Choosing a city
Friendliness of the local people Will you be able to fit into the society? This is especially important if you will be studying for an extended period of time. The friendliness of the locals could make or break your experience.
Latinas are generally known for being friendly, but in Costa Rica you will find that friendliness is overflowing. Ticos will do anything in their way to assist, if you provide the right attitude too. Try to speak in Spanish and Ticos will get even more excited! Depending on where you are, most people will be able to speak a little English, which is helpful for visitors.
Most ticos do not like to give ‘no’ for an answer, and will therefore try to help you the best they can, even if they are not sure. By the popular saying ‘Mi casa es su casa’, Costa Ricans will often invite you to their homes and have dinner together. Costa Rica and its citizens are also very welcoming to families (since family is one of the most important factors in Ticos’ lives), and is therefore an ideal destination to travel to with your kids. Wherever you go and with whom you might travel, always expect to be made welcome in Costa Rica.