Costa Ricans (Ticos) are always gentle, spirited, friendly, educated, polite, and kind people. Always ready to lend a hand to visitors from other countries and treat them well. In Costa Rica you can expect to be made welcome wherever you go. A notable idiosyncrasy here is creating diminutives with -ico instead of -ito (e.g., un poquitico)—hence the words Tico and Tica to describe Costa Rican men and women. Ticos are said to have an odd way of pronouncing the R at the beginning of a word, as in Rica—the R is never rolled or trilled. All in all, rest assured that if your español is not buenísimo, most Costa Ricans will speak slow, proper Spanish to you.
Some Typical Tico Words & Phrases: