I still cannot quite understand it. Here in Costa Rica they claim that they are sandwiched in between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Before I came, I received an official PDF with general information about Costa Rica. In it, the location of the country was described as being next to the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Yet this is entirely a lie! The east coast of Costa Rica runs along the Caribbean Sea. But for some reason, the citizens here in the city of San Jose prefer not to associate their country with the Caribbean. When they hear of the Caribbean, they imagine Black people only, and forget that people of all colors inhabit the Caribbean. To many Costa Ricans, being Black is looked down upon and Blacks are not usually seen as equals.
So therefore, Costa Ricans claim that they are next to Atlantic Ocean which to them seems more ‘White’ and more like the United States. To admit that Costa Rica is bordered by the Caribbean would be admitting that there are ‘Black’ people here and would ruin the purity of Costa Rica.
It is all very ridiculous.