May 2007


318514604_97539f3d8f_m.jpgThe trauma of arriving in a foreign country and the crush of new intimidating stimulus can get the best of the best of us! So…..make sure you have made plans for your arrival day to just get acclamated. Having reservations in town the first night is a great way to do this and make sure to prepare some basic sentences in Spanish that you know you will need. (Directions to your B&B,hotel, how much, how long, where is _____ etc.)

There are many great B&B’s and hotels nearby the airport that you can rely on to help you make the start of your trip begin smoothly.

We all see the Jungle, beaches and pools of water flashing before our eyes as we exit the airport ……. the reality is a very busy congested city …. so be prepared.

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Relax after arriving, organize, confirm your reservations, plan your trips, get out and meet some fellow travelers and conspire to have a great visit.

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The most common complaint that I hear about Costa Rica these days is with regards to the security situation. I can not tell you that security is not an issue but you are not in Kansas anymore when you are in Central America .

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I think one of the main problems is perception …….. the prevalent design for city and small town homes in Central and South America includes electric gates, serpentine wire and wrought iron on the windows and doors. Savvy Real Estate hawkers would call this Decorative!

The decorative wrought iron has definitely given the viewer a feeling of perceived threat. So many Expats have started moving into gated communities.

Fact of the matter is if you leave anything unattended or “un-guarded” in Central America you are inviting it’s removal. Quite honestly; the influx of wealthy visitors and Expats with their collection of possessions have been an irresistible temptation for those impoverished in the cities and tourist areas. Best advice is to use common sense about what you wear, where you wear it and watch those things you don ‘t want to loose. Overall the Costa Ricans are wonderful family oriented people.