Monday, January 28

Jaco - Before the BOOM


Photo taken in 2004. It's not the same Jaco anymore. Think "Jacopulco".
I'll always remember my little "found paradise" just like this.

8 comments:

Erin said...

I first came to CR in 1999 and visited Jacó for a day. I didn't remember that trip well enough to make comparisons, but when I took my second visit just a few months ago, I was absolutely floored at the difference between what I was seeing and what I had remembered. This photo brings it all into focus. Wow.

TICA MACHA said...

I stay in shock whenever I drive somewhere I don't usually go. There is construction EVERYWHERE.
I didn't move here for THAT. I could have stayed in Naples for THAT. I've seen what happens after the building boom too. I'm sure the locals will hate us even more (that's speaking for Jaco, not all Costa Rica).
I need to get off my duff and go back up the mountain to get a shot of what it looks like today. Truly, it makes me ill and I really don't want to believe it is really happening. Teri

the frogster said...

It's really interesting to me how people move around. A couple of my siblings live in New Hampshire and in towns where the local mill shut down, you can get a giant house for $12,000.

It's like that in New Jersey where I grew up. There used to be fields and farms and orchards. Orchards! Now there's just row after row after row of cookie-cutter houses.

I say we keep an eye out. After global warming and the earth's magnetic field reverses, we can be the first ones in at the new tropical paradise, which will be in Kansas.

TICA MACHA said...

Frogster, I saw the coolest thing about a shark that I wanted to send you but I don't have your address. Will you send it to me? Teri

Saratica said...

I spent a couple of hours with a developer a week or so ago and he confirmed that there are 50 condo developments (not just condos: condo developments - one is 23 stories tall) permitted for Jacó right now. That does not include the piece of land Trump just bought, nor the St. Regis nor the Ramada now under construction nor the 4 Seasons. Hopefully the bust will come before they are built. Sorry: picking sides here!!!

TICA MACHA said...

Jaco is not shaping up like I had wanted to see. In my wildest dreams, I never expected it to be like this!
Gainesville is my old stomping grounds. You may be on the right track with that!

Pura Vida said...

Costa Rica is a pretty big place...
(the size of North Carolina, with the population of miami)
Jaco is not the only place to live, many other places on the pacific coast to settle in that are not built or being built up. Just look around and find your spot, stay one step ahead of developement. You can do this without hiding in the jungles.....

TICA MACHA said...

You got that right! Good advice.
There's plenty of other places to live in CR and CR is VERY diversified.
Personally, I just figured out how it works here (well, almost) and got my home settled (no more renovating for now) - relocating isn't on the horizon for me.
Besides, I'm curious how it's all going to 'shake out' in Jaco.
Teri