The people of Costa Rica are called Costa Ricans. They are also sometimes referred to as Ticos (male) or Ticas (female). This nickname comes from the Spanish diminutive suffix “-tico” or “-tica,” which is often used in Costa Rica to add a sense of endearment or familiarity to words. For example, “amigo” (friend) becomes “amiguito” (little friend), and “hermano” (brother) becomes “hermanito” (little brother). Costa Ricans are known for their friendly and laid-back nature, and they are very welcoming to tourists.