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Costa Rica

Facts & Figures

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  • Capital City: San José
  • Population: 4m
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Team Nickname: La sele (from "La seleccion" - meaning those selected for the team), or "Los Ticos", Spanish slang for people from Costa Rica
  • Official Team Web Site (in Spanish)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Quarter Finals (2014)
  • Best CONCACAF Championship Performance: Winners (1963, 1969)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 21 (August 2017)

Ideas for a Costa Rican Themed Football Party

The Republic of Costa Rica is in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean to the east.

Costa Ricans do like a celebration - being a largely catholic country there are many saints' days celebrated with carnivals and colourful processions, blending together influences from the native American peoples, Spain, Africa and the Caribbean. These carnivals and processions will include music, dancing, colourful costumes and fireworks. While these elements may not all be suitable for use in your front room when watching a Costa Rica football match, anything you can think of that will create a bit of a fiesta atmosphere is great.

Costa Rica Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Costa Rica shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for red, white and blue table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Costa Rican Party Decorations Ideas, visit our American Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in red, white and blue will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a Costa Rica Themed Party

Costa Rican cuisine is a blend of Native American, Spanish, African and Caribbean influences. Rice and beans (or rice and peas) is pretty much ubiquitous as a staple, and fresh fruit and vegetables are in plentiful supply, especially tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, potatoes, onions and members of the squash family (e.g. courgettes/zucchini). Costa Rican food tends not to be quite as spicy as some other Latin American countries, although there are plenty of dishes available for chilli lovers too.

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Drink for a Costa Rican Party

Coffee is one of Costa Rica's major exports, and it will come as no surprise that it is popular within the country as well. However, given that Costa Rica is only just north of the equator and is tropical in its climate, cool refreshing drinks go down particularly well after the first couple of cups of morning coffee!
Refrescos naturales are a Costa Rican tradition, a sort of watered-down smoothie made from whatever fruit is available; water melon, strawberry, passion fruit, blackberry and lime are all popular choices.

The best known Costa Rican beer is Cerveza Imperial, an American style lager which is very much the nation's favourite.

The national spirit is called "guaro", and is made from distilled sugar cane. This is either consumed as a shot, or mixed with fruit juice or cola, and some brands are so affordable that it is cheaper to drink than the beer! Costa Rica also produces a lot of rum, of which the best known is "Ron Centenario".

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