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Quick Facts

Before you pack your bags and head to Costa Rica, learn a thing or two about this amazing country:


Natural features

  • Costa Rica is located on Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

  • The country has a total of 800 miles (1,290 kilometers) of coastline.

  • The highest point in the country is Mount Chirripó, standing at 12,530 feet (3,819 meters) above sea level.

  • More than 25% of Costa Rica's national territory is protected by the National System of Conversation Areas.

  • The country has a tropical climate year-round, however, it also houses many microclimates according to various elevations, rainfall, and the topography of each particular region.

It's People

  • Around 95% of the inhabitants can trace their ancestry and find themselves having primarily a European heritage.

  • Spanish is the main language spoken in Costa Rica, however, because of the diversity in cultures, it’s not difficult to find people that speak English in various areas and places.

  • Food in Costa Rica is an interesting blend of Native American, Spanish, African, and European cuisines.

  • Soccer is the most popular sport in the country. Most locals take it to heart, especially when it's the National Soccer League competing.

  • Costa Rica has a population of a little less than 5 million people.



  • Being home to more than 500,000 species, Costa Rica is considered one of the 20 countries with the highest biodiversity in the world.

  • There are about 1,251 species of butterflies and at least 8,000 species of moths in Costa Rica, that are present year-round.

  • Approximately 225 reptiles are found in Costa Rica. This includes over 70 species of lizards, mostly small, forest-dwelling anoles.

  • With 894 bird species having been recorded in Costa Rica (including Cocos Island), this is any birdwatcher’s paradise!

  • Costa Rica is home to nearly 250 species of mammals, which include a variety of monkeys, wild cats, bats, and anteaters.

  • More than 600 of the Costa Rican species are permanent residents, and upwards of 200 are migrants, spending portions of the year outside of the country, usually in North America.

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