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Old 01-09-2013, 02:00 PM
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Everyday, it seems, brings confirmation that America is rapidly becomming a police state. This, combined with a million other factors, has me thinking seriously about selling everything and leaving the country with my family.

Without going into detail, I've limited the possibilities to New Zeland and Costa Rica. I'm leaning towards Costa Rica. My money would go farther there, they don't have a standing army, their federal police force is very benign, and the Costa Rican culture seems to be very peace/democracy loving.

Does anybody here have any experience with Costa Rica?
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I went there several times in the 90s.
Had a lot of fun. Today, I'd be more concerned.

Visit first, see how it hits you. Oh, and forget your guns. They're a no-no IIRC.
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http://www.therealcostarica.com/
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I went there several times in the 90s.
Had a lot of fun. Today, I'd be more concerned.

Visit first, see how it hits you. Oh, and forget your guns. They're a no-no IIRC.
Why would you be more concerend now than in the past? Have things changed?
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Heard they just banned hunting in costa rica, must be commies there too
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What do you think would happen in cr if the us breaks down? It's an absurd proposition. You will be instantly recognizable and if anything happens will be a primary target for being "different" and having money. Yes you will need money to move their because you either need to be wealthy or start a business as you won't get a work permit.
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I have gone several times a year since 2004, and rent a house from a Canadian doctor I met on a plane flight once (yes, a strange story).

PM me if you have any questions on being down there. It is quickly becoming Americanized, but they do have some laws which are very different than here, including a squatters law. Do not plan on "bringing" your stuff...import tax is steep. Best bet is sell everything and reacquire what you need down there.

It is a beautiful place...but I still prefer America, just not the arse wipes running it.
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Everyday, it seems, brings confirmation that America is rapidly becomming a police state. This, combined with a million other factors, has me thinking seriously about selling everything and leaving the country with my family.

Without going into detail, I've limited the possibilities to New Zeland and Costa Rica. I'm leaning towards Costa Rica. My money would go farther there, they don't have a standing army, their federal police force is very benign, and the Costa Rican culture seems to be very peace/democracy loving.

Does anybody here have any experience with Costa Rica?
I have a friend that has lived there for 20 yrs, every time I talk to him he says come down the weather is fine.
I plan on doing just that.
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Can't remember where I saw it but it claimed that Costa Rica would not be that great if SHTF on a global basis. Instead they recommended Chile. Part of the issue was not having its own army and relying on outside help for that...
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Everyday, it seems, brings confirmation that America is rapidly becomming a police state. This, combined with a million other factors, has me thinking seriously about selling everything and leaving the country with my family.

Without going into detail, I've limited the possibilities to New Zeland and Costa Rica. I'm leaning towards Costa Rica. My money would go farther there, they don't have a standing army, their federal police force is very benign, and the Costa Rican culture seems to be very peace/democracy loving.

Does anybody here have any experience with Costa Rica?
I have been exploring Quito Equador, It has very good quality's.
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Everyday, it seems, brings confirmation that America is rapidly becomming a police state. This, combined with a million other factors, has me thinking seriously about selling everything and leaving the country with my family.

Without going into detail, I've limited the possibilities to New Zeland and Costa Rica. I'm leaning towards Costa Rica. My money would go farther there, they don't have a standing army, their federal police force is very benign, and the Costa Rican culture seems to be very peace/democracy loving.

Does anybody here have any experience with Costa Rica?


We left for New Zealand a while back and have been here for about 3.5 years now. It is pretty awesome and life is great.
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A foreign country where you are an alien in a time of turmoil? Nothing but Canada, I can walk home.
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Everyday, it seems, brings confirmation that America is rapidly becomming a police state. This, combined with a million other factors, has me thinking seriously about selling everything and leaving the country with my family.

Without going into detail, I've limited the possibilities to New Zeland and Costa Rica. I'm leaning towards Costa Rica. My money would go farther there, they don't have a standing army, their federal police force is very benign, and the Costa Rican culture seems to be very peace/democracy loving.

Does anybody here have any experience with Costa Rica?
So you're just giving up and bailing huh?
Do us a favor and take some liberals with you when you go.
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So you're just giving up and bailing huh?
Do us a favor and take some liberals with you when you go.
I am sure there were a few Jews who left Germany around 1933 who heard something similar from some of their countrymen which eventually ended up in a mass grave somewhere.
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It is a tough question. I was also advised to take a serious look at Costa Rica.

For me? Not so tough. I was born here.
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What do you think would happen in cr if the us breaks down? It's an absurd proposition. You will be instantly recognizable and if anything happens will be a primary target for being "different" and having money. Yes you will need money to move their because you either need to be wealthy or start a business as you won't get a work permit.
Believe me, I've had these thoughts. As a 6' 4" gringo, it would be very difficult for me and my family to go incognito in Costa Rica. It could/would make me a target, no doubt.

I DO own my own business and I could operate it from anywhere. I might be able to do it more cheaply and profitably from someplace like CR. My thoughts were to liquidate literally everything I own here in the states (besides my business/website) and use the liberated capital to buy a cattle ranch or bananna plantation down there.

The goal would be to own enough land to be truly self sufficient.
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