Costa Rican Tico Culture

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Costa Ricans take a great deal of pride in defining themselves but what they are NOT. Unlike their neighbors, they aren't poor, they aren't illiterate and they aren't subjugated by political tumult. They may have their problems, but they also keep faith and hope in a better tomorrow.

Tico's are very proud of their country, from its ecological gems, high standard of living and literacy rates to, above all, the fact that it has prospered without an army for the past 50-plus years. They see their country as a beacon of hope, an oasis of calm in a land that has been continuously tormented by warfare. Oscar Arias won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Central American peace accords, which is a source of pride and also confirms the general feeling that Costa Ricans are somehow different from a malevolent, more violent world.

The tico's fond relationship with their country goes back hundreds of years. Agriculture and farming has always been the Costa Rica's economic bloodline, and it seems as though there is a cultural appreciation for the ultimate conditions found here, with the rich soil and temperate climate. Today, locals speak of their country with unbiased pride, but unlike the inhabitants of other countries who boast of their soccer team, their vodka, their military or their food, Costa Ricans usually refer to the inherent beauty of their country. They know why tourists arrive by the thousands, and they appreciate the beauty themselves. Here in Costa Rica, nature is culture and Costa Rica has a great deal of history with nature.