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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

You Can Adjust Slowly and Happily

As a retiree going to live abroad, you'll find it easier to adjust to a new place and culture if you have the basic personality traits of emotional maturity, self-reliance, flexibility and confidence. And you'll adapt quicker if you start to learn the language as soon as possible even if at first you have to gesticulate to be understood. You really don't have to write it, just speak it so that you can get along. In most Latin countries much is said with gestures and hand and arm movements. In a short time you'll be approaching locals with ease and developing a network of friends.

In your plans of retirement you probably have often asked yourself what you will do with your time there. Fear of boredom has always been uppermost in the minds of many of those about to retire. They don't want to just sit around, but spend their days doing something useful which will make them feel satisfied. Self-expression is uppermost in the minds of many.

Many would also like to make a little money on the side perhaps with a small part-time production or service business of their own for fun and profit. Others would prefer to volunteer at local social service agencies, take their hobbies seriously and travel the globe. In the latter case, you would use Costa Rica as your base from which to travel as many expatriate retirees are currently doing.

For your own mental well-being and satisfaction consider your retirement as a transition -- a new phase in your life. Not the end of the road. If you haven't done so already, consider that you'll be terminating your job but you'll be moving on to another one of your liking or another career. This new phase in your life will enable you to take better control of your time.

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