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Costa Rica Facts & Information

 Location Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
 Climate Tropical and subtropical
 Terrain Coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanoes
 Population 4,016,173
 Nationality Costa Rican
 Ethnic groups White 94%, black 3%, Amerindian 1%, Chinese 1%, other 1%
 Religions Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%
 Languages Spanish (official), English
 Government Type Democratic Republic
 Capital San Jose
 Currency Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
 Description of Flag five horizontal bands of blue (top), white, red (double width), white, and blue, with the coat of arms in a white elliptical disk on the hoist side of the red band; above the coat of arms a light blue ribbon contains the words, AMERICA CENTRAL, and just below it near the top of the coat of arms is a white ribbon with the words, REPUBLICA COSTA RICA
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Costa Rica Culture

Locals in Costa Rica refer to themselves as 'Ticos', an endearing term they are proud to be called. They are laid-back, environmentally aware and consider themselves vastly different from their Central American neighbors. Devoid of the political and social chaos that plagues neighboring countries, Ticos have enjoyed a long-standing democratic tradition, with a literacy rate of over 90%. For the past 50 years, they have had no armed forces and the country is widely

known as one of the most stable in Latin America. This, combined with their environmental gems, high-education and low poverty rates are factors Ticos pride themselves on, and it shows in daily interactions with them.

One of the most important elements of Tico lifestyle is the family. Holidays and major celebrations are focused on the family, which include extended members and is not limited to parents and siblings. Federal law requires that spouses be responsible for one another, as well as for their children and immediate family members. In fact, upon exiting the San Jose international airport, one is bombarded with government posters warning visitors that any kind of inappropriate behavior towards children and minors will be met with harsh punishment.

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Costa Rica Shopping

Costa Rica is not known for boutique-lined avenues and extensive shopping like other Latin American countries. So, if you’re used to doing serious shopping while you’re traveling, don’t expect to do so here. Instead, opt to go home with local craft souvenirs and bags of the prized local product, coffee. At about USD $3 a pound, it is the ideal souvenir to bring back home for friends, family, and of course, yourself.

Café Brit is one of the more popular brands, and can be found in grocery stores, hotel gift shops and in a number of coffee shops located within the airport. Café Brit also produces coffee-based chocolate products, and these, too, can be found wherever coffee is sold.

In San Jose, Avenida Central, just west of the Plaza de la Cultura, is a pedestrian-only street mall where you can find inexpensive clothes for men, women and children. You can also purchase hammocks, t-shirts and some handicrafts. Coffee beans here are sold considerably cheaper than in the souvenir shops.


Costa Rica Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Costa Rica including San Jose, Quepos, Jaco, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Alajuela, Limon, Puerto Viejo, and Heredia. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Costa Rican cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

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  San Jose Quepos Jaco  
  Guanacaste Puntarenas Alajuela  
  Limon Puerto Viejo Heredia  


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