Where is Costa Rica?

Located in Central America, and borders both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica has a 661.00 km border with Nicaragua (313 km) and Panama (348 km).Costa Rica and Nicaragua regularly file border dispute cases over the delimitations of the San Juan River.

Costa Rica is a North American country covering 51,100.00 km2 of which 0.08% is water and 51,060.00 km2 is land. The area includes Isla del Coco. This makes it the 69th smallest country in the world and slightly smaller than West Virginia. Its geographic coordinates are 10 00 N, 84 00 W and San Jose is the capital city.

Costa Rica means "rich coast" in Spanish.

Its ISO code is CR.


Costa Rica has a mean elevation of 746 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Pacific Ocean. Its highest elevation is Cerro Chirripo which is 3,810m above tall.

It has a climate that ranges from tropical to subtropical, with a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from December to March. Its terrain is made up of coastal plains, separated by rugged mountains and active volcanoes.


Costa Rica has a population of 4,872,543 making it the 123rd largest in the world. The majority of the country lives in urban areas.

Spanish is the official language. The majority ethnic groups are white or mestizo, mulato, or indigenous. The majority of the country is Roman Catholic.

The dialing code for the country is 506.


Costa Rica is an independent country. It gained independence from Spain in 1821. Its constitution was last ratified in 1949.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Costa Rica's GDP is $79,260,000,000.00 (USD) with $16,100.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 92nd largest economy and its citizens the 98th richest in the world. The currency of Costa Rica is the Colon (CRC).

Its major export partners are the United States, China, and Mexico. Its main exports are bananas, pineapple, coffee and melons. Its major import partners are the United States, China, and Mexico. Its major imports include raw materials, consumer goods, and capital equipment.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017