The Black History Month Travel Takeover continues with Costa Rica! Join us on Instagram & Twitter with the hashtag #BHMtraveltakeover! In this black history month series we are celebrating and featuring black travelers in Afro-Latino countries! Afro-Costa Ricans are Costa Ricans of African descent. About 8% of the population in Costa Rica is Afro-Costa Rican. Here is something interesting I learned during my research-many black Costa Ricans are descendants of Jamaicans who went to Costa Rica to work. They are also English speaking Costa Ricans.
Here are a few other facts about Costa Rica. Costa Rica is located in Central America and is bordered by Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The capital and largest city is San Jose. The main language spoken is Spanish. In Costa Rica you will find several forms of dance including soca, salsa, merengue and bachata. “Pure Vida”, which translates to the good life or pure life, is a popular phrase spoken by Costa Ricans. African influences can be seen in Costa Rican cuisine. Popular landmarks and areas are the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Playa Negra, Rincon de la Vieja, Tamarindo, Mal Pais, Playa Jaco and Puerto Viejo. Also, a big draw to Costa Rica is zip-lining! Holly of Holly Dayz Travel describes her adventure doing so in the post “El Santuario Conopy.”
Have you been to Costa Rica? If so, share your thoughts with us below! For more information visit their tourism website.