Top Agent Magazine Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters, RE/MAX Tres Amigos

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 103

Top Agent Magazine Costa Rica

I am very honored to be chosen as a Featured Agent in Top Agent Magazine.  When I came to Costa Rica I had the same dream that many of my clients have – to create a better life in paradise.  Little did I know, through lots of hard work and dedication, that I would become a Featured Agent in one of the most prestigious Real Estate industry publications.  Some of the best agents in the world have been featured in this magazine so I feel humbled to be in this special group.  But most of all I hope that this honor signifies that I have been able to help so many of my clients realize their dreams here in our beautiful Costa Rica.

Top Agent Magazine Costa Rica

When I was nominated I wanted to find out more about what Top Agent was all about.  Here is what they consider when an Agent is nominated:

Is there Uber in Costa Rica?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Politics, Costa Rica Service Providers, Vacation in Costa Rica

Is there Uber in Costa Rica?

Uber in Costa Rica

Back in early 2016, Uber arrived in Costa Rica. There were huge protests from the taxi drivers and even some violence against some of the Uber drivers. Since then, it has calmed down, but there is still a lot of resistance from the taxi community. Here is what I have found.

Uber ONLY exists in San Jose, not at the beaches, so if you are visiting Guanacaste, it won’t make a difference. Use the local red taxis. They are everywhere, very safe, very friendly and very reasonable. For two dollars you can get around town.

A few of my clients and friends have tried Uber in the city. They have all said the same thing. The drivers are not very safe, most of the cars are not in very good shape, and the majority of them really have no idea how to navigate through and around the city. San Jose is a very complicated city to drive in. There are no street signs, many one way avenues, and some “not so very nice” parts of town. The old taxi drivers know the short cuts. They know how to cut through back roads and neighborhoods and how to avoid the massive traffic jams that clog the city.

When I go to San Jose, I still ONLY use the taxis.

My advice: don’t use Uber. 

If you are going to drive around the country, the best GPS app to use is WAZE. Everyone uses it here, so all the main locations are already plugged into the app and easy to find. Most car rental companies will also rent you a GPS for a very reasonable fee, just ask.

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