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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Playa Jaco?

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We asked people in Playa Jaco if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When in Playa Jaco, it is important to be respectful of the local customs. Primarily, this means avoiding any criticism or comments on the local religion and politics. Additionally, you should try to dress modestly and show courtesy when interacting with locals. It is also generally appreciated when people express a general knowledge of the local culture when speaking to locals," commented one expat who made the move to Playa Jaco, Costa Rica.

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"Oh my, embarrassing and humorous blunders! After 17 years in Costa Rica, I am still making such errors. Very lucky for me, Costa Ricans are unfailingly patient and have a quick sense of humor. Most of my blunders are language based. (Remember, learn that Spanish and avoid the embarrassment!) I've ordered aqua con leche (water with milk) instead of coffee with milk.. I've ordered more than one "mystery meat" at the butcher! Some meals at a local soda (Costa Rican local restaurant) resembles nothing of which I thought I'd ordered. I've also tried to master the language and having thought I'd done so, realise that I know nothing! Back to the drawing board and more self-taught Spanish lessons. It is a way of life," remarked another expat in Playa Jaco , Costa Rica.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Playa Jaco?

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