For the first time, you might feel strange about some everyday things you can come across in the Central American country, but in fact, they all come natural to locals and those who have already been there. Here are 10 things you’ll only understand if you’ve been to Costa Rica.
‘Pura Vida’ isn’t just an expression; it’s a philosophy.
Costa Ricans, or Ticos, as they like to call themselves, use this expression all the time. It literally translated as ‘pure life’, but it also means something like ‘great’, ‘hello’, or ‘thank you’. It’s a philosophy that is about taking pleasure in the simplest things, living stress free and in harmony with nature.
No need for street addresses here.
They don’t have typical formal addresses. They use landmarks and distances as directions: ‘From the Perimercados supermarket, 200 meters east, 100 meters north, 50 meters east, white house with black fence.’
Impossible to find a crowded beach.
With countless number of beaches spreading out on hundreds of miles of coastline on two oceans, it’s nearly impossible to find a beach that is fully crowded.
You can drive from the Pacific to the Atlantic in less than half a day.
The six-hour ride goes through astonishing landscapes from the towering volcanoes to the lowland tropical rainforests until you reach the mangrove forests of the coasts.