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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

This information was printed and accurate in 2004 - 2005. The population census is from July 2000.

Total population: 3,810,179 (July 2000 census
San José, capital city: 716,286
Urban: 59% - Rural: 41%
Annual population increase: 2.8%
Density: 75 inhabitants per sq. km.
Aborigenes: 63,800, Black: 72,784, Chinese:7800
The rest: white and mestizo
Provinces (7): San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Limón, (81 counties and 449 districts)
Borders: North-Nicaragua, East:-Caribbean Sea, West:Pacific Ocean, South: Panama
Area: 51,100-km². (includes Cocos Island on the Pacific
Maximun length: 464 km from the Sapoá River on the north to Burica Point on the south
Maximum width : 259 km from Cape Santa Elena on the Pacific to mouth of the Colorado River on the Caribbean.
Highest mountain: Chirripó (altitude 3820 meters above sea level)
Largest crater: Poás Volcano (one ofthe largest craters in the world) Climate: tropical: cool highlands and warm lowlands.
Type of government: Democratic Republic with a president, two vice-presidents and 57 diputados (senators) elected every four years
Four powers: executive, legislative, judicial, and elector.


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