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Any BHW members from Costa Rica???

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by liquidrage, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. liquidrage

    liquidrage Junior Member

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    I?ve seen a lot of threads on BHW about where to live once you have made your online fortune. Personally I would like to live in Costa Rica. I don?t speak Spanish and make about 10k a month from company?s I own and royalties from previous ventures. I would like to know from anyone that is living in Costa Rica now or anyone that has lived in Costa Rica what it is like. I also have children that will need to be in school so any input on that aspect is more then welcome.


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    I'm not from Costa Rica, but I was checking into it as a possible place to live. I changed my mind after reading this guy's blog:

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    http://www.therealcostarica.com/
     
  3. showbizvet

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    Rage what are doin' man... moving? Give me a shout before you do... I have a friend down there who raves about it, said I should come visit.
     
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    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    why not take a vacation there for a few weeks and see how you like it.
    then decide whether you want to move there.
     
  5. futuremills

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    is costa rica the thailand of the west? i always hear ppl in IM talking about moving there because its so cheap
     
  6. scubasteve

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    i've lived in costa rica for about 6 years now, and it's completely awesome. ask me any questions you have. and don't pay attention to that blog therealcostarica.com. you can be as happy or as miserable as you want, no matter where you live. i happen to love this paradise i live in :)
     
  7. Andrew Scherer

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    I'm going there for 20 days at the end of this month.

    Plan on moving there early next year.

    Currently in Mexico, its so-so.
     
  8. scubasteve

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    awesome, we need more blackhatters here :) you hitting up the beaches?
     
  9. MikeHustle

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    How is it for non-Spanish speakers? What is the culture like? Cost of living? The Women?

    I want to get out of the states for an extended amount of time.
     
  10. scubasteve

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    I won't lie - it is easier if you know Spanish, but it's not required. There are plenty of American communities, and I have friends that have lived here for 4-5 years that still barely know spanish, and they get by just fine.

    The culture is pretty laid back. Pretty lazy, non-confrontational, easy-going. There is something called "tico time" here (the locals refer to themselves as ticos). They're rarely on time, and don't mind waiting all day long in lines to get stuff done. It is a culture shock coming from the fast-paced, hurry-hurry lifestyle in the states, but I rather enjoy the slow-paced lifestyle down here. Nobody in a rush to get stuff done - they like to enjoy life, and it's awesome.

    Cost of living is what you make it. The average salary for locals is around $400/month. Personally, I live on about $2,000/month, and that's me living in luxury, eating out all the time, going out with the guys, partying, etc.

    The women - very nice :) If you like latinas, then it's heaven. As a foreigner, it's like an open invitation to them. And if you're tall, even better. I'm 6'3, and the female attention that I get is rather welcoming.

    The nightlife is kickass. Ticos love to have fun; they love to drink beer, guaro (a sugarcane alcohol), rum, whiskey, tequila, dance until wee hours of the morning. They're very social, nice, and ready to help. Just don't treat them like you're better than them or anything. They're friendly to Americans - but there is a whole set of gringos here who do nothing but complain about life and Costa Rica, and if you're that type of person, you might want to rethink living here.

    I guess that's about it. It's just a kickass place :)