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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

5 Reasons Why People Like Costa Rica

Foreigners who live in or have visited Costa Rica as well as Costa Ricans themselves seem to agree on five things about the country: 1) the friendliness of the people, 2) the comparative prosperity of the economy, 3) the good climate, 4) the peacefulness compared to other Latin American countries, 5) the attractiveness of the women, and 6) the beautiful countryside, plus the interest and care being taken to preserve the ecology.

In a January 1997 issue of The Tico Times, Dennis Woltering, anchor / reporter for WWLTV, New Orleans, said: "We have noticed that Central America is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for retirees. And Costa Rica is said to be one of the best places to live in this part of the world."

In 1994, Editorial Texto, a small publishing house in San José, published my book entitled Developing and Managing Profitable Rental Real Estate in Costa Rica. In it I mentioned that the country has been able to make use of its contrasted regions as a source of strength, and that it's one of the few countries in Latin America which has been able to develop a strongly coherent national life. Its people are vigorously at work strengthening their democracy and making it a more pleasant place in which to live.

A writer for the Miami Herald called Costa Rica a bright spot in a troubled world. That was during the days of Communism and the Sandinista regime in power in Nicaragua, and the Civil War in El Salvador. He said: "since it's the big noise-makers who get the attention, Americans for the most part pay scanty attention to Costa Rica. Yet this fine little Central American country is one of the bright spots in the troubled hemisphere. It has the highest literacy rate in Latin America. English is virtually the second language. The US system has been its guide and inspiration and the United States is much admired there, which is hardly a universal condition. We'd do well to pay more attention and more honour to this stalwart little republic."

Some years ago, when the Twentieth Century Fund in New York made a survey of Costa Rica and its economy, the group who conducted the study described the country as follows: "The charm of this beautiful republic cannot be conveyed by a mere catalogue of its virtues, though these are impressive enough. The people are highly literate. They are personable, intelligent, happy and good looking.

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