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  1. There may also be rate variations, based on what electrical equipment you have in the house. It might be that the rate is higher with more "stuff." Even if the rate is not higher, you can count on a significant electric bill because of the necessity of using AC when you live at the beach. The heat and humidity are daunting! Some people use AC only in one room -- such as the bedroom, in order to sleep comfortably at night. Of course, your use of AC will depend on your tolerance for the heat and humidity. Ceiling fans and other fans can help, of course.
  2. TeAmo - you might also contact the place in Jaco where you stayed for a week. They might have some ideas for places you can look at. But yes, I do think a trip and a few days in Jaco is in order.
  3. Perhaps you have gotten some answers to your request, but if not, here goes my "free advice." First off, I think that you are rather ambitious with what you want to rent and what you want to pay. Of course, it will depend on just where in the Jaco are you are wanting to rent. But the nicer areas will cost more, I think. You might consider renting a bit out of town - inland - which should make your goal more possible. It will also depend on what type of house you are looking for. A decent "Tico-style" house might be a possibility in a Tico neighborhood. But a "North American style" h
  4. James, this is the main reason I moved closer to town. I lived 3 km up a very steep hill on a very bad road and it just became too much after a while. I now live about 300 meters from the center of town on a very quiet street that features toucans across the street, parrots nesting in my back yard and monkeys moving through from time to time. I have fruit trees and a few plantings for the kitchen. So really, the best of both worlds! Yes, I have to put up with the thump of my neighbor's bass and the occasional very loud truck, but that's not really a big deal. In return, I ca
  5. I think you've gone off the rails a little bit, Paul. Plant grass to feed a horse/mule/burro? I guess you would then need to construct a corral, make sure your property is fenced, see that there are no plants that are poisonous to the animals, build a shelter for them to keep out of the rain, bedding for the shelter, vet calls (8 miles out...or more....), medicines, grain, vitamins..... it's complicated looking after a living thing. If having a Plan B for transportation is a real worry and a real need, then so much easier just to buy an inexpensive used motorbike. It doesn't eat when
  6. I am really late to this party, I know, but I saw this the other day and have given it some thought. I was in a similar situation after an accident where my little truck was in the shop for 6 weeks. (Yes... six weeks.) I lived only 3 km from the bus line, but it was either straight down or straight up steep hills. I would sometimes walk down to the bus stop and taxi back up but sometimes I just didn't feel like walking. So here are some things that might be useful to you if you are ever in that situation, James. 1. Local taxis -- use these to pick you up and take you to the bus sto
  7. True, newman. But Costa Rica is not "lawsuit happy" like in the US. Although, if it's a "rich gringo" haha. I guess it's just another reason to drive carefully and soberly and a bit slower than you'd like. I do drive a bit slower than people behind me like, but I have avoided at least two potentially deadly accidents by doing so.
  8. I have lived here in Costa Rica in houses that have bars and houses that don't. After a little while, the bars just don't bother me and they become kind of "invisible." It's kind of like having tinnitus: You have noise in your ear(s) all the time, but it is prominent only when you think about it. I do live in a town that is pretty crime-free and safe but some people do have bars, including me. My windows have jalousie openings and the bars let me keep them open most or all of the time without fear that someone will remove the panes and grab something or come into my house. Does that
  9. Wouldn't it be less complicated just to get liability insurance? I know people who have a B&B and it is not in a corporation but they do have liability insurance.
  10. Phil, you are looking for the value of a piece of land in Zarcero in 1993? Twenty four years later? In my mind, whatever you paid is what it was. Why would you even undertake a quest to find out how much that land was "really" worth? My advice would be -- if you are determined to pursue this -- to contact a local real estate agent or a real estate agent that handles property in Zarcero. They might -- MIGHT -- be able to help you. But property values can vary widely based on specific location so "farm land 1/2 a mile from the highway" is probably not good enough. The other option wou
  11. I have used Trusted Housesitters to find a house sitter and it works really great. You can at least register there and see what happens. But as Jeffery pointed out, January is a very busy month in Tamarindo so you might not find much of anything. Consider renting something for that month that is a little out of town. You might have better luck in Villareal, for instance. Not sure why your house will take 18 months to build unless it is Tom Brady/Mel Gibson mansion type or there's a maritime concession involved. That seems like a really long time. Good luck with your quest an
  12. Wait... Ambassador Haney is Jewish? Who knew? I know he is black so I thought that would be the "racist rant" of choice. Why would anyone care? His religion (or race or sex) should have nothing to do with his Ambassadorship. And yeah, I would NOT want to be associated with ANY website or forum that allows any kind of racist or "religionist" posts.
  13. There's lots of math to do to get a handle on the information in this website. It would have been a lot easier if they had just put price per kilo or price per each, if that is appropriate. Here are some recent prices from my shopping expeditions: eggs - 30 eggs for 2,000 colones. (Haha - this is kind of a trick since I live near a big egg farm.) Eggs - are sold by weight and not by the each or by the dozen. A typical package has 15 eggs (mixed grades and sizes) and costs around 1,000 to 1,500 colones - mas o menos - depending on the weight. I bought some recently at a supermarket
  14. Yay for good news, Dennis! So great you are finally caught up and don't have to look over your shoulder for the corporation tax police. haha One more hurdle crossed and out of the way.
  15. Patty: I am curious as to why you call Golfito the "Land of Broken Dreams." If you don't want to share your experiences, I understand. But really, adding that last sentence to your post is hard to pass by without wondering just what you meant by that.
  16. What is it about San Jose that is appealing to you? (I'm kind of playing devil's advocate here... ) If you are looking for Spanish classes, they are available in many many areas. If you are looking for public transit, this is available everywhere. And yes, you can live out from San Jose or in a small town and still be less than 3 km from a tienda to buy coffee or whatever. I live in a very small town where toucans nest across the street and howler monkeys are moving through this morning but I am only 200 meters from shopping: hardware, supermarket, "department store" (clothes, sheets,
  17. Sorry, Dennis, but your first post was not clear. Thanks for providing some pertinent details. If you buy a car in your name, you can certainly register it in your name and your tax situation with your corporation has no bearing. They don't "punish" you for being behind in your taxes by not allowing you to buy and register a car. Good to know you are clearing up the old taxes. I know you will be relieved when that is done.
  18. Is your car currently registered in the name of your corporation? If so, I seriously doubt you could just register it in your name. It is an "asset" of the corporation and you would probably have to get it changed through the registro. This is something a lawyer needs to do for you. Have you not paid the marchamo for your car? You're not driving it, are you?
  19. That's so good, CRF! I love doing that also, especially for the police who are working on Christmas day. It's a really nice surprise for them.
  20. Greetings to all my "friends" on this forum. It's like sitting on a comfortable sofa, having a nice cup of tea or coffee with friends and talking about anything and everything. We don't always agree, but that's OK and leads to a lively and informative forum. Best to you all for 2017 with my dear hope that it is a better year than 2016!! I don't celebrate Christmas, but this Christmas was probably my best ever since I got to participate in handing out parcels of cash to families who lost everything in Hurricane Otto, thanks to generous donations. Each of the 28 families got 200,000 c
  21. This assumes that if you are not in the area, you have a REALLY GOOD property manager. Otherwise, things could go South in a hurry. Making money or even breaking even from rental property is tricky and there are a lot of places where it can go wrong. There are many elements to the whole thing and all of them must be positive for it to work. And yes, location is everything. You can own a place somewhere in Costa Rica and AirBnB or VRBO are good options for renting to tourists, but if your home or condo is not in a location where people want to go, then that's a problem.
  22. There is some excellent legal information about real estate in Costa Rica here: http://costaricalaw.com/category/costa-rica-legal-topics/real-estate-and-property-law/ My reaction is this: You want to buy property in a foreign country and use it for income purposes? A country that you really know nothing about and have never been there? (If this is the case....) Frankly, that sounds kind of nutty or naive. Buying and renting property in Costa Rica is not just like in the US (or wherever you are from). The culture is different; the laws are different; things are just.... different. In addit
  23. Great question! I am wondering: Why Costa Rica? Really with a bit more background information, we might be able to advise you better.
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