Costa Rica Wildlife Veterinarian

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Costa Rica Wildlife Veterinarian

Our friend Karol Allard from the Salve Monos project here in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste brought to our attention the amazing work being done by Wildlife Veterinarian Doctor Irena Villalobos Hoffmann.  Yes you heard that right – A WILDLIFE Vet. 

wildlife veterinarian Irena Villalobos

Doctor Irena founded SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara, Guanacaste.  SIBU’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured, orphaned and displaced Costa Rican wildlife, specializing in Golden Mantled Howler Monkeys.  It is a legally sanctioned Costa Rican Non-Profit organization that receives no government funding.

If you are interested in visiting SIBU or finding out more about their programs go to their webpage and you can reserve a visit.  We can probably all agree that at some point when you think of Costa Rica you think of the wildlife.  It is great to see someone putting in the hard work as a wildlife veterinarian to help out what would otherwise be forgotten wildlife.

So now it comes to the reason behind writing this newsletter.  Karol Allard is in constant communication with Doctor Irena with her work here in Playa Hermosa for Salve Monos and she found out the Doctor Irena had her car stolen.  Obviously she needs a car to get around and do her work as a wildlife veterinarian and as you can imagine this line of work does not pay very well and the Sanctuary is trying to raise money for their programs and there is no budget for a car for Doctor Irena.

Karol had the great idea of creating a GoFundMe campaign for the purchase of a car for Doctor Irena.  The goal is raise $8,000 – which will not buy a new car in Costa Rica by any means but will get something decent that will work for the purpose.  So please have a look at the GoFundMe campaign here and donate if you can.  We would really appreciate it.

Thanks for all your support.  It does make a difference.

Michael Simons

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Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 139

Is there Parking in Costa Rica?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, FAQ's

Is there Parking in Costa Rica?

In the local towns and beaches, the parking is basically first come, first serve, along the side of the roads, and in designated areas. There is no fee; it is free. There are these people who will be there to assist you in parking, watch your car, and help you back out into traffic. They are not employed by anyone; we call them Watcheeman

In the USA, when a person is down on their luck, they either steal; sell drugs; or go on welfare or unemployment. Not here. These people buy a glow in the dark vest, stake out a section of the street, and “watch” people’s cars. These are GOOD people, who do not have many other options in life. So please be kind to these people, polite to these individuals, and TIP THEM when you leave. I have been living in Costa Rica for almost 2 decades and have NEVER had anything stolen out of my car, so they are definitely doing their job.

A fair tip would be 200 to 600 colones, or approximately $1.00, but use your own judgment and big, generous heart. Sometimes, these people have stood in the rain for hours, watching everyone’s car. You are here, on vacation, or living in paradise; share the love.

Many times, I have seen people buy food to go from the restaurant, and give it to these guys; they are severely appreciative.

God Bless.

Now, in cities like Liberia, there are big stores and malls; Walmart, Mas Menos; Pequeno Mundo; Liberia Mall; Solarium; and fast food places. There is always free parking at these locations, as you are shopping in their establishments. But you cannot leave your car there, and go walking through the town, as you might get towed or ticketed. Along the streets of Liberia, there are now thousands of white spots, marked and painted, with numbers. You must PAY to park, or you will get a ticket. Trust me; I found out the hard way.

You can download an app into your phone; type in the parking space number; and pay with a credit card; it is very cheap.

There are also stores, where you can go in, pay cash, receive a receipt and put it on your dashboard.

Here are the locations. You can download and print off the PDF.

Download Liberia Parking payment Locations PDF

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