Costa Rica Inflation Hits Home


Inflation Rate in Costa Rica averaged 15.16 percent from 1977 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 108.89 percent in September of 1982 and a record low of -1.20 percent in November of 2015.

Inflation in Costa Rica is tricky. In the U.S. it usually means prices simply increase.
In Costa Rica, it’s likely that the price will stay the same, or slightly increase, but the quantity of goods is reduced.
The rag rug is an excellent example.
Both rugs cost 1.5 mil (about $3.00) from a street vendor. The one on the left was purchased four years ago. The one on the right – last week.

I’ve noticed that packaging such as cans and bottles become smaller too. In the U.S. retailers demand that packaging remain consistent because of transportation and warehousing issues as well as shelf-space allocation.

Not so in Costa Rica. A store will just stop carrying the larger size and slot whatever they are sent. This is true with the big box stores as well as the mom-and-pop stores.

Inflation can pull the rug out from under you in Costa Rica!



Our car has been sensored.

The other day it refused to start. Battery was strong, full of gas, was not over-heated, but no go.

I tried it multiple times without any luck.

I had installed a new remote door opener so I blamed that. I hitched a ride to the shop that installed it and after a long discussion was convinced that the remote he installed was not to blame. I called my mechanic and he picked me up and we went to the car still sitting in the parking lot.

Of course, it started like it was brand new – ON THE FIRST TRY.

I headed home and made it the whole way without a glitch. A little later, I took off in the car and within a few minutes it stalled.  After waiting a few minutes it started! This was repeated many times.

Very mysterious.

Long story a little shorter, Freddy, my mechanic, diagnosed it as either a bad crankshaft sensor or a bad camshaft sensor.

He was right. Both sensors needed to be replaced. From time of first problem to time of it being fixed: seven days. Four of them we were without a car.

Beeman Helps Invaders Buzz Off


Bees were swarming around this guy the whole time. The hive is in the dark spot just above his head.


Just when you need a good beekeeper, they are looking at houses somewhere in the Smokey Mountains! Tom and Lee, who used to live in Atenas were beekeepers in their past life before moving to Costa Rica. They have since moved back to the U.S. just when we needed them.

Julio, the guy that installed our water tank, pointed out to us a bee invasion near the road a long way from our house. He said he would come get them someday because he was a beekeeper.

He waited too long.

A couple of guys in an “official” looking truck pulled up and asked me if it was OK if he took the bees because they were dangerous to people walking along the road.

Within a matter of 15 minutes, the bees were safely tucked away in a box on their way to God-knows-where.  The “boss” fired up a smoker, gave them a few puffs and reached in to remove the combs. He did this without ANY protection. His helper on the other hand, suited up in total protective garb!

We’ve been told that bees will also be relocated by local fire departments.


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