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5 - Costa Rica in Brief
6 - Map of Costa Rica
8 - Symbols of Costa Rica
9 - Introduction
12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

1. Edition (2005)

By Frank Thomas Gallardo
Editorial Texto
Costa Rica

Reasons for Writing This Book:

How would you like to live where men and women on an average live more after age 80 than in the USA and European countries? A 2004 study shows that Costa Rica has the world's longevity record. Men at age 80 can live 8.4 more years, while women at 80 can expect to live 9 more. Not a bad record for this tiny Central American country. Maybe you can strive for it. Costa Rica looms as a highly desirable place in which to live. So I urge you to consider it.

I wrote this book because I felt I 'Could offer valuable information to English-speaking persons who have at one time or another thought of living and retiring overseas. And especially to those who have given particular consideration to Costa Rica over other publicized retirement havens as a possible place in which to locate. If you're one of those persons, I think you're reading the right book because this is not a travel guide, but one which will give you an insight on the character of the people with whom you might possibly be living in the future.

In finding on the internet that more than 40 travel guides about Costa Rica were published between 1997 and 2004, and that practically all had been written by foreigners, I thought it was time that something different about the country be offered, especially by myself who is a native Costa Rican.

Elder, now semi-retired and having received a full high school and college education in the United States, I feel I know both cultures well-enough to allow me to give many useful tips on how to make your stay more fulfilling and happy in this beautiful, peaceful country and not be sorry you left the United States. I maintain a strong love and admiration for both countries.

My mother came from an old Catholic aristocratic but economically poor Costa Rican family; while my father, a Protestant, arrived in 1911 from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to work under contract for the United Fruit Company. At that time the banana company was expanding its tropical operations in Costa Rica and hiring additional technical and management personnel from the United States, Canada, England and Scotland. Many of those specialized employees met local nice, pretty girls and married them. One of those men, of course, was my father.

I hope that through the pages of this book you'll learn what makes Costa Ricans tic, and by knowing more about their intrinsic character you'll be able to make your living and retirement there a most peaceful and happy one.

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