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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 late November and early December starts coming a nice breeze from the north bringing with it an invigorating coolness. It's on some nights in December and the first two weeks in January that you might want to use a thicker or extra blanket especially if you live in the higher mountain areas.

Since April is the warmest month of the year and the end of summer or dry season, you can expect the typical daily temperatures to be rather high during the day but cool at night.

Following are average temperatures for five cities given in Fahrenheit degrees:
San José: High 75.4, Low 61.8 (Central Intermountain Valley)
Alajuela: High 87.4, Low 67.4 (Central Intermountain Valley)
Puntarenas: High .92.5, Low 77.3 (Central Pacific Coast)
Limón: High, 84.3, Low 70.3 (Caribbean Coast)
Liberia: High 96.9, Low 68.5 (North-western Coast & Plains)
There the dry season extends a month or more than it does in the Central Valley.

Along the Pacific Coast of middle and southern Costa Rica (from Tárcoles to the border with Panama) the climate is not entirely dry during the dry season but has frequent afternoon showers. There the pastures stay green throughout the year whereas in most of Guanacaste all vegetation dries up until the first rains start again.

Practically all of the northern part of the country to the border with Nicaragua is within the big Atlantic Lowland which also encompasses the Province of Limón. There you have rain throughout the year with a short dry period in September and October. The inhabitants of Limon take advantage of this somewhat dry spell to celebrate their Columbus Day Carnival. Where it rains daily, most chores are done in the morning as the showers generally start coming after mid-day. There you won't find the very low humidity that you have in southern California or Central Chile.

From the above you can see that Costa Rica has many climates to choose from and all within easy reach. Thus, if you have a heart or lung problem which can be alleviated by simply changing climate, you can make the change easily and most probably at no great cost. One can say, therefore, that you can literally take your pick of cool, warm, wet or dry weather. It's like having it custom-made to your liking.


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