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Hi ladies! i'm starting this thread for moms who have dreams of or are planning a move with their families to tropical locations in central america and the caribbean. this discussion originated in the Spirituality forum, Manifesting Mamas thread.

mostly, we want to talk about what it's like to live in these locations with families, logistics of moving, and experiences of other mums and families who have relocated.

for myself, my partner and i are planning a move to Costa Rica within the next two years. for the last 7 years, we have been spending winters in CR, and have been dilly dallying on whether or not we want to move with our two kids. a couple of months ago, we finally decided to start our plans to move and are excited with the prospect of raising our kids in paradise!

so, can't wait to hear from everyone on your plans or your experience of relocating your family.
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I have fantasized for years about moving to an island paradise!! Why the hell not, right??

I am so in for Belize or wherever.
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We have good friends who live on one of the CAyman islands. They love it there. We visited to see if it were a place we'd want to be but somehow I just can't see raising dds there.

It's beautiful. I don't mind being in a remote location so it's not that. It's just that there's only that culture yk? No organic foods so it'd be difficult to eat well. One barge comes w/food per week and many times it just doesn't come at all. When it does come to stock the 3 stores on the island, most everything is canned or frozen. blech.

There are lots of pros too though. When the shi$ hits the fan (okay, *if* the shi$ hits the fan) we'd be in a relatively safe place I think. My main feeling though is that I think I would feel stifled and trapped somehow.

Dh and I discuss this almost weekly. I think if we could manifest a house there and a way to travel there whenever the mood struck we'd do okay but for a *permanent* place, I don't know.

(Does anybody else think of moving to such a place for safety reasons?)
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We have good friends who live on one of the CAyman islands. They love it there. We visited to see if it were a place we'd want to be but somehow I just can't see raising dds there.

It's beautiful. I don't mind being in a remote location so it's not that. It's just that there's only that culture yk? No organic foods so it'd be difficult to eat well. One barge comes w/food per week and many times it just doesn't come at all. When it does come to stock the 3 stores on the island, most everything is canned or frozen. blech.

There are lots of pros too though. When the shi$ hits the fan (okay, *if* the shi$ hits the fan) we'd be in a relatively safe place I think. My main feeling though is that I think I would feel stifled and trapped somehow.

Dh and I discuss this almost weekly. I think if we could manifest a house there and a way to travel there whenever the mood struck we'd do okay but for a *permanent* place, I don't know.

(Does anybody else think of moving to such a place for safety reasons?)
yes, with the political situation we often feel like we would be safer in Costa Rica. but at the same time, i wouldn't want to make the decision to move there a fear based decision, kwim?

for us, we have been spending winters in CR for the last seven years, which is great since my partner is self-employed and doesn't work in the winter(film industry in toronto). but, keeping up with this lifestyle is hard with two kids and now my daughter is in school. we just really feel the pull to stay in CR permanently. where our house is located in CR, it is quite remote, but we are open to the possibility that we may move to CR, just not to our house right away.

another one of my concerns is school for my kids. there are private schools, but i kind of like the idea of my kids going to the regular schools with the locals. but then, this brings up fears that the education they get might not be up to par with what we have here in Canada. i realize this is probably being judgemental, and i'm working at letting that go.

anyway, it's a lot of stuff to think about. clearly though, i think we made the right decision to make our plans to move. DD talks about CR almost daily!

i think i might be starting to ramble now, so i'll sign off now!
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Hey there. I have lived full time with my family in Costa Rica for 3 years. Here is the lowdown on the education system here. First and foremost if considering public school you need to decide if you want your children to be practicing catholics. In public schools here the catholic religion is part of the curriculum, they pray, learn the tenants of it and are actually graded on caticism.

There are tons of small private schools everywhere. Just becasue it is private does not mean your children would not be with locals, locals go to private schools. There are several international schools in the Central Valley but locals go there too.

If you are planning on living way out in the country or jungle you school choices will be limited and the public school has the potential for being horrible. It's hard to staff a school which is 4 or 6 hours away from anything.

If you want your children to have a good education here they will but you need to be active in it just like everywhere else. As for the standard level of education here it is very good, Costa Rica has one of the worlds highest literacy rates and most people go on to some kind of higher education after colegio (high school) even if it just specific training classes and not university.

We live in the Central Valley for the express reason of having more choices with regard to education and working which is what I suggest to people considering the move here. You can always move again after you learn your way around which is very different from US or Canada, and is still definitely different than vacationing here.

Hope this helps.
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Oh, I SO SO SO wanna move somewhere like this! My cousin & his wife honeymooned in Costa Rica & said it was amazing! But, again, I'm sure LIVING there is different. I'd love to move somewhere tropical. But it's scary. What's the job situation there like, cost of living? What about homeschooling? Would love to hear more about life there!

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gibsonsmom, thanks for sharing your input.

when i think about moving to CR, moving to the Central Valley feels better to me. my partner however, is more into the idea of moving to Montezuma, where our house is, right away. that would be great too, but we don't have phone lines yet in our area and the school choices are limited.

last year, we stayed in San Isidro, Heredia for about a month to give birth to my son. he was born at Clinica Catolica. we had the time to scope out San Jose and the surrounding area. i could definitely see us living somewhere outside of San Jose for all the reasons you stated.

just wondering if you could tell me more about the school year, like when it begins and ends, what kind of holidays they get, etc?

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I am not sure which montezuma you are in but I know they are all pretty isolated. are you near Mal Pais? In that area there is definitely a community that you could connect with but you will be way out there and with the current climate here don't count on ICE getting you a phone anytime soon, we have been having rolling blackouts for a few weeks because of an energy shortage and well this is Costa Rica and ICE is ICE. A friend of mine had been waiting 7 years for a phone line and another waited 3 and she lives right down the road from me and we are about 7 miles from Alejuela.

Did Uva assist your childs birth? We are probably an hour away from San Isidro de Heredia.

We live near Los Reyes, the golf course. I call it the suburbs of the suburbs because we are outside of the westside (Escazu, Santa Ana, Belen) but close enough to them to go there regularly for work, shopping, etc and totally farm/country.

The school year is from January to December for public schools with a week off for Semana Santa (Holy week/Easter) Tons of Monday holidays and 3 weeks off on July. The Christmas break which is summer vacation here is about 3 weeks to a month. Right now we use a small private school in our town but are switching to a different one in Escazu.

I have a friend who homeschools, many people do that.

If you want specifics you can PM me and we can talk off the board in more detail.

Hope this helps.
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Oh, I SO SO SO wanna move somewhere like this! My cousin & his wife honeymooned in Costa Rica & said it was amazing! But, again, I'm sure LIVING there is different. I'd love to move somewhere tropical. But it's scary. What's the job situation there like, cost of living? What about homeschooling? Would love to hear more about life there!
The best thing to do is start going to places you think you might like, for extended periods of time, like 3 weeks and longer. Costa Rica is totally different from panama which is totally different from Columbia or Nicaragua, etc. The cost of living here is both low and at the same time high. It depends on how you live and what you expect. CR IS NOT, I repeat NOT like the US or Canada and won't ever be. Things are done totally differently and some of it makes sense and some never will. For example, if you shop at the farmers markets food is very inexpensive, super fresh and there is a pretty wide selection depending on which market you go to. On the other hand, cars are SUPER expensive here, basically double what you pay stateside. Also because Costa Rica, for environmental reasons, refuses to drill for oil (something I am fine with) gas is about 6/gallon. So a lot of people drive diesel and propane and bio-fuel alternatives are starting to take off.

Jobs can be had depending on if it is legal for you to work which depends on your residency status but the pay scale is different. The equivalent of minimum wage here is about 2$/hour. We have our own businesses here so it's a bit different. English teachers are always needed and if you speak Spanish there are many opportunities in the tech sector and biz management or customer service.

People home school also but there are some really good schools here and even the most expensive private school in CR is way cheaper than a crummy one in the States. So you can definitely send your kids to an excellent school here and pay like 1/3 or sometimes less than what you might up north.

Honestly I would suggest Panama for first time to Central American visitors. Panama City is amazing, extremely international and is totally beautiful. They have developed up instead of sprawling out so there are all these amazing high rise apartments overlooking the bay, there is the old city which looks like the French Quarter in NOLA but is like 20 times bigger and there is the Causeway which is this group of islands in the bay that have restaurants and cafes and bike rentals, etc. Probably 90% of the people speak English and they use the US dollar but everything is WAY cheaper, the shopping is phenomenal.

There are many expat communities outside of the city in the mountains and on the beaches. It's a great place to start when exploring CentAm because it doesn't feel so foreign that it overwhelms, for example, they love Dunkin Donuts there (scary, I know)

I do warn that it can get pretty f*&%^ing hot and humid in Panama at certain times of year. During the day in the summer, everyone is inside with A/C on. So if you don't like heat it's not for you and should go straight to the mountains in Costa Rica where it's misty and gets cold at night.

Hope this helps.
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I am not sure which montezuma you are in but I know they are all pretty isolated. are you near Mal Pais? In that area there is definitely a community that you could connect with but you will be way out there and with the current climate here don't count on ICE getting you a phone anytime soon, we have been having rolling blackouts for a few weeks because of an energy shortage and well this is Costa Rica and ICE is ICE. A friend of mine had been waiting 7 years for a phone line and another waited 3 and she lives right down the road from me and we are about 7 miles from Alejuela.

Did Uva assist your childs birth? We are probably an hour away from San Isidro de Heredia.

We live near Los Reyes, the golf course. I call it the suburbs of the suburbs because we are outside of the westside (Escazu, Santa Ana, Belen) but close enough to them to go there regularly for work, shopping, etc and totally farm/country.

The school year is from January to December for public schools with a week off for Semana Santa (Holy week/Easter) Tons of Monday holidays and 3 weeks off on July. The Christmas break which is summer vacation here is about 3 weeks to a month. Right now we use a small private school in our town but are switching to a different one in Escazu.

I have a friend who homeschools, many people do that.

If you want specifics you can PM me and we can talk off the board in more detail.

Hope this helps.
thanks for your response.

yes, Uva was my midwife for my son's birth. small world isn't it?

our house is in Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula near Mal Pais. we know all too well the situation with ICE. it's funny, there are such frequent power outages, and they are so slow to fix things, but as soon as you are a couple days late paying your bill, they cut you off! we heard that ICE was bringing in phone lines the end of last year, but we don't count on that and haven't heard anything. we have no idea what the ICE situation is right now, since we didn't go down to CR this winter.

i think i'll PM you in a little bit. i have to get my kids to sleep right now, but i would love to chat with you more about CR.

thanks!
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I just wrote a long post and it got lost We are in CR right now visiting for the second time, this time for almost a month.. and we are seriously thinking of buying a house here probably on the south Pacific near Dominical and living here part of the year with the rest spent in Vancouver Canada... I want to stay in Canada for at least enough of the year to maintain our medical stuff and school options for the kids etc.... I think its 3 months? We homeschool so I would plan to continue with that and just send in our stuff from CR to Canada, so my kids would maintain a Canadian school record... We have no political reasons to move, but we really enjoy th4e very simple life style here and tranquillo culture... It is so good to get away from the rat race and the buy buy buy mentality of North Amercia... We have friends in the Dominical area which is part of our attraction to this particular spot but also I think my 3 boys might really get into surfing over time which would keep them out of trouble My dh has some pretty good business ideas we have been looking into for CR and we were thinking that if we don';t live in CR full time we could probably rent out the hosue some of the time as there is agood house rental market in the south Pacific area...

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I have some good friends in Dominical, have lived there for years. They have young kids and can tell you a lot about the area, what to expect and so on. They also have a very reliable real state company specializing in the area, here is their contact info:

Sean McGraw
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Toll Free: 1-877-826-5830
Business: (506) 787-0223
Fax: (506) 787-0220
Mobile: (506) 839-1832

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.cb-costarica.com

Good luck, let me know what happens, if you get down here I am sure we will meet at some point, it's a small country.

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thanks for your response.

yes, Uva was my midwife for my son's birth. small world isn't it?

thanks!
Well, honestly there are only about 6 midwives in the entire country so when you mentioned birthing in San Isidro de Heredia it was pretty easy to figure it out, heehee, but yes, small world, even smaller country.
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Well, honestly there are only about 6 midwives in the entire country so when you mentioned birthing in San Isidro de Heredia it was pretty easy to figure it out, heehee, but yes, small world, even smaller country.
yes, and i know one of the other midwives, Honey, who lives in Tambor near us. we go to her organic market every saturday in Montezuma when we are there.
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I have some good friends in Dominical, have lived there for years. They have young kids and can tell you a lot about the area, what to expect and so on. They also have a very reliable real state company specializing in the area, here is their contact info:

Sean McGraw
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Escazú, San Jose – Costa Rica
Toll Free: 1-877-826-5830
Business: (506) 787-0223
Fax: (506) 787-0220
Mobile: (506) 839-1832

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.cb-costarica.com

Good luck, let me know what happens, if you get down here I am sure we will meet at some point, it's a small country.

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Wow thanks for the contact I will follow that up when I am over the haze of getting home... we only got back last night :

I think someone said earlier that gas in CR is $6/gallon I think its anout half that :... its about 375 colones per litre which is about $0.75 times 4 litres to the gallon = around $3/gallon... I think : which is actually exactly what we paid in Seattle last night and is cheaper than the current gas price here in BC which is well over $1/litre...

We are really thinking through all the options... I was just looking into house swapping as an idea for getting a place to stay when we come to look at property because I want more $ to go to purchasing

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Definitely follow up with Sean for real estate and location questions. About the gas, it has been lower recently but it gets really expensive here, we have no drilling which is good but that means gas costs more which can be bad.

good luck.
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I just sent Sean an email thanks again for his contact info

I didn't realize gas prices fluctuated so much! but yeah, I agree, no drilling is a good thing!

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I am glad I came across this board. We currently live in Hawaii but are lokking for somewhere less expensive to live and closer to my family. We have 2 boys 1 almost 4 and a 3 month old. My husband is a fishing boat caotain so everywhere we have lived and will live will be on the coast. Anyone know where to lokk for captain jobs or if Costa Rica or other countries would be good for us to check out. We love the slow laid back life and I plan to homeschool. Just want to be somewhere safe and affordable. We know people in Guatemala, but not sure how safe it is there. Any tips?
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Gibsonmom... I did email sean but never heard back? I know internet can be hard to come by in CR... ??

it's summer hear in BC and I am thoroughly enjoying my temperate rainforest right now but we are still moving forward plans to buy property in CR as well...

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Oh, I didn't see this thread and posted on another that I was surprised there was no Central American tribe. This is a good start!

I am married to a Costa Rican and we are moving back there in a year, possibly sooner, to make our lives there. We lived there for two years in Santa Ana (Central Valley) but our property is near the coast in Guanacaste. We are planning to build something there and live off the income from our hotel or commercial centro or whatever we decide to build. We just bought a house here in the U.S. too about a year and a half ago but we just don't see the point of being here anymore. In Costa Rica we can hire a maid and even a nanny if our business venture succeeds, which it should. Here we are just kind of stagnating. Dh's job is awful and pays peanuts and we live paycheck to paycheck. Our life in Costa Rica was waayy better and despite the cons of living there, the pros outweight the pros of living here by far.

One thing that concerns me is a growing crime rate in Costa Rica. When I met dh there in 2001, crime was only of the petty sort, and we camped out n the jungle near the beach and left all of our belongings there for two months and nothing was ever stolen. Most importantly, we always felt safe even though we were quite isolated. Things have really changed in 5-6 years. Crime has become more violent, and there is not an adequate police force due to lack of resources. My SIL had four armed bandits enter her home with machine guns and rob her blind. Thankfully, they left her alone (mostly). This happened in Santa Ana near Escazu. We haven't heard of many incidents like this in Guanacaste (the northern Pacific coast). A lot of people live in gated communities because of the home invasion robbery issue in the Central Valley.

I hope I didn't scare anyone away yet! We are still going. I was watching the news tonight and crime is up all across the U.S., and it seems that it is a worldwide thing. You just need common sense and know what you need to do to best protect your family. Some things are more obvious than others. Don't leave your belongings on the beach or they may not be there when you get back. But then there are things that you may never have thought of. It is a nation with a long legacy of thievery, it is in the people's blood, or so dh insists. There is a reason why most homes have bars on their windows and guys watch your car, when you park in the street, for a small tip. That said, Costa Rica is still a lot safer than Guatemala or Honduras, for example.

I just think there are bad people everywhere, really. If things progressed to a point where I did not feel safe in my own home then I would leave, but at this moment, I think we could do a lot better financially, emotionally and otherwise in CR than in the U.S., given that we have struggled for 3 years here to achieve the "American dream". Good jobs have been impossible to come by, and so now we move on to plan B. I'm also a writer and I feel so much more inspired in CR. Every day it seemed brought about a new sensation of aliveness, an awakening of all my senses, and profound contemplations about life provoked by the people, who are both simple and complex, humble and proud, passionate and composed, and the indescribable nature that is so beautiful as to bring tears to your eyes. From a poetic standpoint, CR is heavenly. From a practical standpoint, it can be aggravating for some, but statistically speaking, about half of the people who move there stay, and the other half find they can't hack it.

It is far easier for me "hack it" since dh is a native. It also helps to have a steady income of some kind coming in or be independently wealthy. You can teach English there, but you won't want to do it longterm. Dh and I stayed at a home and our only expenses were food and gas and entertainment, and we did fine on $500 a month. Rents are fairly cheap. Maids and nannies are very affordable. My friend, a single mom, lived there for 4 years and had a maid/nanny all day, 6 days a week for $250.00 a month. She cooked, cleaned, and cared for the child. My friend returned to the U.S, had a reality check, and now wants to go back to CR. You might complain about it, but you will miss it when it's gone. I miss the wonderful food, my daily breakfast of "gallo pinto" (rice and beans mixed together, lightly pan-fried), with tortillas and sour cream and a bit of hot sauce, and all the wonderful fruits. Most tropical fruits are naturally organic. They don't need pesticides. Bananas, mangos, pineapple and coconut are all in this category. Most areas of Costa Rica that have enough people will have an Automercado supermarket and these supply quite a few imported things that Americans and other foreigners can't live without. I imagine if the free-trade agreement passes, many more things will be available, and for cheaper.

So, for me, Costa Rica represents a chance at a lifestyle I could never afford here, and the time is great to invest in the country. There are many different areas to live in. Many places have such perfect weather you need no heating or a/c ever. My medical and dental expenses have been wayyy lower than the States. In fact, I had 10 mercury amalgams replaced with resin, and a platinum crown put in, all for 1k. Here we can barely afford to have insurance, and the deductibles are ridiculous. They have a special at the Cima hospital in Costa Rica. It's to have your child there, regular delivery, all drugs included, if desired (i.e. epi), plus celebration dinner for two for $1500.00 US. I went to the ER there once for a stomach bug and my total cost was $150.00 including IV drip, blood tests, etc. I had giardia which they didn't know, but was later identified when we had our well water tested and the culprit was discovered.

Anyway, sorry to ramble on! It's neat that there are several mommas considering the move to CR. I know there are many, many young American families down there, particularly in the area we are moving to. Things are really changing there, for the better and the worst. I kind of somehow feel safer there, at least on a large scale, than the U.S., even though you have to be more cautious in CR about petty theft. It's a poor country, but it has no enemies either. I look forward to a new life there with my kids, challenges notwithstanding, and I will probably homeschool for awhile, but there is a new U.S. quality school being built that my dc will probably attend. Most of them are not cheap but you could probably work as a teacher at one and get decent pay plus free tuition for your kids. Also, homeschooling seems to be a more popular choice. Hope this info helps some. Feel free to ask me anything.
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Try again, he defintely has internet always, high speed even. He also has a US phone number which should be in the contact info I gave you. Good luck.
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Gibsonmom... I did email sean but never heard back? I know internet can be hard to come by in CR... ??
Hmm, thats weird, no problem with the internet for him, definitely has reliable high speed. Try calling the US number in his contact info. I know he is around. PM me your email addy and I can send it directly to him.

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Hi all,

We are a family living in Costa Rica right now. : We came back in January and have plans to stay for another year. Our son was born at hospital Cima a couple years ago. We want him to grow up in both cultures, so we try to divide our time when we can afford it. Having him here and giving him dual citizenship was a gift we wanted to give him. A choice for his future, a peaceful country and a war loving country to call home lol. : We love it here in CR and so does our son. We have a maid/nanny/housekeeper who works for us, and that is just a luxury I never imagined. We own property here and plan to build a condo for us and a house to rent out for additional income. My mom recently came down and invested in one of the lots/condos so that she can spend more time with the family. She is an orchid lover and an avid birder and just can't believe the diversity here. Whats not to love, this place is paradise! Yes there is a lot of petty crime, but the country is now trying to address that problem. As for the oil drilling, I think that China is trying to secure some sort of deal as we speak. I hope it doen't happen.:
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Hola, Fortunecookie! Are you in Playa Hermosa by Coco? We have a villa in Villas Sol and we will be there in December (yay!), with plans to move there in March. Dh is thinking of trying to get a job at the new Regent Papagayo opening in 2009. He is currently working for the company that owns it. I sooo miss having our maid! I really look forward to having one again. Dh and I have been so stretched thin and dream constantly of being able to date again and have some freedom and use our time enjoying our family rather than cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! Dh and I own some land in Playa Avellanas and we would like to build a hotel or something there. I have been trying to get my parents to invest in Costa Rica but they haven't yet. We lived in the Central Valley most of the time but we will be living in Guana when we move back. I know there are some pretty decent schools too in Liberia and not all that expensive. I think our dds will love growing up in Costa Rica. The crime rate is a bit disconcerting to me because 5 years ago it was so different. Yes there was crime but not like this. But it's still not that bad compared to most of the world, and most of it is theft related at least. Well PM me if you are in the Coco Hermosa area and maybe we can hook up for a beach play date or something in December!
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Hola, Fortunecookie! Are you in Playa Hermosa by Coco? We have a villa in Villas Sol and we will be there in December (yay!), with plans to move there in March. Dh is thinking of trying to get a job at the new Regent Papagayo opening in 2009. He is currently working for the company that owns it. I sooo miss having our maid! I really look forward to having one again. Dh and I have been so stretched thin and dream constantly of being able to date again and have some freedom and use our time enjoying our family rather than cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! Dh and I own some land in Playa Avellanas and we would like to build a hotel or something there. I have been trying to get my parents to invest in Costa Rica but they haven't yet. We lived in the Central Valley most of the time but we will be living in Guana when we move back. I know there are some pretty decent schools too in Liberia and not all that expensive. I think our dds will love growing up in Costa Rica. The crime rate is a bit disconcerting to me because 5 years ago it was so different. Yes there was crime but not like this. But it's still not that bad compared to most of the world, and most of it is theft related at least. Well PM me if you are in the Coco Hermosa area and maybe we can hook up for a beach play date or something in December!
Hola freespirited,

We are south in Hermosa de Jaco. We do make it north but usually only a couple times a year. I see your hubby is a surfer too. Maybe we'll be able to hook up through a husband friendly surf trip.
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Dh is pre-med and wanting to go to med school in the Caribbean. I don't have a clue what it is like to live out of the country so I hope to find some info from you gals!

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Hi guys...I would love to move to Trinidad or Tobago or Barbados one day...I am about to make a temp move from FL to PA but I am watching this political race very closely and I am ready to make a run for it...very interesting notes on CR though...I never really heard anything about it...

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