Welcome! Central America Forum is a community resource for old hands (locals and foreigners) and recent arrivals to share information about living in and visiting the countries of Central America: Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.  If you want to live, retire, or visit and want to talk about residency, crime, culture, or find a trip advisor, this is your place to do it.  We welcome new members to join and contribute (even nicaliving refugees). To contribute, you can register, then create a blog or discussion topic, or post pictures, by clicking "Create content" in the left menu. For a list of "forum" discussion topics click "Our Forums" in the topmenu. For all recent posts, click "Recent Posts". New postings appear on the front page.

Travel From Mexico to Panama

Over the fall of 2006 and winter of 2007 I traveled through Central America and met some fascinating people, who I have communicated with on the Internet for several years.

There are many more places to see than I had time for, but some of the highlights including Chiapas, Lake Atitlan, San Salvador, Roatan, Leon, Granada, boat trip from Isla de Ometepe to San Carlos, Castillo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Bocas del Toro, Isla Bastimentos, Dominical and San Jose.

Many of my stories and pictures are on the website: http://www.cfw.com/~renders

I look forward to reading about your experiences in Central America.

Ron Enders

Place to Stay When I Arrive [In Nicaragua -editor]

HELLO FRIENDS, I WILL BE ARRIVING IN MANAGUA ON 11/22/08 AND I'M LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY .LOOKING FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY AS I WILL BE TRAVELING WITH MY GIRLFRIEND AND MY FAMILY.OUR FRIENDS LIVE CLOSE TO WASPAN SUR CERCA DE VILLA MIGUEL GUTIERRE.IS THERE A PLACE TO STAY CLOSE TO THERE THAT IS SAFE OR AM I BETTER OFF RENTING CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT ? PLEASE HELP AS THIS IS MY FIRST VISIT TO MANAGUA...

sustainable agriculture seed exchange

i would like to suggest starting a seed exchange within Nicaragua. we can use of this forum to consolidate information on seeds (genetic diversity) and thereby increase the sustainability of local agriculture. i figure, why order seed from some place out of the country, when chances are, the seed can be found somewhere within?

peterchristopher's picture

Some Pitfalls to Be Aware Of in Buying Real Estate

This article gives some background for anyone considering buying real estate in Central America. It's buyer-beware down here. If you don't know what 'buyer-beware' means, then this might be a good place to start reading, but consider this just the beginning of your learning.

http://www.buscapanama.net/index.php/article/show/id/34

Peter

Looking for rental in El Salvador

Does anyone know of any apartments or houses for rent near La Libertad and the surrounding beaches?

Thanks.

peterchristopher's picture

Real Estate Values and Mortgages

In this link - http://www.coztarica.com/2008/10/homeowners-tapping-their-home-equity/ - I was surprised to see that Costa Rican banks are reportedly making cash-out loans to foreigners for properties at present. I suspect that the maximum equity percentage must be small, with conservative property valuations. Is there anyone who has experience with loans like this, in Costa Rica or elsewhere in Central America?

peterchristopher's picture

How To Be Prepared

Anyone who lives in Central America, or in any other semi-dangerous place (including many places in the U.S.) is probably wise to be prepared in some ways for potential encounters with criminals. You may choose to have a gun in your home, or with you at all times, or not at all. You may choose to be prepared to fight or be prepared to run or be prepared to hand over whatever you have. Probably no answer fits all the situations. But one thing I believe is that by reading other people's stories we can help ourselves be somewhat prepared. You may want to subscribe to the yahoo group crimeincr or something similar. Here are also a few links to an incident to think about. This particular incident happened in the Philippines, but the same thing happens every day in every country in Central America. How can a person avoid this happening? And if it does happen, what will you do?

peterchristopher's picture

Stages in Expat Perspective

Over the past five years, during most of which I have lived in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Philippines, I’ve seen the same story play out time and time again. Idealist moves to third-world country. Idealist trusts people he meets in the way he would like to be trusted. The golden rule, right? Treat people like you would like to be treated?  Then he learns his lessons.

I remember when I arrived and was in that first stage of development. It isn’t long before he gets the first scare. Maybe he sees another foreigner terrified about how he’s been robbed. Maybe he is about to fork over a wad of cash, then he takes a look at his local companion (who told him about the thing to be bought) whom he sees with wide eyes, and wonders, “Why is he so excited? He’s not getting any cash out of this transaction, right?? Or maybe this isn’t the kind of friendship I thought it was.”

milynlubi's picture

tobacco seedlings to be

in
tobacco seedlings to be

i hope the tobacco seedlings will come up soon.

milynlubi's picture

rice

in
rice

we planted this rice four weeks ago here in Costa Rica.

Syndicate content