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  1. As so often happens, a friend from (long ago) asked for suggestions on their trip, with several couples, to Costa Rica. "What beaches are the best beaches? It looks and sounds like we want to stay on the Pacific side… part of us want a hotel with night life and discos and part want the quieter areas…" My normal beach recommendation is Manuel Antonio, although I haven't been in quite awhile so I don't know the hotels (or the night life)...to suggest. Can anyone speak from recent experience? It has been 20+ years since I was in Tamarindo, so could anyone up there compare that with Manuel Antonio? Hotels? Night life? To make it even tougher, since they're several couples they also asked about all-inclusive options (no clue) and airbnb/vrbo to rent a house (possibly with a cook)... If anyone has suggestions, I'll happily pass them on. Thanks!
  2. We are an American family of 4, with the adults in our early 40's and kids getting close to 10 years old. We want to get out of the rat race, and spend more time with our kids, and enjoying life and nature. We've read just about everything on The Real Costa Rica website, and many of the articles here. My wife and I visited CR in the past, and we've applied for passports for our children. We intend to visit CR before they go back to school in late August. We think we want to live near the beach, and a school where the kids can earn an American diploma (allowing them into US universities) is a must. Fortunately, we are a healthy bunch, so while good medical care is a concern, it is not top priority. We want to rent, not own property initially, and are open to the possibility that we may move once or twice once we get to CR. What are things we should start working on right away? What should we be certain to do when we visit? We figured we would tour schools, and spend time in a few different cities, and play a little, for the kids sake. Lastly, it seems we could apply for Rentista, or Pensionado residency. Any advice on why one is better than the other? Thanks for allowing me a peek into your amazing lifestyles!
  3. Ok, not really sure if this scenario if feasable, will respect any and all points of view or advice: Have parents in the USA in their early eighties so will be traveling to the USA to visit several months a year, also to have our own medical tests performed, pre- paid medical. Own a great lot in Costa Rica near the beach in the Southern Zone, would like to build a small house or rent there and spend several months a year surfing and relaxing. Considering applying for Pensionado in Panama, renting or possible purchase, if good deal is located. Would be based in Panama and cross at Paso Canoas for beach living. Under current Costa Rica law can spend up to six months a year correct? Appears this scenario could work, really wish Costa Rica would allow property/land owners to stay without having to depart all the time.
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