Travel Costa Rica | 50 Fun, Crazy, and Interesting Facts About Costa Rica! (Part 1)

October 7, 2015
  1. Costa Rica vacations, surf costa rica, surfing costa rica, costa rica surfing, vacations in costa rica, costa rica vacations, costa rica rentals, rentals in costa rica, condos costa rica, costa rica condos, hotels in costa rica, costa rica hotels, jaco vacations, playa jaco costa rica, jaco beach, mal pais vacations, santa teresa vacations, Los Suenos rentals, jaco night life, costa rica night life, Costa Rica dining, Kaya Jaco, Costa Rica beach, Kaya Costa RicaCosta Rican people aren’t called “Costa Ricans” but have their own national nickname, ‘Ticos” for men and “Ticas” for women.
  2. Costa Rica is a small country, only 19,700 square miles, or lightly smaller than Lake Michigan.
  3. Do you like beaches? Costa Rica has 800 miles of coastline, both on the Atlantic and Pacific side of the country, with some of the nicest beaches you’ll ever see.
  4. Located on the Central American peninsula, Costa Rica borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south.
  5. Although it’s a small nation, 129th on the list of worldwide land masses and only taking up .03% of planet’s surface, Costa Rica holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity!
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    20,000 species of spiders and 34,000 species of insects in Costa Rica.
  7. Over 25% of the landmass of Costa Rica is protected national parks and refuges.
  8. The national saying in Costa Rica is “Pura vida” which translates to “pure life.” This feel-good, sunny expression is used for almost any purpose, including as a greeting, a goodbye, or to ask how someone is doing.
  9. They don’t have four seasons in Costa Rica like in the United States or Canada, only a dry season, running December to April, and a rainy season, running around May to November.
  10. The average life expectancy for a Tico or Tica is 77 years, which makes them some of the longest-living people in the world.
  11. Costa Rica had a female president, Laura Chinchilla, who served from 2010 to 2014.Costa Rica is famous for having no standing army.  In fact, the ability to have an army was constitutionally abolished back in 1949.That makes it one of only a handful of countries with no military force, including Andorra, Liechtenstein, the Vatican, Samoa, Nauru, Kiribati and other tiny island-states, as well as nations who have a paramilitary force that’s not state-mandated, like Iceland, Haiti, Monaco, Mauritius, Vanuatu an Panama.
  12. Costa Rica vacations, surf costa rica, surfing costa rica, costa rica surfing, vacations in costa rica, costa rica vacations, costa rica rentals, rentals in costa rica, condos costa rica, costa rica condos, hotels in costa rica, costa rica hotels, jaco vacations, playa jaco costa rica, jaco beach, mal pais vacations, santa teresa vacations, Los Suenos rentals, jaco night life, costa rica night life, Costa Rica dining, Kaya Jaco, Costa Rica beach, Kaya Costa RicaCosta Rica is proud of their reported 96% literacy rate, one of the highest in all of Central or South America.
  13. In fact, in isolated and rural areas of the country where children can’t easily attend schools, or in poor communities, classes are conducted over the national radio station
  14. If you walk inside a bank or even an ATM machine with sunglasses or a hat, expect the security guards to ask you to remove them, due to the fact that there bank robberies are relatively common.
  15. A common Costa Rican slang word is “Mopri,” often used by young men and the surfing community. Mopri is supposed to be “primo”, the Spanish word for cousin, backwards.  In the 1990’s Costa Rican youth culture went through a trend of saying words backwards, and the nickname stuck.
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  17. When you’re raising your beer or drink to say “cheers”, a Tico tradition is that you’re supposed to look your friends directly in the eyes. If you don’t, they joke that you’ll be cursed with a bad sex life for seven years!
  18. Earthquakes are quite common in Costa Rica, as they get anywhere from 2-40 quakes per month depending on the activity of the tectonic plates. Thankfully, the vast majority of them are small or don’t cause significant damage, though a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica in September of 2012.
  19. Costa Ricans love attending bullfights, which are common at fairs, holiday festivals, and topes, or horse shows. These bullfights are considered humane since the bull is not harmed. Instead, it runs free around the ring and takes aim at Costa Rica vacations, surf costa rica, surfing costa rica, costa rica surfing, vacations in costa rica, costa rica vacations, costa rica rentals, rentals in costa rica, condos costa rica, costa rica condos, hotels in costa rica, costa rica hotels, jaco vacations, playa jaco costa rica, jaco beach, mal pais vacations, santa teresa vacations, Los Suenos rentals, jaco night life, costa rica night life, Costa Rica dining, Kaya Jaco, Costa Rica beach, Kaya Costa Ricaroughing up the brave (or drunken) men and teens who jump in the ring for sport. Some of the biggest bullfights are shown on Costa Rican television and amateurs who jump in the ring and do well gain national recognition – if they’re not carted off in an ambulance.
  20. Although you’ll feel a world away when you visit the white sand beaches and cool palm jungle of the Costa Rican coast, the country is actually so easily accessible from the U.S. and Canada that some vacationers go down for only a long weekend.
  21. In fact, flights to the capital city, San Jose, or the international airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, are only 2 hours from Miami and 3 ½ hours from New York.  There are plenty of inexpensive, direct flights from New York, Houston, and Miami.
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  23. Costa Rica is a predominantly Catholic country, but they are very tolerant and ensure freedom of religion for all.
  24. There are plenty of colonial Catholic churches across the country and interestingly enough, they almost all face west. One theory is that churches face west so the worshipers inside will face east, in the direction of Jerusalem and the crucifixion place of Jesus.
  25. Taxicab meters are informally called “Maria,” alluding to the Virgin Mary because the meters are supposedly so honest and virtuous. Obviously, Costa Ricans enjoy sarcasm.

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