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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

All these actions taken by Costa Rica over many years speak well of the country's tradition-that of giving a helpful hand to foreigners in need and offering political stability and respect for the human being - things which are uncommon in many countries. Perhaps that's another reason why people of other nationalities have been arriving in Costa Rica in greater numbers to retire, work, and invest. It's nice to be in a place where you can live in peace, feel accepted and be free of any religious or racial prejudices.

Americans and Europeans

These have played a very important part in the economic development of the country. The United Fruit Company, owned by Americans, pioneered banana cultivation in the Atlantic Lowland and developed it to such a degree that in 1911Costa Rica was the #1 world banana exporter. Even today banana growing in Costa Rica leads the world in productivity per acre. United Fruit created the ports of Golfito and Quepos on the south-western Pacific Coast and introduced banana and African oil palm cultivation in those areas. My own father came to Puerto Limón from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in 1910 to fill the position of buyer / storekeeper for the Costa Rica Railway Company, a subsidiary of United Fruit. He, of course, married a lovely Tica, my mother, Rosa Gallardo Volio.

Germans had a big hand in coffee growing. Through the years members of these three nationalities have intermarried with Ticas and established many successful businesses which are in operation today. Besides introducing know-how and disciplined work ethics, they have acted as important catalysts in the country's economic development. Drawn by growing opportunities, democracy, political stability, and a peaceful environment, more Americans,. Germans and Italians continue to arrive for pleasure, business and retirement.

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