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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

Why Others Search for a Place Abroad?

There are many reasons why anyone chooses to live in a country other than his own and we've mentioned them. As conscientious objectors during the Korean War, the Quakers emigrated for religious reasons; the Italians did it for economic motives. Some other reasons are: an unattractive climate, heavy taxation, high cost of living, not very congenial social surroundings, inability to live on a small pension or a low Social Security check, or simply to get away from the rat race and ultra-speed living. In more recent years, searching for peace and tranquillity has become a prime motivator to emigrate.

The most powerful motive, however, especially for younger men, appears to be a desire inherent in most persons to better themselves financially-spend less and an opportunity to make more. The economic motive behind migration is especially strong. The idea that money is easier to earn in another country (although it's not always true) induces many Americans and other foreigners, not necessarily retirees, to live elsewhere. Living on less money than they can in their homeland is a powerful reason. They want to be able to make more and stretch their income more.

Many persons who are fed up with the life they're living at home feel that elsewhere, perhaps abroad, they can take better control of their lives and live better and happier. Of those retiring abroad, many stay there permanently and prefer eventually to die and be buried there. After years of residence abroad, others prefer to return to their countries of birth drawn mostly by nostalgic memories of youth in their previous homeland surroundings. As mentioned before, this has been the case with many of the young Italians who arrived in southern Costa Rica in 1952 from their poverty-stricken country and who now in their 70s and 80s have decided to return to their former home. But will they find their old friends? After so many years, many of them have had died or gone elsewhere.


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