Excerpts from 17 years of testimonials

Here are some key excerpts from over 17 years of tour guests testimonials. Please feel free to contact any of them by email to confirm the value of their time with us and, how they are doing now.

From January, 2019 tour guests from Florida;

Hola George,

Maryhelen and I want to thank you for hosting us on your Costa Rica tour in late January. We always knew that we eventually wanted to make Costa Rica our home but now we have all the information and contacts we need to make our move a success. We now have the confidence that we can move to CR and avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes I had read about. We have decided that the San Ramon area is perfect for us with all the amenities we require and a perfect climate. It will still take us about a year or so to make the transition complete but we now have a realistic timeline and the knowledge of what we need to accomplish along the way. Once again, muchas gracias, mi amigo. We look forward to seeing you and Aija again.

Steve Groh      [email protected]

From one of our February, 2019 Guests. She is a very successful Real Estate Investor in Canada;  <[email protected]

Hi George!  I can’t begin to explain the warmth, kindness and down home welcome I’ve experienced on my short journey into your and Tim’s world and community.  Give my best regards to your wives as they need to be pretty special to put up with you two!  I’m kidding!  Tim, I didn’t get an opportunity to meet your BETTER HALF, however, George, I really LOVE and respect your beautiful little wife.  Big Bear Hugs for her.   I will never forget this trip.  Thank you for your straight-up honest information and no BULL SHIT attitude.  

I am taking your direction and advice seriously and looking carefully not only on location, but safety, comfort level and convenience as well.  Yes.  I’m using your spread sheet to make comparisons.  You taught me so much.  I am forever grateful.  The quality of your work George, is second to none!  

I will be giving my notice for retirement when I get back.  Officially retiring in May, 2019.  Thank you for helping me make the jump! 

All in all, you guys ROCK!  I feel like I’m already a part of the community!  TALK SOON!  

Lillian  <[email protected]

       March 2018 Guests from Monterrey, Ca who had owned property some years ago in SW Costa Rica.

As I review other “testimonials” on your website, I see that our experience has been shared by others – the honest, clear, “open kimono” approach to what life is like for ex-pats in Costa Rica was not only immensely informative but we feel like we have a large collection of new friends!

I echo the expressions of appreciation from your other guests: the kindness and generosity of you, Aija, and the many people we met was such a treat.  We so appreciated the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of people about their experiences, without any sense that anyone was selling us on anything.

Probably a highlight for me was watching and listening to the local ticos as they interacted with you and with others talking about you (speaking in Spanish, so it was not for my benefit!).  It is clear that you are respected and appreciated for your involvement in the communities of Puriscal and San Ramon.  That is as important to me (possibly even more so) than the satisfaction of the ex-pats!

With appreciation,

Karen and Larry Sill

 March 2017 Guests Jon and Chris from Denver Colorado  ([email protected]

I would first like to give a very humbled and personal thanks to you for the knowledgeable, experienced, and enlightening tour.

To every potential person thinking of retiring in Costa Rica, I tell you this. I looked at Costa Rica for 2 years, and I dreamed of it far longer. I did the International Living website, I put in tons of computer research, I made my plan,then we came. We were on George’s March 2017. tour. George’s tour is actually more of an experience than a tour. Yes he gives you information over load, and yes you meet many, many of his friends , which brought us to the understanding, that he and Aija are very much, a special kind of people. When you go, you are going to meet a whole community of people just like them. …………

 Cheryl & Mike Coats Feb 2017 tour       clcoats@sbcglobal.net

Mike and I wanted to thank you again for taking us on your tour last month. We learned SO MUCH useful information that will help us make the decision whether to move to CR (I think that decision’s already been made since we got home), where to move, and what to look for in a home. You truly do have a wealth of information that would have taken us years, if ever, to accumulate ourselves. Taking your tour was a great investment!

Sept 2016 Guests from Delaware, Deborah and Bill.. simplyfitbydeb@gmail.com

We are finally settled back into our home and routine in Delaware, USA and feeling so thankful for such an incredibly fun, educational and relaxing trip to such a wonderful place….Costa Rica.  We went to research the possibility of finding a place to retire but found a playground to start our second childhood and found lots of new friends to play and share a good life with !!  You all went way above the call of welcoming potential expats into your neighborhoods.  You gave us such an honest and exciting view of what our lives could actually look like in a place of such beauty and joy.  We fell in love with the people of Costa Rica.  Their smiles and genuine care made us feel so welcome, and it was so comforting to meet those that have had the same dreams of retirement and made them come true.  We thank you all for helping us to see ourselves healthier and happier in such a nice environment.

George, you are amazing!!  Yes, we did our best to keep up with “General George” in his bootcamp of learning, and we truly “got it” when it comes to your philosophy…”living in the view”.  You did an amazing job to teach us what we needed to know about relocating to Costa Rica, and the laughter and fun you added into the journey was wonderful.  Your lovely wife, Aija was so warm and adorable and she made us feel so welcome.  As did all those that came to the expat dinner at your home….