Updates! Updates! Updates!

It’s been more than 4 months since we started this blog, and we’ve put up nearly 300 posts on all kinds of topics, from Volcanoes to street vendors to residency procedures and more than I care to list. Nothing stays static and we’ll try to catch you up on a few things since the original posts.

To start with, an update on the Guns ‘N Roses concert. Those who bought tickets STILL have not gotten their money back. They have been given a royal run around, with many promises and no action. If the money ever gets refunded, I will post it, but personally, I am not holding my breath.

The new immigration law is still hazy as are the implications for perpetual tourists. There have been anecdotal stories that some people entering or re-entering the country are being give only 30 day visas, and rumor has it that the $100 90 day extension is only for people who came in on 30 day visas in the first place. The official interpretation of the law is yet to be published and in ‘tipico’ fashion, nobody knows what to do, so they do what they feel like.

I have an update to my post on the hot springs near La Fortuna. I have since learned that there are free hot springs that you can enjoy. I found a video that shows how to get there.

I did a few posts on the dollar/colon exchange rate situation, and it has been very up and down, with nobody able to give THE definitive answer. AT the moment the dollar has rebounded somewhat, but still quite short of it’s high several months ago.

The ongoing skirmishes between ‘the authorities’ and the street vendors is continuing. There have been sporadic crackdowns and periods of seeming indifference when the informal economy is back in full swing. I don’t expect a final resolution to this ever, but I’ve been wrong before.

My post about the surge in popularity of Otto Guevara was just a passing fancy, it seems, and Laura Chinchilla won handily.

The Caldera highway is still open, though the toll amounts seem to change very frequently according to some formula understandable only to PhD mathematicians. I hope to be making the trip this coming week, so I hope to have a personal story to tell. Also on this trip I hope to visit Jaco, and have some more current info on that little bit of Babylon by the Sea.

While we’re on the subject of the Caldera Highway, or “Autopista del Sol” as the tourist bureau likes to call it, buses are STILL not allowed to use it, and have to use the old, slow, windy route. Someday they will get around to granting concessions to bus companies. I think. For now, enjoy the extra length of the trips and the gentle feeling of being thrown from side to side in your seat as you navigate the hairpin turns.

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  1. mauricio corleto says:

    have you seen the poor condition some of the police station in costa rica….is deplorable they don't even have working toilets and roaches all over, a country tha it brags so much of being the swiss of central america, i believe the all government in the past did a lousy job on state security, the new minister should do some thing about…..pura vida…of what ….i don't know….

  2. ENOUGH! What the heck is going on with all the crime against expatriates? Americans are being targeted from the time they leave the airport. Murders, beatings, disappearances and no it isn't "just a few". It is becoming endemic and aside from the beaches losing their blue flags, Costa Rica risks losing it's appeal as a tourist destination. The national police, tourist police and hired security need to start thinking about what the loss of 30% of GDP will mean to their lives if they don't do a better job of protecting ours.

  3. Excuse me, Nadine, but upon what do you base your statement regarding crimes against Americans not being 'just a few?' Endemic is a pretty strong word unless you have some actual statistics to prove your statement…………? And, what does the crime rate have to do with beach areas' blue flags? Don't you realize that people have a better chance of being the victim of a crime in any one of several major U. S. cities?

    • John, Nadine may not be able to come up with statistics for the simple reason that the CR government either keeps no such statistics or keeps them hidden. All I have is anecdotal evidence, like most of us. Among people I know personally, most have been stolen from and a few were victims of violent crime, including a friend whose house guest was murdered in a home invasion. I don't have statistics, I just have what I hear from those around me.

      Apparently there are nice out of the way places where crime is not an issue. I may end up retiring there some day. I'm not ready yet to give up decent internet and not having to own a car and the convenience of living in the overpopulated center of the country. Most gringos live either in the Central Valley or along the coast. Horror stories abound about places like Jaco and Tamarindo. I know it's just anecdotal evidence, but it's all we have as far as I can see.

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