Ticos is the collective common name that Costa Ricans call themselves. More specifically, a Tica is a female Costa Rican and a Tico is a male. They are extremely family orientated and they love music and dance. In fact Costa Ricans, like almost all Latinos, love to party and really enjoy each others company.
Ticos are extremely polite and most will try to avoid a confrontation or appear rude in any way.
Holidays are dear to the hearts of most Costa Ricans. Traditional holiday celebrations offer visitors an insight into the culture and beliefs of Costa Ricans. Ticos are renowned for their gregarious nature which is apparent during the numerous fiestas, horse parades, and carnivals celebrated throughout the country.
Costa Ricans feel distinct from their neighbours by their "whiteness" and relative lack of indigenous culture. Ticos identify themselves first and foremost as Costa Ricans and only Central Americans or Latin Americans, as an afterthought.