Costa Rica Travel Guide

In this guide, you will find everything you need to know of Costa Rica, and to prepare for the trip of your dreams.


Costa Rica is a country characterized by its pluriculturality; It is a mestizo country. There is initially influence of the indigenous and European culture, and later also Afro-Caribbean and Asian. This makes it possible to perceive very diverse social and cultural scenarios in each sector of the country, according to their offspring, but it can be said that most Costa Ricans are governed by the same pattern: "Pura Vida" and a style of Simple life.

Costa Rican Typical Oxcart

Tico is a kind, trustworthy person who will always try to help. They are very bad giving directions and this is because their roads are poorly marked or at least people do not bother to learn the names of the roads. Some typical dishes of Costa Rican gastronomy are roasted chickpeas, chorreadas, tender elote, webbed tortillas, Caribbean rice and beans, and of course, coffee. Creole dishes and with a very particular flavor. The area of ​​Guanacaste is characterized by keeping alive the most typical traditions of the country, so it is a destination that can not be missed if you want to experience the cultural aspect of the country.

Painting, literature, poetry, sculpture, music and art dye every corner of the country, making Costa Rica a destination full of different colors, smells, and sensations, a sincere country, a different country.

An undeniable feature of Costa Rican culture is the passion for football; Every Sunday the country - almost whole - is completely paralyzed to see the teams of each province facing each other. It is a truly awesome experience for anyone who is not accustomed to living a sport with such passion. For the 2012 World Cup, the Costa Rican Football Team played a historic role in the quarterfinals, leaving behind rivals such as Italy, England, Uruguay, and Greece. Thousands of people threw themselves into the streets of San José to celebrate, workplaces were given free to all their employees and the whole country breathe soccer for an entire day.


Costa Rica is recognized worldwide by the "Pura Vida"; For a person who is not native to Costa Rica it is really confusing to try to understand the use that is given to the phrase, since Tico uses it in many different ways, for example:

As a greeting:

-Hello, pura vida?

-Pura Vida.

As thanks:

"Here's what you asked for."

-Pura Vida.

To refer to a good person

- That girl is pura vida!

And many more uses, but that in the end can be summed up in a relaxed, calm, spontaneous and vivacious lifestyle that is reflected in most Costa Ricans, and that, just living with them for a few days, becomes more than evident . It is impossible not to be infected with the simplicity and happiness with which the Ticos live, for what they call the happiest country in the world.

Some interesting places to know a little more about the history and cultural wealth of the country are:

- National Museum of Costa Rica

-Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

- Numismatic Museum Jaime Solera Bennett

- Jade Museum

- Costa Rican Art Museum

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