Thursday, April 18, 2013

Vicki Skinner's Costa Rica Information & Photo Sites • PET & HOUSE SITTING Services • Tourism & FACEBOOK MARKETING • SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua Info & Assistance+++ - April 2013




The bottom line is I am a CONNECTOR and Information Gatherer and Sharer!!!

Below is a list of just SOME of my various Information Blogs  •  Things I Do/am involved in/Sharing Information  •  Photo Sites  •  Message Boards

MANY are a work in progress but some info is still better than no info at all - si?!?!!



Vicki's Site/Blog of 
Lists•Info•Finds on Costa Rica

Those that know me know I LOVE gathering and sharin' information and making Lists of info for those living in or traveling around Costa Rica!! I've been compiling them for ease in finding them!!
This is by NO means "THE guide".  I've just started making DETAILED lists based on information people have asked me about and/or I've found/collected (I'm a "Details Kinda Gal!!"  Just telling me you like something is of little use often in Costa Rica since finding out details can be QUITE challenging and sadly not enough people share or share details we can use).


It’s a VERY HELPFUL site on where to find things (often with English-speaking contacts), what’s happening, SPECIALS, news, thoughts, experiences+++!!

The focus is on actual DETAILS – to bring more EASE into YOUR Life!!


This blog gets 

OVER 30,000+ Page Views a Month and is 
OFTEN at the 1st or 2nd page of MANY Google Searches! 

Have anything to SUBMIT?  
Events, finds, YOUR experiences/stories, news, etc. to add? 

 I'm now accepting Information Ads


E- me for more details or to share information!!


A SAMPLE OF SOME OF THE MOST SEARCHED•FAVORITE ENTRIES:
Where to Unlock or fix your Cell and iPhonesEnglish-Speaking Taxi Drivers
Owning•Driving a Car vs Taking Taxi's in Costa Rica
Why I LOVE ESCAZU
The VIP and iMax Movie Theatre (LOTS of pictures and the schedule)
Electronics Repair  •  Appliance Repair
Where to Purchase Appliances


Household and Restaurant Kitchen Goodies

Health • Healing • Medical • Beauty Enhancement

Dental and Medical Tourism (see below) and
Holistic Dentist and other Specialists I’ve researched for OVER 5 years
Massage Therapists in Costa Rica

Blood Labs•Tests  •  Chiropractors  •  Pharmacies

Menopause - How to Deal with Aging in Costa Rica using Alternative Therapy • BioIdentical / BHRT Therapy / Hormone Replacement Therapy • Hormonal Optimization

AA and Recovery Options in Costa Rica  -  AAInCostaRica.com 
Semi-Permanent Eyeliner MicroPigmentation•“tattoos” for JUST $100!!
Eyelash Extensions, Semi-Permanent “Makeup” – Eyebrows and Lips!

Natural • Health Related Products!
100% Cotton Mattresses and other Natural Bedding Supplies

Association•Group Announcements
LOTS of postings of Events happening around Costa Rica as well as monthly meeting announcements for the
Professional Women's Group, Newcomers womens group, Women's Club, Democrats Abroad, Little Theatre Group and LOTS MORE!!
Activity Announcements LOTS of postings of Activity•Event happenings around Costa Rica - in general though also many geared towards the
Self Empowerment  •  Metaphysical  •  Spiritual
  •  Woo-Woo Communities





DENTAL and MEDICAL TOURISM
I've researched Dental, Holistic and Medical Tourism in Costa Rica for OVER 5 years and am VERY SELECTIVE who I connect you with!  There are certain treatments you do NOT want to see the "cheapest" or just trust some Joe Schmo that you met on the internet as some of these doctors/dentists have their own people "working" the message boards and some put LOTS of $$$ into ads to get them higher in google searches and many I would NOT go to if someone paid for the EXTENSIVE dental work I need!!!  ESPECIALLY for Dental Implants, Crowns, Root Canals and Holistic Dental work (can you believe that dentists in Costa Rica are told that warnings about amalgamite removal being dangerous are BOGUS??  Be VERY CAREFUL with who removes your silver filings!!)
I help coordinate every step from having an English-Speaking Driver pick you up at the airport, accommodations, Transfers to appointments, Tour Coordination - whatEVER your needs are!!!

Turtles+!
Along with the BEST MICROBIOLOGIST / CLINICAL CHEMIST / BIO-CHEMIST in Costa Rica!! and where to get Compounds - THE COMPOUNDING PHARMACY for Costa Rica!!

Message Boards and Forums

Legal Red English-Speaking
TAXI DRIVERS
(currently predominately in the Escazu area but expanding - with YOUR help!!
Please share any LEGAL RED taxi you'd like to add)

MASSAGE THERAPIST GUIDE
(know any massage therapists to add and/or that want to make a SPECIAL OFFER??!)



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TOURISM • FACEBOOK MARKETING 

and NEW BUSINESS SET UP
Tourist Season is almost over and Costa Rica WILL be seeing LOTS LESS tourists numbers going down (ALL over the world)!  How will YOU handle it - just keep saying "Oh, it always goes down after Easter" and bury your head in the sane?  Will that bring you to your knees•be in Denial or perhaps you'll just “visualize” them coming?  
OR
will you be PRO-Active?  Step-UP to the plate?!?!
Jump on board before it’s too late???


  Facebook is one of THE BEST ways to promote your business and Facebook IS THE place for FREE Marketing and Promotions!

I’m quite the Facebook Networker and have a VERY UNIQUE • Creative • Outside of the Box • MUCH more Detailed way of looking at Facebook•Marketing - so let me assist you in getting your point across and helping people find out about you, what you have to offer and your area!

Here are some samples of pages I'm working on:





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LOVING YOUR PET • HOUSE SITTING

Taking loving/conscious care of your Pets and Home

(and giving LOTS of Pet Massages and even a bath if they let me!)

Loving Your Pet House Sitting is especially for owners that treat their pet like family – want them to receive a LOT of love and attention while they’re away like 2-10 Doggie/Kitty Massages a DAY, a warm Bath the day before you arrive, Daily Skype calls (so you can see/talk to your baby), even get to Sleep with me if they need to!




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I've been to SJDS (for my visa runs) for over 4 years now and this is my new FAV AREA!!  In January '13 I went for a 1-2 night Visa Run and stayed for 6 WEEKS!!  LOVED IT and I'm SERIOUSLY considering living in SJDS part-time - in between my House and Pet Sitting gigs as I've been MEGA missing the water energy that this sweet little (just 6 blocks by 7 blocks!!) Seaside Village is!!!





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ISLA OMETEPE



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Crossing the Border Between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

A Step-By-Step Guide to help make your Border Run between Costa Rica and Nicaragua easier (site in transition)




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I WILL SET UP YOUR VACATION PROPERTY



Do you have a vacation rental Condo or Villa - or a Hotel?  Are you new to this - or - could you use some help making sure it's up to the rental markets standards?  Are you sending good/clear responses?  Do you have a contract that protects you?  Are you listed in the key places and know other places to promote yourself?  How's your Facebook Page (CRUCIAL)?   I've been in marketing/promotions/p.r. for over 30 years and tourism for over 20 years  I think outside the box!!!






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VICKI'S NEW ADVENTURES




I've closed my guest house and am now focusing on creating a site doing what I've been doing for ages (gathering and sharing information and connecting people) - in a nutshell - 
Consulting with and Connecting People with various needs around Costa Rica from Relocation, Finding the Best Dentists, Travel Consulting, Shopping+++ and my LISTS!!

Bookmark it and keep checking back as this is an UNLIMITED page and I’ll push it to it’s limits!!!!
My intention with it is in time to put most of what I can help Connect people with on it!!
It will include everything from Where to Find Things, How to Do things and LOTS more information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 



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COOL and MORE UNIQUE THINGS FOR SALE
(for me, friends) 




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RESTAURANT GUIDE

ESCAZU/WEST CENTRAL VALLEY and SPECIALTY


(hasn't been updated in AGES but it gives you some good bones for places to eat starting off with being - currently predominately geared towards the Escazu area with some specialty foods places around the Central Valley!)



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PHOTOS AROUND ESCAZU

(check out my Photo Sites with THOUSANDS of pictures and soon expand with detailed info on various businesses and restaurants+!!)

SAN RAFAEL:

CENTRO:



SAN ANTONIO:
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GRACIAS COSTA RICA

Gracias Costa Rica is a program I've starting to encourage tourists and non-nationals alike to gift back to the people of Costa Rica via NON-monetary donations, etc.  Check out this site to get some ideas of what all is needed by the less fortunate in Costa Rica.  Have things to get rid of??  Looking to Volunteer?  
We can help hook you up/connect you!



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Costa Rica CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY 
MESSAGE BOARD

This board is for people interested in topics RELATED SPECIFICALLY to COSTA RICA- Walking More Gently here, Self Empowerment, Healthy/Conscious Living, Growing, Remembering our TRUE Selves, safe place to Ask Questions ("consciousness" to me also includes day-to-day living questions/finds). Share your Resources (we're ALL IMPORTANT to each other), Organic Eating/Growing, Sustainable Living, Holistic Things, Raw Foods, Healthy Eating, Socializing with other Like-Minded Spirits, Spirituality, Cultural Activities and Events, Classes/Workshops, Questions and/or Experiences about Living in/Moving to CR, Tourism, Foundation/Charity/Volunteering, Gardening, Exploring CR and nearby together/separately, Share healthy recipes (using local ingredients), Culture, Sharing CR related Photos, Gay/Humanitarian Issues, WooWoos activities–again–please keep it ON COURSE/related to COSTA RICA ONLY. 

PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS ON CRCC:  We REALLY ENCOURAGE you to promote your business here once a month (unless you have some new news to add) as we'd rather support people here than have to look on the internet to find some flake!!!




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Costa Rica POSITIVES



Living in Costa Rica - TOOOOO often these days we hear LOTS of negatives.  I've started this message board for people to share some of their POSITIVE experiences and contacts - but alas - so far it hasn't taken off 

(though I own how I haven't contributed much lately nor promoted it much - but SOON!!!!)


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BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA

I've been 10 times to Bocas THOUGH it's been a few years since I've been but at least you have some of the basics to get you started


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List of People / Business that have been
REALLY HELPFUL TO ME•I WANT TO 
SUPPORT•SEE THRIVE in Costa Rica!!






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Moving FROM Costa Rica?  
SEEKING OPTIONS TO MOVE TO?

Thinking of leaving Costa Rica and looking for an interesting spot to land in the States?  Check out some info I've started gathering with a bunch of pics of the Venice/Sarasota - West/Central Florida area that IF I ever went back, I'd return to in a HEART BEAT (Sarasota has become THE Cultural Capital of Florida, has a NICE size VERY Spiritually Evolved/Self Empowerment community, has AMAZING BEACHES with sand like powdered sugar [once again Siesta Key Beach was voted one of the top 10 in the U.S.])


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BORED?  LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO??

VOLUNTEER TO HELP EXPAND THIS BOARDS!!!
Do you speak GOOD Spanish and English? Have some time on your hands and want to help out?? Volunteer to help update many of the lists/gather info!!



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PLEASE SHARE


Have things/anyone to add/share/your experiences? Do you have a blog? 

Let me know so I can add you to our list plus PLEASE add us to yours! 
Email me the DETAILS at  







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Vicki Skinner 

(aka "THE Sarong Goddess")

8-378-6679-Costa Rica   •   1-941-312-7569-U.S. #   •   Skype - VallartaVicki




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