experiences in costa rica

have you traveled to or lived in costa rica? share your experiences

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costa rica - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 11/25/13.

How much time have you spent in Costa Rica?

Around 2 years.

How old were you when you came to Costa Rica? Where were you before?

30. I grew up in Ohio, then moved to Chicago for most of my adult life.

What brought you to Costa Rica? What made you choose Costa Rica over any other place you could've gone?

Our three criteria were 1) Warm 2) Cheap enough to live off of freelancing and 3) Reliable enough electricity and internet to do our jobs. That narrows it down more than you'd think. I had visited Costa Rica years ago and enjoyed it, and its size and diversity made it really attractive to explore. Nearly everywhere we've lived in Costa Rica has been a serendipitous decision, but usually it's been a matter of riding that line between feeling isolated and being close enough to the big-city services we need.

Describe the city you live in in Costa Rica and your impressions of it.

We started out in San Antonio de Escazu, southeast of San Jose. The Northern part of the Escazu canton is really developed, popular with expats, and not really my cup of tea, but the farther you go up into the mountains, the more beautiful and rural it gets. We lived on the town square, and it...

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costa rica - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 09/27/13.

What brought you to Costa Rica? Where were you before?

My lease was up and had a chance to move and open a business. I was in Georgia before.

Describe the part(s) of Costa Rica you've lived in.

I lived on the Guanacste Peninsula in a beach town called Samara.

What are the the people of Costa Rica like?

Ticos are amazingly relaxed. They move slowly and pretty much just try to enjoy life.

How did your social life evolve?

I met most of the people I knew from the bar we opened. People there were usually transitory, only being in town for a few weeks or months at a time. There were some people who had been there for years but they were a rarity.

Has your race, nationality, gender, etc. ever affected how you were treated or how people reacted to meeting you in Costa Rica?

Being white had its disadvantages in Costa Rica. You are easy to pick out of a crowd. Even the best countries have some crime and being different might make you an easier target. Also buying things as a 'tourist' is always more expensive than having a Tico friend do it for you

Were there any language barriers?

Yes. I was able to speak moderate spanish and hold most conversations. Ticos use a...

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san jose, costa rica - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 10/30/13.

How much time have you spent in Costa Rica?

Two years.

How old were you when you came to Costa Rica? Where were you before?

I was 31 and previously lived in the Midwest, USA.

What brought you to Costa Rica? What made you choose Costa Rica over any other place you could've gone?

It was an optional assignment for work. I couldn't choose any other country, but I decided to go because I had done some traveling before and felt like I needed a fresh start in life.

Describe the city you lived in in Costa Rica and your impressions of it.

I lived in Zapote, a middle class suburb of San Jose, the capital city.

How does the city you lived in compare to other cities in Costa Rica? What drew you to the city you lived in over other cities in Costa Rica?

My job was there, so I couldn't choose anywhere else. It's the only large city in Costa Rica, so it was very congested compared to others. If foreigners think anything if Costa Rica, I think they imagine tropical rainforests and such. CR has plenty of those, but 75% of the population lives in and around San Jose. It's a concrete jungle and you won't see any rainforests, only barbed wire and security gates.

What are the...

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