As a private detective in Costa Rica, I get this type of inquiry often:
"Hi, my name is Bill and I live in California. I have been coming to Costa Rica for the past 7 years and last year I met a woman there and we hit it off pretty good and I have been seeing no one else but her. Her name is Johanna, she is 30 and I am 59. She is Colombian and I met her at one of the local hotel/casinos. I know when I met her she was a working girl, but since we have been together she has been staying home because I am supporting her. She is attending English classes and taking other courses in the local university. Whenever I call her she usually answers the phone regardless of when I call. However, recently on certain nights I lose total communication with her. When I challenger her about it she tells me her battery was dead, or the ICE system was down or the weather effected transmission. I just get this gut feeling that she is doing something while I am not there. I come to Costa Rica every 3 or 4 months. I would like to know what she is doing when I am not there just to ease this queasiness I have in my stomach, what can I do to find out?"
Most inquires I get like this are from men who either live in the United States or Canada and are accustomed to retaining the services of a private investigator for a nominal amount of money to "spy" on their girlfriends or wives. Even their surveillance can be time consuming and expensive. Surveillance is always expensive but more so here.
First, there are no street addresses. very few men who make this type of inquiry have any clue where these women live. I usually get responses like "I've been there once but I don't remember how to get there. She usually stays with me at my hotel." Therefore the first thing that I must do is find out where she lives and this can be a real challenge. This usually requires substantial information about the target to take to the national registry and track her down by addresses she has listed as hers as well as her parents or places of employment. Alternatively, we have to watch the local haunts and spot her then follow her to her destination. People who are subjects of a surveillance are not very accommodating or considerate of your time or your wallet. They do not appear on "cue" and therefore surveillance requires patience and perseverance.
Second, once located and identified you have to be in the right spot at the right time in order to capture the activity. Once again this requires time and patience, during which the clock is running and the money is flowing.
Thirdly, following people here is challenging due to the complete disregard for following traffic regulations. Most of these women utilize taxi's and generally use the same driver for their activities. Many of the taxi drivers are quasi pimps for these women and arrange for them to meet clients away from the usual haunts.
Fourthly, it is impossible to get video of these women in a hotel room with a man. It's not going to happen. Videos will show the man and the woman at a bar or a hotel and them leaving for a room or for another venue to consummate the deal. Many clients want proof positive. With this in mind the video proof has to be viewed in its totality to come to a conclusion. My clients need to ask themselves, " What conclusion would an objective independent person who viewed the video come to?" Remember, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and swims like a duck, IT IS A DUCK!!!!
Regrettably, the majority of these investigations leave my clients emotionally bankrupt as well as losing substantial financial resources.