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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

Should you eventually choose Costa Rica and make the move I 'm sure you won't be sorry. I must mention here that no place on earth is perfect. Paradise or heaven are very personal and each person has his own opinion as to what constitutes one or the other. I believe, however, that in Costa Rica you'll be able to live happily and peacefully in a good, practically custom-made climate where you breath democracy 24 hours a day and where you can wake up the next day with great optimism and faith in the future.

Ticos have a good longevity record mainly because of the excellent government's universal healthcare system which was established in the early 1940s covering most of the people and urging them to take care of their health. You too should try make use of this service. That this policy has paid off can be seen in the national medical statistics indicating that mortality has decreased and longevity increased making the final results very positive for the country as a whole.

And who knows? In this friendly country, you might even live to be ninety or become a centenarian. At least you can strive for it. I know of several expatriates who are already in their middle 90s. And as mentioned in the foreword of this book, a 2004 study of longevity in Costa Rica by the Central American Population Center found that the life expectancy of men who had reached the age of 80 was to live 8.4 more years, and for women, an additional 9 years. That placed Costa Rica in first place in the world even ahead of the United States, Japan and Australia which traditionally have been leaders in this respect, as well as the rest of the developed countries that also have high longevity ratings for their populations.

President Abel Pacheco's grammar grade schoolteacher celebrated her 100th birthday not long ago. Maybe in the future you too will be fortunate to celebrate your own along with other forthcoming centenarians. Good wishes to YOU. Perhaps I was not too far off when in the title of this book I said that

This is The Place to Start Your Heaven

After you've lived in Costa Rica a few years and made comparisons with other countries, I think you'll agree.

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