I cant believe the changes in Costa Rica in the five years I have been coming here (toJaco Beach). Originally it was a poor third world country, where you could get a decent "local" meal for two bucks, and the grocery stores were just small huts with only the basics.
In the interim things have changed drastically and NOT for the the better. America has come to Costa Rica. I understand the influx is mostly Florida visiors who gave up on Florida due to high prices and hurricane. Too bad they brought the high prices with them to Costa Rica!WALMART bought out all the mom and pop grocery stores and stopped!. The selections in the grocery stores is appalling, all the stores are the same in price and selection. Prices have risen so dramatically, its not just the locals who can't afford to shop there, but us visiting gringos as well. Food is priced MUCH higher here than back home in Canada, even for local goods. A pineapple which is grown here is almost the same price as in downtown Toronto, identical pineapples from CR!
Everybody is on the bandwagon to get ready for he influx of rich americanos, from the grceries, to the local sodas. Its so expensive now rich americanos are findng other places to visit. Shooting the country in the foot.
Some of the local restaurants are stepping up in quality, but so ar the prices. Christma buffet at the Colonial was 48 dollars a head! And beause th esuckling roast pig wa undercooke, the buffet was pretty skimpy. Altho they did serve "Christmas Wood" (Yule Log to us northerners)
Its amazing to be salivating for a MacDonalds, in this eco friendly country. But Only KFC is here in Jaco, or PIzza Hut, which is described by a six year old American as "sh*t!"