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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 JosÚ
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

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Persons who have a pulmonary problem such as bronchitis or are allergic to humid cool weather and still want to live close to the city of San JosÚ should locate in the western part of the Central Valley. I have friends and relatives who, by simply moving 10-15 miles from Sabanilla or San Isidro de Coronado on the east to Escaz˙ or Santa Ana on the west, stopped having pulmonary and breathing problems. The latter two areas are lower in altitude, warmer and drier. A 6 year old child of a friend of mine was always suffering from bronchitis. By simply moving 8 miles west on his doctor's orders, he soon found relief.

Forty years ago it was usual for many wealthier families of San JosÚ and Cartago to spend their week ends at such places as San Antonio de BelÚn in Heredia, Rio Segundo in Alajuela, Santa Ana and Villa Colˇn because of their warmer climate. This was particularly true of persons having heart problems. They found relief by locating at the lower, warmer altitudes of denser air.

On the flanks of Iraz˙ Volcano, where temperatures are very cool though not freezing, the people living on the dairy and potato farms have a noticeably very white complexion with many of the children and young women showing enviable rosy cheeks. Up until the late 1960s there existed a few miles from the town of Tierra Blanca a very good sanatorium to cure tuberculosis. It had been established there because of the area's cold dry climate -- a locality with a climate similar to the Colorado Rockies though less cold and minus the snow. The sanatorium's fame brought patients even from other Central American countries and Panama. It was closed in the 1960s because by then the disease had been practically eradicated in Costa Rica and there were not enough patients to justify the expense of maintaining it open. Though today hospitals report some cases of tuberculosis, there are no plans to reopen the old sanatorium.

Out in the west-northwest part of the country and going to the Pacific Coast, all within Guanacaste Province where the terrain is mostly low and flat you have hot weather throughout the year. There the dry season extends a month or more than it does in the Central Valley.


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