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Costa Rican culture is a vibrant blend of indigenous cultures and Spanish colonial influence, with a dash of Jamaican, Chinese and other immigrant cultures lending character and customs. The result is a nation of faithful, friendly and happy people. A nation whose official language is Spanish, but where large portions of the populations speak English, Bribri, creole Maketelyu, and Mandarin Chinese as their first languages. A nation proud to be without an army (Costa Ricans disbanded their armed forces in 1949). A nation with a long history of public services, including education and healthcare, available to all. A nation proud to share its cultural riches.


  • Ticos — The People of Costa Rica

    Ticos — The People of Costa Rica

    With European, Afro-caribbean and South American influences, Costa Rica has become a true cultural melting pot. With over 4 million inhabitants, the country’s ethnic pool is mostly conformed by mestizos, castizos and criollos, as well...

  • ¡Pura Vida! Costa Rica Lifestyle

    ¡Pura Vida! Costa Rica Lifestyle

    If you’ve been to Costa Rica, or if you’re planning on coming to Costa Rica, one term you should be familiar with is “Pura Vida” (pronounces poo-rah vee-dah). Simply translated, it means “simple life” or “pure life”,...

  • Costa Rican Art

    Costa Rican Art

    Costa Rica isn’t particularly renowned for its art and has throughout history remained a viewer more than a creator. However as appreciators of the arts, Costa Rican government organizations usually put great care into the...

  • Museums


    Costa Rica also has a rich culture that blends the customs of the nation's indigenous tribes with the strong European influences first established by the Spanish colonists who landed here in the 16th century. The best places to explore...

  • Theaters


    Costa Rica has many rich cultural offerings that should not be missed, including plenty of theaters. In fact, Ticos love the theater so much that Costa Rica boasts more theaters per capita than any other country in the world, some of...

  • Music


    Costa Rican music is as varied as the cultural influences from which it sprang. Music in the Caribbean tends to include more African beats and show reggae influences. Afro-Caribbean music like calypso, reggae and rumba are popular in...

  • Indigenous Art and Crafts

    Indigenous Art and Crafts

    Making local crafts is one of the few profitable economic activities Costa Rican indigenous tribes pursue. This ancestral heritage is more than just a manner to provide incomes.

  • Semana Santa

    Semana Santa

    Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week, is a major Catholic holiday celebrated the world over. Costa Rica is no exception. Traditions run deep during this special week for Ticos (Costa Ricans), and everyone enjoys their much anticipated...

  • Churches in Costa Rica

    Churches in Costa Rica

    Churches represent one of the most endearing architecture displays in Costa Rica. The different styles, materials and periods represented in the buildings can be seen as journey through the country´s history.

  • Costa Rica’s Top 5 Cultural Events

    Costa Rica’s Top 5 Cultural Events

    Costa Rica is much more than just beautiful beaches and breathtaking tropical landscapes. Once here, you can explore the culture, different traditions and festivities its citizens celebrate.

  • Costa Rica Products

    Costa Rica Products

    Costa Rica is famous for its colorful culture, which is well represented in the variety of souvenirs found in souvenir shops. From woven hammocks, to miniature ox-carts, red, yellow, blue and purple hues predominate Costa Rican...

  • Top Costa Rican Souvenirs

    Top Costa Rican Souvenirs

    There's no way of going wrong with these when coming back home from Costa Rica. This list of Top Costa Rican Souvenirs has something for everyone on your list.

  • Costa Rica Coffee

    Costa Rica Coffee

    Nowadays Costa Rica is famous for its gourmet coffee beans, with the famous Tarrazu considered among the finest beans in the world. Along with bananas, coffee might just be the most famous Costa Rican export.

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