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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

Want to Fish?

If you like fly-fishing, you can make good catches of rainbow trout in numerous inland mountain streams as well as bass at Lake Arenal in the northern part oft he country. Some farmers in the Santa María de Dota, Orosi Valley and areas around the towns of Grecia and Naranjo have built ponds and stocked them with trout for recreational public fishing as a way of supplementing their agricultural income. Almost all supply the line and hook and charge by the pound for any fish caught. Tarpon are plentiful in the inland waterway Canales de Tortuguero, which extend from Puerto Limon north to the border with Nicaragua. At Caño Negro on the northern part of the San Carlos region you can fish for garfish. For deep sea fishing, which is quite expensive, you can try the Quepos area in the south Pacific and most of the north Pacific coast. There you'll find giant sailfish, swordfish, and tuna besides many smaller species. It's very likely you'll never return without a good catch. In October 2001, the government stocked in the artificial lakes at Sabana Park thousands of tilapia and carp for sports fishermen.

Like to Bird-Watch?

If you're bent on watching birds, you'll probably see in Costa Rica more kinds than you've ever seen elsewhere. From the majestic red macaw and quetzal to tiny multi-colour hummingbirds and beautiful toucans, you'll feel you're in a birder's paradise. Several thousand birdwatchers arrive in Costa Rica annually to see them. Also there's a local birdwatchers association which goes on occasional one or two day trips into national parks and holds short courses conducted by expert ornithologists. Perhaps you'd like to join the Birding Club (Tel / Fax: 267-7197 or go on the annual Christmas Bird Counts ( Tel / Fax: 293-2710) and tally all you can see.

Golf, Bowling and Tennis?

For golfers, the country now offers more places to play as local citizens in recent years have begun to take greater interest in the game. Though in Costa Rica golf is still considered a rich man's game, this attitude is gradually changing as businessmen and top executives begin to realize that the sport offers the opportunity to make new friendships and close business deals. Some of the courses have been designed by well known American link designers. In playing during the rainy season, try to do it in the mornings so you won't be caught in the afternoon showers.

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