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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

Costa Rica: Tierra y Poblamiento en la Colonia, Carlos Meléndez, Editorial Costa Rica San José.
La Nación, daily newspaper San José, Costa Rica.
I've Had It - A Practical Guide to Moving Abroad, Robert Hopkins, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1972.
Six Ways to Retire, Paul W. Boynton, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1952.
The Costa Ricans, Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz, Richard Biesanz and Karen Zubris de Biesanza, 1981, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Why Are Ticos So Different, Mavis Biezanz, The Tico Times, 1981,San José, Costa Rica.
The New Key to Costa Rica, Beatrice Blake and Anne Becher, Ulysses Press, 3286 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA94703.
The Costa Rica Traveller, Ellen Searby, Windham Bay Press, P.O. Box, Occidental, CA 95465.
Choose Costa Rica, John Howells, Vacation Publications, 1502 Augusta Drive, Houston, TX 77057.
Making Money in a Business of Your Own in Central America, Frank Thomas Gallardo, Editorial Texto, San José, Costa Rica 1997
Developing and Managing Profitable Rental Real Estate in Costa Rica, Frank Thomas Gallardo, Editorial Texto, San José, Costa Rica.
The Tico Times, weekly English language newspaper , editor Dery Dyer, Apartado Postal 4632-1000, Fax: (506) 233-6378, San José, Costa Rica, Excellent coverage of local news and interesting feature stories.
Costa Rica Real Estate Magazine, Cremag, S.A. Fax: 290-6529, San José, Costa Rica.
Modern Maturity Magazine, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) E St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20049.
Harvard Men's Health Watch newsletter, 10 Shattuck St., 6th Floor, Boston MA 02115.
Berkeley Wellness Letter, University of California, Health Letter Associates, P.O. Box 412 Prince Street, Station, New York, NY 10012-0007.
Símbolos Nacionales de Costa Rica, Librería Universal (bookstore and print-shop), sells books, maps, and school supplies. San José.
Costarricense por dicha, Ivan Molina Jiménez, Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, 2003.

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