One of my annual to-do's Stateside was to have my teeth cleaned with my long-held dentist. I've done that for the last five years. After all, he had all my records and was inexpensive by North American standards. I also—thankfully—have not had any dental emergencies that required me to seek out a Costa Rican dentist.
As another hurricane season nears its end, Mother Nature's awe-inspiring (and occasionally deadly) acts remain top-of-mind for many. The good news is, in Costa Rica hurricanes are not a major concern. Although we have a Caribbean shoreline, it is extremely rare to see a tempest weather maker this far south below the "hurricane belt."
One marvelous example of a native heritage that can be known is found in the Boruca. This indigenous tribe is located in the far south Pacific corner of Costa Rica. About 2,000 of these indomitable people remain there on protected, reserved lands.
Anecdotal stories are fun, but facts and actual numbers are the real deal. So, I did a big comparison of the cost of groceries, so I would know the truth of it. I did it just for me, since, well...I'm a nerd about these things. However, I'm going to share my findings with you—as it really is "insider" information.
At the same time, we both gave the same answer. The thing we missed most about Costa Rica was the sunsets. Of course, there are beautiful sunsets all over the world. But we live in a beach town on the Pacific Coast, and nearly every sunset is stunning.
How many times have I said that Costa Rica is a magical place? It is. Of course, I was speaking metaphorically. Or so I thought.
The area's growing population, increased tourism, and the fact that erratic weather patterns are the earth's "new normal," have all led savvy developers to seek a solution.
Rodeos take place all over Costa Rica, depending on the season. The biggest ones are in San José during the Christmas holidays and Liberia in late July, to celebrate the annexation of Guanacaste. Indeed, rodeos are especially popular in this particular province. After all, Guanacaste is cowboy country!
A majority of the expats I know have at least one corporation registered in Costa Rica. Everyone has their own reasons, but two of the most common are for starting a business and opening a bank account.
Once you get to know the local systems and "secrets," you can find all the modern equipment you need at any store… But the way of doing business hails from a time that's now gone by in North America. It requires some adjustment from the expat. That's why I'm here to help…