Costa Rica is largely populated by descendants of the Spanish, who settled there when it was a Spanish colony; between 1502 and 1821. The settlers were referred to as hermanitico’s, or ‘little brothers’; shortened over time to ‘tico’, which is how Costa Ricans still refer to themselves. They’ve enjoyed a relatively peaceful history, especially compared to some of their Central American counterparts and perhaps as a result Tico culture is noticeably laid-back , or ‘tranquillo’.
Tico’s are warm, friendly, and hard-working people who rise early and retire early as dictated by the equatorial sun and jungle heat. The evening brings locals out to the beach or the town soccer-field for a game of soccer and Sunday is a family day in most parts of the country.
Pura Vida, a cultural phrase that characterizes Costa Rican culture means literally ‘pure life’ and culturally, ‘plenty of life’, ‘full of life’, or ‘real living’. Pura Vida is used as a greeting, a farewell, a reply or in thanks. The more time you spend in Costa Rica the deeper your understanding and appreciation for ‘Pura Vida’ will be.
Costa Rica lies between 8 and 12 degrees north of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate year round. The sun generally rises at 6am and sets around 6pm with temperatures averaging around 80F. It is a humid climate although the Pacific coast, particularly the Nicoya peninsula, enjoys slightly drier weather.
Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse and rich areas in the world and the jungles and beaches around CRSMT are thriving with life.