Where is Costa Rica located?

By Tim Kroeger September 12, 2019 Central America, Costa Rica

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Where is Costa Rica located? Locate Costa Rica on the map, read fun facts, and get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is located in Central America and borders in the north to Nicaragua and in the south to Panama.

It is one of the few countries that has a Pacific as well as Atlantic Ocean coast.

Costa Rica is with 51.100 square kilometers the 129th largest country in the world. It became independent from Spain in the year 1838.

San José is the capital city of Costa Rica and has around 339,581 inhabitants. Within the larger metropolitan area there are more than two million people living.

Did you know?

Costa Rica has no army!

Where is Costa Rica located on the map?

Check out the following map to see where Costa Rica is located in the world.

Costa Rica on the map

Frequently Asked Questions about Where is Costa Rica

1. Is Costa Rica part of the United States?

Although many Americans like to travel to Costa Rica, it is an independent Central American country and definitely not part of the United States!

2. Is Costa Rica an island?

Costa Rica is not an island but a country on the mainland of Central America.

However, there are some beautiful islands that belong to Costa Rica, including Islas Murciélagos, Islas Catalinas, The islands in the Gulf of Nicoya, Caño Island Biological Reserve, Isla Uvita, and Cocos Island National Park.

3. What is the Costa Rica phone code?

The phone code of Costa Rica is +506.

4. How far is Costa Rica from the Equator?

Costa Rica is located 1,084.37 km (around 674 miles) north of the equator. That means that it is in the northern hemisphere.

5. Which continent is Costa Rica in? Is Costa Rica in North or South America?

Costa Rica is a Central American country. Geographically speaking, it belongs to the North American continent.

6. How do you say hello in Costa Rica?

The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. To say hello you can therefore simply say “Hola”. Another way to say hello is “Buenas”. You can use this any time of the day.

To say good morning use “Buenos días”. Good afternoon means “Buenas tardes” and good night means “Buenas noches” in Spanish.

7. Can I use dollars in Costa Rica?

The local currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colones; however, US Dollars are widely accepted throughout the country. Just be aware of the exchange rate.

At places like local markets it is recommended to pay in Colones to avoid bad exchange rates.

8. What is the best time of year to visit Costa Rica?

The best time to visit Costa Rica highly depends on which kind of activities you would like to do.

Costa Rica has two seasons, dry season and wet season.

The dry season runs from December to April. On the other hand, the green season lasts from May to November.

The Best Costa Rica National Parks

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