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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

Easy to Find Help and Live Comfortably

Some persons tend to measure their standard of living solely in concrete, very material terms such as the size and make of their cars and appliances. They forget that the size of the house does not give them a true measure of its physical comfort. In Costa Rica foreigners can live comfortably with less than they would in their American, European or Asiatic homelands. This has been said before.

To find the amenities of life you want for yourself in your new homeland you must search carefully for them by talking with other persons, reading the ads in the newspapers, and mixing locally. You can find houses and apartments for rent in nice suburban areas and in the countryside by diligently searching and enlisting the help of bi-lingual real estate brokers. It costs you no money. The owner of the property pays the broker. House-rentals range anywhere from three hundred to three thousand dollars a month. The price depends mainly on the exclusiveness of the area, size of the property, or convenience and closeness to transportation facilities, schools, supermarkets, churches, malls and cultural and recreation opportunities.

You can hire a maid for a minimum of $200 a month to do the clothes washing, cooking, and house cleaning. Whether she is to live-in and stay in your home's service quarters or come to work daily from her house is a matter for you to decide. Sometimes, and if time permits, they can even do a few extras for you as gardening, washing your car, buying food at a nearby store or going on an errand. But in all cases, don't hard drive your domestic or other servers. Be humane and they will very likely respond positively.

In recent years many Costa Rican girls, who in the past might have taken on housework for others, are now entering other types of labour as going to work in factories or offices. Many of the ones from rural areas, who in the past would ordinarily come to the city to serve in homes as domestics, are now trying to get an education and attend school. The vacuum being left by Costa Rican women in the housework field is currently being filled mostly by immigrant Nicaraguans and Salvadorans. Many of these also do good work and are trustworthy.

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