When I say love music, I mean it is everywhere and all the time... You will definitely know if there is a party in your neighborhood!
They want to love and be loved, they want their children to be educated, they worry about their teenagers getting tongue rings and tattoos, they worry about the guy their daughter is dating, and they want to thrive and prosper.
They want their children to have better lives than they do. Most will do almost anything to avoid a confrontation or appear rude in any way.
They worry about politics, Iraq, crooked politicians, and the economy. This can cause MUCH confusion to foreigners, especially North Americans who tend to be very direct.
Costa Ricans (Ticos) are generally gentle, spirited, friendly, educated, polite, and kind people.
Most seem to like visitors from other countries and treat them well.
There are, of course, exceptions, but on the whole, you can expect to be made welcome wherever you go. Though most of the countrys 4 million inhabitants descend from Spanish immigrants, many families originated in other parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America.A large number are fair-skinned, especially in the Central Valley.In the outlying areas, more people are mestizos, a mixture of European and Indigenous blood.On the Caribbean coast you find strong links to African lineage, and in Talamanca Mountain, you will find it inhabited by the pure-blooded Indians of various tribes.In Guanacaste Province, you will find Ticos dark skinned reflecting their Nicaraguan heritage.Ticos are extremely family oriented and love music and dance. In fact, Costa Ricans, as almost all Latinos, party loud and long and really enjoy each other's company.