This article is a copy and paste from an e-mail with a couple that have purchased a property here in Uvita. They are moving from Canada and are going to build a primary home for their own full-time residence. Plus, they are going to build at least 3 rental cabinas that they will run as a business to support themselves.
They asked a series of questions about what to bring. They have sold what they have at home, and are moving, lock stock and barrel, to Costa Rica.
Questions fer ya:We are trying to figure out how much cash to bring… We want to buy an ATV within the first week of being there… What’s the best way to pay for it? We’re looking at ones around 5-6k Max… Do we use our CR Bank card? Write a check? What’s the best way to pay for large ticket items?
And as we are packing the kitchen items we are wondering about a few items and if we can get there and/or if they are way pricey there!
- Sm shop vac – to keep the spiders away!!!
Y’all will likely want to sign up for membership at PriceSmart (Price-Ehsmart in Spanish). They’ve got shop-vacs there. I’m not sure about the
pricing, but at some point it becomes no longer worth it to always try and beat the system with getting lower prices elsewhere and then the hassle of getting the item(s) here. Peter and Mindi just told me the other day that they had bought their Shop-Vac at Price Ehsmart.
- Leaf blower (to bring later – its a hand held plug in type)
- Should we bring our juicer? Are veggies for juicing readily available or are they expensive? Beets, carrots are our favourite and then any hard fruit that can be juiced i.e.: apples, pears
Yes (conditionally), bring your juicer. I have had a Champion juicer, as well as another high-dollar brand here in the past. These were a major hassle to clean. We used them as a family but eventually we all tired of the
hassle. I suspect there have been some design improvements over the years though. I now accept the oxidation hit that comes from using just a
Vitamix for all my juicing needs. This is a must-have item here (as we have discussed). I think that my regularity of using the thing and the high quality of kale, spinach, turmeric, carrots, bananas, papaya, flax etc… mostly organic, makes up whatever qualitative concerns there are between a blender that oxidationalizes over a juicer that just extracts the pure juice from the pulp. So, it’s a personal call.
- Thick duvet cover for our dogs to use on the back of the jeep (small dogs need some security lol) – can we buy an ugly polyester one for cheap somewhere?
- Chai seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Balsamic / white wine / etc vinegars
All vinegars are available here at the Poop (BM) Market. I make my chilero
with Heinz apple cider vinegar. Synthetic (still not sure what that means with respect to vinegar) white vinegar for cleaning spray. Balsamic and malt vinegars are available here. The company “Roland” seems to fill the void with various products. They are more expensive but hey, what can you do.
- Any spices that you think we should bring? I have tumeric, cumin and spices like that packed
- Organic oatmeal (spelt is ideal)
There is oatmeal available here, but if you get into the specialty types,
you’ll pay. Steel cut is occasionally here and expensive. I buy any brand of regular oatmeal that claims to be organic, and it’s not expensive. Bio-Land is a good bet here. However, anything other than just run-of-the-mill avena will be pricey.
- Good cereal – I have a cereal addiction and we like the ones made from quinoa and black beans – so in that zone of health
- Chocolate almond milk (to go on the cereal)
- 70% or higher dark chocolate – there’s a theme here
- Rice noodles
I think this is here. I have found Roland’s Organic Buckwheat Soba
noodles are to die for.
- Medications? We have a Costco size of Aleve already lol
- Any other food recommendations that you think we might like that we can’t get there please add – we like our healthy options!!!
Living in The Zone, Costa Rica’s south pacific, since 1999. Working in real estate here since 2004. Loves to share the experience and help others with an interest in doing same.