Costa Rica’s Great People, The Ticos
- by crv.staff
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Source : Live In Costa Rica
One of the things that draws retirees to Costa Rica is the country’s wonderful people. Besides its excellent weather and natural beauty, Costa Rica’s unique people are probably the country’s most important resource and one of the main factors in considering Costa Rica as a place to live or retire.
Costa Ricans proudly call themselves ticos. They affectionately and playfully use this nickname to set themselves apart from their neighbors. This practice is derived from their habit of adding the diminutive suffix -”ico” to words instead of “ito,” as is done in most Spanish-speaking countries. For example, instead of saying un ratito (a little while), ticos say un ratico.
Costa Ricans are friendly and outgoing and will often go out of their way to help you even if you do not speak Spanish. They are also very pro-American and love anything American—music, TV, fashion and U.S. culture in general. Because of these close ties to the United States and just the right amount of American influence, Costa Ricans tend to be more like North Americans than any other people in Latin America.
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