Originally Posted by -Slap-
You're going to love it. There's a woman in my office who keeps talking about retiring to Costa Rica. She has me half sold on the idea, too.
I worked with a guy who had that as his life plan. He opted for one of the early retirement packages and flew off down to Costa Rica. He and the wife had studied the video tape religiously and couldn't wait to find a little piece of perfect beach heaven.
Except when they got there they found the Costa Ricans had become decidedly against selling pieces of perfect beach heaven to Americans unless said Americans were interested in paying the appropriate price for heaven. They could have a piece of some uninteresting terrain completely inland for a reasonable price.
Put it this way, they are now happily retired on a beach in Florida....