Retirement: Belen, Costa Rica

It's Civilized, and It's Wild

Los Angeles chiropractor Jim Beverlin, 72, fell in love twice in 1987--first with Costa Rica, which has become his adopted homeland, then with one of its citizens, Sigrid Rocio, who became his wife. Beverlin is not alone in his love of Costa Rica and its people. The spectacular landscape and the embracing warmth of the literate, cosmopolitan populace have captured the hearts of an estimated 50,000 other American retirees who have made this Central American country their home.

Beverlin's marriage eased his adjustment to his adopted country, since spouses of Costa Ricans are automatically entitled to be residents. For Americans without...

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