The beginning of any relationship begins with courtship and dating.
Costa Rican culture still emphasizes old-fashioned dating rules, with most Ticas expecting romance and good manners from men.
In Guanacaste Province, you will find Ticos dark skinned reflecting their Nicaraguan heritage.
Ticos are extremely family oriented and love music and dance. In fact, Costa Ricans, as almost all Latinos, party loud and long and really enjoy each other's company.
There are, of course, exceptions, but on the whole, you can expect to be made welcome wherever you go. Though most of the countrys 4 million inhabitants descend from Spanish immigrants, many families originated in other parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America.
A large number are fair-skinned, especially in the Central Valley.
When I say love music, I mean it is everywhere and all the time... You will definitely know if there is a party in your neighborhood!
Costa Rican girls like to chat, dance, and to be feminine too.
In the outlying areas, more people are mestizos, a mixture of European and Indigenous blood.
On the Caribbean coast you find strong links to African lineage, and in Talamanca Mountain, you will find it inhabited by the pure-blooded Indians of various tribes.
The country recorded its highest tourism numbers ever in 2015, with a record 2.6 million international arrivals.
That’s more than one tourist for every two (Costa Rican locals)!