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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 Start Your Heaven Soon?

You've come to the right place if you want to live in a country which many call a new-found Shangri-La or the closest thing to paradise.

This book will show you the ins and outs of living in this idyllic, beautiful country where you'll never feel you're a stranger and where you'll always breath peace and democracy. It's not only that and the exuberant verdure of the vegetation plus the benign climate that make it an ideal place in which to settle.

There are added features which makes it almost a terrestrial paradise and one of them is the character and friendliness of its people. The Costa Ricans are by nature different from other Latin Americans and are noted for their unique character and nature. Further on I'll tell you why. Once in the country, you're sure to like and benefit from this difference and enjoy yourself more than you had expected.

As I mentioned before, this book is not like many others about Costa Rica that have been written and published by foreigners, particularly Americans.. I'll not include a listing of places to sightsee but leave it to the many excellent guide books existing in English. Rather, I'll try to tell how I believe you can become a happy retire e in this marvellous, peaceful and friendly country. Most of my information comes from personal experience and what I believe to be a profound knowledge of the country.

In explaining some characteristics of the idiosyncrasies of the average Costa Rican, a few of them may not be too praiseworthy giving the impression that I may be demoting my own country. But far from it, I love my country and want you to love and admire it too. Many of my appraisals have all been well-intentioned and all have been expressed at one time or another by other Ticos themselves. They're mentioned here because they could be useful to you in the process of your cultural adjustment. Thus, you'll see the pros and cons of the country and find that the positives far outweigh the negatives.

You Can Live at Low-Cost

Costa Rica may seem to be a low-cost living country to one person while expensive to another. By living it out, you'll find for yourself that in either case your income in Dollars will stretch when converted to the local currency of Colones. Some retirees consider that costs in Costa Rica are as much as 60% to 70% lower than in the United States.

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