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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

As to the legal and non-legal whore houses, many exist in the San José metropolitan area and most taxi drivers know their location. Prostitution is not prohibited in Costa Rica. The increase in the arrival of tourists has escalated prices so much so that many of the services are out of reach of the average Tico. Prostitutes apparently prefer the dollar rather than the local currency and it's said they've become very demanding. But beware! Going around these places is like playing with fire - health, safety and money-wise. Keep away especially at night from going around the area of Clinica Biblica as it's the hunting ground of San José's transvestites. Also try to stay away from the Zona Roja, north-northwest of the Central Market, during the day or night even though its permanently patrolled by police.

Regarding sex and the Costa Ricans, UNIMER, a research firm in San José, did in April 2005 a study for the daily La Nación on what the Ticos dream about. It revealed that the erotic dreams placed after nightmares, the ones dealing with happiness, those of falling in space and the ones about death and dying. Almost half of the Ticos interviewed said they have had an erotic dream sometime. It also revealed that 62% of the men reported they enjoyed very much their erotic dreams while only 28% of the women said they enjoyed them. La Nación frequently publishes studies regarding the idiosyncrasy of the Ticos.

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