Costa Rica’s address system (Part 22?)

I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned the postal system here but I know it’s a lot. Finally however, I have made some rhyme and reason of it all. Or at least I understand better the PO Box system.

My US bank debit card was about to expire and I had to find a way to get a new card mailed to me.  Knowing that the mailman would never be able to find my house, I asked my property owner if it would be okay if I used their PO Box at the Correos (post office) in order for my bank to send me the card.  She was happy to oblige and sent me the address.  I was super confused though as this is basically the gist of what she emailed me: Apartado: 123-4567 (I’ve changed it to protect her privacy).

I wrote her back and asked her if I should include her name above the address and the city/province below. She told me no, that was not necessary…and here’s why:

  • Name (not necessary)
  • 123 means the box that belongs to her husband at Correos
  • 4567 means Quepos, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

I’m still laughing thinking about that.  I mean really, there is no way I could have a PO Box in the United States and just give out the number with no name, city, state or zip code!

That’s what it’s like to live in a small town…and country. And a few weeks later, the new card had arrived.

Pura vida…Chrissy