I arrived in Los Angeles, California on December 15 on business and plan to stay until the 20th before things just get too hectic here. It has been about six or seven years since I last visited . I was raised in L.A. but left right after graduating U.C.L.A. to attend graduate school in the Bay Area.
On this trip to “La La Land” I found the city and especially the freeways to be more crowded than ever. The a day I arrived I was caught in one-huge traffic jam for almost two hours. This is despite the fact that most freeways have at least six lanes in each direction. The good thing about this visit is that the weather has been incredible — mid 80s during the day and the 50s at night. At this time of year in Southern California many of the days are usually sunny and warm, but the temperature can occasionally drop to freezing some nights. I remember spending the night in Pasadena many moons ago to see the the Rose Parade and froze my rear end off until the sun came up.
Southern California probably has the best year-round climate in the U.S. with warm summers and fairly mild winters. Granted Florida had good winter weather but the summers are scorchers.
I was looking at the newspaper today and the following are the daytime and nighttime temperatures in a few of the other places in the U.S. to put things into perspective: Seattle 48/35, Dallas 63/36, Miami 76/63, New York 31/22, Portland 48/31, Chicago 21/18,and Denver 59/28. January usually brings even colder weather to many parts of the country.
When compared to most of the places above Costa Rica has much better year-round weather, especially in the Central Valley where daily temperatures usually hover in the 70s. In Costa Rica the lower the elevation the warmer the weather and the higher the elevation the cooler it is. The Central Valley is at the perfect elevation to enjoy spring-like weather. For this very reason it is the area of choice for most retirees who are escaping the freezing winters and scorching summers of many areas of the U.S. In addition to the country’s sheer beauty, impeccable international image, friendly people, excellent medical care, a lack of a military or terrorism, pura vida lifestyle, myriad of outdoor and indoor activities from which to choose and the other intangibles, Costa Rica’s privileged climate seems to be its main drawing card.
I live in San Francisco de Heredia and do not have air conditioning or heat in my home. On the coolest nights I seldom use more than one blanket. Needles to say my monthly electric bill is very low. Retires on a budget will be happy to know that they can save a lot of money on utilities here.