Living the Un-plugged Lifesyle in Costa Rica

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Costa Rican’s are warm caring people

People are what make living in another country a positive experience, or a bad one. Here in Costa Rica, it’s made up of small communities all over the country and they’re never short of smiles and waves as you make your way through them.

It has a warm ‘hometown’ feeling and its filled with peolpe who don’t have a care in the world.

I’ve heard so many stories from Expats when they were broken down in the middle of nowhere, only to be picked up by a Tico family, taken in, fed and assisted until they could make arrangements to get back on the road again.

There are many countries you can visit that simply look away like you don’t exist; especially if you happen to be an American. That just doesn’t sound inviting to me…

Ticos make Costa Rica the exceptional country and experience that it is.

Your surroundings makes all the difference

There’s nothing quite like waking up in morning to the sound of monkeys, toucans and thousands of other creatures that began singing come daylight. It really is magical and satisfying to wake up in a beautiful country and experience things you just don’t see in your home country; other than on your favorite TV show, or the zoo.

There’s something to be said for living a simple life surrounded by a tropical paradise. Peace, tranquillity, beauty, peace of mind and a place where creativity seems to thrive. Most of all its a region of the world that ooze’s freedom and opportunity and it’s a good distance away from divisiveness, anguish and fear that seem to have most of our North American neighbors in their grip.

Doing business in Costa Rica

The experience you have living and doing business in Costa Rica will ultimately be determined by your attitude and your actions.

Let’s face it, business does not drive the Costa Rica mindset. Things don’t happen quite as quickly as they do in the U.S. or Canada. If you can adapt and accept the culture, you can have your cake and eat it too!

If you do most of your work over the internet, you won’t notice most of the incoveniences, such as getting a corporation established or opening a bank account. These two things alone can take a week or more; something that takes less than a day in the U.S.

As far as doing business in Costa Rica, it can be challenging. Some (most) employees can have that ‘pura vida’ mindset, which seemingly gives them the choice of coming into work, or not. If something comes up that seems more important, you’ll certainly know about it; but only after they don’t show up :o

There are established laws and regulations that govern how business is done the country, so I recommend following them. Many Expats don’t have patience, so they pay ‘tips’ to connected people (so they say) to get stuff done at various levels in government.

You will be blown away at how many Tico’s you meet who are related to the President!

The only problem with this is, when election time comes around and your connections are replaced, the new folks coming notice irregualarities and that can cost you dearly.

Avoid people doing business in manner like the plague. Do things properly if your going to do any kind of business or investing in Costa Rica. Most Expats who get caught in a lurch are usually the ones who tried to take shortcuts.

Living a life of adventure

There’s something about traveling to a new country and setting up shop to get business done that is just plain cool. There’s a sense of adventure everyday that inspires and unlocks your creativity like nothing else can.

There’s a sense of freedom that comes along with it too, something Costa Rica provides very well. With North America becoming a police state to protect all its citizens (what a crock), there’s something to be said for not seeing a police car for days or never hearing any sirens.

Everyday is an adventure in Costa Rica. There’s something here for the whole family to enjoy. You have thousands of miles of the most beautiful beaches in the world here and the most majestic mountain communities you’ve ever seen.

Safety comes first

I’ve lived in some of the biggest cities in the U.S.; New York, Los Angeles, Miami, etc. and Costa Rica feels safer than any of them. Sure there area’s at night you don’t go in; but there are area’s in the U.S. you don’t go in broad daylight, or you’ll get your butt shot off.

I’ve always felt safe here, whereas some places in the U.S., I feel anything but safe!

I’ve never been robbed here, but I did have my car broken into at my home, which had a 9′ security wall around it. That didn’t feel very good, but overall, I think I’ve been pretty lucky.

The biggest crime that plagues Costa Rica is petty theft. If its left unattended, whatever that may be, it will be gone. If you use your head, lock things up and keep your stuff secure, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Any country you decide to call home that is not your home country will have challenges. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, or as they say, “everbody would be doing it.”

In the grand scheme of things most will never experience a world outside of the one they live in now, so if you’re thinking of living the unplugged lifestyle, Costa Rica might be a good option to explore; it’s sure to be the experience of a lifetime!

As they say in Costa Rica – “Pura Vida!” (Pure Life)

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