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I.C.E. on a Sunday?

I.C.E. on a Sunday????
by Best of Costa Rica
So today I got a bug up my butt about my internet provider metro wireless. I had to reset my router about 50 times today and its been acting stupid for about a month or more now. I even swapped the ro…

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Sorry to say, but happy to say at the same time

My new project My Life Book has taken over my life. In a week we have already gained almost 5K members! That is great. So much of my time is now spent there I can no longer keep this up over here as well.

So Best of Costa Rica now has a presence on MLB. All blogs and other items will be posted there. This site will stay here for achive purposes, but anything new will be posted on Best of Costa Rica’s coffee house page. Please follow me over on MLB.  You will get everything you get here, but there. If you sign up before Monday you get a free lifetime membership. After Monday there is a yearly subscription fee depending on what you wish to do.

Here are two video’s for MLB. Hope you enjoy them and will join us over there. Look us up.

Hopefully I will see you there!

Pura Vida!

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Interested in a Facebook alternative?

So here is an example of an alternative to facebook I am working on. My question is would you be willing to pay $5 or less a year for something that works the same, but there are no ads, no gps tracking, a dislike button! and real privacy when you set things to friends only! You see everything you want to see! We won’t pick and choose what you get in your feed. Blogs have their own tag to consolidate them in one area so people, me included, aren’t posting them all over the place. Here is a screen shot of what I have so far.

new facebook


I will beta test at some point so if you want in the beta let me know by sending an email to info@bestofcostarica.net. 1st 200 people to send me an email will get into the beta test. So share it!

Pura Vida!



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4th of July Celebration in Costa Rica

I was invited to a 4th of July celebration at a resort here in Costa Rica. The owner Jerry invited me and his lovely wife Maggie who I had yet to meet were wonderful hosts! The party, I think was a great success. He had his staff on hand to help everyone. There were a ton of people there. It was a pot luck type of event. People brought all kinds of side dishes to share. There was the normal BBQ fair of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and such. All the fixings. I got to meet some new people and some people I know sort of though facebook and who know me the same way.

That gathering was very eclectic as there were people there from all over the world. British, Canadan, US, Tico, etc. This just shows that no matter your nationality people will come together for a party and especially if there is free food involved! Even the British who we are celebration our independence were there. 🙂 I know after over 200 years its all water in the Boston harbor now. 🙂 I know I am only funny to me.

So of course I had to sample everything! I did just sample I only took a tablespoon of everything that was there. I have to say nothing was disappointing. I think everyone did a wonderful job. They had a really good grill master who handled the grill perfectly. My next BBQ I will most certainly use him.

The highlights of the dishes I tasted, for me were, the meat balls! They were cooked just right and the sauce was very nice. The beans were perfection on a plate. There were a number of sauerkraut type sides which all were tasty. Like I said there wasn’t a dish there that I went, “Oh hell no who made this crap”.

See my video of the day at YouTube Video of the Day  for how not so American our most American celebration really is.

Very nice night the views are amazing from the resort. I could see my house very clearly from his back and front viewing areas. Have to wonder if he uses that telescope he has to watch me nude sunbath? lol Just kidding Jerry.

Now remember I get nothing an accept nothing when I talk up a place be it a restaurant or a resort. This place is a great place to stay if you are coming to Costa Rica. It is a great couples resort no doubt. He put a lot of thought into the design of the rooms as well as how to maximize his views. So if you are coming I would most definitely recommend you stay at Barons Resort. Here are some photo’s of the resort from their facebook page. Barons Facebook

So looking for a nice place to stay while visiting or moving to Costa Rica this really is a place you should try! The view alone is well worth the price. So check them out on the Facebook link.
Pura Vida!

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Update on Visa Runs Rio Indio Lodge

This was posted to a facebook group called Atenas Costa Rica Classified. Since I did a review of this group about visa runs, I thought I would share this with everyone.

I have some bad news for those who enjoy the half day flights to the Rio Indio Resort in Nicaragua. Because the Costa Rica immigration is apparently cracking down on ‘habitual tourism,’ the last trip will be next month. The young immigration agents at the Tobias Bolanos airport have been stamping passports with 30 day stamps instead of 90. Not good for the animal lovers or people who like to save on trips out of the country. It would be very hypocritical of the Costa Rican government to complain about the lack of tourist dollars, and at the same time make tourists leave the country to spend money somewhere else!!!

Pura Vida!


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Facebook: Banking in Costa Rica

Which banks can i open an account and use the card in CR without the crazy fees?


Chad Francis Charles Schwab. They reimburse all ATM fees as well


Rob Evans USAA and Capital One have not foreign fees and reimburse ATM fees


Jimmy Kirk I have been using BCR since I first came here in 2010 and no problems. Yesterday we went there to try for a home loan but was told that as of 2 years ago a person must be a resident to do so. This is true of all the national banks, but the associate I was talking with did speak and understand English and gave me a lot of insight on BCR. They are in the midst of restructuring to accommodate more expats since they have seen a lot of business leave due to the newer regulations and will be offering more services over the next year. Even though we did not accomplish the mission, he also advised using one of the private banks as they do not have to adhere to these rules and mentioned some of the better ones. Very helpful and cleared up a lot of things as we talked about many areas of banking for a long time. So I am still happy with BCR.

Kathleen Feeney I had luck getting both savings and checking accounts and debit card at Banco Nacional. I needed a letter from my USA bank that I had accounts in good standing and I needed a letter from a Costa Rican accountant saying it looked as if my money is legitimate business income and bona fide life saving ..now I am glad to avoid the 1% “international transaction fee” that Visa was putting on every purchase!


Brandon Young Well I use my BoA card to withdraw at scotia bank… they are allied banks so the $5 fee is waved… scotia charges u 2-3% of whatever u take out unless u move it to their account… this only applies fr taking out dollars… if u take out colones u have the $5 fee… why idk…


Pura Vida!


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Daily Facebook Useful Information

So I have noticed that there are a number of my readers who do not have a Facebook account and I decided to do a segment posting useful information from Facebook. I am he admin of a group called Gringo Expats in Costa Rica. There is a lot of good information that is shared in that group. So from time to time I will share said information. Here is the 1st useful piece of information.

This was the questions:

Mario Steven

trying to bring a car down from the states.Getting different import rates .Looking for any info from recent experiences . Probably a 2000-2002 four runner.
The Answers:
Nel Cameron The older the vehicle, the more you’re going to pay in duties. You need to talk/write to a shipper and give them all the info on your vehicle, including VIN and they will find out what it’s going to cost you in duties. We used Charlie Zeller (Ship to Costa Rica). He gave us all that info ahead of time. We still ended up with a refund of part of it because the numbers changed (hey, we got a refund…in CR that’s a big thing…he’s honest!). http://www.solutionscostarica.com/relocating/


Jonathan Goff Figure about 80% of Kelly Blue book for duties plus freight ($1200) from Fla. to Limon and another $300+ to make it legal here for the first 6 months but that can be done anytime in the first six months if it’s registered back there


Brandon Young I highly recommend mike Rappaport. .. he shipped my 01 nissan frontier with no problems what so ever… heres his email and phone number…
(727) 231-4344 stateside number
Cr number (257) 339-33
Very good price compared to others…


Don Martin http://www.hacienda.go.cr/autohacienda/autovalor.aspx?ifr…% Just plug your car in here and it will tell you the taxes. Ditto on Mike Rappaport good guy
So there you have it. Enjoy!
Pura Vida!
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A Facebook Post

This was a Facebook post by

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A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.


I find its message to be so true!

Pura Vida!


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