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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

Being Precautious Is Best Advice

In general, books written for tourists, retirees and investors don't mention much about burglary and crime. They skip over the subject because delving into it might scare off possible arrivals. But feel that the story must be told as it really is with no sidetracking.

There are thieves and criminals all over the world and Costa Rica is no exception. But by taking the proper precautions, you can protect yourself and will have greater peace of mind. You won't find as many savage crimes that you hear about in the rest of the Central American countries. Costa Ricans seem to be more humane, at least up until now. If necessary, they'll shoot directly at you with a pistol, but won't chop you up into little pieces with a machete and throw them into a garbage bag as has happened many times throughout the rest of the region.

I don't want to scare you, but to feel greater security; it's a good idea to live in a house or apartment that has iron bars on its windows and doors. When a foreigner arrives in any of the larger cities in Costa Rica, one of the first things he notices is that practically all homes and commercial establishments are protected with iron bars. The dwelling won't gain in embellishment, but at least it will make you feel safer.

Barring windows and doors doesn't mean you're to be a target for burglars but it's simply a precaution to take. However, even these are not too safe if they're not made and installed properly. It's common for thieves to get their hands through window lattices and take articles left close-by. If you're to build your house, be sure to put bars. There are good artisans who do excellent ironwork and can make attractive designs for you.

First Time Robbed at Home Is A Record

In my 50 years of living in upscale residential areas in San José, my house has been broken into only once and that was during the day by two young men. While one stayed on a motorcycle with the motor on in front of the house, the other broke in by forcing the front door. Fortunately the only thing they stole was a TV set which the next day was to go to a repair shop. He did open drawers and closets and found no jewels or money.

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