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Costa Rican People

People of Costa Rica

Costa Rican People. Combined with its natural beauty, it's the Costa Rican people and blending culture that makes Costa Rica such an amazing place.

Combined with its amazing natural beauty, diverse landscape and unlimited fun, it's the Costa Rican people and blending culture that makes Costa Rica such an amazing place. In general, they are fun-loving, friendly, educated, polite and kind people. There are, of course, exceptions, but on the whole, you can expect to be made welcome wherever you go. Costa Rican people are extremely social, and they enjoy gatherings and celebrations of all sorts.

The colloquial term often used to describe a native of Costa Rica is ‘tico’ or ‘tica’. It derives from the tendency of Costa Ricans to use the -tico diminutive suffix in Spanish instead of the more common and widely-used –ito, and is a friendly and respectful way the people of Costa Rica use to refer to themselves and each other.

Because of an overwhelming European influence, over 90% of Costa Rica is of white or "Mestizo" heritage stemming from the Columbus explorations and Spanish conquests of the early 1500s. The population of indigenous people in Costa Rica is very small. This is due to the fact that many Native Indians were decimated by Spanish conquests or melded over centuries into Costa Rican society and blended culture. However, there are areas that have strong links to African lineage, e.g. on the Caribbean coast, and there are various pure-blooded Indians that inhabit the mountains of Talamanca.