Who may not be a candidate for Living or Retiring in Costa Rica

Before I go any further, I want to emphasize the the two examples below do not include all woman. I know many single woman who have moved here and had happy, productive and successful lives.

I have two single women friends who live in the States. One is in her 60s and the other in her early 70s. Both are retired and lead very active lives in California and Washington State respectively.  They have visited Costa Rica on several occasions and are amazed by the country’s beauty. They have even entertained the idea of moving here.

We  talked at length about the prospect of relocating and both of my friends decided in the end  that they were better of where they were presently living. One is very involved in ceramics and painting and lives five minutes away from San Francisco’s De Young Museum where she is involved in many activities. Costa Rica does have a couple of museums, but not on the scale of the De Young. My friend would never be happy unless she had access to the amount of culture a city like San Francisco offers.

My other friend live near Seattle, Washington and is also very active and involved with numerous organizations. She is a serious student of yoga and has about 15 schools in the area from which to choose. Gourmet cooking is another one of her hobbies and there are certain ingredients and classes she could never find in Costa Rica.

On top of all of this both women have expressed the desire to get involved romantically if they moved to Costa Rica. The paragraph below pretty well sizes up the odds of having a successful relationship in Costa Rica for a woman in any age group.

The following is from the 15th edition of my guidebook, “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica.”

“Ladies will find gentleman admirers if they so desire.  Due to machismo, Costa Rican men are more flirtatious and aggressive than North American men.  Most Costa Rican men think foreign women have looser morals and are easier conquests than ticas (Costa Rican women).  Be careful to take time to develop a long-term, meaningful relationship and do not rush things.

As one local expat pointed out, ‘Tico men have the best labia in the world. Labia when used in slang, means ‘rap.’  Costa Rican men are charming, witty, and know how to treat a woman. They can seduce almost any woman, regardless of nationality. I have a few tico friends that could get a woman into their car and to a mirador (lookout) overlooking the city within five minutes of meeting them.’

‘Usually, however, these relationships, if you can call them that, don’t last too long. The conquest is a big part of the tico male’s psyche, and then it’s off to the next one.  Don’t be fooled by these modern-day Casanovas, that is of course, unless you want to.’

Many single middle-aged women have a tough time finding a mate because they cannot compete with the young curvaceous ticas. As one expat woman put it,  ”We just happen to live in a country of traffic-stopping gorgeous women, — all of whom seem to have been raised in the Geisha School of Relating to Men. If you are planning to move here based on some dream of meeting a Ricky Martin or other Latin stud, think again.”
Furthermore, if you do meet a Latin man, he may have a hard time handling an independent American woman. Latin men also like to have a lot of girlfriends on the side. Many Latin men measure their virility by the number of women they can seduce.”

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5 thoughts on “Who may not be a candidate for Living or Retiring in Costa Rica”

  1. Hi, I am a greek chef and I have a restaurant here in Kentucky. How about moving to Costa Rica and open a greek restaurant. Is Costa Rica friendly towards Americans opening businesses?

  2. Hola Christipher,Reading your
    statment re: single woman,my friends and I have come to the
    conclution,Costa Rica is a man’s
    world, there is just nothing for single middle aged woman here.
    Living in gated communities,for
    safety reasons is very expensive.
    I am in Playa Hermosa Gunacaste,it very expensive,I see
    so many lovely places,yet alone
    thier is not much secuity,also
    we must be excessible to medicine,Dr’s,etc.
    What is the answer for us?
    Leave Pura Vita?
    I saw where a tenative retirement
    community may be developed, around Palmar Norte,any word on it?(Stopped because of Worlds fin.crisis?)Thank you for letting me vent.
    Shirley Burgin

  3. Recently we visited Montezuma, in the Nicoya peninsula, and stayed in an exotic hotel with bungalows scattered in a mango grove. A very unique experience! Two weeks later we went back and stayed in a boutique hotel above Montezuma. Beautiful place, but my wife felt a bit uneasy because we were the only guests. One morning, while eating breakfast in the open and spacious dining area, the owner told us that the hotel was for sale. Later we found out that the first hotel we stayed at was also for sale, and I started to wonder what was going on. I did some Internet research and was astonished at the amount of hotels that are for sale in all areas of Costa Rica, especially in Tamarindo, Jacó, and Manuel Antonio, some of them at what I would consider very reasonable prices. The list of such hotels for sale at the Don Elias Real Estate website, for instance, is huge. And if you look up at condos or lots for sale in any real estate website, you will find that their listings are very, very long.

    It seems clear to me that the days of the Costa Rica real estate bonanza are over. Investors want out, some with finished and some with unfinished projects. Many common folks want to get rid of the property they bought two or three years ago, at the top of the bubble. Real estate agents, incredibly, continue to use their “priced to sell fast,” “own a piece of paradise” clichés. But buyers are nowhere to be seen.

    What went wrong? Was this simply an upshot of the U. S. economic melt down? Was it investors’ excessive greed? Did the Costa Rican government overshoot its mark with ad campaigns about “the Switzerland of Central America” that created impossible expectations, and with promises of first-rate roads and world-class marinas everywhere? Has the country become too unsafe?

    Any comments?


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