My reason for taking such a hard line stance is simple... we have operated a very good business for the last several years, helping many people through the decisioning process as to whether or not they should totally turn their lives upside down and move to Costa Rica. We have done so with absolutely no motivation or interest in profiting by them moving here. In fact, we do not give a rat's ass whether anybody moves here or not. We just offered honest opinions based on our expat experiences. Truth be told... we have probably made more enemies than friends as a result of our honest opinions.
ADVICE TO FUTURE TOUR TAKERS...
My advice to anyone looking to take a Due Diligence tour is to first do your Due Diligence before engaging a service.
Costa Rica is a wonderful place to live but it may NOT for everybody. Our last five years have been an amazing adventure and experience and there has not one second I would trade. But Fran and I don't go through life with blinders on. We have a tendency to be skeptical of what we are told. Thank goodness we have been able to separate the bullshit from the truth.
TO OUR PAST TOUR CLIENTS...
In preparing this article, Fran and I looked back at all the people with whom we counseled and gave tours. We were surprised to learn that over twenty couples made the leap. The vast majority followed our advice and rented first. A few thought that they new better. One couple, in spite of our recommendation to NOT move here, did so anyway. Within the span of just a few months, for all the reasons we stated in our recommendation to them, they decided to return home, and did do several thousand dollars lighter.
But all in all we have enjoyed doing tours. We have met wonderful people with whom we have formed indelible bonds. Boomers Offshore was not established to be a business. It was only one way for us to help people and to make friends. I consider that a complete success!
We thank all of those who have taken tours with Boomers Offshore. In almost every case we made new friends along with a little extra beer money, however in our zeal to tell the truth, we managed to alienate some folks. That's the way it goes... you can't please everyone.