Only if you want to!  Most everyone who works in the tourism industry (hotels, shops, restaurants, taxis, etc) in Costa Rica is bilingual, so you will have no problem getting by.  Locals always appreciate your effort to speak Spanish with them and will be excited to try and help you learn!  If you just know one phrase before coming here, it should be “pura vida” which is Costa Rica`s motto…and if you don`t know what “pura vida” means yet, then you definitely have to come to Costa Rica to experience it for yourself!

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