The official language is Spanish although as the country welcomes immigrants and tourists from around the world, it enjoys a more diverse culture including hearing various languages spoken by both tourists and residents. Costa Rica also supports 5 recognized indigenous languages. As is the case in much of the Spanish-speaking world, English is not widely spoken in Costa Rica, particularly if you’re going off the beaten path away from touristy zones. Learning a few basic words and phrases in Spanish, as well as the correct pronunciation of place names, will go a long way to making sure you stay safe and avoid the overpriced tourist traps. The local ticos are generally friendly and won’t mind helping you practice your Spanish attempts.