ABOUT THE LIVING LIFE IN COSTA RICA BLOG

I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
I’m NOT an expert (an "expert" 2 ME knows 101%-NOT me). I believe in sharin info•helping where I can! And with over 2,200 entries, so some things might be out of date, so if you find old info PLEASE help each other by getting the updated info & sharing it with me to revise. At least you have some basic info to get you started.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP:
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I welcome you to show YOUR appreciation for my efforts!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Tom is SEEKING a USED 4x4 SUV

My friend Tom is seeking a used 4x4 SUV  (ONLY)

MUST HAVE:
ONLY a Hyundai or a Japanese model (Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Isuzu).
MANUEL  •  DIESEL
YEAR:  2004 or newer
In REALLY GOOD working condition.  He has quite a lot of knowledge of cars so I know what to look for so hopefully you’ll be in integrity with what you’re selling.

He's located near San Isidro de General•Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica - but is not limited to that area. 


Please send him ONLY options that meet ALL of the above criteria along with an HONEST DETAILED description and history of the car to:
(tell him Vicki Connected you!!!)

MISSING 13 YEAR OLD - Costa Rica


MISSING 13 YEAR OLD - Costa Rica


María Alejandra Tenorio Artavia 
 nacion.com/g/bb3
San José (Redacción). La Oficina Regional del Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) de Sarapiquí requiere la colaboración para localizar a
María Alejandra Tenorio Artavia
de 13 años de edad, quien desapareció desde el pasado 
jueves 18 de abril 2013 y se desconoce su ubicación.

La menor de edad es vecina de La Virgen de Sarapiquí.

Ese jueves salió de la casa a hacer una tarea a las 2:30 p. m. y no se supo más de su paradero.

Cualquier información que pueda brindar es indispensable que se comunique al
800-800-0645   •   cicooij@poder-judicial.go.cr
del centro de información confidencial del OIJ.



San Jose (Editorial). The Regional Office of Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) of Sarapiqui requires collaboration to locate
Maria Alejandra Tenorio Artavia

13-year-old who disappeared in the past

Thursday April 18, 2013 and its location is unknown.

The minor is resident of La Virgen de Sarapiqui.

That Thursday left the house to do a task at 2:30 p. m. and no more was heard of his whereabouts.

Any information you can provide is essential to inform the
800-800-0645 • cicooij@poder-judicial.go.cr
confidential information center OIJ.

 
(is there ANY chance she was "abducted•taken" by a family member???)


If you have any leads, PLEASE

Thursday, April 25, 2013

April 27 - Democrats Abroad Costa Rica•DACR - April 2013 Meeting



DEMOCRATS ABROAD Costa Rica



MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday - April 27, 2013

9:30am till noon-ish


DISCUSSION:


Discussion of President Obama's visit to Mexico and Costa Rica in May:  Security and economic issues, real and imagined concerns.   


Also:
Social Media--How can DACR make new friends and influence people?    


April 26 & 27 - LTG - Little Theatre Group - "God of Carnage"

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

Friday April 26th, 2013 7:30pm.
Saturday & Sunday April 27th & 28th 2:30pm.

Friday May 3rd 7:30pm.
Saturday & Sunday May 4th & 5th 2:30pm.

The Little Theatre Group of Costa Rica once again brings a Broadway hit to the stage at the Laurence Olivier Theatre. Opening on April 26th for two weekends, God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza and the winner of the Tony award for Best Play in 2009, will come to life in the hands of some of the LTG's best known actors. Director Noel Montagano and an incredible cast, Susan Liang, Tom Humes, Lisa DeFuso and Chicago import Jim Kissane are sure to bring a high level of professionalism to this comedy. They will fill the evening with laughs.
The setting is a modern day Brooklyn loft apartment. One 11-year-old has wacked another kid in the mouth, and both sets of parents meet to alternatively apologize, assess blame, work out consequences and throw their multifarious neuroses in each other's faces.
The son of Alan, a big shot lawyer for pharmaceutical companies, and his wife Annette, a wealth manager, hit the other child with a large stick, which broke two incisors and exposed a nerve. The son of Veronica, a cultural anthropologist of sorts, author and art fanatic, and Michael, a self-made seller of domestic items, would not let the other boy play in his "gang," which initiated the quarrel. The two sets of parents attempt to civilly and amicably discuss the ramifications and punishments associated with the incident. The hell that breaks out is sleekly amusing partly because the two teams not only go at each other, they also sometimes switch sides. It can be partner against partner, or boys against girls, without an ounce of introspection or admission of responsibility on any side.
The LTG production of God of Carnage will run about 90 minutes and the group looks forward to a positive response from English-speaking theatre goers in Costa Rica.

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DONATION
6,000-c

DISCOUNTS:
Members who Reserve Online (-500-c off)
Students (2,500-c entrance)
Groups bookings of 10 or more (-15% discount)


RESERVATIONS
8-858-1446  -  OR  -  Reserve online -
(Please tell them Vicki [aka "THE Sarong Goddess" Connected you!])


WHERE:
Teatro Laurence Olivier
(2-223-1960 [please do not call the theatre directly for tickets])
Next to Sala Garbo at Avenida 2 and Calle 28
(one block South of Pizza Hut on Paseo Colon) - San Jose  - 




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MORE INFORMATION ON LITTLE THEATRE GROUP: 

MEMBERSHIP
5,000-c/solo.  8,000-c/couple/family.


JOIN THEIR FACEBOOK GROUP: 


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(please "Share" this information with EVERYONE you know that would enjoy it!)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CANVAS BAG SUPER SALE - up to 75% off Laurel's Originals - PLUS FREE SHIPPING to the U.S. & Canada!!!! A GREAT "MADE in Costa Rica" SOUVENIR • GIFT



As of August 11, 2013 there are STILL some left!!!

Are you looking for a

GREAT "MADE IN COSTA RICA"
SOUVENIR •
GIFT
or something to
honor YOURSELF with?!?!

(you DESERVE a COOL thing like one of these don't you??!!!)



Laurel Anderson is closing down the
HAND PAINTED - MADE IN COSTA RICA - COOL CANVAS BAG portion
of her

LAUREL ORIGINALS business
(ONLY this division

 as she is totally immersed in her hand painted canvas rugs for interior design and has decided to let this part of her business go.


And YOU get to be the lucky owner of some of her

REALLY COOL
HAND PAINTED - MADE IN COSTA RICA -
CANVAS BAGS

for up to 75% off!!!

What an AWESOME and UNIQUE GIFT idea

(Mothers Day, Christmas and Hanukkah and Birthdays are right around the corner)

or a
Made-In Costa Rica
SOUVENIR

to give and at such a SUPER PRICE!!
MATERIAL:
They're made of 100% eco-friendly cotton canvas, expertly sewn with strong yet soft cotton canvas material, double stitched seams and x-stitched at the handles for additional strength to allow for the super-packer.  These hand painted heavy duty canvas bags can be easily washed, and the colors do not run.


Get them now while they last!!


AND - she's 
INCLUDING
FREE SHIPPING
when mailed via "Registered" mail
throughout Costa Rica AND the U.S.!!!!!

OR PICK THEM UP AT HER STUDIO IN ALAJUELA (near SJO Airport!!)

S
ee what is still available at
CanvasTotesAndBags.com



Check out her Facebook Page:
facebook.com/CanvasTotesAndBags

CLUTCH BAGS
(10"-L x 1.5"-W x 6"-H) 

$12


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SHOULDER BAGS
(12"-L x 3.5"-W x 11"-H)
$17



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WEEKEND BAGS
(18" x 8.5" x 13")  

$23

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 PAYMENT:
You can pay with PayPal or by deposit into her BNCR account.
FIRST email for exact availability and to order and pay.


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(Laurel at Newcomers Costa Rica's "Show and Sell" Arts and Crafts Holiday Faire)


Laurel has been selling them for years at the craft shows so many of you may already have them but get what you want now before they are all gone for good.

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Laurel's Originals ALSO makes
(though not part of this sale)
THE COOLEST
CANVAS RUGS


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RUNNERS



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WALL HANGINGS

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PLACEMATS

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(including CUSTOM MADE items!!)

Check out her YouTube page so see some of her magic!!
youtube.com/user/CanvasRugs

Or "Like" Laurel's Originals Facebook Page:
facebook.com/LaurelsOriginals

and LOTS of pictures of them at:
facebook.com/LaurelsOriginals/photos_albums


For information•ideas on creating your own
CUSTOM Rug • Placemat or Wall Hanging(PERFECT for your business!!)
LaurelsOriginals.com/custom-rugs



Or
Laurel's Originals Websites:


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CONTACT
LaurelsOriginals@gmail.com

(506) 2-269-6637  •  8-383-0407

USA and Canada:
1-888-300-7125

(make sure to tell Laurel that her Birthday Buddy Vicki Connected you!!)


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Please SHARE this link with ALL your friends
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2013/04/LaurelOriginalsCanvasTotesAndBagsSale.html
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Abril 24 - CAMBIO DE FECHA A MAÑANA

URGENTE - URGENTE - URGENTE - CAMBIO DE FECHA A MAÑANA ...
La reunión en la Asamblea Legislativa en la cual la Lic. Adriana Rojas presentará el caso contra el Banco Nacional de Costa Rica por concepto de TASA PISO, su alcance y se analizaran los particulares de todos los que lleven sus documentos de hipotecas, fideicomisos y prestamos con CUALQUIERA DE LOS BANCOS SERA MAÑANA MIERCOLES 24 DE ABRIL DEL 2013 A LAS 9:00 AM EN LA ASAMBLEA LEGISLATIVA, SALA DE EX-PRESIDENTES. NUEVAMENTE, LA FECHA CAMBIÓ PARA MAÑANA MIERCOLES A LAS 9 AM.


URGENT - URGENT - URGENT - CHANGE OF DATE TO TOMORROW ...
The meeting in the Legislative Assembly in which Ms. Adriana Rojas presented the case against the National Bank of Costa Rica by FLAT FEE concept, scope and analyze the particulars of all documents with their mortgage, trust and loan with BANKS WILL ANY OF TOMORROW WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2013 AT 9:00 AM iN THE LEGISLATURE, EX-PRESIDENTS HALL. AGAIN, THE DATE CHANGED TO WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 9 PM (somehow I do not think it's 9PM)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

OVERSTAYED YOUR VISA? What's up with the new $100 for each month you're over fine laws for people that have OVERSTAYED their Visa for Costa Rica?

What's up with the new law for foreigners that have OVERSTAYED their Tourist Visa for Costa Rica?

WHAT IS THE NEW LAW ABOUT?
For EACH MONTH a
Non-Residents
OVERSTAYS their Visa, you WILL BE FINED $100
(if you're even 1 day over your Tourist Visa, you WILL be fined $100!!)

OR
if you can NOT afford to pay it you

MUST STAY OUT OF COSTA RICA for
3 Months for every 1 Month you're over!!


WHAT'S UP WITH IMPLEMENTING THIS NEW LAW?

T
he LATEST NEWS on this on again-off again law is . . .
it's on
HOLD - AGAIN!!!!


TILL WHEN??

to AT LEAST

September or October 2013


The reason given in DiarioExtra.com/Dnew/noticiaDetalle/6156 is they have not yet developed the internal controls for collecting the fine plus they are still finishing their latest amnesty program (hmmm - I saw that they were once again opening up registration to the Seasonal Migrant workers [like coffee pickers, etc.] to register till September 17, 2013 so who knows when it will be in effect!! 
I believe this is the 4th new time period as it was "supposed" to be implemented September 2012, then December 2012 and the latest April 2013)


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Do you know anyone that is still over their Visa?  PLEASE send them this link IMMEDIATELY
so they can get in INTEGRITY with Migracion before this new policy is in effect and they're charged the fees or  refused re-entry (or if caught on the streets IN Costa Rica - risk being put in Immigration•Migracion jail [luckily it's not as bad as the regular jails in Costa Rica - I've visited•helped a few people there] and kicked out of Costa Rica for up to 5 years)!!

(FYI - I've known•talked to a few people that were quite a few months or even years over their visa and they did not blink an eye or scold them so DO IT NOW!!!!!  BUT, laws or no laws, you could get someone having a bad day - or you remind them of the girl their boyfriend ran off with or whatever and they MAY give you a less than 90 days stamp so
MAKE SURE TO READ WHAT I WROTE ON 'WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING 90 DAYS STAMPS!")


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WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE GETTING LESS THAN 90 DAY VISA STAMPS?THIS IS CRUCIAL!!  READ THIS EVERYONE!!!
(or don't go crying "victim" if/when it happens to you!!)
If you do not want to POTENTIALLY be given just a 30 day Stamp (if you're from a country that gets 90 day Stamps) - OR - do not want to get a 2 Day Transit Stamp - OR -
do not want to be refused re-entry into Costa Rica  - 
as well as to learn how long your country "normally" should receive a stamp for (not a lot of countries are entitled to a 90-day stamp)
READ my article
on "WHY some people are not getting a 90-Day Visa Stamp" as there are some things you NEED to have when entering Costa Rica
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2011/12/people-not-getting-90-day-visa-stamps.html)


People, PLEASE do NOT SCREW with•blow this!!  It is a PRIVILEGE that we get to stay/Live in Costa Rica as long as we get to (especially for those that do not fall into a category TO GET residency.  Think about it - how easy is it for "tourist" Tico's living in the U.S. to get to stay??)


They're giv
ing you one more chance to get in
IN
TEGRITY!!
So LEAVE NOW or SOON when you have a better chance of them being more forgiving!!  I doubt very well they'll just let slide through since this law is now active.

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CRUCIAL TO READ!!!
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROOF (A TICKET) THAT YOU ARE LEAVING COSTA RICA WITHIN 90 DAYS

When you are going across the border,
make sure you have PROOF that you are leaving Costa Rica within 90 days with a Ticket with a DATE on it (see the link above for more details on why some people that tell you they did everything correctly - might not have) - or you risk whatEVER!!
(one of which is if you are caught having overstayed your visa and get sent to Immigration Jail, you COULD risk being kicked out of the country [I BELIEVE it's for 5 years but I'm trying to get CURRENT verification on that as well])
BUT - be REAL CAREFUL using an Open-Ended Ticket as IS that REALLY "PROOF" that you are LEAVING CR within 90 DAYS???   A few people with an Open-Ended ticket have only getting 30 Day Stamps (and others are not - as with EVERYTHING in CR - the only consistency is the IN-consistency)!!

and if someone does NOT have that return ticket proof - NOW they're issuing a 2 Day Transit Stamp - basically - you can go stay the night in San Jose but get the HELL out of CR! 
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WHAT BORDER IS BEST•EASIEST?
I find the Peñas Blancas border into Nicaragua to be one of the easiest (sometimes at the Panama border they ask for you to prove you that you are leaving PANAMA within 90 days also - meaning you're going to need 4 tickets - not 3 like you need in Nicaragua)
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HOW LONG MUST I BE OUT OF COSTA RICA ON A VISA RUN?
C
ontrary to what many share on various message boards or people with something to gain - there is NOTHING in the current (or past) law that states how long you must be OUT of Costa Rica - meaning NO WHERE it mentions 72 hours.  The ONLY mention of 72 hours is in the Aduana•Customs form!!
NOTE though that Nicaragua DOES REQUIRE you stay IN Nicaragua for at LEAST 3 HOURS (with that said, you will find plenty of people there that are happy to help you "expedite it".  A few people that have shared their experiences with me say that usually runs about $60 on average (split amongst 2-3 people) - BUT - note that it IS "Illegal" so only you can decide what works for you.
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WHAT HOURS IS THE BORDER OPEN FOR ME TO GET MY PASSPORT STAMPED??
Last I checked it was from Monday-Saturday - 6am-10pm and Sunday - 6am-8pm.
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IF I DRIVE TO THE BORDER - IS THERE A PLACE I CAN LEAVE MY CAR?
There IS a parking lot AT the border - at the Aduana/Customs office -
and Peñas Blancas - Costa Rica - where you can pay to park your car if you don't want to go through the hassle to get  (last I checked about a year ago it was $10/day).  Check with them to see what hours they area open though.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T MAKE IT OUT OF COSTA RICA BY MONDAY THE DEADLINE -
WHERE DO I PAY THE FINES, ETC.?

I'm still trying to find out where, how, when you would pay the fines and will report back my findings here when I do
(does anyone have a HIGH UP contact within Migracion [that speaks GOOD English] that is willing to email me the FACTS here.  There ar
e LOTS of people (including lawyers and associations) giving their take or referring to old information or assumptions - I want to share FACTS!!!
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THINKING OF STAYING LONGER?
(hey - why put your body through all that long 6-7 hour ride?!?!  Stay longer and visit the sweet village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua or Isla Ometepe, NI
WHERE TO GO??
I JUST got back a couple weeks ago from spending 6 weeks in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua - a SWEET Seaside Village that's just 6 blocks by 7 blocks.  I haven't had a chance to update my info but I've started a new Facebook page -
facebook.com/SanJuanDelSurNI

And I
've started a couple sites on it Nicaragua
or check my old site (though it has some info that's still current) -

SanJuanDelSurNI.com
Need a MEGA CHEAP option?  This last time I stayed part time at
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HOW DO I DO THE BORDER CROSSING BETWEEN PENAS BLANCAS COSTA RICA AND THE FRONTERA, NICARAGUA?
I need to update the info but much of it's the same that you find under
CRNIBorderCrossing.com combined with info on the buses at SJDSNI.com site
SanJuanDelSurNI.com/GETTING_THERE.html

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Time Out Tavern - Escazu, Costa Rica


 

Steve Graham & Glenn Graham from Time Out Tavern in Escazu have
left Costa Rica & RELOCATED & opened an
EXCITING NEW VENUE - in
SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua!!

the POPULAR • DELICIOUS & reasonably priced
CHA CHA CHA
facebook.com/ChaChaChaSJDS

Next time you head to Nicaragua & especially this AWESOME seaside village

stop in
 (& tell them Vicki sent you!!)
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Friday, April 19, 2013

URGENT!!! Does anyone have a HIGH UP Contact withIN Costa Rica's Migracion•Immigration or IMMIGRATION Attorney that KNOWS the CURRENT (as of April 19, '13) LAWS

Does anyone have a HIGH UP, English speaking person within Costa Rica's Migracion/Immigration or a lawyer that SPECIALIZES in Immigrations - that I can be in contact with NOW????

The last I heard, the NEW LAW about people that overstay their visa (even by 1 day) must  pay $100 for each month they're over and if they can't afford to pay it, they MUST stay OUT of CR of 3 months for every month they're over - was to take effect

April 23, 2013
but I have not heard/seen ANYTHING about it and I've even asked some of the local journalists and posted on Migracion's Facebook page (as have others) but no one has responded.

I want to help get the word out IF this latest April 23 is THIS COMING Tuesday and I KNOW there are MANY people that are WAY overdue and I want to share the info to help them get in integrity (I leave FAITHFULLY every 89 days or less [except 2 times when it was day 90!!]).

I know someone that was 2 years over that went to the Nicaragua border last week and they didn't blink an eye or say anything to her (she is a single mom that had a baby born here in that time and it wasn't possible for her to do that run till now).

We NEED FACTS NOW to HELP others NOW (I know - novel concept for some!!!)!!

PLEASE share my # if someone is LEGIT with CURRENT LEGIT info to HELP - 8-378-6679 - or email - LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com


ICE mobile Internet users to receive compensation for poor service

WTH??  Just 37 people are being rebated?  I sure didn't receive any notification of this though I HAD to cancel my Internet service for my iPhone as it didn't work 98% of the time!!!

ICE mobile Internet users to receive compensation for poor service

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - By L. Arias
A regulatory agency finds the state-run telecommunications company culpable for contract violations.
ICE mobile
(photo by Alberto Font)

State-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute is the biggest telecommunications company in the country.

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) must return 37 percent of the monthly cost of Internet service to 49 customers after a regulatory agency found the state-run company failed to comply with contract plans.

The decision came after an investigation by the Telecommunications Superintendency (SUTEL), prompted by multiple complaints received last year.

SUTEL spokesman Eduardo Castellón said the total compensation ICE must pay is not yet clear, as “it depends on the contract plan signed by each customer for mobile Internet service.”

ICE did not appeal the ruling, and SUTEL will proceed to notify affected users. ICE is expected to begin paying customers in coming days.

The amount of compensation will be calculated from the moment customers filed a claim to the date they received SUTEL’s notification.

SOURCE:  TicoTimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/ICE-mobile-Internet-users-to-receive-compensation-for-poor-service_Wednesday-April-17-2013



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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Abril 23 - Dia del Libro • International Day of the Book


Municipalidad de Escazú
invita a las actividades del 
Día Internacional del Libro • International Book Day
Martes•Tuesday  -  23 de abril•April, 2013  -  de 9am-2pmParque de Escazú Centro





Wednesday, April 17, 2013

BANK ACCOUNTS - NON-Residents Can NOT Open Bank Accounts in Costa Rica

NON-RESIDENCE CAN 
NOT OPEN A NEW BANK ACCOUNT
in Costa Rica!

If you do NOT have an ACTUAL CEDULA - meaning ACTIVE RESIDENCY  - you can NOT Open a NEW Bank Account within Costa Rica these days!!  So if you have Residency in Waiting - sorry Charlie - NO Bank Account till it you have that Cedula in hand!!!*

NOTE there have been CONFLICTING stories about this where SOME people have said they WERE able to open a bank account recently - albeit having to jump through the hoops with what they needed to get it - so - as usual in Costa Rica - EVERYONE has a different experience!!!   

This article says people with residency in waiting SHOULD be able to open a bank account (this article is about the DIMEX card).  AHHHH - life in Costa Rica!!!  Who knows!  Try it and share back what your experience was (if you do not want to post something in "Comments", email me at LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com)
TicoTimes.net/More-news/Top-Story/More-control-on-bank-transfers_Friday-May-25-2012

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*WHAT??  IS THERE ANY WAY AROUND IT?
The ONLY way I know around it is by opening a Bank Account through your ACTIVE•PAID UP (with ALL the new taxes paid) CORPORATION.


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I HAVE A BANK ACCOUNT BUT I DO NOT HAVE RESIDENCY. 
WHAT THAT MEAN FOR ME?
Well, if you plan on RECEIVING any On-Line Bank Transfers from someone that banks through a DIFFERENT bank or you want to receive a Wire (including from your OWN bank account - say in the U.S. or Canada) - the bank system requires a SINPE number (National System for Electronic Payments) - AND - NOW you MUST have a DIMEX•DIDI Card - and that card is ONLY issued to people with ACTIVE RESIDENCY•CEDULAS!!

OR - if you have someone WITH Residency•a Cedula ON your account - you can do the transfer through them (BUT - if that person is a U.S. citizen - when it comes time for them to file their bank information through the Treasury Department - they WILL have to count that in or risk being FLAGGED [remember - we're ALL money laundering, drug dealing, terrorists!!]) so be REALLY CAREFUL doing that!!!

SOOOOO, that means one thing - you can NO LONGER RECEIVE bank transfers from people with bank accounts OUTSIDE the same bank till you get your residency ACTIVE!!


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WHAT??  IS THERE ANY WAY AROUND IT?
To my knowledge this only really effects people that are RECEIVING On-Line Bank Transfers from ANOTHER bank•Wires - so - most people I've spoken with that do NOT have residency but have bank accounts - and SO FAR (this IS Costa Rica) - none have had any problems (as long as they're not getting money Transferred or Wired to them [yikes - that probably INCLUDES your Social Security check!!]).  Just have people walk into the bank and deposit money into your account - OR - just transfer money from people that bank with the SAME BANK!


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WHY THE HECK ARE THEY DOING THIS TO US??
Hmmm - think about it.  Can Tico's open bank accounts easily in the U.S.?  Can they get a drivers license?  Well, I think you have your answer eh?!?!!?  You can't blame them can you?  THOUGH . . . .

With that said - anyone else think this WILL ADD MORE STRIKES AGAINST Costa Rica on their fast spiral DOWNWARD as a country that does NOT bring Ease of Doing Business or Live In for ExPats or Countries outside of them.  And with that - it WILL hurt the PEOPLE of the country as tourism IS going DOWN FAST throughOUT the WORLD and people are tightening up their belt buckles with spending money and Exports WILL most likely be effected also shortly!


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Please "SHARE" this with EVERYONE you know that's thinking of moving to Costa Rica or that has a bank account withOUT residency!
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CHORREADOR - the Costa Rican style of Coffee Maker & Other Ways to Make Coffee

Thinking of Moving to Costa Rica?  Visiting Costa Rica?
Learn tips on various ways to live•be•travel like a Tico•Native!

HOW TICO's MAKE COFFEE in COSTA RICA
When I had my guest house - as well as the standard Mr Coffee machine I had these various gizmo ways to make coffee - all of which were UNfamiliar to me before I moved to Costa Rica (in all fairness, I'm not a coffee drinker [it's scary to imagine Ms Naturally Wired here on coffee!!]):


This is the typical many British/Europeans heat water - with a
ELECTRIC HOT WATER KETTLE!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettle#Electric_kettles

It heats water SOOO FAST (I found it to come to a boil in around 3-4 minutes - youtu.be/R2XY1aDtqe4.  Hence it saves $ on your electricity bill and helps Mother Earth!!).   This inexpensive 1 liter one runs under $20 usually and can be found everywhere from WalMart to Amazon.com.


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The 2 in the front are different sizes of a
FRENCH PRESS 
(aka Press Pot • Cafetiere • the Plunge Pot • Plunger Pot • Coffee Plunger)
MANY feel this is the BEST way to make coffee!
The BEST French Presses:
Willapse.hubpages.com/hub/french-press-coffee-maker-how-to


HOW TO MAKE COFFEE WITH A FRENCH PRESS
youtu.be/woECjF99nuU
youtu.be/YIKr2EMkm48


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(at many "typico"•typical restaurants - the waiter prepares and serves your coffee with a Chorreador right before your eyes - AT YOUR TABLE!!!)


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The funny looking thing on the back Right of the top picture is
Costa Rican's•Tico's version of a "Mr Coffee"•Drip type Coffee Maker - a
CHORREADOR
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorreador


HOW TO MAKE COFFEE WITH A CHORREADOR
youtu.be/0kBpPHLj6ok

Desperate for Coffee but don't have a machine around?
With this method it's EASY to IMPROVISE!!!
Just get a Wire Clothes Hanger and form it to hold a VERY CLEAN Cotton Sock and a Coffee Mug and follow instructions in the videos above!!

See a WIDE range of examples of Chorreador's at:
google.co.cr/search?q=CHORREADOR&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=CG5uUanAJ42a8gSgvIH4CA&ved=0CDsQsAQ&biw=967&bih=553

MANY I know SWEAR by this method!!



LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2013/04/ChorreadorCoffeeMaker.html
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