• Population: 4.8 million
  • Major languages: Spanish (official), English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 82 years (women)
  • Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC)


  • Perhaps the most prosperous and politically stable country in Central America.
    • One of the highest standards of living in the region
    • Tourists find prices to be higher than North American prices, for similar quality and service.
    • Β Tourism is the country’s number one source of income
  • Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity makes it a popular destination for eco-tourists.
  • The only Central American country without a permanent army.


  • Area: 51,100 sq km (19,730 sq miles)
  • Bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south
  • Known for its beaches, mountain ranges, and volcanoes


  • Costa Rica prohibits the importation of Right Hand Drive (RHD) vehicles within it’s borders, even temporarily. If you arrive at a border crossing with a RHD vehicle, there is a strong possibility you will be refused entry.


This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet