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This is The Real Costa Rica  by Ticogrande

One of the beautiful varieties of Flowers in Costa RicaMy name is Tim, and I have lived in Costa Rica (near San Jos) for several years.  I love just about everything about this country, especially my brand spanking new wife, a Tica (female Costa Rican), who has made my Costa Rica even better! 

What I do NOT like is the incredible amount of wrong information about this country. I also didn't like how hard it was for me to find a single (correct!) source of accurate information about this country.  While there are several web sites that claim to give you this information... they don't.  In fact, several are owned and maintained by people who don't even live here. I am not sure how you can tell anyone about a place you only visit once a year.

I have flown through US (and other)  airports on my travels too and from Costa Rica, and I have heard things like;

  • "Don't drink the water in Costa Rica.",
  • "You need to take typhoid shots to avoid getting sick.", 
  • "Malaria is rampant!"
  • "Stay off the streets, the crime is awful!",
  • "Costa Rican food sucks!",
  • "It's easy to drive anywhere in Costa Rica, the roads are great!"

on and on ad nauseum!  An incredible amount of this stuff is simply nonsense.  Some is not!

Therefore, I decided to build this website to clarify just exactly what is The Real Costa Rica.  Here you will find the accurate answers to hundreds of questions about Costa Rica. The nice thing is that there are answers to questions you did not know to ask!  It contains articles, statistics, photographs, movie clips, tables and charts, and above all, accurate information about Costa Rica. Many hundreds of hours have gone into developing this web site, and I (modestly) believe you will find no other complete source for 100% accurate information on Costa Rica.

Who should read this site?  This site is for anyone who wants to visit, work, live, learn about, or retire in Costa Rica, but mostly, I expect it to be helpful to visitors and to those thinking about living, retiring and working here.

Costa Rica OxcartFor visitors?  Come and enjoy the bounty of Costa Rica.  It is a delicious place to visit.  There are a few caveats, but nothing you can't handle!

For you others thinking about living here, there is an important statistic.  About 40% of those who move to Costa Rica leave within one year!  Why?  There are a lot of reasons, but my hunch is that people were just not prepared for the REAL Costa Rica, for there is a vast difference between the "tourist" Costa Rica and the one in which you will live. 

Read the REAL COSTA RICA and you may learn how NOT to be part of that 40%  Costa Rica is not perfect and any Tico will agree.  However, if you intent to live here, it must be perfect for you.

So welcome to the REAL Costa Rica.  I do hope you enjoy the visit!  Also be SURE to visit our BLOG as that contains a diary of what really goes on here on a daily basis.  It gives an up to date photo of Costa Rica.  It's worth the visit. It contains recent happenings in Costa Rica plus my thoughts and commentary and just about anything else that needs to be said about Costa Rica.  New stuff will first appear in the Blog first, then will be added to this web site if needed.  For current news in Costa Rica, check out our live news feeds for Costa Rica, Central America, and The World.


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