Fran and I enjoy an opportunity to share
some of this knowledge with many of our readers and new friends who have
come to visit the Guanacaste area to learn more about this
region. During these educational visits, we have taken
many of these folks to meet
our doctor, veterinarian, and pharmacist. We have also visited several
of the local supermarkets (of
varying class) to check out prices and availability of those
daily staples many gringos just can't live without. We also
show different examples of home rentals but this is done to EDUCATE - NOT SELL. Lord knows, there are enough
bullshit websites out
there that do that.
Our goal is to show our friends
and readers what life (as a Guanacaste resident) will be like should
one make the decision to move here.
You're Not Here To Have
The single most difficult concept for folks
taking a "due diligence tour" is... they think they are on
vacation! Well truth be told... they're NOT!
there is one single piece of advice Fran and I can offer
people coming here to "check out" Costa Rica is...
you are not here
to have fun, you are here to work! You are here investigating the
possibility of moving to a foreign country and turning your
life completely inside out. Trying to do this with
your mind rooted in "vacation mode" will result in you
failing to accomplish your investigative responsibility. I'm sorry to sound like such a hard ass, but
this needs to be said. There will always be time to go
fishing or zip lining.
I have talked with many folks
who have paid quite a bit of money to take investigative relocation tours. As
a result, many walk away learning little. They decide to move here and within the first year
they come to learn they
have really screwed up. Unfortunately they have no one
to blame but themselves. And don't even get me started
on those who have come here for three days, fallen in love
with an area or a house and then bought the damn thing, only
to learn that the weather sucks or they live next to a
muffler repair shop.
Now don't get me wrong, I also know several
folks who have moved here, bought on their first visit and
are extremely happy. But from what I have seen, this
may very well be the minority.
That is my observation and I'm sticking by