Costa Rica is a magical place, but if you’ve lived here or even been here on vacation it’s tough to describe Costa Rica to others who haven’t experienced ‘Pura Vida’.

We’ve tried to some up the essence of Costa Rica in this list. Here it goes.

1. Pipas


Pipas! Pipas! You know you want one. So fresh, so cold. Hard to resist so you always cave in.

2. Rice and Beans at every meal


It’s worse than Mexico down here. Literally at every single meal.

3. Mae


If you know this word and use it, you’re pretty much local right? Well, close enough…mae

4. TP in the trash can, not the toilet


It takes some time getting used to, but once you’ve established the habit, don’t be surprised if you’re throwing TP in the trash can when you’re back visiting friends in the states.

5. Paying to use the bathroom


No more free McDonalds bathroom stops here. Make sure you got some change in your pockets or you’ll have some stains on your pants.

6. Whatsapp

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-8-22-07-pmIf you’re going to communicate with people down here it’s a must. Take some time to make sure your profile pic and bio line are strong.

7. Weed, Weed, Weed, Blow?


Isn’t this stuff still illegal down here? Why do the keep asking me if I need it? Is it the new beard I’m sporting? Maybe I just look stressed….

8. That smell…


It’s everywhere. I’m just trying to surf here and I’m gettin’ high! Are we sure Bob Marley wasn’t born here????

9. Don’t wear high heels


Why not?! Wait. What.. OHHHHHHH. Ok, yeah, I’ll leave those at home. I’ve got enough boys chasing me and I’m pretty good financially. Thanks, but no thanks.

10. Sunsets


In. De. Scribable.

11. Monkey alarm clocks

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Cute until they are screaming like a drunk insane asylum patient at 5 in the morning.

12. Salsa Lizano

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You can literally put this on anything.

13. Trits

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 3.27.02 PMSo good it should be illegal.

14. Chile Guaro


Pretty sure the locals make this stuff just to see the expressions on tourist’s faces when they drink it.

15. Cacique


All bad decisions in Costa Rica can be blamed on this bottle.

16. Questioning if you’re an alcoholic


Yes, it happens to all of us. Remember, it’s 5’0clock somewhere.

17. Colectivos


Kind of like Uber and Lyft, but a lot more fun scary.

18. Cambio


Ain’t nobody got change to break your $100 bill.

19. Gringos

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They’re everywhere. And the good thing is that they will make you feel normal compared to them.

20. Beach Dogs

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I want to hug them all!

21. Tico love

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You warned her, but she fell for it. The real Casanovas live here.

22. Taking the bus everywhere

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 12.07.14 PMHot, sweaty, cheap. Love ’em and hate ’em, you still take ’em.

23. Reggae night


Who knew you could devote an entire night of the week to Reggae music?!

24. Happy hour

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The only time of the day that really matters.

25. Clos


Best stuff in a box since chocolate milk.

26. Paying $6 for peanut butter

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-8-01-21-pmSomethings you just can’t quit.


Is the list missing something? Add it in the comments.



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