The Costa Rican culture is recognized and very varied to have indigenous, European and Afro-Caribbean influences, this is a mestizo, multiethnic and pluricultural country manifested through gastronomy, folklore, music and traditional dances, beliefs and superstitions and language popular. The Catholic Religion as a cultural legacy of Spain, has an emphasis on the family and the church, thus influencing the lifestyle of the nation, reflected in colorful festivals in honor of the patron saint of each place.
The official language is Spanish, as this is stipulated in its constitution, however there are others such as the maleku, bribri and bocotá; There is also the English language. Costa Rica celebrates life, both human and nature in general, has multiple innovative sustainability initiatives that protect its rainforests, its misty forests and its great biodiversity, while the absence of a permanent army reflects the commitment of the country with peace. It is a unique place to enjoy the «pure life», a phrase that the locals use for everything, a greeting, to thank or even to express that something they like a lot.
In a land of exuberant natural landscapes, appetizing culinary traditions, it has three great influences for the preparation of its dishes that are the aboriginal culture, the Spanish culture and the African culture. In addition, this small country located between the Caribbean and the Pacific is also known for its fresh seafood, along with fresh fruits such as bananas and coffee.
San José is the capital and is the cultural center of Costa Rica, has a growing network of theaters and museums; It is a modern city with a bustling trade and abundant energetic expressions of art and architecture. It has the National Symphony Orchestra which is one of the best in the world, recognized for its national and youth talent and invited to many events in European countries. He has also had success in the visual arts such as painting, and in other areas such as music, film, theater, dance, ballet and literature among others.
In the same way, the public universities of Costa Rica and the National University are autonomous institutions with great strength, recognition and experience in the area of the arts; These universities through large exhibitions, activities, seminars and conferences tend to be a great source of information and development for the whole country.
The difference of cultures, coexistence and ways of life reflects that Costa Rica lives a very diverse culture mix, which makes it a very attractive country that deserves to be visited.