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Old 05-22-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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Central America Costa Rica Panama 2010/2011

Hello, I am looking to permanently relocate to my land in Costa Rica. Nothing is descided yet but I am looking at leaving at the end of 2010 or first part of 2011. I am looking for others to join in the trip, part way or all the way. I have space for units on my land as well in Costa Rica.
Anyone interested, please email with your plans and exspectations for the trip ( destinations, timeframe). Thank you.
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:59 PM   #2
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I have lived in Panama off an on for the last 38yrs with a few trips to San Jose
Live in Pensacola Fl now keep me informed, I might join you. IKE Meadows
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:54 PM   #3
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Plans delayed

My plan to move the end of 2010 has been delayed due to family matters involving health of my parents.
I still must make the trip and am now looking at late fall 2011.
Anyone interested to join me, please contact. I have room for units on my property in Costa Rica if interested to pass time there.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:20 AM   #4
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I am in Gorgona Panama today and leaving in 1 hr to drive to Vulcan and Boquete to look for land.
There have been some bad things happening there,killings,
kidnaping ect,But I am going to look. IKE
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I am planning to go this fall(2011), I will be going through Florida and going to Disney for a week.Then a short stop in Texas (possibly not) and head south. I am planning to take 4-6 weeks to travel south through Mexico and Central America, no rush, and see some sites, take in some culture and just make it a relaxing journey.
At this moment I am traveling alone with my suburban and 30' Excella behind me.I may have a second suburban/trailer if I can get a deal on a smaller Airstream to pull behind my other suburban. I have offers for drivers, don't know how serious they are?
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This is on Canoe today. Why would you want to go there????
You live in the beautiful Ottawa Valley with everything one can ask for there. (lots of Tim Hortons too) My Grandparents farmed at Goshen and we visit the site every time we get thru your area.

Quoted from www.Canoe.ca Feb05 2011http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2011/02/04/17163026.html

Authorities in Costa Rica are investigating a homicide after a Canadian woman was found dead at her home.
Kimberly Blackwell, 53, was found on the patio of her home near Puerto Jimenez and showed signs of being beaten, local newspaper A.M. Costa Rica reported.
The department of foreign affairs confirmed that the department is aware of the death of a Canadian in the country.
Consular officials are working with local authorities and providing consular help to the family, department spokeswoman Lisa Monette said in an e-mail to QMI Agency.
Citing the Privacy Act, she said the department was unable to comment further.
Blackwell, originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, owned a high-end chocolate shop and had lived in Costa Rica for about a year, the newspaper reported.
On its website, Samaritan Xocolata promotes its use of organic products and biodegradable packaging and lists Blackwell as the business's contact person.
It is suspected the woman was killed by strangulation, the newspaper reported.
Homicide detectives are investigating.

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Romantically speaking, the thought of traveling through Mexico and Central America, pulling our AS behind us, sounds wonderful. Realisticaly, however, for us, it will not ever happen. We value living too much.

When we were adopting our two children from Guatemala, there were many problems going on there at that time (late '80's). We paid for the missionary to escort our daughter to us in 1986, then in 1988 they asked us to fly down to pick up our son and bring our daughter with us so the locals could see how well she was doing. Adoptions had been shut down for six months during our process of adopting our son due to rumors going around that bad things were happening to the children. We did fly in with her. We checked out the situation down there with our State Department prior to leaving and read advisories against Americans traveling on certain roads there.

The first thing we saw when we arrived was a heavily, heavily armed airport with the Guatemalan Army there who were all carrying guns at the ready. Power went off while we were trying to get our luggage; so many people were screaming, people using lighters to see things -- luckily my DH had insisted we take a flashlight along. I held onto our daughter with one hand while holding our carry-on with the other while DH used flashlight to get our checked luggage. We arrived at our hotel and the power was off there as well. Every bank had an armed guard (looked to be an oozie type gun) posted outside the front doors while we were there. We stayed in a small mountain village which took four hours to drive there from Guatamala City, and were told that bandits hid out along the drive and would throw out a board with nails on it to give people flat tires and when they'd stop to change the tire would rob and do whatever else to them.

We stayed with the missionaries while there and they said their home had been bombed some years before. Even back in the late '80's and the fact that they were missionaries who didn't have a lot of money, they had an alarm on their windows and doors and a very tall fence around the perimeter of their home. We were warned not to touch the windows or doors at night.

The missionaries would drive through Mexico when traveling back and forth to the states for a break. They said they had to have plenty of extra "things" for all the places where they'd be stopped and they'd have to offer bribes to be allowed to drive along further. One time the only thing they had remaining was their cooler and thankfully the bandits accepted it. Some people vanish and are never heard from again.

After our adoptions, we talked with them off and on and this type thing continued on for many years, and for all I know, it could still be going on. We just wouldn't care to take a chance on it.

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It is most unfortunate what happened to Kimberly Blackwell, I do not know the facts but I have heard she had assaulted someone earlier who she suspected of poaching. I know people get killed there, just like here. When a canadain gts killed abraod it makes big news here. Costa rica has over 1 000 000(million) visitors a year and has for almost a decade now. I think if tourists were targeted, they would not be receving that kind of attendance, especially considering the cost of airfare. I agree the trip goes through some shadey parts o Central America, however, even with Mexico in total turmoil many people spend winters there RV'ing around without problems. My cousin spends every winter in Mexico for 20 years plus.I live in a part of Costa Rica away fro the mainstream and large cities, an area of farming where people know each other and are often related somehow. Maybe thats why I feel it is safe. However spending time in the capital (san Jose) is not a comfortable feeling, much like when I have drove through Detroit,walked in Tampas poor section and got lost in New Jersey. The trip is not fr the faint of heart, however no real adventure is. s a precaution my wife and son will be flying and I am bring lots of cool gadgets to bribe and cash of course. I am nervous but not enough to let the adventure pass me by.
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I have a number of friends that either spend alot of time in Costa Rica or actually live there most of the time. Here is a good newspaper to read and watch for interesting things going on in Costa Rica, probably the most friendly South American country to the English and Americans that there is.

Costa Rica newspaper: A.M. Costa Rica: Your English language daily news source
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I have had to postpone again until 2012, probably fall ,due to family issues. I have desided to ship the trailer and truck from Ft. Lauderdale FLA. Price is about $3K and thats about what I would spend to drive with lots of risk involved.
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Hello! My wife and I are considering relocating from the US to Costa Rica with our Airstream. Did you make the trip?
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