Basic public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, electrical generation, potable water systems, sewage disposal, and telecommunications, does lag behind development.

The road system in the Country is strained to handle the volume of traffic. Due to the mountainous nature of the Country, road closures are common in the rainy season, due to slides and washouts.

Electricity and telephone service is available in the majority of the Country, and Municipal and National Water Commission (AyA) water in urbanized areas, and private wells in rural areas.  These utilities are billed monthly. The agencies charged with the provision of these services are very efficient at cutting-off the service for non-payment.

Sewage disposal is still predominantly by individual septic systems, with larger condo-style developments, being required to have on-site treatment.

Some high density developments on the Pacific Coast, in Manuel Antonio,  Jaco and Tamarindo, are having particular trouble with the issue of sewage disposal.


To contact Attorney Rick Philps about hiring him as your Costa Rican Attorney, please use the following information: Lic. Rick Philps – Attorney at Law, Petersen & Philps, San Jose, Costa Rica Tel: 506-2288-4381, Ext. 102; Email: rphilps@plawcr.com Website: www.plawcr.com


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Richard Philps
Attorney Richard (Rick) Philps is a Canadian citizen, naturalized as a citizen of Costa Rica. Rick practiced law in Victoria, B.C., Canada as a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, for fourteen years, prior to moving to Costa Rica in 1998. Rick then earned his Bachelor of Laws and Licensing Degrees (Civil Law), with Honours, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Notary and Registry Law, from the Metropolitana Castro Carazo and Escuela Libre de Derecho Universities, in San Jose. Rick is a member of the Costa Rica College of Lawyers, and practices law in Costa Rica in the areas of real estate and development, corporate, commercial, contract, immigration, and banking with the Law Firm of Petersen & Philps, located in Escazu, a western suburb of San Jose. To contact Attorney Rick Philps about hiring him as your Costa Rican Attorney, please use the following information: Lic. Rick Philps - Attorney at Law, Petersen & Philps, San Jose, Costa Rica Tel: 506-2288-4381, Ext. 102; Email: rick@costaricacanadalaw.com Website: www.costaricacanadalaw.com