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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

On occasions I go to ferias because there you can find certain fruits and vegetables not offered at supermarkets. Besides, it's nice to see the large quantities of fresh produce on display. For the buyer who wants to get the very lowest price, he should go there about one or two hours before closing time which is at mid-day. Wanting to return home quickly with their trucks empty, the farmers will lower their prices to the maximum and you'll get a real bargain. You'll always save by buying at the ferias as prices at the supermarkets are much higher.

I prefer to go there earlier so I can get the best fruits and vegetables. But I don't like to haggle with farmers realizing that agriculture is a very risky activity and that these hard working agriculturists must put up with unreliable weather, high interest rates for loans, fluctuations in demand and other hardships. It's hard work raising crops especially in the tropics and many times the farmer sees no profit at all from his efforts.

Prices of fruits and vegetables depend on the months and season. For example, melons, cashews, watermelons, zapotes (from the sapota tree), aquacades and caimitos (star apples) are at their lowest price from January through March. These come mostly from the Orotina area. Although there's no similarity between aquacades and eggs, it's a known fact in Costa Rica that when the aquacade season starts, consumption of eggs drops. Nobody has been able to explain why. Mangoes start coming in during late March and continue through July.

Throughout the year you'll find practically all those fruits but at varying prices. The best guanábanas (custard apples) come from Limon Province. Nísperos (medIar fruit) and guayabas are in season during October. Puriscal and Acosta are known for their good oranges, grapefruit and tangerines. Peaches and small apples are grown in the Los Santos area and some are now being imported from Chile. The Costa Rican apples are small and have a slightly acid taste which many people like. Plums arrive from Guatemala while Nicaragua supplies some aquacades and watermelons. The only big red apples available are from Oregon and Washington State. Costa Rica grows excellent organic vegetables available in all large food stores though at a higher price. From time t o time grapes are grown in Costa Rica but they are not as sweet as the ones coming from California and Chile.

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