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  1. Funny, I've done that more than once with a certain individual. What can you say, some people believe what they want to believe no matter how far fetched or outlandish it is. Anyway, gotta run, there's a black helicopter flying overhead!
  2. If you want you can send me the information on the two gringo owned developments. I might have some insight and feedback I can provide to you. It's a small community. Odd you are finding cheaper lots in Dominical than Uvita. Make sure what is marketed as Dominical is actually in Dominical. Many aren't and are on the others side of the bridge towards Hatillo or up the road towards Perez. Once you filter those out, Uvita prices are generally better. Watch the -ito on the end of Domincal as well. As far as the beaches are concerned that is where a lot of the crime is so be careful there with your kids and your guests. This goes for most beaches unfortunately whether here or anywhere in CR. We are working to change that, but it's slow and frustrating at times. Progress is being made though!
  3. Good point. There are also small medical facilities in the following locations: San Isidro (45 minutes away), Quepos (30-45 Minutes away) and Cortez (30-45 minutes away). There are vets, doctors, labs and plenty of pharmacies in the zone for less serious things as well.
  4. Here's my input of the Southern Pacific Zone: Uvita is the utilitarian area of the Southern Zone. It has the banks, the grocery stores, hardware stores, gas station etc. but lacks the cool vibe of Dominical. There are plenty of internet providers available but you pay a price for higher speeds to be sure and your location may only allow for certain companies and not others. Higher speeds are found near the highway and it goes down from there. Prices are higher for things as already mentioned as this is a coastal area. All coastal areas face the same problem. There are lots of gringos and a new bi-lingual school coming soon with a smaller temporary one already here. Most gringos live in between many of these towns or up in the mountains behind them. I get by without ever having to speak a lick of spanish although I do have a bit of spanish as well if needed. Spanish tutors are inexpensive as well. Crime is growing with the improved road but so is the police presence and the local CAP group who is trying to mitigate and stop it. (Crime, Awareness and Prevention). Most of the criminals caught are from San Jose, the Northern Zone and Guanacaste. They are just taking advantage of a newly accessible area. It's still not as bad here as many areas. Being accessible only by 4x4 has very little to do with how safe or unsafe a location is. Unfortunately, this is a gringo way of looking at a problem that does not exist for criminals. Dominical, just a bit North of Uvita, is more sleepy still, has a cooler vibe and has some night life and lots of restaurants. Crime here is actually lower due to more police and a heavy anti-crime reputation. Dominical and it's local suburbs (for lack of a better term) however are a bit more expensive and so is the real estate. Ojochal is a bit south and has several very good restaurants. Supposedly some of the best rated in CR depending upon what books you read. This area is a bit less expensive than Uvita and Dominical in terms of real estate and dining out as it gets a bit less traffic. This town and Playa Ventanas have a fair bit of gringos as well with more of a French Canadian influence. As far as properties I don't believe the prices are rising yet anywhere in this zone. Some areas are more expensive then others but it depends upon location, views, reputation etc. Prices are either stagnant or falling slightly overall and may or may not be negotiable though depending upon who you are dealing with and their understanding of the current world economic conditions. As anywhere in CR, do your homework and come see what you are looking at before you part with any money. This whole zone is a bit removed from the rest of CR and has a slow pace of life. That may sound good but living in it has it's advantages and disadvantages to be sure. (What I see as an advantage, my wife sees otherwise so your mileage may vary). Hope this helps.
  5. Not sure where some of you get your information from... The US is nowhere near the murder capital of the world. In fact, CR has surpassed the US in that regard for some time now. People perpetuating these kind of lies is what scares me. Do you want a real example of home defense by an expat with a gun? Last week two armed men were trying to barge into a homeowners door at night just down the hill from my house. They were having difficulty getting the door down but were making progress with crowbars. As they were attempting this, the homeowner was yelling at them through the door in spanish to stop and leave as he was armed and he would shoot. They did not comply. The thieves continued to pry their way through the door and fearing for his life and that of his wife he shot through the door. He struck one in the leg and one in the "groin region". The criminal with the leg wound got away and the criminal with the "groin wound" was picked up at the hospital. After making it through critical condition, the criminal under guard in the hospital managed to escape, which to my dismay I just found out today. So both are loose although one is missing something of value much as Lance Armstrong is (albeit for different reasons). Like Kaisdad said, you have probably never been in such a situation. Shall I continue? Do you want to hear about the three violent home invasions last month just 15 minutes south of me? Where one man was tied up and tortured for 3 hours? How about the well respected owner of [redacted] reality in Quepos who was tied up several days ago at gunpoint in his home and robbed? I can go on... I understand some people are against firearms. But don't perpetuate information that is not true while doing it. Please.
  6. Unfortunately, our trial period here in CR is done this December. I'm glad we followed the advice of many of you forum members and tried CR on for size prior to making a full blown move. Still, we did ship a vehicle and a bit of personal effects that will be a significant loss. However, we don't regret our time here but this is not the life for us and it makes us appreciate home more warts and all. I will do a full post in a new thread as it gets closer to us leaving as many times you don't get the after action reports of the "why people leave". Until then, I am teaching home and self defense to people in the area. Yesterday was definitely an experience but that seems to be weekly now. What can I say? Pura Vida? Tim
  7. I guess I'll join the fray with a little story or two... At 18 years old I was stationed in Berlin, Germany during my time in the Army. Legally able to drink for the first time, I took advantage of it as often as I could and was probably more than "a little" obnoxious on many an occasion. What can I say, I was young, immature and cocky. After I was out of the service, I went back and lived in Berlin for almost two more years. I immersed myself in the language, learned the culture and lived in a home with other Germans. At 22 years old I was a much different person and I distinctly recall sitting on the U-bahn one day watching some young immature US and British soldiers act as drunken fools and I realized that had been me. It was an interesting awakening. They didn't even attempt to talk to me as I had long-ish hair and was speaking German with a young lady. However, it was what it was and I didn't look down upon the US or Britiain but rather laughed at their immaturity. I'm sure they are respectable adults today with 9-5's and bills and... I wasn't a bad person at 18 nor at 22. I was just young and immature and I grew up. Not much to read into it really. Using some drunken kids as an example for something bigger really has no merit. To debate and discuss theories and things like this are a waste of time but I suppose people enjoy doing it. I know I get caught up in it too from time to time but for me there are real issues to contend with. Yesterday for example, I had a Uzi pointed at me, my wife and little boy. Although it was in the hands of the police, there were three violent criminals between us and him so if they had made a move and he had opened fire... "bala perdida"... I could go on but I won't. This is real and this is what concerns me. Now, back to your discussion.
  8. Kenn, Did you actually read and understand the website you posted a link to or did you just see rankings that supported your assumptions or what you wanted to find and copy/paste the link? Go back and read it again, see how the values are calculated, look up the numbers that go into their "weighing process" and come back and tell me the US isn't #1 in the things I mentioned. Just to be clear in case there are any misunderstandings. When I say #1, am am referring to real value. Actual $$$. Actual goods. et.al. I am not talking about a weighing and ranking process based upon values given to perceived good and bad attributes. Nice try though. T
  9. Agreed, seems like fishing to me. The laws are clear, (at least for the moment), and a link was provided to him.
  10. Truth be told I've come to learn that most of the people I know have a firearm of some sort in the house. However, I can't think of one person that actually carries one on the street save the Tico cops I've come to know. (I suppose the criminals do but since I don't know any criminals I can't say with honesty if they carry or not...). I know several people who have the right to carry via a carry permit but they don't carry on a day to day basis if that answers your question. It's not that bad in any place a law abiding gringo would choose to live or go. (Having one in the home is a different story though). Also, as far as packing heat wherever you go, unless you are a permanent resident or you had the carry permit prior to recent changes in the law you can't purchase or carry a firearm anymore anyway so that option is moot. I don't know your situation. Now, YMMV and I can only speak for the area in which I live and of course I am not including armed security guards who's job it is to carry. The firearm laws are here if you want to learn about them.
  11. No worries, someday it will come to an end and China will be the big guy on the block bringing gunboat communism to the world. Then, we'll all sit around reminiscing about the good old days when the 'big bad US' was in charge... You know, the 'big bad US' who ...provides more aid to the world than anyone else. ...provides more disaster relief to the world than anyone else. ...stands up and fights more than anyone else. The same country everyone hates but turns to in time of need. Blah blah blah...
  12. Interesting trivia and me playing again, the devil's advocate... Sport fishing alone by North American gringos in 2008 accounted for 2% of Costa Rica's gross domestic product. Think about that for a second. That's one activty of many that North American (US and Canadian) gringo's come here for. So the old story that CR doesn't need gringos or that we don't contribute much doesn't hold water. No pun intended. In the year 2008: Sport fishing by North American visitors generated $599 million or about 2% of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product Of that $599 million sport fishing generated almost $78 million in tax revenues for Costa Rica and 63,000 jobs $329 million of the above was spent on travel including lodging ($119 million), restaurants ($15.6 million), flights and fishing guides ($88 million) and land transportation ($6 million). Additionally and not included in the above figures, 3,700 of the visitors have their own boats in Costa Rica and spent approximately $138 million for items such as fuel ($45.6 million), maintenance and repairs ($25 million), furniture and accessories for their vessels ($48 million), staff and crews ($2.8 million), marina fees ($16.6 million), and taxes and insurance ($1.8 million). I wonder what else gringos do while they're here besides fish as the above only accounts for 22% of visitors? I can think of a bunch of items... I wonder how much was collected last year for the luxury tax? I wonder how much of the luxury tax collected was from Tico's vs expats? I wonder how much Intel brings in to the CR economy? BTW - Above figures from a study performed by The Billfish Foundation, Southwick Associates and the University of Costa Rica in 2009
  13. It's not 46 ships all at once and their not warships. I suppose the term "warships" though is subject to interpretation. For example I don't consider a Coast Guard ship a "warship" but some might. It depends really on how one is spinning their side. As far as what would happen if CR is threatened or attacked it is not speculation. Costa Rica is a charter member of the OAS (the first OAS session was actually held in San Jose in 1971) and is of course also a member of the UN. It is the job of both the UN and the OAS to defend their members. The process is formal, it’s in place and has already been used by other countries (see example below). The reality is CR diplomats in both organizations would be working simultaneously for a response while also working in Washington DC for US support and pressure on the UN and OAS. So, if attacked or threatened CR would appeal to both the UN and the OAS for help of which they would surely receive. As far as which nations would be responding en force, it would be again led by... you guessed it, the US. There is no speculation there either. The US just has the military to respond (although currently stretched thin) and has reiterated time and time again that its role is to defend democratic nations. The real speculation would be on who else would send a major force. One could speculate that Brazil has the capacity to send a large force as Brazil is also a charter member of both the UN and the OAS and is geographically close. (Brazil also happens to have the largest military force in Latin America). Anyway, a high level example of how it works in five sentences… Kuwait was invaded and annexed by Iraq in 1990. Kuwait appealed to the United Nations for help as is protocol. The UN went to the aid of its member and tried diplomatic solutions. The UN diplomatic solutions failed to remove Iraq from Kuwait. The UN then went into Kuwait and Iraq with a US led 34 nation coalition and freed Kuwait.
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