Exploring Costa Rica Culture
Stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, lakes and islands, Costa Rica is an uber environment-friendly country with a strong commitment to preserving natural resources. Costa Ricans tend to be proud, friendly, and diverse people who enjoy sharing their culture and social activities with newcomers. Costa Rica is the place of pura vida (pure life), a contagious attitude of living life to the fullest. In fact, Costa Rica is the world’s happiest country according to the Happy Planet index!
Costa Ricans call themselves “ticos,” and you’ll often hear them demonstrate their national pride by describing something as “muy tico,” or “very Costa Rican.” Costa Rica does not have a national military, which demonstrates just how ingrained values of democracy, peace, and political freedom are in Costa Rica culture.