- “Pura vida” is the national saying, which means “pure life,” a sunny, feel good expression used as a greeting, goodbye or if someone asks how you are doing.
- Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas. The average Tico makes $6,000 a year and the average wage labor is $10 per day, the highest in Central America.
- There are more than 130 species of fish, 220 of reptiles, 1,000 butterflies (10% of the world’s butterflies are in Costa Rica), 9,000 plants, 20,000 species of spiders and 34,000 species of insects! It only takes up .03% of planet’s surface but holds 5% of its biodiversity.
- Costa Rica has no standing army. It was constitutionally abolished in 1949. It is also the longest-standing democracy in Central America.
- And in honor of Valentines Day coming up, when someone is your significant other, your other half, they are your “media naranja,” or the other half of your orange.
All facts sourced from Norm Schriever. He is the Amazon.com best-selling author of South of Normal, a book about his time as an expat in Costa Rica. His blog is found here.