COSTA RICA

Costa Rica means “rich coast”, and it is! Our country stretches majestically from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea in only 51,100 km2 of land.

Costa Rica is home to more than 500,000 living species, almost 6% of Earth’s biodiversity.

LOCATION

Costa Rica stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea in only 20,000 square miles of land. It is located in southern Central America, in the planet’s tropical latitudes an area of incredible global biodiversity. With a land area of 51,100 km2, Costa Rica is bordered to the north by Nicaragua, to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by the Caribbean Sea (Atlantic coast), and to the south by Panama.

POPULATION

Costa Rica has a population of approximately 5,000,000, of which 50% live in the greater metropolitan area at the heart of the country in the central valley, at an average elevation of 1,000 m above sea level.

CLIMATE

Costa Rica is a tropical country with two different, well defined seasons: dry and rainy. The main reason for its biodiversity is the proximity of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, along with the mountain ranges that separate these two major maritime areas. Our inhabitants and tourists can travel from one side of the country to the other in just a few hours, or from the coast to the mountains in minutes, enjoying an amazing variety of fascinating microclimates. The average temperature for the country is 24 °C.

BIODIVERSITY

Costa Rica’s 51,100 km2 are an extraordinary haven of life, both flora and fauna. The country accounts for only 0.03% of the world’s land area and is considered one of the 20 countries with the largest diversity of living species – close to 500,000, almost 6% of the planet’s biodiversity. Some 25% of its territory is protected in conservation areas or natural heritage reserves, making sustainable development possible. The country’s natural wealth and beauty is so spectacular that it has merited international recognition.

FREE COUNTRY

Costa Rica has been a free and independent democratic republic since September 15, 1821. It is a multiethnic country of people with Indigenous, peasant, African and Spanish roots who have fought for the freedom, peace and sovereignty it enjoys today. It is for this reason that Costa Rica decided in 1848 to abolish its army and focus on such meaningful issues as academics, scientific knowledge, environmental conservation, ecology and the development of sports and culture.

SOCIETY

Costa Rica is a nation with strong social progress; indeed, it is one of the most stable and multicultural nations in Latin America. We have a consolidated democracy, top-notch medical insurance, an extensive system of free education, broad coverage of public utilities, exemplary tourism practices and capacity for technological development and effective specialized learning – all of which has helped our people achieve strong collective growth and a better distribution of wealth compared to the size of our economy.

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