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I really don't know what to do with that info about internet speeds.. says CR is like less than 3mbps.. Says U.S. is 15+..
I personally get much better than what is reported here in both places.. I am paying for 40mbs here and speed test hits me at about 37 to 38.5 on the dwnld.. In Manuel Antonio I tested 7 dn.. I have no idea how they base the averages they report in these things... Planning to spend the entire summer of 2013 in Manuel Antonio and find out for sure though. Thanks for the info Futures Operator..

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Was revisiting this again (as always). Who here lives in Puerto Rico? I'm starting to think I should maybe rule out Costa Rica, and lean more towards Panama. But I also want to consider Puerto Rico, the trouble is the real estate prices.

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Was revisiting this again (as always). Who here lives in Puerto Rico? I'm starting to think I should maybe rule out Costa Rica, and lean more towards Panama. But I also want to consider Puerto Rico, the trouble is the real estate prices.

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Have people there and have visited, love it. Have never seen such friendly people anywhere, it was almost scary. You ask for directions, they offer to take you wherever you're going lol. Prices likely depend on area, but away from the cities, it can be quite inexpensive. Oh, and the scenery, cannot be described or even seen in pictures, just out of this world. Also benefits of being a US Territory, cheap flights, no passport required, US driver's license valid, many similarities.

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Have people there and have visited, love it. Have never seen such friendly people anywhere, it was almost scary. You ask for directions, they offer to take you wherever you're going lol. Prices likely depend on area, but away from the cities, it can be quite inexpensive. Oh, and the scenery, cannot be described or even seen in pictures, just out of this world. Also benefits of being a US Territory, cheap flights, no passport required, US driver's license valid, many similarities.

How much spanish do you need to know to function in society?

Real estate costs?

Number of Americans living there?

I'm still researching this with the help of google, but like to have direct opinions too.

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How much spanish do you need to know to function in society?

Real estate costs?

Number of Americans living there?

I'm still researching this with the help of google, but like to have direct opinions too.

Mike

This is all based on my limited experience, I've been there a few times. No spanish, many/most people speak english, especially in the cities. When you need to talk to folks who don't speak english, you can get by with broken spanish/sign langauge/gestures (have done it, lol). Besides, spanish is really easy to learn and fun. Also great food, beautiful women, everyone is happy.

No stats off the top of my head on number of Americans, but in my limited time, I met a quite a few, including succesful businessmen who left it all behind to move to a simpler life and couldn't be happier.

I don't know much on real estate there, I'm sure its developing and prices are increasing over time, but I know people who privately rent small houses for a few hundred $, and well under $1,000/mo.

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I'm starting to think I should maybe rule out Costa Rica.

Why ya ruling out Costa Rica?

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The one thing I have noticed about the ex-pats I have known over the years .... there seems to be two groups...

Group1: Those who embrace the local culture , learn the language and rent or buy property away from the "American Zone"

Group2: Those who move into gated communities of ex-pats where they live just like they did in the USA.

I was always amazed at the difference in answers I got asking both groups the same question.

Q: Is it expensive?

Group1: I bought a really cute 3 bedroom for a fraction of what it cost in USA. Local fruit and vegetables are so cheap!

Group2: I bought a really nice 3 bedroom for 25% less than in the USA, but American food is expensive and hard to find.

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Hi TFMT ,

Correct .

myself i am in group 1 and I do not really understand why expats want to live in a gated community among their countrymen .
To be able to speak some minimum spanish language is mandatory even if it is possible to survive in English in all places.

Concerning housing cost in costa Rica , you have to forgot to buy a comfortable 3 bedromm house below 200 K USD at least in tourist area like Samara on the pacific side.
The cost of living is not so low .


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Was revisiting this again (as always). Who here lives in Puerto Rico? I'm starting to think I should maybe rule out Costa Rica, and lean more towards Panama. But I also want to consider Puerto Rico, the trouble is the real estate prices.

Mike

I live in PR. Would not recommend living here, lol. If you have any questions about here I can throw in some opinions. Spanish is the main language here but English is understood, especially in the more tourist areas. The west side of the island there is a municipality called Rincon, a lot of North Americans living/retiring there, it is a surfing community, very relax and clean, not densely populated. The capital San Juan is very populated, of the 4 million people in the island probably around 2mil live there. In the east side is a more maritime feel, it's where most people have boats to sail to the islands towards the east, the US Virgin Islands, and British Virgin Islands. They are beautiful and English is the main language in those, very small population in those.

If I were looking to go someplace it would probably be Florida. Lot's of nice coast there, love the white sand beaches on the northwest coast and the south with access to the Keys. Costa Rica & Panama might sound nice, but I don't feel comfortable with the idea of leaving the US. Though most of all it's because I am not familiar with the laws & "safety" in other countries.

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