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lamur

Mar 5, 2009, 11:40 AM

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I was checking out a real estate website in Costa Rica. Prices were MUCH cheaper for land than Mexico. Has anyone checked it out? The pros and cons I mean.

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L



delmaracer

Mar 10, 2009, 6:53 PM

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If you visit the web site called www.Internationalliving.com you will find out some interesting information about property ownership and prices for all of south america.

Bob


lamur

Mar 10, 2009, 7:28 PM

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Thanks Bob!

L


johanson


Mar 10, 2009, 9:51 PM

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Another point, if watching hometown TV is important. Neither Star Choice nor Dish come in very well that far south.


sparks


Mar 11, 2009, 6:17 AM

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I haven't been to Costa Rica for 10-12 years but even then prices were high anywhere near the west coast. Maybe it goes in cycles ?? I sure would not want to drive (to) there

Sparks Mexico - Sparks Costalegre


lamur

Mar 11, 2009, 9:19 AM

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TV reception really never occured to me, but the getting there and the 30% tax on all of your used belongings pretty much decided me.

L


Septiembre


Mar 11, 2009, 10:01 AM

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Why Mexico (Lake Chapala perspective)?

Far better infrastructure.
Able to drive back to U.S. fairly quickly.
(Ajijic) Close proximity to major airport with non-stops or fast connections almost everywhere.
Large expat community for support.
(Ajijic) Fantastic year-round climate.
Availability of the goods that middle class folks are accustomed to at reasonable prices.
Many, many fantastic places to visit easily, either by car or bus.

We have a number of friends who checked out Costa Rica. First and foremost, they noted the problems with extreme heat and humidity, hurricanes, and very poor roads and infrastructure. Plus the isolation factor.


lamur

Mar 11, 2009, 12:07 PM

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There was an earth quake off Panama yesterday and one off Costa Rica today.


Septiembre


Mar 11, 2009, 12:09 PM

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Ah well, we live in an earthquake zone too. You can see numerous examples all up and down the lake.


delmaracer

Mar 11, 2009, 8:40 PM

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Makes ME wanna move there!

delmar bob


Marlene


Mar 11, 2009, 11:24 PM

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The "red tape" for doing almost anything with Government and legal issues is more cumbersome and frustrating in Costa Rica than in Mexico. Nice place to visit, but wouldn't want to invest there.


Ivester


Mar 12, 2009, 1:33 PM

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My biggest problem with CR vs. MX is that I don't find Costa Rican culture nearly as interesting as Mexican culture. The European "explorers" seem to have killed off most of the native population there, either deliberately or through spread of disease. So you don't find the European/native fusion of culture that makes Mexico so interesting.

My wife and I visited CR for a couple of weeks in the early 1990s, before the recent jolt of tourist development, and we thought it was a beautiful, charming, peaceful country, but the culture and the cuisine were kind of boring.

Still, CR has its points, with a literacy rate higher than the US, no standing army, and universal health care.


Hound Dog

Mar 12, 2009, 5:19 PM

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My biggest problem with CR vs. MX is that I don't find Costa Rican culture nearly as interesting as Mexican culture.

Costa Rica.

Fresno with palm trees.


ChapalaShelley

Mar 18, 2009, 11:29 PM

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Check out the crime. I looked into it (on some webforums) - and said "yee gads - not for me"
 
 
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