Costa Rica Travel Overview

Costa Rica Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: San Jose (See more on SIMPLYYELLOWPAGES.COM)

Official language: Spanish

Currency: Colón

Continent: Central North America

The rich coast

Translated, the name Costa Rica means “the rich coast”. It is the only country in the world without a military, as it was abolished with the 1949 constitution. Due to the social stability in the country and the natural beauty of the country, Costa Rica is sometimes referred to as the “Switzerland of Latin America”.

According to Countryaah, Costa Rica is on the American mainland and has only two neighboring countries: Nicaragua and Panama. In terms of area, Costa Rica is about the same size as Switzerland. Costa Rica has placed more than a fifth of this area under nature protection in the form of national parks, biosphere reserves, Indian reservations and areas that have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The capital San José

The capital of Costa Rica is San José. San José is one of the smallest cities in Costa Rica and has only a few attractions to offer. Nevertheless, it is a tourist and economic center. If you spend your vacation in Costa Rica, you can’t get past San José. You can visit the following sights, among others: the neo-Gothic church La Merced, the Teatro Nacional or the Parque national, in which there is a bronze monument that commemorates the abolition of slavery. One of the best preserved colonial buildings is the Casa Amarilla. Today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in it.

Beach vacation and beach vacation in Costa Rica

Above all else, Costa Rica is a destination for a vacation for nature lovers. For those who prefer to use the sun for sunbathing and extensive disco visits, Costa Rica is probably less suitable. However, there are still some wonderful beaches that invite you to a beach holiday. Costa Rica has an approx. 1400 km long coastline with many dream stands. Including, for example, the beach bay Playa Hermosa, Playa del Coco, Playa de Jaco and many more.

In addition to sunbathing, Costa Rica’s beaches are also good for surfing. Several beaches are open to both beginners and advanced. Generally, the best waves are on the Pacific coast. Jaco is recommended for beginners, and Playa Cojote for a little more advanced.

Attractions in Costa Rica

There are many sights and attractions to discover in Costa Rica. A visit to Finca de Mariposas, for example, is a must when spending your vacation in Costa Rica. The finca of the Mariposas is a tropical garden in which one can admire hundreds of different species of butterflies. It is also recommended to visit the Irazu volcano. The specialty of this volcano is the unique view. From there you can see two oceans at the same time – the Pacific on one side and the Atlantic on the other. Finally, if you spend your vacation in Costa Rica between July and October, you can visit the so-called turtle beach. It is thisTortuguero Beaches. During this time you can watch the turtles bring their eggs to land.

Costa Rican cuisine

The Costa Rican national dish is casado. Casado means “married” in German. What it means is the connection with the Gallo Pinto – a mixture of rice and fried black beans, onions, often with scrambled eggs or sour cream. For a casado you take a Gallo Pinto and give a banana leaf, Fried or boiled meat and salad are also popular, and tortillas are also popular for a small snack.

Important facts

Capital: San Jose

Official language: Spanish


Currency (sub-unit)

Colon (100 céntimos)

ISO 4217 code

CRC / 188


Continent: North America

Region: medium

Geo coordinates: N 9 ° 44 ‘56.1 ” W -83 ° -45’ -12.3″

Highest mountain: Cerro Chirripio (3,810 m)

Total area: 51,100 km²

Mainland: 50,660 km²

National border: 639 km

Coastline: 1,290 km


Dependency: Spain to Spain by 1821

UN member since: 1945

Other political affiliation: Organization of American States

Form of government: Presidential Republic


Costa Rica GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Coffee, bananas, cocoa

BSP: $ 25,979,000,000

GDP: $ 24,678,900,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 49,112,000,000

Economic growth: 3.9%

GDP share of agriculture: 9%

GDP share of industry: 30.2%

GDP share of services: 60.8%

Inflation rate: 15%

Unemployment: 6.4%

State budget revenue: $ 2943,000,000

State budget expenditure: $ 3487 billion

National debt: 55.2%

Export: $ 7,311,000,000

Import: $ 10,460,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 5,272,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 2,184,000,000

Electricity consumption: 7,810 million KWh

Oil consumption: 44,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 10.25%

Bovine: 1,030,000 pieces

Pigs: 603,000 pieces

Fishing: 36,900 t

Demographic data

Residents: 4,075,300

Residents in cities: 2,451,000

Average age: 26.4 years

0-14 years: 28.3%

15-64 years: 66%

> 65 years: 5.7%

Population growth: 1.45%

Birth rate: 18.6 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 4.36 / 1,000 residents

Migration: 0.49 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.02

Fertility: 2.24 children / woman

Infant mortality: 9.7 ‰

Life expectancy men: 74.43 years

Life expectancy women: 79.74 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: CR

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: CRI

ISO 3166 numeric: 188

Top Level Domain: cr

IOC country code: CRC


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 1,169,000

Cell Phones: 653,000

Radios: 3,400,000

TV: 951,000

Computer: 1,180,000

Internet users: 1,989,000


Railway lines: 232 km

Paved roads: 8,664 km

Cars: 412,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 2

Pipelines: 242


Number of doctors: 7,080

Daily food intake: 2.810 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 14,100


Illiteracy: 4%


Foundation: 1821

Last sovereign since: 1821


Main religious group: Christians


Prison inmates: 7,800

Defense Spending: $ 93,100,000