By: Marin Williams
- Tico Time: When it comes to punctuality, Costa Rican’s are very relaxed. Arriving late to meet friends or go to dinner is very commonplace.
- Food: Gallo Pinto is a must for breakfast. For lunch or dinner, Casados are typical served with fried plantains and rice.
- Saying Hello: Normally when you greet a Tico, you give them a kiss on the left cheek. Men generally give handshakes.
- Manners: Don’t walk barefoot around the house, it is considered unsanitary.
- Taxi: When you hail a cab, you stick your hand into the road. There are not really street names, so we use stores and landmarks as directions. Also slamming taxi doors makes the driver very upset-close softly.
- Septic System: Costa Rican toilets are not able to process toilet paper. You have to dispose it in the provided receptacle.
- Paying: when eating out in a restaurant, you walk up to the counter to pay when you’re finished eating. You have to remember what you ordered otherwise someone would forget to pay for their cup of fruit.
- Speaking: Costa Rica is one of the only Spanish speaking countries that doesn’t use second person. They address others formally as he or she.
- Shower: Costa Ricans are very clean. It is important to shower everyday or else your host mom will start telling you in discrete side comments (i.e.: Do you prefer cold or warm showers after exercising?).
- Pura Vida: Despite having many little differences, Costa Rica is a fantastic place to be and everyday is a reminder that life is good.