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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

The United States' Best Friend in Latin America

On December 7, 1941, just a few hours after Japan had bombarded Pearl Harbour, the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica took action immediately and declared war on Japan and the Axis even before the United States Congress did. The majority of the radio listeners in the States, who were waiting for more news about Pearl Harbour, had no idea where Costa Rica was and many confused it with Puerto Rico. Just a few days after that tragic attack, Costa Rica confined all Japanese, Germans and Italians in special shelters in San José and expropriated their properties.

Many were sent to camps in Canada. After the war, all properties were returned to their legal owners. On occasion of the New York and Washington tragedies of September 11, 2001, Costa Rica immediately offered its moral support to the government and people of the United States and strongly condemned terrorism. And in September 2004, in memory oft hose who died in that sorrowful event, a beautiful monument was erected in a small park in western San José.

In March 2003, President Abel Pacheco allied the country with the United States in its fight against Hussein considering that by doing so it was rebuking totalitarism, terrorism and the threat of future biological attacks by the Iraqi dictator. This stance was taken despite strong opposition by the majority of the Costa Ricans who felt that Pacheco's stance was not in accordance with the country's long-standing reputation of peace. And because the United States had taken a unilateral position and not waited for the United Nation to finish its arms investigations in Iraq.

Economically, the United States has been Costa Rica's principal export market since it buys more than 50% of the latter's goods and services. The Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) over the years has made large contributions to Costa Rica through its various programs of aid particularly in the fields of agriculture, industry, and health. This shows that the two countries have been reciprocally beneficial to each and that Costa Rica has always been very friendly with the United States. It shows too that. Costa Rica welcomes Americans and other well-meaning foreigners who come to live in the country. In March 1963, on arrival in San Jose, President Kennedy drew the greatest crowd seen until then in the country's history. This event has never been forgotten by this writer. That visit has been surpassed only by Pope John Paul 11 who on March 1983 arrived in San José for a 3 days visit.


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