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Costa Rica Culture

Racially, most people in Costa Rica are white and of a Spanish descent. Of course, many families originated from other parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, Central America, and Europe.

Numerous fair-skinned natives can be found in the country also, especially in the Central Valley You'll find some mestizos in the low-lands. Mestizos are people with a mixture of European and Indigenous blood. Along the Caribbean coast, most people are of African descent. The Talamanca Mountain Range has many full-blooded indigenous people from several tribes.

Costa Ricans rightfully have a reputation for being very friendly and polite. Visitors find the people of Costa Rica to be very warm and approachable. The people are consistently helpful, polite and friendly. Superficially, visitors won't have problems finding friends with the people thanks to the outward friendliness. Of course, it is harder to develop deeper relationships with them.

Culturally, Costa Rica culture values family. Approximately, eighty percent of the population practices Catholicism. There are many other religions practiced in Costa Rica, including Judaism, Islam, Protestantism, and so on.

Despite the minimum racial diversity in Costa Rica, the country still has noteworthy class distinctions. The noble class mostly came out of the coffee growing landowners who flourished during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when the country developed.

The largest festival in Costa Rica is the International Arts Festival. It features music, film, dance, theater and a wide collection of art shows. Participants come from all over the world. San Jose holds it yearly in March.

Of course, there are other festivals. The South Caribbean Music Festival happens annually in February. Also in February, the Monteverde Music Festival happens in Puerto Viejo.

Costa Rican culture holds education in high regard. In fact, the country dedicates over six percent of its resources to education. That has many positive effects, including the fact that over ninty-five percent of the population is literate.

With no distinct cuisine, Costa Rica cuisine is mostly a mixture of Mexican, Spanish, Caribbean, American, and Southern American.

It's common practice in Costa Rica culture to call foreigners from the United States as "gringos". The term is not a insult in any way, and is purely a descriptive term.

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