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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

Following are some of the principal dance schools:

Academia de Baile Merecumbé has seven locations in the San José area. For information call: l Escazú 289-4774 l Rohrmoser - Pavas 220- 2119 l Alajuela 442-3536 l Tibás 240-8511 l Heredia 237-9851 l Desamparados 219-8787. This academy offers popular dances and charges a small registration fee plus a monthly fee l Kinesis Academia de Baile-in Alajuela 440-0822. Registration plus monthly fee l Academia de Baile Malecón-in San José. 255-0378. Monthly fee but no registration fee l Academia de Baile Kurubandé in Desamparados 219-2363. Flat monthly fee l Academia de Bailes Latinos in San José 233-8938. Charges per hour.

All these schools offer popular dance or baile popular which includes bolero, Cumbia, Meringue, salsa, considered the main ones and, of course, swing and rock-and-roll in case you don't already know them from back home. A few schools even teach tango though it's not popular in Costa Rica. All offer group and individual classes at all levels - beginners to advanced dancers - so you can take your pick. Classes are offered during the day and night, the latter being preferred. Group classes generally meet once or twice a week for two hours at a time and for a duration of three months.

Going to a Gym?

Several retirees whom I know regularly go to a gym two or three times a week for a short workout. It's a way to keep muscles in tone and lose a few pounds, but, above all, it's a way to meet more people and probably start new friendships. Before signing up at any of the various gyms existing, be sure you have a specific objective in mind. What do you want to achieve: lose weight, increase your muscular mass, recuperate from an injury, or simply fight nervous tension?

Once you've determined your objective in line with your age, and keeping in mind that you want to enjoy yourself, it's much easier to design a work plan together with your instructor. Besides weight-lifting, aerobics, stationary bicycling, and martial arts, there are other activities within the gym which you can undertake. Remember, however, that to make a go of it, besides sufficient motivation, you must be patient and persistent.

You can find many gyms listed in the phone book and there is the Asociación Costarricense de Gimnasia (East Sabana, 255-0009) which can give you good information. Each gym has its own scale of fees and diversity of equipment. Call for prices. The most modern and best equipped in the country appears to be Fitsimons located in south Sabana Park.

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