Gray skies without sun, freezing temperatures, and wind chills can sometimes be a welcoming change, but after a few days, it can be depressing! Lots of times, we have escaped to a tropical location just to be next to green palms, blue water, and sunshine. Costa Rica is one of our favorite places. Of course it has all the features of paradise- beaches, waterfalls, mountains, rainforests with exotic plants and countless animals, and volcanic soil that makes all the fruit just delectable! But mostly, it’s our favorite because of the ticos. What’s ticos? It’s the locals. Their favorite saying is “Pura Vida”, which means “pure life”. You will constantly hear it everywhere you go. The ticos just simply live while embracing the Barefoot Nation lifestyle. So, what’s your favorite place? Is it a certain beach, state, cruise port, island? Share it with us. We’d love to hear from our citizens!