|John enjoying a surprise swell in the late afternoon, Juno Beach, Wed. 1/ 22/2014|
I never finished the last 4 days of my last Costa Rica post. Mostly because we hit the Tamarindo area for the last bit of the last trip and it failed to inspire-literally. We'd been there once before- shortly after we first met actually, and we'd had an amazing time. BUT...Tamarindo compared now to other parts of the country is a disappointment in the waves, the beach crowds, the local attitude, the absurd meshing of really expensive restaurants and hotels to the extreme poverty. YUCK! It doesn't feel like community and we really hated it. I did have an interview for a teaching job though at a private school not far from Playa Grande and we would've taken it had it been offered. But, they decided to hire in house and we breathed a short sigh of "Nyah" followed by a huge sigh of relief. We definitely crossed this entire area off the list of potential, future retirement choices. Sorry Tamarindo, but you get plenty of exposure and you are a place where folk can start a business easier than the wilder places, so that will net you plenty of other fish.
We've been talking since we met about living the dream, leaving the states and pursuing surfing, art, and just being together in paradise. We tossed around several places. Ecuador is supposed to be a really good spot for ex-pat surfers. Bali calls to both John and I constantly! But these spots didn't make the grade because of the cost of travel to and from. We have kids and grandkids and my Mom is still with us. Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama are not cost prohibitive for air travel. Panama is supposed to be cheaper than Costa Rica for products, etc. but some investigation into that country kept are heads in CR. Panama is supposed to have more political and police corruption, Nicaragua has the bandito issue. A friend of mine who runs Rancho Chilamante there is widely respected and loved, yet he still runs afoul of the country's issues with being a Communist state. Let it be said here that CR has it's issues too and we aren't going with vapid, fairytale expectations!
But Costa Rica it is.
I began the exhaustive Internet surfing, gathering info. There are several ways to become a resident of Costa Rica. From therealcostarica.com