If a party starts at 1. The first guest will arrive no earlier than 2. Or 3. Or 4. If you’re supposed to have your cable installed on Monday, just call it Wednesday for safe measure.
Ticos (Costa Ricans) are extremely relaxed and never in a hurry, which may well have to do with the fact that they live longer than most of the world as well.
If you are a type A personality in Costa Rica, you’ll go insane. Patience is a virtue when it comes to tico time. It’s a requirement!
So, how does anything get done? It just get’s done more slowly and maybe sometimes it doesn’t get done. lol .
Additional reading: The End Of Tico Time In Costa Rica