People & Culture
Cultivation in Costa Rica shows the indigenous origins and Spanish colonial influence, with a touch of pepper from other immigrant cultures thrown into the stew, such as Jamaican and Chinese. The official language is Spanish, but you will also find BriBri, Creole Mekatelyu, and English. Costa Ricans are proud of their values. They believe in education and health care should be available to their people. They are proud of their long history as a democracy. In fact, they are the oldest and most stable democracy in the region. And they are proud of their global leadership in environmental and sustainable conservation policies. Locals go out of their way to propagate their environmental spirit, helping visitors appreciate the natural beauty of their land and wildlife.