Re: travel advisories
Yes, he will have to go through Honduras to get to Costa Rica.
Like I said in my earlier email, the only dicey part of the main highway, to me, was in Nicaragua, where every cop had his hand out. In retrospect, because they did not have patrol cars I shouldn't have even stopped. But just waved and kept on going.
Tell your friend to check out the eastern part of El Salvador at Los Cucos, El Cocos, whatever. It's beautiful, cheap, miles of a level sand beach framed by palms. I assume your friend must speak Spanish if he lived in Guatemala, which would be necessary as there are no gringos in that part of El Salvador. The beach front land prices are incredibly inexpensive. My wife and I seriously considered retiring there, but we need a few more amenities (like a supermercado less than an hour away) in our old age.
I know that you have to pay a refundable fee crossing your care into Mexico, but I don't think that's the case in the Central American countries.
As for retiring in Costa Rica, my opinion is that it is too civilized.
As I said earlier, that's all I know!
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