Those that have chosen to make Costa Rica their home have all been categorized by many names since arriving; Ex-patriots, Foreigners, Americans, US citizens, Gringos and Perpetual Tourists. A few more may be added to the list, as recently, several foreigners have been caught and arrested for growing or selling illegal substances on Costa Rican soil. Sure, it is agreed that all humans belong on this earth and should have free rein, but as it stands now, with the current status quo, there are certain customs, rules and laws that need to be respected, even if they seem ridiculous.
Most Americans have a common flaw that gets them into trouble due to a multi media upbringing of being led to believe that there is an extra special place in the world for Americans. And sometimes even demand extra respect with money and might. That attitude may work within the borders of the USA, but outside it's best checked at the door when entering a new country. Unless of course you are the US military.
Let this serve as a wake up call to all that a little humility and respect will go a long way to living the peaceful, free existence so desired and that maybe, little by little, with time, some mutual respect may be returned. Hopefully, someday, all humans will agree on one law; rule by conscience. Until that time it's best to play by the rules, to be free to enjoy what is good.