Drinking and the Locals
The time I went to Costa Rica and bought the whole bar a round of Cervezas, was the beginning of my friendship with the local village. It’s the quickest way to do business and get answers. It also my version of a business write-off. If you want to find out about the easiest way to get from point a to b or perhaps getting a free boat ride to a private island, this is for you.
I met Captain Armando while having a Cervezas at the local establishment in the small village of Montezuma, Costa Rica. I was in search of a local retail store that I could rent as a Tattoo Shop. Finding a realtor isn’t the easiest thing to do in a 3rd world county or even in a small village where the power often goes out at night. For me, I have always been able to generate leads at the bar.
Armando ended up being one of the best tour guides any tourist or business person could have. I have always found that there is usually one Armando, the wise old man, in every village. Making sure you are on his side, will get you the end result. Armando not only introduced me to the family that owns most of the buildings in the village, he also showed me the boat he was working on and even took me fishing on it. Finding yourself in the middle of the ocean with a local is highly recommended. He pointed out the whale sighting, caught live shrimp, and taught me the about how the locals maintain their health. You would be amazed at the tips you will receive from locals. If you really want to save money, get a private tour, and ignore all the other commercial tour companies, finding a local is the way to go. Money isn’t nearly as important as a GPS system; look into ways to barter with the locals if you want to save even more money.