15 Amazing facts about Costa Rica

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Costa Rica- The country with no standing army!

15. Several species of frogs, birds, and other animals are endemic to the area. This includes the strawberry poison dart frog, which has skin that comes in many colors but is also toxic.

14. During Costa Rica’s arribada mass arrival, as many as 100,000 Olive Ridley turtles come ashore on Ostional National Wildlife Refuge’s isolated beaches, leaving behind as many as 10 million eggs.

13. Do you love orchids? This is the place for you. You can find more than 1400 varieties of orchids.   

12. ‘Soda’ has a whole different meaning when you are in Costa Rica. A soda for them is a small, ordinary restaurant wherein they serve traditional local dishes. One of the commonly served food is Casado.

11. The popular beach of Whale Bay, or Bahía Ballena, is the shape of a whale’s tail when seen from above. Unsurprisingly, this is also a great spot for whale-watching.   

10. Costa Rican currency is as colorful as its terrain. Every denomination of Costa Rican cash features a different landscape and animal chosen from Costa Rica’s vast biodiversity, including the white-tailed deer, capuchin monkey, sloth, and blue morpho butterfly, all of which can be easily sighted here.

9. Ticos have many superstitions about weddings. They throw rice at newly married couples to bless them with children. Another myth is that if a bride wears pearls at her wedding, her marriage will be full of tears.

8. There’s a lizard known as Jesus Christ lizard  . The Basilisk, also known as Jesus Christ Lizard can walk on water, and that’s how it got its nickname.

7. It has 5 active volcanoes. There 5 Costa Rica volcanoes that are active, they are the Poás, the Irazú, Arenal Volcano, the Rincón de la Vieja, and the Turrialba.   

6. Costa Rica generates more than 99% of its electricity using renewable energy. Costa Rica generates most of its energy using five renewable sources like hydropower, wind, geothermal energy, biomass, and solar.  

5. Instead of saying a woman had a baby, Ticos say ella dio a luz.. Meaning, she gave light.

4. Costa Ricans refer to male kins as Ticos and female kins as ‘Ticas.’ Tico is also used by locals as a suffix to certain words. It might indicate a tiny part of something, but at the same time, it also bears an affectionate meaning to the word. Ticos often refer to their significant others as their media naranja, which means the other half of their orange.  

3. The sun rises and sets at the same time 365 days a year. Due to Costa Rica’s proximity to the equator, the sunrise and sunset are to be expected at the same time every day.

2. Costa Rican women maintain their maiden name for life. In most countries around the world, the woman who gets married often takes the name of her husband. But, not in Costa Rica. The Ticas maintain their maiden name for life.   

  1. Costa Rica has proudly boasted the absence of the military since 1948 after it was abolished in the wake of victory in that year’s civil war. It is among the only few nations with no standing army in Costa Rica. They can proudly call themselves of being a friendly and democratic nation

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