In the outlying areas, more people are mestizos, a mixture of European and Indigenous blood.
On the Caribbean coast you find strong links to African lineage, and in Talamanca Mountain, you will find it inhabited by the pure-blooded Indians of various tribes.
Americans of Italian heritage also often follow this tradition. "Casados" – literally, “marriages” – are common dishes at Costa Rica wedding tables.
Casados feature meat, salad, plantains and the ubiquitous gallo pinto.
If you plan to live here for any length of time, my suggestion would be to listen carefully, be patient, respect their culture (it's only about 1,000 years OLDER than our culture in the US), and act like you are a guest... Those who come here to live will be subject to culture shock.
If take few minutes to read our section on culture shock before arriving and you adjustment to life here will be significantly easier. Nearly every town has a Catholic church and many have a football (soccer) field in front of the church! There are many spectacular churches here in Costa Rica, some over three hundred years old like the one in this photograph to the right.
The bride throws her bouquet to unmarried female guests, and the groom shoots her garter to unmarried male ones, just like in the U. Rice is thrown over their heads as they leave the church for good luck.They worry about politics, Iraq, crooked politicians, and the economy. This can cause MUCH confusion to foreigners, especially North Americans who tend to be very direct.If a Tico feels a "no" answer would in any way offend, they may well say "yes" or "maybe", or "I think so" or "that might be difficult", which is still pretty much means "no", but sounds more polite! Many visitors, especially from the US, find this a tad difficult to comprehend.Many Costa Rican couples choose seafood barbecues for their celebratory meal after a beach wedding.If you're tying the knot at an inclusive resort, a wedding dinner is often part of the package.