We fell in love with Costa Rica, and we have tried to understand the people and the country. We have summarised some key (and fun) facts here !
- “Pura vida!” We were not exactly sure at first what does this expression means, as we found out it : only and many positive things: hello, thank you, you are welcome, nice to meet you, goodbye, I am good, … After few weeks of hearing it, we even started to use it ourselves. That’s an expression fitting perfectly the kindness from the people in Costa Rica. You will hear Pura Vida pretty often in Costa Rica!
- Costa Rica has abolished its army since 1948. The money usually spent in the army has been used to improve education and heath care instead. No wonder why it’s one of the countries where the people are the happiest in the World !
- As a target, in 2021, the country will be 100% carbon neutral. It’s likely to happen even before, during 2020. Costa Rica will be the first country to reach this ambitious goal.
- Bank notes in Costa Rica have pre-Colombians symbols and animals printed on (such as deer, sloth, shark or monkey !).
- The health care system and the life expectancy is almost has good and high than in France! It is also higher than in the US, with a life expectancy of 79.8 years old!
- You will barely seen anyone smoking in Costa Rica. It’s forbidden in most of the public places and most of the smokers are tourists. You trip to Costa Rica is the perfect moment to quit! That may also explain the better life expectancy but this is not a topic for a travel blog!
- Nicoya Peninsula is one of the 5 blue zones in the World – the five zones where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else in the World (with Sardinia – Italy, Ikaria – Greece, Loma Linda – California and Okinawa – Japan). We went to Santa Teresa and we definitely understand why!
- Costa Ricans affectionately call themselves Ticos.
- You will see in Costa Rica a basilic called Jesus because it can walk on water (even longer for the youngest ones, as they are lighter).
- Sunset and sunrise time only change from 15 minutes over the year (due to its proximity to the equator). All year long, the sun schedule is almost exactly the same.
If you liked our fun facts about Costa Rica, don’t forget to check out our article to discover Costa Rica in 25 figures !