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If you are going to travel to Costa Rica, you will be surprised to find out that the country has no armed forces. This is because they are a bunch of very peaceful people, and they don’t really believe in fighting.
But that doesn’t mean that you can go all out crazy when in the country, okay? In fact, there are a lot of things that you don’t know that well about this tropical paradise yet, so it is important that you keep in mind to behave while on vacation.
Among the things you need to know about the local culture when on a travel to Costa Rica are:
1. Avoid confrontations.
You cannot always discuss sensitive matters point blank with the locals of Costa Rica; it’s just not their style. You may want to avoid confrontations so that you won’t be seen as rude or impolite, and rather build rapport with the people you are talking to first to make the comfortable with whatever it is you want to discuss.
2. Catcalls and hisses.
While the locals dress conservatively, women in Costa Rica often receive hisses, whistles and catcalls by the men no matter how decent they look. Don’t be surprised if you receive such supposedly rude calls from the Ticos, as this is their way of saying you are gorgeous.
3. Pura vida!
Pura vida is an expression that will easily endear you to the locals of Costa Rica. It literally means “pure life,” but it is used as a greeting, an exclamation, an adjective, and even as sentence filler. If you use this in your conversations with the locals, the more they will feel comfortable talking to you.