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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

In the San José area there are numerous activities available for the enjoyment of the old and young alike. If you like classical music, Costa Rica has an excellent National Symphony which plays occasionally at the splendorous Teatro Nacional. This theatre is the country's foremost architectural jewel with a great likeness to the Paris Opera House. Its construction in the 1890s was financed by the 13 largest coffee growers one of whom was Augusto Gallardo Prieto, my maternal grandfather. If you like band music, concerts are held Thursdays and Sundays in the Central Parks of the cities of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, and Cartago. If you know Spanish well and like the theatre, there are more than 10 in San Jose with plays held every night.

Join a Social Club

One way to meet people and make new friends is by joining one of the several social clubs existing in and around the city of San José or perhaps a little further. All have swimming pools and some have tennis courts. I suggest visiting them before making a choice. Membership costs vary and most offer suitable payment plans. Search in the phone book. Here are a few of the better known:

Bello Horizonte Country Club, Escazú, 228-0924
Centro Campero Los Reyes, La Guácima Aajuela, 438-004
Club Hípico La Caraña, Rio Oro, Santa Ana, 282-6106
Club La Guaria, La Guaria, Moravia, 235-7497
Club Punta Leona, Central Pacific Coast, 232-5485
Club Union, C.2 Av 1/3, {aristocratic} downtown, 257-1555
Costa Rica Country Club, (expensive) Escazú, 228-9333
Club Campestre El Castillo, San Rafael Heredia, 267-7111
Costa Rica Tennis Club, south Sabana Park

Like to Dance?

San Jose has plenty of night life and you can find everything from discos to special night clubs. Most Costa Ricans enjoy dancing and there are many places where you can do it. If you want to learn certain steps or improve your current skills on the dance floor, various schools offer the best techniques which you can learn. Doctors worldwide agree that dancing is one of the best types of body exercises existing. No wonder many oldsters, when asked what they consider has contributed to their longevity, comment that dancing was an important activity that has added vigour to their lives. Retirees in Costa Rica should consider this.

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