Giovanna and future changes in regulations, how about putting a lid on it this time ??

    This topic has been relocated to The Open Forum. But like sectorbets, I tend to agree that by rehashing this particular topic we are only replowing previously-tilled eearth.

     

    Also, while most of the info in the first post of this thread is from the CR Govt, please note that the last line of the 'Self Defense' info about firearms ownership reads:

     

    "© Costa Rica Firearms | CostaRicaFirearms.com"

     

    showing its actual provider.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

    Forums Moderator

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  5. Dear Forums Members,

     

    I am sorry to have to chime in here but Formus members are expected to police themselves and stay within the guidelines. So I want to remind everyone once again that members who choose not to follow the guidelines may find themselves moderated or with their membership terminated. And attacking another Forums member is a sure way for that to happen.

     

    This thread was moved to the Open Fourm when it became inapropriate in its original location. This was done rather than close it outright. We're not telling anyone that they may not disagree with another member if they wish to. Only that if they decide to disagree, to do so in a manner that remains respectful of the other member's right to their opinion.

     

    To wrap this up, I suggest that members refamiliarize themselves with the Forum Rules & Guidelines, linked at the top of every Forums page. And as always, if the shoe fits . . .

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

    Forums Moderator

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  6. Paul, This is just a suggestion as I have not done this. But if I needed to store a few boxes of things for a few months I would talk to my Tico friends and see if anyone could store those boxes for a small amount per month, say c 8,000.

     

    Presently I do store some boxes with a gringo friend who has some extra space in his large house.

    Ricardo,

     

    As an update, they decided to have a big yardsale and sold most everythng, so now the request seems pretty much moot.

     

    They did get one reply from a local gringa offering some storage space, but concluded that the yardsale was easier.

     

    Thanx for the suggestion though. You actually hit their nail on the head, so to speak...

     

    Later,

     

    Paul M.

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  7. Gentle Forums Members,

     

    I have a friend who will soon be returniing to the US for personal and family reasons and will be there for upwards of a year or perhaps longer.

     

    There is a small amount of personal belongings, artwork, etc., that they don't really want to haul back to the US if possible and are searching for a small storage space, secure and resaonably priced, somewhere in the Central Valley.

     

    They've already checked with Lion's Share Bodegas west of the airport (in Atenas area, I think) and it is too expensive for their needs since the rental spaces are far larger than they require.

     

    They're wanting space for something like four or five cartons of stuff about 5 cu feet each.

     

    I told her that I would check around a bit so.... Can any of you long-term Forums members resident here in CR think of any option/place that would serve their needs for such a small amount of storage space?

     

    They are located in Escazú presently but are amenable to something anywhere around SJ, Heredia, or Alajuela that would meet the needs mentioned above.

     

    Fingers X-ed

     

    Cheers!

     

    Paul M.

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  8. Couldn't find how to PM.

    igors1960@gmail.com

    Igor,

     

    TO SEND A PM . . .

     

    Click on SRORP's name in bold at the upper left corner of any of his messages. That will open his profile.

     

    Then on the lefthand side of his profile you will see an option, "Send me a message." Click on that and a small window titled "Sending a PM to SCORP" will open.

     

    Type in a subject in the Subject field and your message in the Message field. Then click "Send".

     

    That's all there is to it.

     

    Hope this helps!

     

    Paul M.

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  9. ... the CAJA (what does that acually stand for)?

    Hi Sue,

     

    CAJA is short for part of CCSS, which is Caja Costarrisence de Seguro Social.

     

    A close approximation of the meaning of CAJA itself would be box or drawer (like cash drawer), so by extension, fund, as close as I can figure.

     

    Therefore the CCSS is the Costarrican Fund for Social Security, or a near sense to that.

     

    HTH

     

    Paul M.

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  10. okay,so they say for a small fee based on what you make for the national health system. Do you know about how much per say? So is the private health real expensive? Trying to get some questions answered before we acually commit to moving there. Theres so much more involved than we thought,but learning alot from great people. I'm so gratefull for all the info guys.

    To add to what CRF said... If you become a 'self-pay' with the CAJA, your 'premium' is 13% of your income vs the $45 you would play to CAJA thru ARCR as a member there. So you can figure out which is the cost saver.

     

    My SSA check is around $1250 per month which at 13% would be a $162.50 to CAJA based upon my SSA. Now I'm also told ithat if you apply directly to CAJA they will adjust your income based upon your monthly expenses, although I am unsure which expenses they would consider would to apply against your SSA income.

     

    Even if CAJA adjusted off $400 in expenses, I'd still be paying $110.50 on my remaining inocme of $850.

     

    Maybe one of our other Forums members has first-hand knowledge of how CAJA applies deduction and for what and can add some further insight to this thread.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  11. Why don't you guys arrange a meeting with boxing gloves? I really can't see that these personal remarks do anything to enlighten any of us about the presence of the US military in Costa Rican waters.

     

    Do either of you have any real information about this?

    REMINDER to whom it is appropriate:

     

    Sniping and/or namecalling are an invitation to moderation or removal from the Forums. (Please revisit the Forums Rules & Guidelines...)

     

    It seems important to some members that they have an audience, but that is not an acceptable reason to hash such things out on the Forums. So, if members truly feel the need to do so -with namecalling, etc.- then take the discussion off-list. Otherwise, play nice and be respectful of one another. I don't intend to play 'three strikes, you're out' with this scenario.

     

    Moderator

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  12. Thanks everyone for your prespective on this subject. It was very informative. Please go to Expar Focus.com and see what Carole Hill has to say about firearms in CR and then get back to me .

    Fred,

     

    I, like one other member posting to this thread, was wondering why we should read the external site you recommended and then 'get back to you'.

     

    I would suggest that rather than have you direct our Members to an external website away from the Forums for this info, we'd prefer that you elaborate on it here yourself, on the Forums. Otherwise it tends to seem as if you might be shilling for the other site, which I looked at and saw that it really does not have much if anything to do with Costa Rica. Truth be told, it looks more like a commercial site to me.

     

    Also you might do well to reread the Forums Rule & Guidelines, linked at the top of this page, to famiiliarize yourself with them before posting anything further.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

    Forums Moderator

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  13. Do you know where these people are now?

    They are in custody, as they should be.

     

    It was all in 'AM Costa Rica' this past week. They were aprehended on the Rio San Juan by a Nicaraguan Boat Patrol and turned over to CR authorities.

     

    For those who read spanish, it was also in La Nación, online.

     

    The guy turned out to be from North Carolina (I think the lady, too) and IIRC were wanted for something there, as well.

     

    There's prolly a movie in this, somewhere....

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  14. Who is this?

    Hi Laura,

     

    I am curious, too....

     

    What did this link have to do with Costa Rica or the ARCR Forums? It isn't in response to anyone's question or to a previous thread.

     

    You did not post any qualifying message with it. (I have noticed in the past months you have posted links this way with nothing else but the lnk in your post.)

     

    Can you please help me, James, and everyone understand why you posted this link?

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

    Forums Moderator

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  15. ...Russian foreign military intelligence directorate (GRU) sources are reporting in the Kremlin today that NATO has ordered over 7,000 US Marines to begin deploying in the Central American Nation of Costa Rica over fears the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is about to rupture the fracture zone lying between the North American and Caribbean Plates and potentially unleashing upon the America’s a catastrophic earthquake.

    Well Cindy,

     

    Let's keep our fingers crossed that someone adapts this scenario into a Tony Award-Winning Musical Comedy . . .

     

    What should it be named? . . . Maybe 'GO WITH THE FLOW' ?

     

    Hey, if they made musicals named CATS, and MISS SAIGON, anything is possible!

     

    [ Shakes head... ]

     

    Paul M.

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  16. Gentle Forums Members,

     

    IMMHO, the concept of TRICKLEDOWN THEORY relies most heavily on the term TRICKLE, which by the definition of the word itself implies to me that not very much of anything is destined to reach the bottom, where the little guy is. And so far it doesn't seem like my hair ever even got damp from it.

     

    Anyone is welcome to disagree with me, but hey, I'm just sayin' . . .

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  17. Helllo Rebecca,

     

    My advice is to never rent long-term a place in CR sight-unseen. You are just asking for trouble!

     

    That place you are considering is not the only place that is available nor that will be available by the time you arrive. There are lots of good fish in the sea -ones that do not require an advance deposit yet which are safe, honest and reliable places to stay.

     

    I would recommend that you find some place that does not charge an advance or better/best that you simply wait 'til you are there to find something permanent.

     

    In the meanwhile, book someplace for a short inititial stay for a week or two or up to a month and look for suitable long-tern lodging after you get there.

     

    You don't say what area in which you expect to be be staying, but to start with -and if it is not far from where you intend to relocate- I would recommend staying in Alajuela which is the town next to the airport. There are a number of B&Bs in Alajuela and many people have recommended one called Hotel Vida Tropical B&B. I can vouch for it myself, having stayed there happily for about twelve visits over the last nine years.

     

    Once ensconced there you will be able to look around for more permanent lodging without having to rush things and perhaps quickly make an unnecessarily inferior decision.

     

    If you are expecting to be staying a long way from the airport/Alajuela, it might be helpful for you to offer this group that information so someone can suggest a different, but reliable, temporary place for you to stay initially while you search for your permanent, longer-term lodging.

     

    Over on another group where you have cross-posted this same request, you have received similar responses, plus some useful explanations for why it is inot the best idea to pay for something in advance the way you are considering. Rental places come and go, fairly quickly, which does seem daunting from afar. But once you are in CR you will find that you will be able to keep an eye on what becomes available locally and check it out and/or make a move on it before it gets snapped up.

     

    Maybe Julie H. who posts on these Forums will be kind enough to weigh in on how they found a rental place in Alajuela (it so happens), but her's and her hubby's methods are something you could use to your advantage in your lodging quest.

     

    Best of Luck!

     

    Paul M.

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  18. :) My, how quickly one adapts to new technology. It didn't occur to me that anyone (except perhaps professionals, and fewer of them as time passes) still used film cameras! I haven't seen anything other than a digital camera (except in the hands of my 80 year old father-in-law)for several years!

    Jim,

     

    When digital cameras first came out they did not always render colors so accurately as today's models do.

     

    The photographer at the American Orchid Society Judging Center in Tampa (FL) used Kodak slide film to record the awarded flowers because that ensured the corect color on the orchid blooms for the awards records.

     

    When finally the AOS went to digital he refused to go along and the Center had to find another photographer who would use digital. (The original photographer finally capitulated to digital when it became hard to find Kodak film or to get it readily processed, but the new photographer was already in place, so the former one ony gets asked when the current one cannot make it, sadly a case of 'you snooze-you lose'.)

     

    The problems with digital cameras not capturing the accurate colors of the flowers is now miniscule and it of course that has saved hugely on all the space needed to house the libraries of orchid slides of which there are somthing like 35 regional judging centers in the US, each of which needed a copy of all the awarded orchids. The awards photos are all now on one or two CR-roms per judging center!

     

    Now, like you, I can't remember in the last several years seeing anyone using a film camera.

     

    Time marches on.

     

    ¡Pura Película!

     

    Paul M.

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  19. The small investment in Peterson's book could save you thousands of dollars and years of frustration and heartache.

    Estamos Ud. y yo, David, bien de acuerdo con este asunto!

     

    This book has between its covers perhaps the best -or at least one of the best- collection of legal information useful for those living in CR to come to understand the CR legal system and the differences from (y)our laws back home.

     

    Cómprelo. You'll likely be glad you did.

     

    ¡Pura Legalese!

     

    Paul M.

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  20. OK, I've decided to buy property in Costa Rica...and I've picked the area that I want to try. I like the Caribbean....and I have read a lot of reasons for not living there but I have my own reasons for living their. So, I've rented a little beachhouse and will try it. In the meantime, I'm going to look at property. That will give me some orientation to the area and the neighborhoods, land prices, cost of living, etc.

    OK, you've made a good first step in renting. But now your best bet is to 'live' in the area and acclimate to it and also learn the downsides to it. This will let you know if indeed the area is for you. The longer you can stay there the better you will (or will not) acclimate and you need to determine this for sure before you commit your capital towards buying a house. Three to four months is good, but longer is better.

     

    Also during that time you will be able to get more of a handle on what are and are not good deals in real estate, eventually allowing you to make a more informed choice, down the road.

     

    Ideally, you should spend an entire year in the area that interests you. That way, when the rainy season is in full tilt you can see for yourself which rivers overflow, what roads become impassable, and can tell which areas are subject to flooding or washouts. This latter certainly will assist you in deciding where not to buy.

     

    There is more to consider than my several observations here, but these are very important considerations to weigh before actually purchasing a home in CR.

     

    By the way, why wouldn't you choose just to rent, what with the rental laws so favoring the renter and those laws being inscribed in the CR Constitution?

     

    Oh well, enquiring minds and all that rot....

     

    Cheers!

     

    Paul M.

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  21. Besides the concealed carry law can a Pensionado resident own firearms and keep them in their home? Can they have them shipped in with their household goods? Can they carry them in their cars without a permit? thanks for any enlightenment on this subject.................Ray

    I attended the ARCR Seminar this past Thursday when the question came up and Ryan told the group that the law says now that only Permanent Residents (their cédula says 'Sin Condiciones' on it) may get a gun permit. You must be a Residente Permanente (not a Pensionado: not a Rentista) to get a gun permit in CR.

     

    HTH

     

    Paul M.

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  22. Tony,

     

    I personally would steer clear of it until you do a lot of due dilligence.

     

    Why?... Well, for one they indicate that they have made an accessway to the water thru a mangrove preserve, and removing mangroves is a no-no in CR. The CR Govt. could at sometime come down on them and, at the least, the water access could be lost. Or the whole project coud be condemned. (There recently have been places along the coast -long established ones- which were in violation of how close to the water/median high-tide line they should have been allowed to build. Because they were too close, the Govt recently stepped in and razed one place. One other project that was in violation of regulations was stopped from further development. And still others -could this turn out to be one of them?- put up a great website, take money froom trusting buyers, and then fold up and the backers disappear, leaving behind only one or two completed dwellings and buyers are left with essentially nothing and no practical resourse to recoup their money.)

     

    And very importantly, you need to go physically and inspect it before you plunk down ANY money. I would also strongly enourage you to investigate the background of this project to be sure that they are following all rules and guidelines and that all their permits are legal and in place.

     

    Hire your own attorney to check this out. Don't use theirs to verify anything, another big no-no in CR. You want an attorney who will represent YOU and has no affiliation with this project.

     

    Lastly, if you don't live in CR now you should go and try spending a few months -or longer- living in the country to see if CR is really cut out for you. You won't know that for sure until you try it out for yourself.

     

    And, as an afterthought, this project is a long way from the Central Valley where most of the services and govt offices you will need from time to time are located.

     

    Maybe you have spent time living in CR, or maybe you have been to visit the project, but you must research the background and permits for the project before you invest in it.

     

    HTH

     

    Paul M.

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  23. Anyone try making fruit wines in CR? We make fruit wines here in the US and will be moving to CR soon. Just curious.

    There used to be a wine made from maracuyá (passionfruit) in CR, but I don't know if it is still in production. It was, for a time, a while back.

     

    Haven't seen it in the big Mas X Menos in Alajuela next to Cemaco but then I have not actually looked for it recently.

     

    That MxM has a lot of wines, so it might be practical to go there to have a look-see if you are in the area.

     

    HTH

     

    Paul M.

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  24. I believe you can post your rental in the "Any Property For Sale or Wanted - Including rentals or other items" section. Although beware that even though the name says "including rentals" the sticky says do NOT advertise rentals... :huh:

     

    However, TG seems to be relaxed on the rental posts.

    It should go on the Any Property For Sale or Wanted - Including rentals or other items Forum.

     

    Cynthia your post has been relocated there.

     

    Paul M.

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