Over the years I helped thousands of North Americans relocated to Costa Rica and change their lives for the better. I have appeared on the NBC Today Show, CNBC World Business news and Fox Business news and in scores of newspapers and publications. As a matter of fact, during the third week of September 2011 I will be a featured speaker (in Spanish) at The Central American Conference for Realtors to be held in Costa Rica. Many dignitaries from all over the region will speak and attend this event.
I have always remained positive about Costa Rica, tend to look at the bright side of things and extolled the virtues of the country.
On my monthly relocation/retirement tours I talk about the good and bad in Costa Rica when I give my clients their initial orientation. I really don’t “sugar coat”” anything but try to emphasize the good aspects of the country which far outweigh the bad. The country must have something to offer since there are more Americans living here proportionately than any other country outside of the United States. They can’ be wrong!
I really feel good about what I do and find it rewarding to give people some hope in these troubled times. They now have a chance to start over, have a lifestyle they could never have in the U.S. and enjoy everything this beautiful country has to offer.
Inevitably I have some detractors. Some of them are jealous competitors while others and gringos who have nothing better to do with their time than to bitch and complain about the country. Sadly, we have a handful of neophyte know-it-all wise-ass North American Baby Boomers who came here after 2000 and who are real pains in the butt. Most don’t speak the language and will never integrate into the local culture so all they have to do to give meaning to their pitiful lives is to complain about everything and everyone. All you have to do is read their comments on the many Costa Rica blogs and on-line publications. The Internet has become their stage where they can enjoy a few minutes of attention they would never or have never received in the real world.
Actually I am thankful to these people because any publicity is good publicity.
Fortunately, the positive feedback and testimonials about my services and businesses FAR outweigh any criticism I may have received over the years. My success says it all. Higher ups in the Costa Rican government as well as the U.S. media constantly contact me for advice and information about the country.