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Question by Jennifer P: Can anyone tell me from personal experience what Costa Rica is like?
My family and I would like to visit Costa Rica, possible retire there in 5 years. Can anyone tell me what its really like, not just what we read in brochures? Do you have to speak Spanish or can we get along ok with just english? Crime? Economy?

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Answer by mora
It really depends on where you live, there are many very nice towns and there are other places that really aren’t so nice (but they are completely avoidable). You don’t need to speak Spanish to live here, it would obviously help but you will see that everyone will make try their best to communicate with you in your language because that’s how people here are. In certain areas of Costa Rica there is alot of crime, specially in certain areas of San Jose like “La Carpio” or “Leon XIII”, ive lived here ever since i was born and i havent ever been to any of these two places or any other place that’s considered just as dangerous, you can avoid them and as long as you do nothing will happen.
There are a lot of very safe towns like Escazu, Santa Ana, Rohmoser, Cuidad Colon all of these are nice places to live too (close to malls, hospitals, etc). Regarding the economy, well Costa Rica is a country has been developing at a very fast rate, if you go around the city you will see many many tall buildings being built, many new roads too, the economy is at a constant growth and its a very popular country for international companies to invest because of the high level of education people have here. Obviously the worldwide economical crisis has affected the country but everything seems to be moving normally. Costa Rica is one of the few countries in the world that fit in the category of “second world” country, because it has many things that put it in the category of a first world country but there are certain things that are keeping us from being one. Health care is also very good here, proof of that is the fact that we have one of the highest life expectancies in the whole world, much higher than many so called first world countries.
Overall i think this is a very nice place to live, i honestly wouldn’t change it for nothing. The people, the weather, the beaches, the mountains and everything else that makes Costa Rica be Costa Rica make this an amazing place to be at. It has is negative sides like every country, but most of them are things that you can stay away from. My ex girlfriend is from michigan and she moved down here 1 year ago and she absolutely loves it, she won’t ever go back to living in the US…
So, if you are planning on moving here. You might probably want to come first for a visit and see for yourself the place you would be living at. But i’m sure that once you move down here after picking the right place, you wont be disappointed and you wont ever want to leave!
That’s my opinion as a costarrican and a person who has experience living in other countries (US, Canada, Spain).
Hope that helps you decide :)

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Question by Lindsay: What is required to drive a personal car across the border from Panama to Costa Rica, and vice versa?
My husband and I live in Panama and have to renew our visas. Last time we took buses to Costa Rica but this time we plan our driving our car. We need to know what all is required in order to drive our car (registered in Panama) across the border to CR and then back across to Panama.

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Answer by wcruzq
Ok if you want to do it is fine.

You first need to get to the police and get clearance for the car, so that they issue you a certificate stating that it’s not stolen.

Then you need to make sure that your insurance covers the car while in Costa Rica.

When you get that done you have to go to your local customs office and apply for a travel permit, and then when they issue you the permit, you’re free to travel.

Remember you can’t sell the car while in Costa Rica!

I might have missed a step or two, but it has been a while since I’ve driven to Costa Rica.

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