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    Default Living in Costa Rica Versus D.R.

    Which place is better or more civilized???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgallo
    Which place is better or more civilized???
    If you look at some older threads you will see this debate has come up a few times.

    The search function is your friend

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    Heres the thread: http://www.dr1.com/forums/showthread...nican+republic

    I've been to C.R. & here's my take:
    -Presidente is better than Imperial.
    -Dominican Rum is better than Centenario.
    -Costa Ricans are lighter skinned.
    -Costa Ricans can speak English better
    -Less trash & garbage on the streets in Costa Rica
    -Merengue & Bachata is better than Cumbia (even though it's Colombian)
    -People are equally as friendly
    -Beaches are better in DR (though I was only on Pacific Side in CR)

    If I were to move to either, I would choose DR, but I did enjoy my time in CR

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgallo
    Which place is better or more civilized???
    "Better" is subjective.. You will only hear opinions... Some will say DR, some will say CR...

    HOWEVER, Costa Rica IS much more civilized and thats a fact!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxeonzz
    "Better" is subjective.. You will only hear opinions... Some will say DR, some will say CR...

    HOWEVER, Costa Rica IS much more civilized and thats a fact!
    I totally agree. Costa Rica IS much more civilized and it doesn't have an army and very few police. You don't see the garbage thrown out of cars by Ticas, Ticas ****ing on the side of the road, Dirty beaches after a Tica Weekend and a whole lot more. They have way more pride, self respect and respect for others.

    I will still take the DR for the time being since CR has made residency a problem for foreigners in the last 5 years. Real Estate is 3 times as expensive and infrastructure *READY FOR THIS ONE* is much worse than the DR!

    Escott

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    The beaches here are much nicer. Costa Rica is more civilized. I thought the infrastructure was better in Costa Rica...but I could be wrong since I never lived there for a long period of time. It is a much cleaner country. They are much more focused on preserving the environment. It is a cooler climate in general. Some of that rain forest is amazing. Land is more expensive...but you can still find cheap land to purchase and build on. I found the people to be friendly.

    You should live in both places for a spell and then make a decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffy
    The beaches here are much nicer. Costa Rica is more civilized. I thought the infrastructure was better in Costa Rica...but I could be wrong since I never lived there for a long period of time.
    If you think that the infrastructure was better in Costa Rica you have never been there so why lie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCity27
    -Costa Ricans are lighter skinned.
    Huh?
    What does this have to do with the price of tea in China?

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    Default Good point

    Why didn't I notice that? Time for a little soul searching, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Escott
    If you think that the infrastructure was better in Costa Rica you have never been there so why lie?
    Escott...I don't know you and you don't know me. There is no need to label me a liar.

    I did qualify my statement by saying that "I could be wrong...". Obviously there was no intention to mislead. It is difficult to compare since I have never lived in Costa Rica. I have only visited as a tourist for several months. I have lived here in the DR.

    What do you consider relative infrastructure....blackouts, the Ozama river, cratered roads, contaminated water, stinking garbage lined roadways, the waste dump just west of Puerta Plata...don't you just love driving by that mess, wonderful postal service, excellent health care system here, doubly excellent education system here. There is a great public library in Santiago...problem is there are no books. But of course soon there will be the wonderful Metro and the Artificial Island.

    Some interesting comparisons....

    ITEM Costa Rica DR
    Population: 3,956,507 8,833,634
    Airports - with paved runways: 30 13
    Airports - with unpaved runways: 119 18
    Pipelines: 242 km 0 ZERO
    Highways: 35,892 km 12,600 km
    paved: 7,896 km 6,224 km
    unpaved: 27,996 km (2000) 6,376 km (1999)
    Railways: 950 km 1,743 km
    Internet users: 800,000 (2002) 500,000 (2003)
    Television broadcast stations: 20 25

    Telephones - main lines in use: 1.132 million (2002) 901,800 (2003)

    Telephones - mobile cellular: 528,047 (2002) 2,120,400 (2003)
    Exports: $6.176 billion $5.524 billion f.o.b. (2003 est.)
    Electricity - production: 6.839 billion kWh (2001) 9.186 billion kWh (2001)
    Public debt: 56.1% of GDP (2003) 59.4% of GDP (2003)
    Unemployment rate: 6.7% (2003 est.) 16.5% (2003 est.)
    Population below poverty line: 20.6% (2002 est.) 25%

    Literacy Costa Rica
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 96%
    male: 95.9%
    female: 96.1% (2003 est.)

    Literacy DR
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 84.7%
    male: 84.6%
    female: 84.8% (2003 est.)

    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 12,000 (2003 est.) 88,000 (2003 est.)
    Infant mortality rate: 10.26 deaths/1,000 live births 33.28 deaths/1,000 live births
    Life expectancy at birth: 76.63 years 67.63 years
    Population: 3,956,507 8,833,634

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