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Home / Preface
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

Residents' Association of Costa Rica (ARCR),
Tel: (506) 233- 1017, Fax: (506) 222-7862, Apartado Postal 1191-1007 Calle 40, Av.6, San José.

Colegio de Abogados de Costa Rica,
(Costa Rica Bar Association), Zapote, San José, Tel: (506) 253-1947.

Cámara Costarricense de Corredores de Costa Rica,
(Costa Rican Chamber of Real Estate Agents) Apartado Postal 1006-2100, Guadalupe, San José, Tel: (506) 283-0192, (506) 283-2385.

Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos de Costa Rica,
(Federated Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica), Tel: (506) 224-7322, Curridabat, San José.

Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce,
Apartado Postal 4946-1000, Tel: (506) 220-2300, Fax: (506) 220-2300, North Sabana, San José, http://www.amcham.or.cr. U.S. Mailing Address of the Chamber, AmCham Costa Rica SJO 1576 P.O. Box 025216, Miami, FL. 33102-5216.

Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, ICT
(Costa Rican Tourism Institute) Downtown, San José, Tel: (506) 223-1733 Fax: (506) 255-4997.

Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo, CINDE,
(Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives) Apartado Postal 7170-1000, Tel: (506) 299-2800, La Uruica, San José http://www.cinde.or.cr.

Ministerio de Comercio Exterior, COMEX,
(Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Commerce), Tel: (506) 256-7111/ Fax: (506) 233-9176 Calle 40, Paseo Colón, San José. Has available a detailed investor's guide 'Manual del Inversionista', containing all requirements for starting a business in Costa Rica and incentives offered the investor. It's now available in English.


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