Costa Rican Culture
Costa Rica is a friendly, peaceful and proud country. It is known for its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful landscapes and its national parks. Costa Rica has been a pioneer in greening its economy, and its efforts to fight climate change and restore ecosystems have earned the country international recognition.
This small and beautiful country is a vibrant blend of Spanish, Indigenous, and African influences. Consider a Latin American food destination, some of Costa Rica's tasty dishes you will hear about during your trip are: the casado - a traditional plate of rice, beans, sweet plantains, salad and meat or fish; ceviche - fresh seafood marinated in lime juice and served with tortilla chips; gallo pinto - a combination of beans and rice flavored with cilantro, onion, and spices and the patacones - crispy fried plantains served with a variety of toppings.
Coffee is also a great part of Costa Rica’s culture. Coffee is currently the second-largest export from Costa Rica, boasting a rich history from when the first coffee trees were planted in the early 1800s. In less than 50 years, coffee became the number one export.