A general lack of understanding and low
tolerance of the Costa Rican and Latin cultures
Little or no Spanish language skills
Being very overweight (not all overweight
people are obnoxious and ugly Americans)
Foreigners who are pushy, rude, impatient and
very demanding of the local’s services like they owe it to
us because we have more money
Wanting everything to be like it is in the
U.S. and complaining if it isn’t.
Complaining in general about everything in
Costa Rica from the rain to the traffic, etc.
Becoming an overnight expert on everything
and pontificating about it. It is strange that most gringos
start to dole out advice after only living here for less
than a year to those who have been here for a shorter period
of time. Always consider the source!
Bringing a lot of baggage and problems from
the States and dumping it on everyone here.
Having a blog and/or website about Costa Rica
that is seemingly helpful but really is designed to
manipulate or scare people into buying a product or one’s
services. Often these sites claim to be the only “real”
source of information and offer so-called “expert services.”
Most of the cast of characters behind these sites have only
lived here a few years, arrived after the year 2000 and prey
on naïve would-be residents.
Gringo men who think all Costa Rican women
are for sale. Most of these guys treat all women here like
whores which gives the rest of us a bad name. No wonder some
Costa Rican women don’t want to be seen with Americans.