10 fun facts about Costa Rica

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 !
Monteverde National Park - Costa Rica
Cloud Forest in Monteverde National Park – Costa Rica
  • Reply
    March 25, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Pura Vida!!! 💖 I’ve always wanted to go to Puerto Rico and reading your blogpost just make me want to visit more.

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      Francois Lavie
      March 26, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Pura Vida! Do not hesitate and visit Costa Rica 🙂

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    Chris Toone | Toone's Travels
    March 26, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Great glimpse into such a beautiful country :). So impressed by the commitment to go carbon neutral!!
    Safe travels,

    • Reply
      Francois Lavie
      March 26, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you!
      Costa Rica carbon neutrality objectives and results are very impressive indeed !
      What impressed us even more while visiting the country is the true and genuine commitment of the Ticos towards nature. They are proud of their park, of their nature and they take care of their country.

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    John and Susan Pazera
    March 26, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Lovely post. Welcome to the travel bloggers world. Best wishes!

    • Reply
      Francois Lavie
      March 26, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much! We hope you will enjoy following our adventures 🙂

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    Travel Addicted Unicorn
    March 31, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Cool list!! We were recently in Panama and we fell in love with it. Def want to check out more of Central America. About the very last point..it was the same in Panama too which was really cool to find out!!

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      Francois Lavie
      March 31, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you for your comment!
      We would love to go to Panama and we are meant to travel there next year.
      Maybe then we can come up with a new list of 10 fun facts for Panama 🙂

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    Lannie Travels
    April 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Wow! I had no idea about these Costa Rican facts 🙂 I love that the country will also be carbon neutral next year. Absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Francois Lavie
      April 1, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you!
      Yes Costa Rica is a fantastic country – hopefully their action to protect the planet will inspire other countries as well.
      Pura Vida.

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    John Quinn
    April 6, 2020 at 11:22 am

    These are ten very good reasons to travel there. It’s gets better and better the more I read about it.

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      Francois Lavie
      April 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you – we can think of many more good reason to visit Costa Rica!
      Do not hesitate to check our itinerary here! and visit this gorgeous country.

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