Local Services and Recommended Resources
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Services listed here are offered by members of our community.
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Recommended Resources are based solely on the writer's personal experience.
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Real Estate Agents
BROOKE BISHOP GOT ME MY HOME!by Walt Clayton
How I found my new home in Grecia went like this. A friend of a friend in the Bahamas had a friend in Costa Rica. We linked up. One of his friends was a realtor who had a real estate agent friend in Grecia: Brooke Bishop.
Brooke is an American who has been selling homes with GoDutch Realty for six years. I checked her listings and – lo and behold! – there was a home within my budget that instantly zinged me. I jumped in Brooke’s SUV and off we went.
As we toured the house, I quickly realized that Brooke was a pro to the core. Meticulous and prepared, she knew the property inside-out, and had ready answers for my blitz of questions. More importantly, she’d done her homework and found out that the owner wanted to sell immediately or he’d let the house go into foreclosure. This vital fact was missed by other agents who assumed, wrongly, that the house was off the market. Suddenly, timing became critical.
Over the next couple weeks Brooke lived up fully to her reputation of being “very honest and with the utmost integrity.” It was a true pleasure working with her as we covered every aspect of the whole procedure: negotiations with the owner, meeting the local lawyer, formation of an LLC to avoid probate – all tactfully handled without any pressure, just sensible options for how to make the deal happen. And with an infectious sense of humor, no less!
But I had a problem. I needed to sell my Vegas home before I could buy the Grecia house. Brooke, being her resourceful self, offered a solution: get a loan, buy the house, then rent it out until I could sell the Vegas home. This way the Grecia house would remain occupied and even generate some income.
That plan is working, and enabled me to seize a rare opportunity. But Brooke did more than make it happen. At every opportunity she offered candid, invaluable advice, contacts, shopping tips, utilities and banking info, and helped me get a post office box, just to name a few extras.
Brooke loves to help people find a place where they will be happy, and it shows. My eternal thanks!
Brooke's website is: www.godutchrealty.com
Thank You, Brooke!
By Mareena Cords, El Cajon de Grecia
My husband and I were extremely fortunate to have been given Brooke Bishops phone number from Go Dutch Realty. We were having a problem where we were staying and the realtor we had lined up was less than helpful.
We called Brooke and she promised she'd find us a place to stay before the day was out. She said no way would she leave us in the situation we were in. Brooke came through with flying colors. She found us the perfect place, a nice one bedroom casita owned by two expats who had been in country for about a year.
Since we were in Costa Rica to decide if we wanted to retire here, it was our great good fortune to now be under Brooke's care. She really listened to our needs and wants. She showed us the perfect properties for us at the right altitude (for weather preference). Brooke also was a jewel with the purchase, working with our lawyer and the sellers, hiring a Gardner and taking care of everything while we returned to the US to prepare to move.
Once we arrived back in Costa Rica, again Brooke to the rescue. Her ability to speak fluent Spanish and her knowledge of the culture was such a blessing. She helped us get our utilities turned on, bank account set up, where to shop.
I could go on and on, a year later she is still helping with signing up for caja. I have known many realtors in my life, but I have never met anyone who so lovingly gives of herself to her clients. Thanks again, Brooke!
Chris Schoo Found Us An Amazing Home!
by Debra and Don Rogan
Chris Schoo is a true professional real estate agent who speaks both English and Spanish fluently! We decided to move back from remote Costa Rica to Grecia because we loved all its benefits so much and all our friends are here. We contacted Chris and shared our wish list with him.
Chris promptly contacted us and shared that he currently had some great properties that fit our wish list we should first check out on his wonderful website at www.greciarealestate.net or www.realestategrecia.net. He guided us to the properties he thought we would like most.
We then promptly took the bus for the 3 to 3 1/2 hours back to Grecia to spend a couple days with Chris showing us his homes he'd picked for us the first day. Chris kindly met us in Naranjo on this beautiful morning as part of his service as a courtesy to us!
Well, the last house Chris showed us that first day was definitely a wow-er and perfectly fit our wish list! A house we could make our home for some time, in our beloved Grecia, on the wonderful ridge of Carbonal, at a lower elevation where it isn't as chilly at night on a very private and protected ridge away from the summer winds. The house is angled perfectly against the blazing hot afternoon suns we have at altitudes of 4,000 ft. too and built extremely well!
Chris is low pressure, he wants you to 'sleep on it' before making your final decision, and, if you don't like what you've seen so far to let him know you want him to keep looking. We decided we had to have the wow-er right away. We met second day mid day with the owner who could not have been nicer! Chris took us through the house with him addressing any issues we might have, with the owner letting us know he would make sure all was repaired that needed repaired, cleaned completely and big lawn mowed fresh before we moved! He made concessions for changes we asked for without hesitation. He even ran back home for a key to the house for us!
Chris clearly relayed his plans to collect our deposit, provide both English and Spanish version lease agreements the next day via email, relayed information about utility payments where and when, how the utilities worked at the house with the owner's assistance etc. making sure we fully understood how rent would be collected etc. Key as provided, receipts were written and move in date was established without a hitch. Handshakes and smiles all around!
We could not be happier and more excited to return to Grecia! A big shout out to Chris Schoo for his wonderful and very professional services and great care! Thanks Chris Schoo you come highly recommended - an easy 5 star rating!
by David & Gerry Atchison
On Tuesday the lightening zapped our Whirlpool refrigerator that we brought from the states 2 years ago. We contacted David at Servi-Frio, he speaks good English, and he was a lifesaver….he came to our home in El Cajon on Wednesday and actually had the part, in his kit, that we needed. Took him about 20 minutes and everything was in working order, plus the charge was minimal. Would highly recommend this company.
by Diane Cooner
Took the car into Servi-Frio to have the defroster-a/c checked, Gerardo explained how the system worked (I'll never have foggy windows here again! ), checked it out and recharged it for a very reasonable price and a very nice person to deal with besides. Located about 1 km from the San Roque/Cooperative crossroad, towards Carbonal, sign on bus stop at left is the entry. They do make housecalls as well. I went on the recommendation above and am very happy with the connection!
Roof Repair & Maintenance
With sadness we report that Tom passed away in early June 2020. We will keep the information he shared with the community posted here.
In Costa Rica, once the rainy season begins, many folks realize that their leaky roofs and flashing installations need repairs. There are several methods to troubleshoot and solve roofing problems. Following 20 years of inspecting construction here, I’ve witnessed mostly quick fixes that temporarily solve leaky roofs. Quick fix repair methods with tubes of silicone to fill gaps are nothing more than band-aids on open wounds and the homeowners are seldom satisfied, and rightfully so, blame the contractor when the leaks continue.
I’ve found that it’s not prudent to participate in projects unless quality building materials and proven installation methods can be utilized to completely solve the client’s problems. That way, the clients are not inconvenienced by the contractor needing to return several times to complete the repairs to the client’s satisfaction.
You can read my 10-page article here - the following photos and descriptions are of the most frequent construction defects I’ve discovered during my 22 years of construction inspections in Costa Rica and I’m detailing the most suitable methods to solve the problems 100%.
If you’ve purchased a home that has roof, flashing or gutter problems, you will need annual revisions and re-installation of exterior sealants and materials that deteriorate from the intense ultraviolet radiation in Costa Rica. If the exterior surfaces are allowed to deteriorate for an extended period of time, you will encounter damage to interior building components.
In conclusion, it’s wise to appropriate as much money as necessary to receive the best roof available for your dwelling. Keep in mind that the roof of your dwelling is one of the most important components to protect your investment, personal possessions and peace of mind.
[Ed. note: Tom sent us a link to another great article of his that is listed on Scott Oliver's 'We Love Costa Rica' site - Now that rainy season is upon us, read up on issues and what you can do about them. http://www.welovecostarica.com/public/Roof-Leaks-Other-Water-Infiltration-Problems-In-Your-Home-in-Costa-Rica.cfm]
Rock Walls/Rain Drains
By Steve Macik
Jose lives on the East side of Grecia and is available some days through this dry season for affordable contract work. 'Muros de piedra' are his forte and favorite work. He is powerful, works quickly and spreads sunshine with his smile. Jose has been with us for 4 years, mostly full-time. For more info contact StevenMacik@gmail.com 8989-0765.
by Don Davis
There comes a time when many of us finally decide that a security system for our property is required. If that is where you are, I can't recommend Victor Herrera highly enough. Very knowledgeable, very professional and very honest. Victor speaks English and possesses a very dry sense of humor. He's got state of the art security products and can customize your security system to your needs. His office is in Alajuela, but he'll come to you, make recommendations and give you a quote before he starts the work. He's been to our home to fix the shoddy job done by another party and then again to make upgrades to our system several times as required. He's not speedy, but he's careful and he does it right. Try his cellphone first, add him to WhatsApp and tell him Davis in Sarchi sent you.
Expert Custom Sewing
by Walt Clayton
Attention do-it-yourselfers... or home remodelers!
When working on a project are you forever lugging around a ton of tools you don't need, and the ones you do need are back in the house? Worse yet, PriceSmart doesn't carry the perfect tool belt? Alas! -- there is a solution.
Flor Villarevia, who works for several gringo families near San Isidro doing house cleaning, expert gardening and tree felling -- she wields a mean chainsaw! -- just happens to also be a true professional when it comes to sewing. Having worked for years in a clothing factory, she knows all the techniques and even has her own industrial grade sewing machines -- three to be exact.
When I moved here I brought down new curtains that reached the floor, but needed several to be altered to fit smaller windows. I explained exactly what I wanted, gave Flor one set to do a test, and hoped for the best. A few days later she returned with perfectly shortened curtains. They matched the factory sewing exactly, were perfectly straight, and you can't tell the difference from the original, unaltered curtains. I've been availing myself of her talent ever since for altering pants and shirts, repairing blankets, making a barbeque cover and a protective sleeve for my widescreen TV, among other things.
For her own tools, Flor made a customized holder from denim wrapped around a new
5-gallon paint can, or cubeta. Everything is visible and loose stuff goes into the cubeta. These can also be made for gardening, electrical work, construction, and anything else you can think of. Just bring your tools and describe what you want -- mine is on order. Flor is creative and resourceful, and comes up with practical solutions that will impress you.
Flor has a strong work ethic, is honest to a fault, punctual, and a pleasure to know and work with. She is located on Calle San José just outside of San Isidro. Leaving San Isidro by Calle Rodriguez go about 1 km up to where it meets Calle San José by a little pulpería. Turn right onto San José and go about 400m. Flor's small pink house is on the right. If you pass the blue building of the water district (Asada) on the left you've gone too far -- go back 100 meters. Since Flor speaks only Spanish, I'm offering free translation services, and I can help with directions if you get lost!
(Flor 8790-4573 Walt Clayton 2444-4237 or 6246-6015 WhatsApp or firstname.lastname@example.org).
A GLOWING RECOMMENDATION
Walt! Please tell Flor that it has been a very long time since I saw such professional sewing. Being a seamstress myself I can truly appreciate her beautiful and caring work. If you ever need to use me as a reference please feel free to do so. Her work is so very much worth the price even though I was a little skeptical about that at first. She is worth every penny she charges.
Thank you for all your assistance, Walt, and thank you Flor for a 5-star job!
Sewing Machine Repair
In-home Service by Hiuver Vasquez
by Deb Thomas
Recent problems with a machine I had borrowed led me to ask around about a repair person in the Grecia area. I was directed to Hiuver (say 'hyoo-ver') Vasquez, who lives in the Rincon de Arias part of town, near Mas x Menos. Hiuver makes house calls! He came to my home on a nearby ridge and fixed the machine with no problems. While he doesn't speak English, he certainly speaks 'sewing machine'. Look up your few crucial words in the Spanish dictionary and leave him be, your machine will be fixed in no time. I am very happy to recommend Hiuver's services! You can call him at 2444-0998 home, 8628-7104 cell, 8891-7903 fax. And you can also email him at email@example.com
Small Applicance Parts & Repair
by Don Davis
We just had a very pleasant surprise. My wife had a Cuisinart food processor that had lost its push-button controls and would only work by being plugged and unplugged from the wall socket. Our Spanish teacher took us to Electronica Diaz just up the street from his home. He said they can fix anything electronic, but I didn't hold out much hope for a satisfactory outcome when the clerk with a questioning look picked up the "what-the-heck-is-this" and carried it to the back room. After a brief discussion with someone, he returned with that "no hay problema, senor" smile.
In four days, we were called to come pick up our repaired Cuisinart. They appear to fix anything containing an electronic circuit, including TVs, computers, small appliances, and apparently food processors plus have a supply of electronic cords and cables. The price seemed quite reasonable and the result was unexpectedly bright.
Find Electronica Diaz in Grecia 2 1/2 blocks south (200 meters) of Peri market in a mixed residential/commercial area, Look for the sign with the big "LG" and black gate next door at the old, now-empty Grecia teacher's union hall on the west side of the street. 2494-5730. See TV repair for a recommendation of their work in that field.
By Anita Mancinho
I passed this place today and remembered from one of the QPG updates that there was a question about small appliance repairs. Well, there's a place I used in Grecia and was quite pleased with the results. My blender had stopped working and I had visions of buying a new one when I decided to walk into Repuestos Herrera to see what they could do. Turns out, the blade spinner was dried out and only needed to be lubricated. Cost - 1000 colones! It's worked fine ever since.
They are located on the same street as the post office. Go two blocks west past the post office and Respuestos Herrera is on the right, directly across the street from the in-town Rosvil supermarket. Hope this helps someone!
Respuestos Herrera also has a store in Sarchi Sur, west side of the road as you head into town.
Small Engine Repair
Equi Repuestosby Diane Cooner
Located on the Northwest corner of the central market in Grecia, Equi Repuestos not only sells a decent variety of small engine tools such as weedeaters, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers and the like, they also carry the parts to repair small gas engines for do it yourself'ers, and will do the repairs for you if you prefer.
This is my 'go-to' store for good gardening tools, gas cans, machetes, gloves, and all manner of odds and ends that one needs to keep those machines working. Contact Nelson Suarez S. at 2494-4987.
Aura Mariaby Patsy Jackson
For pure self-indulgence at a reasonable cost it would be hard to find anything better than a facial at Aura Maria. An hour of relaxation, soft music and a hint of incense, soft light, would be beneficial enough without the facial; but the ladies are skillful and professional and know exactly what they are doing to make the most of the hour. When it's over you can't help feeling younger and more beautiful and a look in the mirror and the touch of your skin will prove it was an hour well-spent.
Aura Maria Spa offers facials, massage, laser treatments, 'permanent makeup' (tattoo eyebrows, etc). Well loved by many expats, Aura Maria is a unisex spa - men can benefit from their therapeutic and cosmetic services as well.
Aura Maria is located 350 meters east of the Banco de Costa Rica, in Grecia. 2494-6458.
Spanish Lessons and Online Resources
Spanish Lessons with Isabel Arguello
by Angie Vacchio
Isabel Arguello is a highly experienced and skilled Spanish teacher, for all levels of learning. Her background is teaching Spanish to Peacecorps volunteers in Costa Rica, but has taught Spanish over a 30 year period to very diverse populations. She is personable, enthusiastic, and professional in her approach and I recommend her without hesitation. Isabel lives in the San Isidro area and teaches at her home, but will come to your home or meet you for lessons at a convenient location (like the Grecia library). If you’re ready to improve your Spanish, Isabel is ready, willing, and able to help. Her contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org 8718-7233.
Isabel is starting a conversation class in Spanish on Wednesdays at a local cafe in Central Gracia. There are openings for anyone who has a more or less adequate level to participate.
The cost is 5,000 per student per lesson, which lasts one hour. It would be from 5 to 6 in the afternoon.
More than Spanish Lessons -
Translation Assistance with Isabel Arguello
I want to tell you about a wonderful resource person who lives near San Isidro in Grecia. Her name is Isabel Arguello. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has taught internationally and teaches Spanish to many gringos here and in other countries over the Internet. Her classes are well-structured, conversational and informal.
However, the main reason I am praising her now, is that I had a complex interaction with a garage mechanic yesterday about technical problems with my Subaru and ordering parts from the USA. She came with me to the garage and helped me and the mechanic understand each other: the part numbers, procedures, delivery times, cost estimates, etc.. I am so relieved now because I know the mechanic and I are on the same page.
I recommend her highly for any translation needs with an attorney, landlord, tenants, repair person, etc. She has first-rate interpersonal skills. I am so happy I discovered her.
You can contact her in two ways: cell phone- 8718-7233 or by email: email@example.com
Spanish Lessons Via Skypeby Kelly Berry
When Bill and I decided that Costa Rica was going to be our new home for retirement we realized we would like to and needed to learn Spanish. We came across SkypeSpanish on a forum. After our first lesson we knew we had made the right decision. Charlene is originally from New York City, and has lived in Costa Rica since 1982. She is completely fluent in Spanish and has extensive training in adult teaching methods. Her rates are very reasonable and the convenience of being able to have lessons via Skype from the comforts of home is a bonus. Check out her website at http://www.skypespanish.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Spanish - Resources
Thanks to an alert subscriber, we can share this great resource with you - this is a link to an online bilingual GARDENING dictionary that was developed by Master Gardeners in collaboration with the University of California. Thirty pages, downloadable, very useful, clear, with drawings. If you are a gardener or have a gardener here, this will be invaluable.
Learn Spanish Free Online
This may be the best online resource for learning Spanish. They have loads of different tools to help you learn. Nothing replaces a 'live' teacher, but this is close.
(Licensed red taxi)
Dependable, English-speaking, very clean and comfy red taxi service. Lots of gringos have used Randall Pérez and his TA 59 taxi for years, but we've neglected to put him in Que Pasa's "Recommended" services section. Randall is easy to contact and has proven time and again to go the extra mile for many of us. Give him a try.
HE DOES AIRPORT DROP OFF AND PICK UP PLUS REGULAR TAXI SERVICES.
Randall Pérez Salazar
Cell: (506) 85335688
US Phone Number: (973) 6190526
Facebook: Taxi TA 59
Also, on Whatsapp
Taxi Service - San Jose
Dependable service in the Greater San Jose area. Be sure to tell him you got his name from gringas in Grecia.
Recommended by Lynn Clark.
by Debi Gedling
I can't imagine going anywhere other than this place to get a TV repaired. They repair other things but our only experience is with televisions. They are quick, they give written receipts so you have proof of what they take from you (like remote controls and the like), they give you a time frame you can count on, they call to give you the price before they do the work, and then you get a 30-day guarantee on what they do. And they've successfully fixed our large flat screen TV twice--for two completely different problems. Love them!!!!! www.electronicadiaz.com. From the southeast corner of the central mercado, go 150 meters or 1 1/2 blocks south (the street is one way running into the center of town, you are walking against it). They are on your right with a big "LG" sign and a Panasonic sign outside. Spanish only. 2494-5730.
Tree Felling and Trimming
Tree Felling and Trimming - Treecutter
By Walt Clayton
In Costa Rica everything grows, and fast. Before you know it, that stately oak that was the perfect arboreal touch has grown into a massive threat to your house. The stuff of a Stephen King novel!
Enter arborist extraordinaire Carlos Castillo, sans cape but with decades of experience climbing to great heights to trim or fell this country's trees. When I told him he must be part monkey, he said to ask Darwin. Carlos is a friendly bundle of sinews of incredible strength, agility, and stamina. He designs custom-made devices and makes his own harnesses and scaffolds for conquering any tree.
Large branches that threaten to cave in a roof, flatten a car, or just kill someone can be trimmed without a permit by MINAE, the government environmental agency that controls and authorizes such actions. Certain native trees cannot be felled under almost any circumstances, but ordinary, non-indigenous trees like pine and cypress usually can be -- it all depends on the particular case. Carlos knows them all, and has contacts within MINAE to consult with before starting any job. This saves the homeowner from serious bureaucratic nightmares and onerous fines.
Carlos also knows how best to satisfy MINAE should an inspector unexpectedly show up on-site to see what's being cut. This is unlikely, but it's best to be prepared. For example, the cuttings are carefully set aside as proof that the wood is not being used for lumber or firewood. And a special paste is applied to where limbs have been cut, to prevent a fungus infection. Little details, but important.
Trimming and felling requires elaborate preparation before the first cut is made. Scaffolds and different saws are used for different angles. Heavy ropes, winches and pulley systems assure that branches fall where you want them to. There is a strong element of risk involved, which for big jobs requires an experienced assistant. Every job has its own special requirements.
And speaking of risk, an insurance policy is mandatory for anything beyond trimming a few branches. The Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) can issue one on-the-spot with just some basic info on who's doing the job, what it involves, duration of project, and the name of the proprietor contracting the job. Very simple, fast, and surprisingly cheap.
An added bonus of working with Carlos is that, aside from being personable, trustworthy and sharp, he speaks good English. He's never been to the States, but was determined to learn on his own, which pays off for everyone. His labor and equipment rental rates are extremely fair for the effort and risk involved, and he is not a gringo-gouger.
As for a recommendation from a recent big job, Glen Nickerson of San Isidro de Grecia has graciously volunteered to be a reference. He can be reached at 8701-2271 WhatsApp. Plus I'm happy to field any questions - Walt Clayton 6246-6015 WhatsApp.Timberrrr!
Muebleria Quesada Upholstery
By Don Davis
We have a matching loveseat and queen sleeper sofa, which we brought here from the States. They were desperately in need of re-upholstering. We searched and searched and found no one to do the job. Finally, a friend mentioned an outfit in Palmares. The company is comprised of three sisters. They will provide fabric or you can provide your own. The latter option was the one we chose.
We provided photos of the two sofas, along with rough dimensions and sent it all to the sisters via WhatsApp. Back came a quite reasonable quote along with an estimate of how much fabric we would need to supply. A driver was sent to our location via Waze. He's an independent and is exclusively used by the ladies. We paid a pick up fee (a delivery fee was also due upon the sofa's return), loaded the sofas and fabric and off they went.
Expect the re-upholstery process to take five weeks or so depending on their backlog. The wait was well worth it. What we had returned to us far exceeded anything we could have hoped for--they really look brand new and we couldn't be happier. We also got slip covers for the sofa arms and our excess fabric was returned to us. Note: the ladies speak no English. So, we had Tico friends act as our intermediaries; and it's cash only.
Contact: Judith Quesada, Muebleria Quesada, 2452-0456; 8939-1163.
Auto Upholstery and MORE
By Judy BurnhamThese two guys replaced 6 cushions for me for 50,000 colones and put in amazing foam.
These cushions will last for many, many years to come.
They also do car seats and anything that needs foam.
Their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AutoTRJ.
They are in San Roque and are highly recommended.
USA Shopping and Delivery Service
At Fly Buy Knight we take the hassle out of your shipments from anywhere in the U.S. to Costa Rica. All rates are based on cubic inches, NOT weight. In addition, we have no "mimium" charge, regardless of how small the package. We will, with your permission, open boxes to condense items and lower shipping charges. Unlike other shippers, we do combine your orders even if they arrive separately. Rates include everything, with convenient pick up in Alajuela, near Pricesmart. Should you require delivery in the Atenas, Grecia areas there is a small $15 charge. For further information or questions, please call Knight Breckinridge at 2433-9790.
Very high marks for Hospital Veterinario Agromedica in Escazu
This from the July 20, 2019 blog entry at https://retireforlessincostarica.com
Hospital Veterinario Agromédica in Escazu has a 24-hour emergency, full-service veterinary hospital and that is part of MediSmart’s “PetSmart” plan. (Read about MediSmart on our Medical page – in short, you can add your pet to your MediSmart package for $2/month).
Bloggers Paul and Gloria Yeatman “can’t say enough positive things about the vets and staff at Hospital Veterinario Agromédica. They were wonderful, caring, and more-than-willing to confer with our friend, the emergency vet from the States [concerning their very ill cat – Ed.]. That gave us a sense of trust in the diagnosis, as difficult as it was [terminal]. Their lab is in-house and much more accurate for animal care than a “human lab.” Plus, they could perform other tests like the ultrasound and, if needed, surgeries.
Veterinarian and Pet Hotel
Located in Santa Gertrudis Norte, we've heard nothing but GREAT things about this place!
Full consulting services
Surgery, X ray, Onsite lab.
Hotel offers large fenced grassy and secure area, plus pet training.
Open 365 days a year!
Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm
Plus 24/7 Emergency Vet Services
Located in the countryside, find more info and directions through their Facebook page.
Dr. Cesar Secoby Cheryl Cantrell
Dr. Cesar is no longer practicing veterinary medicine, however he is now providing immigration services for pets. See listing below under Veterinary Resources. We leave this recommendation for your consideration. For all the animal lovers out there I would highly recommend Cesar Seco, who makes home visits. Cesar speaks English and is the most compassionate, understanding, animal whisperer that I have ever met. His wife is also a Vet who works with Cesar and they have little schnauzer name Tami. Although their clinic is in San Ramon de San Jose, Cesar has always come to my house and has all the necessary medical supplies at his fingertips. I know many ex-pats that live in Grecia that use Cesar and he is always there when needed.
Cesar has known my dogs since I have been in Costa Rica, 8 years. He recently helped me with the death of one of my dogs due to heart failure. Before Truman died, he had bacteria in his lungs among other things. Cesar came to the house, put an iv in him for his dehydration, took him to his clinic and kept me informed on how he was doing. He did not candy coat the diagnosis but told me the truth. I must have received 3-4 texts a day on his condition. They had to perform surgery for a blockage in his throat and Cesar was there at night with him after the surgery. Then he took Truman to his house so he could be out of the cage and I got to visit with him the day he died. Cesar called me in tears as he knew Truman was a family member not just a dog. He then had his body cremated for me, brought me the ashes and cried with me.
I have never had a Vet this kind and compassionate. I have nicknamed him Cesar the Magnificent and I know Truman was in good hands.
Contact: email@example.com - 8830 9312
Moralva Clínica Veterinaria
by Dawna & Lou Winegrad
Shortly after moving to Costa Rica we learned of two golden retrievers in who were in urgent need of a home. Thus began our relationship with Drs. Alonso Mora and Daniel Quesada and the staff at Moralva Clínica Veterinaria (http://www.veterinariamoralva.com), located on Calle 7 heading out of Grecia towards Coope Victoria.
We say relationship because the entire staff has become like family to us. Not just because of the frequency of our visits, of which there have been many, but because of the genuine care, compassion, and professionalism they have consistently shown with all of our pets as well as various rescues and neighbors’ pets we’ve entrusted to their care.
Ehrlichiosis, dog fight wounds, neutering, ear infections, parasites and their treatments have all been thoroughly explained in English. Medical records are computerized for permanent reference and lab tests are performed in the office during your visit.
We were heartbroken when we learned that Mike, our 8 year old golden, was diagnosed with a particularly malignant tumor. Dr. Alonso was out sick the day of the diagnosis so it was arranged for us to return with Mike the next day so that Dr. Alonso could further evaluate the situation. That night we spent hours online researching the type of tumor and all available information indicated that it was almost always inoperable and highly fatal. The next morning we loaded Mike into the car, along with a shovel, as we fully expected that Mike would need to be put to sleep. Dr. Alonso did a comprehensive examination, including an ultrasound, during which he thoroughly explained Mike’s situation. He then told us how he had performed surgeries twice before on dogs with this form of tumor and that both were still alive and thriving. He even pulled out his iPad to show us photos of both dogs’ surgeries to make sure we completely understood what was involved. With his sincere assurances that he would not allow our dog to suffer under any circumstances, we opted to give surgery a try and scheduled it for the following day. The surgery went perfectly; Mike was up and walking around later that same day, and almost a year later Mike is the picture of health.
Back in the States we would go to great lengths to ensure that our pets received the best care available. We would unequivocally assert that never have our pets received the level of care that we’ve found at Moralva Clínica Veterinaria.
Clinica Veterinaria - Sarchi
Dra. Melissa Alfaro Ledezma,
by Don Davis
I can highly recommend Melissa for your dogs and cats in the Sarchi area. Bright, energetic, genuinely sympathetic and knowledgeable and Melissa speaks English. Melissa maintains extended office hours and is open during the lunch hour.
Marycruz and Odontopet Veterinary Clinic
by Deborah Taylor
If you own (or are owned by) a pet, you know that there can be vast differences in both the quality of medical care and the degree of concern that the veterinarian shows for those important members of your family. Marycruz, at OdontoPet, not only offers excellent medical care, she will take that extra, or even extraordinary, step to help and protect your pet.
A case in point: Larry and I feed two feral cats that live in and around our yard. One of the cats recently had a litter of four kittens. When the kittens were about 2 days old, the mother cat abandoned one of them. When we found the kitten, she had been alone and unfed for at least overnight. She was cold and crying and blindly trying to find her littermates and her mother. She could not have survived much longer. We searched but could not find the mother cat and the other three kittens. We were distraught and called Marycruz, who asked us to bring the kitten to her immediately. She had no kitten replacement formula in the office, so she made up her own formula using lactose-free cow’s milk, an egg yolk and sugar and immediately bottle fed the tiny, still blind, kitten. She then managed to find a nursing mother cat who accepted, and began nursing, our kitten. Marycruz has kept us updated with pictures and video of our kitten happily nursing, growing and thriving. The kitten will be returned to us when she can be weaned.
Marycruz is a terrific vet and, even more importantly, a truly kind and caring person. Larry and I highly recommend her for your veterinary needs. To make an appointment with Dra. Marycruz, call 2494 6952 or 8314 7245 if it is an emergency. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or on fb under odontopetvet. The office is located on the south side of Plaza Pinos on the west side of town. Hours are 8-12 and 1:30 – 6, Monday through Saturday. Marycruz also makes housecalls.
ODONTOPET VETERINARY - UPDATE
By Walt Clayton
The previous review of this wonderful veterinary clinic is right on. This is to announce that it has moved to a new location just around the corner from where it was before. It is now on the south side of the soccer field (Plaza Pinos) near the San Francisco de Asis hospital.
Dra. Marycruz has moved into a private home and converted it to a clinic. It is spacious, well-ventilated and immaculate, and populated by various cats and dogs -- all friendly, some permanently handicapped -- to greet you. She can handle any medical need your pet may need, and she also provides a vast array of pet products, from food to treats to leashes.
Marycruz has done several spayings and neuterings of abandoned cats and dogs for me. She is highly professional and very caring -- it's obvious that she loves her patients. I recommend her without reservation.
Take your pet in for a visit sometime!
Clinic 2494-6952 or Marycruz Emergencies 8314-7245 WhatsApp
Pet Customs and Immigration Services
Dr. Cesar Seco, veterinarian, formerly practicing and recommended in Grecia. Now specializing in pet customs and immigration. Located at Juan Santamaria Airport freight center. Phone: 8830-9312.
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Water Leak Detection & Repair
Joe Goodenoughby Dave Murray
Finding and repairing a leak in a water supply line, whether in a home, office or store, can be a daunting task. Here in Costa Rica, many defective pipes are buried in concrete floors or underground where they are very difficult to locate. A serious leak can result in both an expensive monthly bill and also deterioration of support for a building due to erosion. Luckily for us, there’s a new source of expert repair.
Joseph Goodenough is an expert in locating and repairing water leaks. He has the high-tech listening device necessary to pinpoint a leak and the tools and experience to repair it. Recently, he located a leak in our guest house’s plumbing that had gone unnoticed for some months. The only clue was in our monthly water bills which were four or five times what they should have been. Joe dug right in. He traced the incoming water line from the meter to the guest house and then, after a bit of excavation, found and repaired the leak behind the toilet. It wasn’t quick, but the work was thorough and professional.
So if you’re faced with a leak or an unusually high water bill, Joe’s your guy. You can contact him at . . . email@example.com English at 8422-5572, or in Spanish at 7054-4041.
Welding Services... and MORE!
Braulio Oviedo - Multi-Talented Guy
|By Walt Clayton|
Need a welder who can put up an entire structure? An electrician to rewire the whole house? A certified car mechanic?
Braulio is the brother-in-law of Flor Villarevia, whom many know from the beautiful tote bags she produces. When the roof of Flor's parents' home was recently replaced, Braulio single-handedly designed and built a brand-new, super-strong metal roof to replace termite-infested wooden beams and rusted sheeting.
| Presently, he is finishing up rewiring the house with new cable, connection boxes, switches, and energy-efficient LED lights donated by Glen Nickerson.
|I use Braulio for all my light car repairs -- brakes, bushings, electrical, lights, etc. He is a certified mechanic at extremely reasonable rates, but he works out of his home without a proper, well-equipped shop. Still, for certain minor repairs he's perfect, and this includes light body work, patching, sanding, priming and painting.|
| Spanish is Braulio's only language, spoken at machine-gun speed. However, I'm happy to assist in translating and introducing him if you have a project that requires his skills. He lives outside San Isidro de Grecia, up near the San Francisco school and Ser la Luz yoga studio.
If you're considering a project but are unsure of Braulio's skills, just tell me and I'll find out!
Braulio 6251-9710 WhatsApp Spanish
Walt Clayton 6246-6015 WhatsApp English
Gringo Dave’s Ornamental
Welding and Art Work
We provide design and build services as well as custom built projects using your designs.
Shown are a couple of pieces that I have recently finished: "Cattails by the Lake" detailed photo at right 1.0 M (39”) X .70 M (28”) $80.00
|We have over 30 years experience in the construction industry as well as custom steel fabrication. We can weld steel, stainless steel and aluminum up to 3/8”.|
|We also provide sharpening services for carbide tipped circular saws blades up to 12” in diameter and chain saw chains.|
|"Shady Blues" - A new, original art piece
This project is approximately 10’ tall…keys actually move. Call for price.
|“Floating Notes” available in your choice of color – White, Gold, Red. Blue, Green, Silver, Beige 1.0 M (39”) X .60 M (24”) - $100.00|
|“All that Jazz” – Originally built as a 3 piece set, but can be purchased singularly .90 M (36”) X .40 M (16”) ea $200.00 – set of 3 or $75.00 ea|
We also fabricate and install decorative gates (w/openers), screen doors, window guards and fencing. Equipment list: TIG, MIG, Spot Welder, Plasma Cutting, Roll Former, Ring Roller, Shear, Spiral Roller Bender/Streacher, oxy/act torch, Sand Blast Booth, Vibratory Tumbler along with numerous sanders and grinders.
The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org The phone number is 8442-4655 - ask for David.
Forjados Del Acero
by Lou and Dawna Winegrad
There are many welders in Grecia, however there are only two iron artists that can make any gate, entryway or window protection into a unique art piece. They are twin brothers Juan & Jose Castro, located in Barrio Latino, and their work is not limited to large scale projects.
Using a combination of hand forging & welding, they’ve created furniture, bathroom fixtures, & decorative accessories. They are honest, dependable, & reasonably priced. And they are a delight to work with.
So if you are contemplating a project in the Grecia-Atenas area, check out their Facebook page (Spanish with lots of photos) and call Juan, who speaks English, or call us for more information.
Facebook: Forjados Del Acero CYS
Juan Castro: 8689 6107
Dawna & Lou Winegrad: 8483 9045
More Happy Customers
by Kim and Roy Scruggs
We recently used the welding services of Forjados Del Acero, whom we found here on Que Pasa. They are twin brothers, Juan and Jose Castro. The quality of their work totally deserves a shout out! They were efficient, very personable and dependable. It was a pleasure doing business with them. We highly recommend them for any welding project.
By Susan Adams
I would like to recommend these Craftsmen!
If you need any iron work or blacksmithing I cannot say enough great things about the Castro Brothers at Forjados del Acero Forjasa located in Barrio Latino, Grecia. They made a pot rack I designed and are truly artists! Check out their FB page. They are honest, fair, dependable, talented and speak English!
Their phone number is 8689 6107.
Window and Screen Repair
by Don and Debra Rogan
Our wonderful landlords sent a great window man to our lovely Casa to make some needed repairs.
In addition to keeping busy with private homes, Roy Vasquez, owner and operator of Roy Vidrios does work for properties handled by Chris Schoo, Greciarealestate.net and Rosvil Mercados in Grecia.
Roy and his helper worked tirelessly replacing a window frame, many screens, replacing window panes, and repairs on our sliding door. Everything was done with care and is now pristine and in fine working order.
When you need any window or glass door work done we highly recommend Roy Vidrios. You can contact Roy, who speaks some English, at email@example.com or phone him at 8857-7413. Don and Debra Rogan, Carbonal
Private Yoga Lessons with Veronica Flores
(daughter of Spanish language teacher Isabel Arguello)
Yoga Studio and Event Center
Ser La Luz (Be The Light)
A Costa Rican non-profit Association committed to the enhancement of lives and betterment of our community. Located in San Isidro de Grecia.
Spacious and Lovely:
|We invite you to visit our webpage: SerLaLuz.com
Or call: 8549-2936
Very experienced and sensitive yoga instructors
Mention you heard about us from Que Pasa, and if you pay drop-in price for your first two classes, get your third class for free.
Learn more on our webpage: SerLaLuz.com
Testimonials about Edward Tucker, senior yoga instructor at Ser La Luz.
|“... I’ve been practicing yoga for several years, no other teaching I have had compares to the depth of your understanding of individual problem areas of the body; And how yoga enhances functioning in mobility, energy flow, and strength...”
Angie Vachio, business owner, Grecia
|“... Each class is a unique journey and the most powerful recurring theme in Ed’s work is self empowerment. Ed not only teaches yoga but encourages you to find and gives you the tools to discover a yoga practice all your own...”
Megan Black, Director, Vandhana Dance Company, California
|“... I appreciate how clear and easily understood your instructions for getting into a position help me move beyond what I imagine is my comfort zone…” Mike, retired, Mexico|
|“... Ed Is a true Yogi… His heart is solid and anything and everything he delivers is just perfect...”
Laura Ferracane, Master Iyengar Yoga Teacher, California
|“... I Love the experience of experimentation with movement while in a yoga posture and appreciate how you eliminate the concept of right and wrong...” Sugandha, retired, Florida|
|“When I am in class with you, as your student and otherwise, you have an amazing way with saying SO much with your eyes and your asana, as well as your words. You take us THERE … And your students will be amazed by how many ‘aha’ moments they have with you.”
Kim Jewel, Sr. Marketing Director and Yoga Teacher, North Carolina
|“Ed was an integral part of my healing from breast cancer. His strong, gentle approach helped me get through the most critical moments of my life…”
Audrey Blaker, retired, California
Web page: SerLaLuz.com
Or call: 8549-2936
Services Needed/Looking For/How Do I....?
Introducing the Qué Pasa Facebook Answer Page
We are pleased to announce a great new feature exclusively for Qué Pasa subscribers, the Qué Pasa Facebook Answer Page.
We know that sometimes all of us could use a little help in getting answers to questions about living in Costa Rica. There is a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience among our subscriber base. So, we have started a subscriber interactive Facebook page where folks with questions can get help from other folks with answers. To start out, we are going limit our Answer Page to questions and answers from subscribers.
Description, rules and signups for your private Facebook Answer Page:
- Description: this is a private, interactive Facebook page for Qué Pasa subscribers only. It is a largely unsupervised service and its purpose is to help subscribers get answers from other subscribers who have already been down that same road. It is to be used only by Qué Pasa subscribers to receive assistance from other subscribers by getting answers to their questions.
It is a free service.
- Rules of Use:
1) as an unsupervised site, always please, be on your best behavior. No intimate, profane or rude language or inappropriate questions. No arguing, politics, name-calling or berating of participants.
2) No reasonable question should be considered stupid. (Remember some of questions you may have asked that now seem silly or obvious.)
3) Also, remember that there may be more than one answer and multiple responses are welcome.
4) If you are uncertain of your answer, PLEASE include “I think” or “I believe” in your response.
5) Please check the Qué Pasa website first before posting your question. The answer to your question may already reside there.
6) If for any reason answers become contentious, they will be removed by the Qué Pasa staff.
- Note: this Facebook page will only work if we use it. Please, those of you with some experience or years under your belt “in country” go to our Facebook answer page frequently to see if there is a question you may be able to help answer. If you “pay it forward” and help someone, there may come a time when your favor will be returned.
How to register for and use your Qué Pasa Facebook Answer Page:
- Because the Qué Pasa Answer Page is a Secret Group on Facebook, it is not viewable by the public - you must be a member of Facebook AND you must be invited to join. So, if you are not a member please go to Facebook and join;
- Request the Qué Pasa editor via email to “friend” you on Facebook;
- Once you are confirmed, you will receive a notice from Facebook that the Qué Pasa Answer Page is now available to you;
- When you have a question, go to the Qué Pasa Answer Page and post it;
- Facebook will automatically notify you of a response(s) to your question(s) from another member via your personal email; and if you are curious about what questions have been asked and answered by others, don’t hesitate to visit your private Qué Pasa Facebook Answer Page as often as you like and run a search on your question.
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