Often the most lasting impression that visitors have of their trip to Costa Rica is the friendliness of the locals. Outside the hustle and bustle of big cities like San José, Costa Ricans are noticeably “tranquilo” (relaxed). Family and friends are important and communities — both big and small — have a distinct sense of pride.
This video presents a short compilation on the daily life of Costa Ricans. Narrated by Jorge Solorzano, a schoolteacher and principal, you’ll learn why Costa Ricans are known as “gente feliz,” or happy people.
“Costa Ricans have a special trait,” says Solorzano. “We do not complicate our lives. We see everything in a good way.”
While traveling in Costa Rica, this is easy to see. The people smile and laugh often. Whether they’re joking with friends or giving travelers tips on what to do, Costa Ricans tend to see the good in people. Perhaps that’s why the phrase “pura vida,” which means “pure life,” is so popular here.
The friendly locals make traveling in Costa Rica infinitely more fun and comfortable. Are you learning Spanish? If so, this is a great place to practice—the people here are kind and patient with people learning the language.
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