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We are anticipating receiving our pensionado status in 2 to 3 months. Yes we have been to Costa Rica many times and are studying Spanish to assist us in acclimating to the area and culture. Since it remains to be seen if we will settle in and be able to adopt this country, initially we are going to do a long term rental (3 to 6 months) around San Jose so we can take Spanish classes, use the mass transit and settle in. At this point we are looking around Sabana Sur, Sabana Park, San Pedro, Santa Ana, Escazu, and Paseo Colon. Would like input on any of those areas: 1.Is one any better than another and why 2. Are one of these areas flat or flatter than others (we are joggers), 3. Any reason we should not consider any of these areas? 4. Are there more expats in any of these areas than others. (though we don't want to live in an all gringo area either). 4. Don't want an area that is so far out that a person can't walk 800 to 3600 meters or so to get to a store, buy a coffee, etc .5. Any other thoughts on if a house, a high rise, a condo should be considered? And any thing else. thanks for thoughts. Tom and Nancy