By: Megan Day
Capital City: San Jóse, Costa Rica
National Language: Spanish
Neighboring Countries: Panama and Nicaragua
Currency: Money=Colons ($1.00=540.120)
Corcovado National Park- If you enjoy being outdoors, this park is the place to go. Corcovado is a beautiful beach/jungle where you can see many animals, and have an experience like no other!
Arenal Volcano- This volcano is a National Park that has been inactive for 3,500 years. Besides tourists, even locals enjoy hikes, horseback rides, and picnics in this scenic part of Costa Rica.
Puerto Viejo- A small village on the Afro-Caribbean, Bribri, where surfing is life. Besides catching the waves you can go rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and zip lining. Puerto Viejo is truly an exciting places.
If you want to fit right in with Costa Rica's laid back style, learn some of the expressions they use to feel at home! To show how much you enjoy the life style of Costa Rica, use "¡pura vida!" which means "pure life". "Mae" is used to call someone "dude", since this is a big surfing country "mae" is used quite often. To call someone "tico/tica" would be referring to them as Costa Ricans.
Foods and Drinks
Costa Rica is a place for snacking, and when they get hungry they often go for a Arreglados, which are little sandwich/roll up things with meat and greens on bread. This country is also famous for there exotic fruits, such as Mango, Granadilla, Guanábana, and many more delicious fruits.
Climate and Geography
This country is a mountainous, but still has its share of jungles and beaches. An average day in Costa Rica would be like a hot day here in Liberty, MO. In the 70-90s.
Dance is a very traditionally thing in Costa Rica. Besides the typical Salsa, there is the Merengue, Cumbia, and the Folklore dance. Each dance is known by about every Costa Rican and is performed at any party. The dance below is being performed at a festival, this dance is usually designed to tell a story in an artistic way, but is mainly for enjoyment.