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Sunday, January 13, 2019


(our vacation rental outside of Atenas)

Well after a not so great experience with AeroMexico, we finally made it to beautiful and welcoming Costa Rica! Highly recommend NOT making connections in Mexico City when traveling to's not worth the little bit of money you may save by going that route. After arriving in CR and getting hit with a blast of heat awesomeness, we made our way to the car rental location via shuttle. Things went so smooth at Alamo and the customer service was outstanding! We were in and out of there in about 15 minutes and on our way to Atenas...about 30 km to the West. Before getting to our rental, we stopped at a wonderful supermarket (Supermercado Coopeatenas) in Atenas to stock up on supplies and such. Then we traveled another 5 km up to the top of a hill to our home for the next 7 nights and as we reached the back of the house to see the view of the mountains I said to myself, "now that's a good end to my birthday!". Oh yeah...yesterday was my 51st but I don't feel a day over 50.  ;)

Today is Sunday, January 13th and our plans for the day are minimal. I think we will head down to the city square in Atenas, find a bite to eat and then back home to catch some rays and relax. Tomorrow, Monday, we will head to Escazu for our dental appointments with Dr. Prada at DDS Dental. Just need a cleaning/checkup and it will be great to see Mr. Prada and his team again...wonderful people! After our appointments, we may head to the Mercado Central (Central Market) as we've been there before and really enjoyed walking around and seeing all the shops. Great sights, sounds & smells there.

Stay tunned for more photos, videos and updates!

Friday, December 21, 2018


As many of you know, the Dental Tourism forum over at Topix was very popular and had a wealth of info based on peoples experiences. Well I received a message the other day from a gentleman that had backed up a lot of it, if not all, and is making it available to all. Big thanks go out to Eddie!

Click on the blue text to access the documents. The first one, which combines all 389 pages onto one page, make take a few seconds to load up. My personal preference is the 2nd link that has each of the 389 pages as separate files but of course use what works best for you. A lot of reading but some very good info there regarding dental work in Costa Rica.

Hi Rod.
I'm Eddie.
So, Topix recently deleted all it's posts, including the "Dentist in Costa Rica" topic.
But I recently downloaded all 389 pages, then converted them to text files.
And I combined all 389 pages into a single text file.
One file has the single text file that combines all 389 pages into one text file.
Dentist in Costa Rica Topix Forum 389 pages in one document

The other file has all 389 pages as separate text files.
Dentist in Costa Rica Topix Forum 389 pages, each page a separate file

I posted on Tripadvisor but they removed my post. I guess it's against their rules.

So maybe you could publicize my message on your site.
I'm just trying to help people with the info from Topix, now lost except for my handiwork.

I also have all 389 Topix pages as html files, if that's of use to anybody.


Saturday, December 8, 2018


If you wish to comment on one of my posts, please be aware that it will not show right away and in fact can take a few days before showing up. I monitor all comments, approve the ones that are valid and delete those that are nothing more than spam. Also please submit a name when making a comment. It doesn't have to be your full name, in fact, it can even be a username if you wish. Almost all spam comments come in as anonymous so if you wish for yours to be published then anonymous is NOT the way to go. 

If you have a question for me then it's best to send me an email rather than using the comment section of the blog. My email address is right up there in the header of this blog. I actually enjoying fielding your questions and I do everything possible to answer to the best of my ability and in an unbiased way.

CR trip #3 is just a month away and I can't wait! Stay tuned!

Monday, August 20, 2018


I'm so excited that I don't know what to do with myself! I will be making my 3rd trip to beautiful, gorgeous, friendly and beautiful Costa Rica in January of 2019 (yes I know I said "beautiful" twice and it's deserved). Let me get this out of the way...there is nothing wrong with the dental work that I received back in 2014 and in fact, I've had zero issues. My beautiful wife and I are heading back to CR for some rest & relaxation with a dentist appointment thrown in. The dental visit to Dr. Prada's DDS Dental Clinic is nothing more than to get a check-up, cleaning and most of all to see my old friends there.

We will be in CR from the 12th to the 19th of January and this time we are staying just outside of the wonderful little town of Atenas up in the hills about 35 km from San Jose. I will, of course, do updates to the blog while I'm there with posts, photos and videos. I've missed Costa Rica so much and I've been longing to head back.

If you have any questions for me regarding my trip or if you have questions you would like me to forward to Dr. Prada and/or Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Carranza or any of the other awesome team of specialists there, just shoot me a message and I'll do my best.

I'll be posting updates as the trip approaches so stay tuned to the website for the latest information. I'll be posting where we decided to stay while in CR, what we plan on doing for fun and so on.

Follow my journey, as you did 4 years ago, as I head back to incredible COSTA RICA!!!!

-Rod Anderson

Monday, July 30, 2018


Hi folks! Yes, I's been far too long since my last update. Well, I have some exciting news to share with you but I need to finalize everything before making the announcement. I'm expecting to have everything completed by mid-August so come back at that time to see what all the ruckus is about. Sorry for the tease...kind of. <insert evil laugh here>

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Wow...over a year since my last post???? Where has all that time gone? I've been wanting to do a video post but just keep finding ways to put that off for some reason. Camera shy I guess. Anyhow I still want to do that as I feel I can convey a lot of information in a video over text. So I'll probably get on that when I get back from vacation. Oh yeah...I'm on vacation! Currently in Puerto Rico spending about a week here before we go on our 1st cruise. Not sure if I'll enjoy cruising on a ship with 3,000 other souls but I bet I'm about to find out. The picture below is one that I just took as I stood on the balcony of our AirBnB rental in Rincon, PR. My teeth and mouth are still healthy and I've experienced zero problems. Every once in awhile I'll have a dream that my new teeth are chipped or falling out of my head and that freaks me out for about a second when I wake up. "Thank God that was just a dream", I think to myself as I run my tongue over my teeth to make sure all is well.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015


I'm still here, still smiling and still ecstatic about my decision to go to Costa Rica for dental work! Months and months ago I stated I would be doing a recap video and posting here, and I still will, but man life just gets in the way sometimes. Well, to be honest, it was also a bit of needing to get away from the whole dental thing for awhile at the time as well. I mean I had done so much research that my brain was ready to explode! Once I returned from my 2nd and final trip to CR, I still had 'dental' on my mind because I was responding to so many emails, talking to people on the phone about it and so on. So after awhile I just needed to take a break from it all before I found myself in the psych ward mumbling about teeth.

Everything is great and I have no problems with my teeth whatsoever. I don't even feel like they are fake teeth anymore because I eat whatever I want to, just like with normal teeth. I've been to my dentist here at home a couple of times now, for routine cleanings, and she says everything looks great. In fact someone from her office called me last week saying they had a patient there that wants implants and wanted some more info regarding dental treatment in Costa Rica. I said it was no problem at all to give the patient my name and number. How cool is that of a U.S. dentist!? Awesome if you ask me. 

So to wrap it up, yes I still plan on doing a video which will summarize my whole journey and will post it here. Knowing how I ramble on though, it will probably be a long and boring video so you've been warned. Smiles!