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Dress And Etiquette

Costa Ricans tend to be more formal than other Latin Americans, in dress and in manner. Business outfits typically consist of a dark, conservative suit for men and a blouse with slacks or a skirt for women. Although tourists sporting shorts and tennis shoes are a common sight in cities like San Jose, most locals wear long pants and nice leather shoes or sandals. In smaller towns and villages dress is more conservative, so it is a good idea to cover your legs if you can stand the heat. Never where a bathing suit except on the beach.

When greeting someone, a handshake is usually sufficient. Abrazos, or embraces, between friends are not as common in Costa Rica as in other Latin American countries. A man and woman, or two women, will sometimes peck each other on the cheek or lightly grasp each others' forearm in greeting. Ticos are very polite and usually eager to engage visitors in conversation. However, hot-button topics, such as religion, will just be a source of discomfort and should be avoided, especially with someone you have just met. Family, the history and culture of the country, and politics are all good subjects for conversation. It is considered particularly polite to inquire about somebody's family or children. If you are invited to someone's home for a meal, bring a small gift, such as flowers, wine or postre (dessert). But don't sweat too much over having proper etiquette – a genuine effort at being courteous will probably be well received.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Costa Rica: Costa Rica - Panama Border Crossing, Accommodation Summary, When To Go, When to go, Safety, Accommodation Summary, Things To See And Do, When To Go, Services and Restaurant Summary.

04 Nov 2010

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