General Facts
Culture & Art

The Costa Rican love for social values such as democracy, family and patriotism extends right down to creating a culture for loving culture. Whether it is music, arts or political issues, Costa Ricans take pride in excellence, and strive to be the very best around the globe.

Pura Vida is used by everyone on a daily basis. This expression conveys the state of happiness, greeting, appreciation, peace and the tranquility that political stability and freedom bring to Costa Ricans.

International Festival of the Arts
Since 1989, the biennial International Festival of the Arts has been held in Costa Rica, an artistic-cultural festival that takes to the streets, avenues, theaters and open stages of the Costa Rican capital for 10 days in March.

Jorge Jiménez Deredia: His art has traveled the world through the most renowned museums and art galleries. One of his recent works includes a statue on the exterior facade of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, a structure designed by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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