Where is Costa Rica located?

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

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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 131st largest country in the world. It became independent from Spain in 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 2 million people living.

Did you know? Costa Rica has no army!


Where is Costa Rica located on the map?

Costa Rica on the map

FAQ about 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. 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?

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

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