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Foreign Misconceptions About Dating Women in Costa Rica

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Candice Michelle, the GoDaddy Girl

Most foreign men who come to Costa Rica on vacation or business are bound to become enthralled by the sheer number of beautiful women who can be found across the entire country. It is no secret that the human gene pool in Costa Rica tends to favor the female species; this is clearly made evident by actresses such as Madeleine Stowe and Candice Michelle (the GoDaddy girl), who are of Costa Rican descent. As such, many foreign men end up seeking romance in Costa Rica, and unfortunately many of them conk out due to misconceptions.

“How to find a nice Costa Rican woman” is the name of a guide written by Christopher Howard, who is described as follows:

{…} author of 17 editions of “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica.” He has also authored the best selling “Guide to Costa Rica Spanish.”

The article above is oddly published on a site that mainly caters to male sexual tourists; however, it is not unreasonable to think that some of these men will eventually wish to seek a Tica to be their lifetime partner. Mr. Howard asks a few questions that all men should keep in mind when approaching women in Costa Rica for the purpose of romance:

Are you are a kind person?
Can you offer minimum security to raise a family?
Do you sincerely care about her family?
Would you make a good father?

After the valid points above, Mr. Howard follows up with an age-disparity misconception about Ticas:

About 40 percent do seriously prefer older men.

But then he redeems himself:

I have met many Costa Rican friends who are happily married to women 10 to 25 years younger than them.

Surveys taken in recent years by polling firms commissioned by national newspaper La Nacion among women between the ages of 17 to 57 indicate that Ticas are open to dating men who are five years older or younger. The Costa Rica Star has previously published other statistics in this regard:

Some preconceived notions, such as the old adage that “a fat wallet trumps Don Juan anyday” were dispelled by the survey. Ticas value nothing more than loyalty and fidelity in a man, followed by a desire that a man be a good soul mate. Of the women surveyed, 29% wish for partners who are responsible and romantic, with economic viability placing a distant fourth on the list at 27%. Emotional maturity was mentioned by 14% of the Ticas polled, while physical attraction and parenting skills got 9% and 8% respectively.

We also know that women outnumber men in Costa Rica, and they have certain preferences when it comes to the male physique:

  • The majority prefer men who are taller than 170 cm.
  • Two-thirds prefer brown or bronzed skin tones in their men.
  • Dark hair and brown eyes are predominantly favored, although one-third of Ticas like blonde-haired and blue-eyed men.
  • Ten percent of Ticas like muscular men, the rest like men of medium build.

Although women in Costa Rica are better educated than men and have more economic freedom than their Central American counterparts, they tend to be conservative with regard to familial roles:

  • 83 percent of women in Costa Rica would not consider dating men who are financially unable of caring for a family.
  • 34 percent of Ticas insist on staying home while their husbands provide for their families.

A 2011 poll taken by Revista Perfil (owned by Grupo Nacion) revealed that Ticas dislike the following:

  • Infidelity
  • Ungentlemanly behavior
  • Lies
  • Laziness
  • Unpunctuality (!)
  • Procrastination (!!)

In the end, the topics above shall not be taken as gospel. For many centuries, Ticos have been trying to figure out what Ticas want, and each time they think they are close to solving this philosophical conundrum they end up right back where they started. In Costa Rica and around the world, the path to a woman’s heart is twisty and mysterious, and there is a good reason for this, but men just don’t know what it is.

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