Rather Disappointed with the current situation in Costa Rica
December 17, 2006 10:24am CST
I used to live in Costa Rica. I lived there for 4 and a half years.. It was a good place, but for some reason it really went downhill... It's over-americanized, and San Jose has become a real cesspool.. It used to be that the Ticos were friendly, but as of late they've become very xenophobic in my opinion, and what they are doing to foreigners (Especially Nicaraguans) is appalling.. For example: One of my best friends (Actually consider her more of a sister) and my mother were crossing the Nicaraguan/Costa Rican border.. My mother went through the line, but they weren't going to let my friend pass.. Until my mother complained then they reluctantly let her through.. It's not just Nicaraguans they treat badly at the border though, it seems to be everyone. My brother and Father went through along with my mother to update their Visas for Nicaragua, and they got an icy reception, and I was told they THREW the passports back at them! Definately not the way to win friends and influence people! I have to things to say to Costa Rica.. GROW UP!
• United States
12 Feb 07
That is sad. It is too bad because Costa Rica is a beautiful country. I don't know why the hate the Nicaraguans (0r Nicos as they call them). I agree that is is over-americanized. I was there in 2000 and there was a big American influence on the culture then.
• United States
16 Jan 07
I am an American and live in Nicaragua. My husband is a native of Nicaragua but is an American citizen. He has children living in Costa Rica so we cross the borders on occasion. It is an experience that I really don't like at all. The Ticos are so worried that a Nica will get through their border illegally. It somewhat like the US/Mexican border in that sense. We chose to live in Nicaragua rather than Costa Rica, even though the government in CR is probably more stable. Prices of land as well as most other things are much higher in CR. I really love Nicaragua. I have lived here almost two years.