In Pictures: A Slice of Life in Costa Rica

People go to work, pay bills, and all the rest. In that respect Costa Rica is much like every other country in the world.

But throughout Costa Rica daily life takes on a different flavor, and the Pura Vida attitude is evident every day and everywhere.

Pura Vida translates to “pure life.” But it’s much more than that. It means that people work to live, not live to work. And they value time with family and friends…and doing activities they love.

So check out Pura Vida in action.

Although American-style food is becoming popular, traditional Costa Rican food remains the meal of choice for most Costa Ricans. This is chicken with rice, with a side of cabbage salad, a staple dish. On days when the feria isn’t going on, Costa Ricans head to the Central Market, an indoor market with produce, household goods, and more. The bus system in Costa Rica is efficient, on-time, widespread, and, with many people without cars, very popular. Many buses are whimsically decorated. Religion plays an important life in Costa Rica. Although predominantly Catholic, the country is very open to people of all faiths. The feria, or farmers’ market, is where everybody gets their fresh fruits and vegetables for the week. Stands are set up in a town square, on the main street, or by the side of the road. In rural areas, many people still use horses to get around. In this photo, a rider in Arenal stops by the lake for a drink. Soccer, known in Costa Rica as futbol, is not just the most popular sport in the country – it’s a way of life. People of all ages play and every town has its own field for friendly competition.
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Although American-style food is becoming popular, traditional Costa Rican food remains the meal of choice for most Costa Ricans. This is chicken with rice, with a side of cabbage salad, a staple dish.

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