This is My personal experience thus Far. The Truth!..I've been here for two weeks so far and the beginning of my trip I went to Puerto Viejo where I paid to rent a house. Well it was a complete Nightmare! A very depressing area and I did not feel safe although people out there seemed nice. I was told by an American who live there 10+ yrs to guard my stuff! But how could I if my rental had no bars on windows. Plus my two year old was with me. In addition, the rental property manager was very rude to me and very unprofessional to say the least. (Thats aNOTHER STORY)Then she had the nerve to ask for more money which was not discussed in our online/ emailing agreement on top of other things she failed to mentioned. But I will admit the house was kinda cute. But when you think about safety factors surrounded it well... U know. Anyway as a FYI do not rent before seeing the location first and stay away from this lady business(shady) I will not mention her name...etc at the moment.
Good News! A wonderful "Gecko tour" company employee invited me and my child to stay with their family Truly! A tico experience! They have cooked for me and my son, taken us out with their friends and everything has been great! I don't know what I would have done had we been stranded in Puerto Viejo. In my opinion puerto Viejo would b a nice 3 day trip but nothing longer. Why! Nothing is out there. And very sad to see living conditions of many. Like how can one be happy surrounded by poverty.
Since I am staying in Costa Rica for a Few months. I will continue to share my experience. Any who, I'm still with the wonderful Tico family so I will give more details of my living experience later on. That being said, wonderful people in Costa Rica and they truly love little children.
So far I've rode the local buses (very cheap! like 180 colones) shopped downtown, ate tasty tico dishes, visit a local mall and my son has made friends with other Tico kids and their pet dogs. He is truly loving it!