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Looking for a calm, safe, semi-rural area in CR

I was told by a retiree pal who has traveled extensively throughout Costa Rica.  She tells me that the best places in CR are Punta Morales,  Turrialba, Nicoya or Agua Buena.  I am unsure about her favorite selections.  By the way, isn't Turriablba dangerous due to a very active volcano?

I would suggest that come and visit in person, to check out your friends recommendations.
Yes, the Turrialba Volcano is now active and is having repercussions in some areas surrounding the town, which would certainly make me think twice about living there.

Do you know much about the eastern Nicoya peninsula where the Puntarenas port is located?  Punta Morales is in that region.  I spoke with my friend last night who warned me about Punta Morales.

The town of Puntarenas is exactly that, a port town. Not a place where many expats tend to live...so that could be what you are looking for or not.
Nearby, there is a small inland town, El Roble that is quite nice.

I know nothing about Punta Morales, however we went to look at  Playa de Pájaros and were very disappointed. :nothappy:

Calm safe semi-rural is 75% and easy to find in CR.

el Roble fits the bill, but ticos will giggle when you say you live in El Roble, jajajaja

La Reforma is in Roble, and the worst one for the worst ones,

I recommend town in my area: San Ramon, Atenas or Palamares where I live. But there are others as well. Some beach towns are alright, but after living in several for almost 9 years, I would change my town for one of those. Come visit, see for yourself. Shout me a holler when you are in the area.

Thanks!!

What is La Reforma?  Is it a political group in CR?

Thanks!!!

holisticdoc :

What is La Reforma?  Is it a political group in CR?

No, it's a prision

An all-inclusive resort... :whistle:

Have you visited? How long did you stay and did you enjoy yourself?

Not sure who you were asking for further information and on what town, but there are many nice towns that 'fit the bill' around the country.
I proposed El Roble since you seemed to be interested in somewhere near Puntarenas.   We have walked the town a few time since this is a 'pick up' point for incoming mail that requires the use of customs agents.

You really should check out prospective towns on your own, before making any decisions as we all having different requirements.

MauroN :

I recommend town in my area: San Ramon, Atenas or Palamares where I live. But there are others as well. Some beach towns are alright, but after living in several for almost 9 years, I would change my town for one of those. Come visit, see for yourself. Shout me a holler when you are in the area.

I second these recommendations.

Haven't been there in years but Puriscal was another one that at least used to be nice.

And I'll beat Pebbles to it, check out Heredia, but it's kinda near San Jose, not exactly rural. Semi-rural?
From what I understand though it does get cold there. I just talked to someone who grew up there and that's what they told me. Not Chicago or NY cold, but colder than much of Costa Rica.

Some people like it colder. So there are also colder areas around San Ramon up in the hills.

In fact as you are looking around put an altimeter app on your phone and check the altitude of the places you go.

Sea Level: HOT (if you're at this level you better be AT the sea so you can jump in throughout the day)
1500 feet: Less hot but still hot
2500 feet: Moderate (hot sometimes, cool sometimes)
3500 feet: Cooler weather
4500 feet: Gets frickin' cold sometimes

Again that's just my own take on it. One man's cold is another man's (or woman's) "fresh and cool".

Thanks that is very helpful info and descriptive too!  The altimeter idea is awesome.

After the rainy season, come the 'Christmas winds' which affects the higher altitude areas of the country, making it necessary to have some kind of heat in your home. This lasts from Dec-March....and it can get pretty cold.

kohlerias :

After the rainy season, come the 'Christmas winds' which affects the higher altitude areas of the country, making it necessary to have some kind of heat in your home. This lasts from Dec-March....and it can get pretty cold.

kohlerias, glad you said that; now I don't feel so bad. People sometimes look at me like I'm nuts when I've said it gets cold at night up in the mountains here, sometimes.

Years ago before we moved here my wife and I went and stayed at some cabins at around 5,000 feet altitude. The cabins were poorly made and had gaps between the wood that made up the walls.
So the wind came whistling through the cabin and at night and early morning it was frickin cold!

So cold we went into town the next day and asked all over town for a heater. We were willing to buy one because we were staying there for a month and I hate being cold, and I had money back then! LOL.

Well people in town practically laughed at us when we asked where we might buy a heater! Or others looked at us in disbelief! They must have thought "Crazy gringos!" But no one knew where to buy one! So we put the oven on for awhile each night and morning as if we were baking bread.

That was years ago and maybe more gringos have moved in the area because now some stores do have heaters and yes I bought one! Costs a fortune to run but I gotta have it! But I almost never have to run it during the day, just a couple hours sometimes at night when the sun hasn't been out all day or it's windy.

A friend of mine who used to live in San Ramon, actually asked on a forum website, where they could find a wood stove to heat their home, during these winds..and after getting their residency, they  decided to move to Mexico.
We have many friends who live around the Nuevo Arenal area, and nearly every one of them have a fireplace in their home, that is not there, solely  for decoration. I remember other friends who live in Escazú telling me that they have to wear thick socks to bed... :sick

I just met a woman from Heredia who was born there and she was telling me how terribly cold it gets there, colder than San Jose apparently, and to me it gets too cold in San Jose.

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