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Old 05-30-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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Costa Rica is a VERY popular retirement location for Americans - stable, safe, fairly prosperous, and modern.

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I lived in Costa Rica for 6 years. Left a few years ago. It isn't that safe, not modern, and not that prosperous.

The street crime is very high. Every bank, McDonald's, movie theatre you go in to has an armed guard, usually a handgun, and carrying a shotgun.

Lots of petty crime and breakins. Home prices are very high. I lived in various parts of the country. Escazu, San Isidro del General, Jaco and a few other areas. All homes have fences around them with barbed wire, and the so called deco bars on the windows. Look at homes online, you will rapidly see prices and note the window bars and fences.

True they do not have a military, but have 70,000 armed police. Figure it out for yourself.

Visit before you believe what you see in a book. I read John Howards "Retire in Costa Rica", later met him on the Pacific coast, nice guy, but makes his living writing books about places to retire, not even close to accurate or realistic. I also rented several movies at the library, yes beautiful, but you do not see it all in a movie.

Great and friendly people, good food. But visit before you move. I have lots of good friends there and my brother still lives there. I will visit but too many negatives for me. Everyone to their own.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I lived in Costa Rica for 6 years. Left a few years ago. It isn't that safe, not modern, and not that prosperous.

The street crime is very high. Every bank, McDonald's, movie theatre you go in to has an armed guard, usually a handgun, and carrying a shotgun.

Lots of petty crime and breakins. Home prices are very high. I lived in various parts of the country. Escazu, San Isidro del General, Jaco and a few other areas. All homes have fences around them with barbed wire, and the so called deco bars on the windows. Look at homes online, you will rapidly see prices and note the window bars and fences.

True they do not have a military, but have 70,000 armed police. Figure it out for yourself.

Visit before you believe what you see in a book. I read John Howards "Retire in Costa Rica", later met him on the Pacific coast, nice guy, but makes his living writing books about places to retire, not even close to accurate or realistic. I also rented several movies at the library, yes beautiful, but you do not see it all in a movie.

Great and friendly people, good food. But visit before you move. I have lots of good friends there and my brother still lives there. I will visit but too many negatives for me. Everyone to their own.
Globaly speaking, I think the barbarians are at the gate and other countries south of our boarder do not interest us any longer. I have always dreamed of living on the coast but not sure I would trade my freedom or safety for an ocean view now. There is a cute little coastal town in AL called Daphne that calls to me. LOL
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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I have not done the research here, but this is a search facility wherein you can just check off two boxes indicating low cost of living and it brings up a number of places. I suppose you could even look on a map for surrounding communities:

Find a community - Topretirements.com
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