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Discovering Costa Rica, the start of an adventure.... Part 2
I left off Part 1 with a hint of what was to come, a slow descent into Costa Rica real estate.  It might be genetic. My Mom was an agent for over 20 years, and at her peak owned 19 rental houses. Luckily, she's also a psychologist. My background was in real estate law, then the savings and loan business. Maybe I felt withdrawal pains, as I sold my condo in Coconut Grove in 2005 at $500 a square foot, or about $5,400 a square meter, insanely above even the most overpriced gringo offerings in Costa Rica. I was a little early on my sale, but I could see the hurricane warnings, and better early than late.
So, we spent time driving around the country, checking out new places every couple of weeks. I strongly recommend Tortuguero, on the Caribbean coast. It's not a real estate play, but a great turtle beach, humid, tropical rainforest, canals bordered by overhanging secondary forest with about 40 years of growth, crocodiles, howler monkeys, a jungle fantasy except it's real. The drive from San Jose is fascinating. It was my first time to experience the dramatic changes in microclimates caused by crossing a tropical mountain ... more

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