Quick Facts About Costa Rica

Language

Spanish, but English is widely spoken.

Time Zone

Costa Rica follows the North American Central Standard Time (CST). An important thing to remember is that Costa Rica DOES NOT observe Daylight Saving.

Government

A model democracy committed to peace without a military.

Economy

Costa Rica’s stable history, competitive investment policies and well-educated workforce are attracting foreign investment and diversifying the economy. Tourism remains an important foreign exchange source as do banana, coffee and other agricultural exports.

People & Culture

Costa Ricans are known as “Ticos.” They are a proud people progressing independently from colonial days as a backwater in the Spanish Empire. Today, their genuine friendliness and commitment to peace, democracy, education and health care are world-renowned.

What is Pura Vida?

Pura Vida is a saying you’ll often hear while visiting Costa Rica. It’s a favorite response for everything from “How are you?” to “What’s going on this weekend?” No need for that translating dictionary – this is your one-stop shop for greetings, farewells, inquiries, and more. Pura Vida means something like “Let the good times roll” or “This is living!” It truly emphasizes the focus on positivity and the present. In a way it’s more than just a saying – it’s a mantra and a way of life, perfect for one of the world’s happiest countries!

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