Unfortunately, nothing is perfect in this world. You should not compare Costa Rica to Swiss perfectionism; life here is just different. You can enjoy endless beaches and endless natural wonders. But some beaches and other places can be dangerous and you should avoid them alone or visit them along with a group or a guide. A foreigner can be recognized almost immediately by his language or hair colour.
And just like anywhere else on this planet, there is never a shortage of people who think they should take advantage of this handicap. When you rent a car, read our text about driving in Costa Rica. Not all your compatriots left their country only because they liked Costa Rica. I received an E-Mail from ClayKlamer@hotmail.com telling us about a fraud with real estate offers on the web for beach condo sales and rental property in San José.
Also many things may turn out to be more expensive for foreigners: lawyers, hotels, tours, admission tickets, services and even fruits on the market. It pays off to first ask or contact a trusted person. Use our Costa Rica Vacation Information in one of the books we have published here.
One of the mayor problems in Costa Rica is to distinguish between honest people and con-artists because both kinds are equally open and friendly. The country is not as corrupt as others, but certain things will take forever if you don't 'tip'. If you don't have a trusted lawyer or bookkeeper or if you are completely new to Cost Rica, feel free to give us call. We'll help you find one.
Text Jörn Malek, pictures by ICT, Instituto Nacional de Tourismo. The team of 1-CostaRicaLink and Costa-Rica-Information-Mobile wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.
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