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Costa Rica Facts & Figures

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Total area:: 19,730 sq mi (51,100 sq km)
Population (2009 est.): 4,253,877
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): San José, 1,527,300 (metro. area)
Currency: Colón
Language: Spanish
Religion: Roman Catholic 76%, Evangelical 14%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1%, other Protestant 1%, other 5%, none 3%
Time zone: GMT-6, no daylight saving time
Electricity: 110V/60Hz AC (North American standard plugs)


Costa Rica is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the east and south. The country is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. The biggest attraction of Costa Rica is its stunning, unspoiled natural environment - one third of the country has been designated as protected areas.

What Costa Rica offers is its magnificent landscapes, the diversity of flora and fauna, superb wildlife viewing, volcanoes, mountains and beautiful resorts and beaches. Not to mention great opportunities for water sport lovers and scuba divers. No visitor will be disappointed.


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Costa Rica Ecotourism, The Gem Called Corcovado

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A Costa Rican Fairytale: Beauty And The Beach

Costa Rica literally translates into "Rich Coast," so named by Columbus for the gold necklaces worn by the native people when he arrived in the early 16th century. However misleading the name might have been for gold hunters, it appropriately describes Costa Rica's copious coastline...

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