The Costa Rican people, known as ticos, are known as some of the friendliest people in the world. When visiting a foreign country there is no better way to have an authentic travel experience than to connect with the local people. Try out your Spanish speaking and listening with the locals, move your body dancing salsa at a fiesta, enjoy a delicious cup of cafe con leche (coffee with milk), have a bowl of gallo pinto (rice and beans), or go visit one of the numerous pueblos (small towns/villages).
The word tico itself is a term that originates in the Spanish language from the diminutive, formed by dropping the final -o or -a and replacing it with an ito or ita, depending on the gender. This is commonly used out of friendliness and familiarity. Thus, the term tico in its own right is a word referring to all locals within the overall, extensive Costa Rican family.
Generally speaking, ticos seem to be fond of visitors from other countries and are eager to engage in conversation if you approach them on the street, along the countryside, or wherever you may find them throughout your travels. They are family-oriented and are very polite, gentle, and open people. As you engage with the locals you will discover the most of the tico culture through their passion for dance, music, food, and overall good company.