looking to buy in Costa Rica. Property is great right now, but the utilities that are needed incur almost a 1 year wait for phone and power. Long term goal is a summer "lodge"/surf camp/get away. I love the country, and it is on the up and up, but there are some VERY poor parts, and parts where if you are gringo, you are a target...but in the big picture, that can be said of anyplace. Just like any purchase, it is an investment in the future, and breaking down the cost of everything over the period of 30years, it all seem to work out in the end.