So you’re ready to date a Costa Rican girl. Stop what you’re doing for a minute and inhale that beautiful Costa Rican air, and let me drop 5 things into your lap to help you with that decision.
1. Be prepared to pay for everything.
This might come to no surprise to some, but you better be prepared to pay for absolutely everything. Even if at the beginning of the relationship she is trying to pay for some things, that will eventually end. If you run out of money while trying to date, the relationship is going to turn sour quickly. Also it is good to acknowledge that you will also be paying for her family as well, which leads me to my next point.
2. When you date a Tica you also date her entire family.
Her uncles, aunts, kids, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandma’s and grandpa’s are going to be over your house frequently. This could be a good thing for a lot of reasons but to ex-pats trying to fit into the Costa Rican lifestyle, it’s going to be a drastic change to how you used to live.
3. She will be faithful.
This one might be a bit of a surprise because the Costa Rican man (Tico) is notoriously unfaithful. The Tica’s are generally very faithful to their man. She will fight for you and not talk behind your back. If she has a problem she will be up-front about it. Which is great.
4. Religion is part of life.
If you happen to be a practicing christian or catholic you will have absolutely no problem with this one but if you aren’t, be prepared to change the way you live. Church is a common trip and not only on Sundays but during the week as well. (Great!) Some churches don’t allow visitors in if they know that they drink alcohol. It’s not uncommon to be forced into sobriety while dating a tica.
5. Have patience and it will be worth it.
Ticas are known to be fiesty. They are as spicy as the hotsauce that they put on their pinto in the mornings. You will inevitably do something wrong eventually and be yelled at worse than your mom did when you were a child. The good news is that the fits don’t last long and if you weather the storm, she will eventually calm down and go back to being the sweet girl that you fell in love with.
So there you have it, the good the bad and the ugly, coming from a guy who has been in a happy relationship with a tica for over 8 years. Good luck future Expats and God-speed.