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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

Services Pay Well

In my book, I give many other examples of how American entrepreneurs established their own profitable enterprises in this six country region (Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala). While the stories in these places are covered extensively with much detail, Belize is mentioned very superficially. In the years when I did the research for the book and interviewed over 100 expatriate businessmen, most enterprises were in the production field.

Today a quick look at enterprises established in recent years reveals that many are service businesses and those having to do with technology. Among them are dozens of small firms in Costa Rica that are currently producing excellent computer software for exporting worldwide.

Bird watching and Perm culture

Peter King and his wife Lindy got tired of sailing in the South Pacific and decided to stay in Costa Rica to try their hand at growing black pepper, medicinal plants (lemon grass and ginger) and other tropical crops on the 16 acre, an old cacao farm they had bought. It's located near Puerto Viejo, a southern Caribbean beach village at the foot of the Talamanca Mountains. Besides growing those specialty crops under sustainable agricultural methods (perm culture), they offer guided tours to persons who like to bird-watch and observe the natural jungle environment.

Bed & Breakfast

In November 2000, Carol Weir, writing in the Tico Times, reported how several expatriates are living in and around Dominical and finding the good life there. Dominical is a small village south o fQuepos along the Pacific Coastal Highway. It has a nice beach and village fishermen nearby. One example of expatriates locating there is that of Desiree Kantrin, a widow from Canada, who years earlier had visited a friend in San José and taken a trip to the Dominical area. Liking the peaceful place, she bought a small piece of land fronting the beach nearby Costa Paraíso.

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