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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

The idealization of democracy; the 'easy' Catholicism; and the value of their life of culture rather than of technology. Those observations made by the Biesanzs in 1944 and then in 1981 still hold true.

Their son Barry Biesanz owns and operates one of the best fine woodworking shops in the country located up in the nice Bello Horizonte residential area in the Escazú hills.

Rodolfo Cerdas, reputable political annalist and columnist for La Nación in September 2002 also wrote about the things that differentiate Costa Ricans from the people of other countries of the region. He explained that when the invading filibuster William Walker was defeated by the Costa Rican forces in 1856, the prisoners that were brought to San José were given a very human treatment and not imprisoned. Instead of receiving hatred and anger, they received food and forgiveness. Some even were invited to partake in the festivities celebrating the Costa Rican victory. Years later, one of the men who had fought for Walker and who had returned to the States, went back to try to understand why in Costa Rica there was no hatred and violence, but peace, work and solidarity.

He found then that the Costa Ricans were not belligerent but a peace loving people, and that education and solidarity took preference over military violence and a lack of interest in education that existed among its neighbours. Through the years, Costa Rica has become better developed than the other countries of the region mainly because of the emphasis it continued to give to education, equal opportunities, justice, social development and adherence to the law besides abolishing the array. All this, of course, causes its northern neighbours, except Panama on the south, to not like Costa Ricans very much but to look at them with an envious eye.

The late Costa Rican professor Rafael Obregon in his Geografía Patria writes: "in the centre of beautiful America there is a happy and fruitful nation of a virile, industrious race...Costa Rica..... Its soil is so varied and fertile and encloses such rich treasures that it stands out on the map of the world like a beautiful garden".

I could go on and on reproducing laudatory expressions by international writers extolling the many virtues of the country. But the best thing is for you to see and experience everything yourself and then decide if what those observers wrote is true or exaggerated.

Tourists Arrive in Growing Numbers

Each year more tourists aboard cruise ships arrive at the ports of Puntarenas, Caldera and Limón to take a glimpse of the country despite the recession being experience internationally. During the

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