Just found this interesting thread, so I thought I'd add my story too. I moved to Costa Rica over 3 years ago, coming from Toronto, Canada. At the time, my wife and I had decided to go abroad, and I had to choose between 2 opportunities: France or Costa Rica. Easy choice for me: the more South, the better! So I accepted this job in CR, even if I had never set foot down here before (or in Central/South America). Just knowing that I would not have to shovel snow and scraped the ice off my car in the morning winters, was enough for me! Besides the amazing landscapes and wildlife, the "Pura Vida" lifestyle, the gallo pinto, and the ticas , I think the main reason why I love this place so much, and now call "home", is that I discovered the adventure motorcycle riding here. You see, before I moved here, I *always* wanted to get a motorcycle, but never could rationalize the cost for the short summer we have in Canada. But thanks to a good friend of mine, who was an avid rider back in BC,Canada before he moved to CR at the same time I did, he convinced me over a few beers to get my first bike in 20+ years : so I ended up with a F650GS Dakar . Since then, I'm totally hooked!!! I've now upgraded to a R1200GS, and ride on a daily basis all year around. Chiriqui Charlie: if you haven't crossed over in CR yet, you should look into it. There are more places to go here than Panama imoo, though I have been down there only a couple of times. My riding buddy relocated there about 6 months ago. He likes the city - go figure! :huh Bananaman: I've read some of your postings with great interest! (eg. "Drowned in a river near San Blas, Panama") Funny enough, I was getting some gear at Dual Sport Plus (Ontario,Canada), and the guys knew you. Small world it is. I might ride down to Panama in the last week of June to see my buddy in PC. Let me know if you fancy a beer. Kamuk: I agree 100% with your philosophy of adapting and immersing in the local culture when moving to another country. I might not be fluent in Spanish yet, but I do make the effort of speaking when I go to the grocery store, or ask for directions. How long have you been living in CR? Well, that should be enough for my first post on ADVRider!