• Population » 4.8 million
  • Languages » Spanish (official), English
  • Religion » Christianity
  • Life expectancy » 77 years (men), 82 years (women)
  • Currency » Costa Rican colon (CRC)


  • 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


  • Tourism is the country’s number one source of income
  • Tourists find prices to be higher than North American prices, for similar quality and service.
  • Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity makes it a popular destination for eco-tourists.


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


  • Perhaps the most prosperous and politically stable country in Central America.
  • One of the highest standards of living in the region
  • The only Central American country without a permanent army.



This page was last updated on 2021.06.17 by Robert Vinet