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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

Wrapping It All Up

For many years the country has been attracting a great number of retirees from abroad. And after the New York terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, the number has considerably increased. But finding greater peace alone should not be the only factor to take into account when time comes for making a decision of where to retire.

The retiree should also consider many other factors, traditions, and reputation of the country, stature of its democracy, climate, cost of living, friendliness of the people, cultural and healthcare facilities, importance given the environment, closeness to needed services, and easy accessibility to beaches and mountains, plus the availability of good international transportation facilities. In all these and other points, Costa Rica scores high.

Although the Ticos still consider themselves to be quite different in their nature and character from the peoples of the other Latin American countries, the continuous globalization process and exposure to other cultures have been causing some cultural changes which are not of the best. Unfortunately, it's apparent that the Tico is gradually losing part of his identity. Nonetheless, despite the adoption of certain customs from abroad, Costa Rica is still considered to be unique in its national personality and that, plus the country's reputation of being a politically safe haven and a land of peace, beauty and opportunity, keep immigration growing.

While not all immigrants are good ones, many of the ones that have arrived to date are supplying badly needed labour in both physical and intellectual pursuits. Most have successfully integrated themselves into the Tico way of life and are helping to produce national wealth. Some of the retirees who are financially better off establish their own businesses which make a further contribution to the country's welfare. All immigrants, whether investors or not, spend much of their money buying domestically all of the goods and services they need. And that's good for the country.

Therefore, because of the numerous benefits they give to the country, Costa Rica welcomes well-meaning foreign retirees and other immigrants. But before you decide to locate in the country, study others, compare and see which ones interest you most and finally, pick the one you consider to be the best for you and your family. I still believe Costa Rica is the best deal, but it's up to you to decide.

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