Costa Rica Quick Facts

Costa Rica Quick Facts

Name: Costa Rica means "rich coast"

Location: Approximately 10° 00' N, 84 º 00' W in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama

Population of Costa Rica: About 4.6 million

Ethnic Groups: White (including mestizo) 94%, Black/Afro-Caribbean 3%, Amerindian 1%, Chinese 1%, Other 1% Religions: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, other Protestant 0.7%, Jehovah's Witness 1.3%, Other 4.8%, None 3.2%

Language: Spanish (official), English spoken for some tourism and concierge

Literacy: 94.9% of Ticos over the age of 15 can read and write

Government Type: Democratic republic

Capital City: San Jose (airline designation SJO)

Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC)

Exchange Rate: Averages 500 CRC per USD (2011)

Seasons: December to April (dry season), May to November (rainy season).

Average Temperature: 21.7°C (71°F) to 27°C (81°F)

Average Rainfall: 79 to 158 inches

With a perfect year-round climate and so much to see, absorb and experience, Costa Rica is an alluring vacation paradise. Plan your once-in-a-lifetime getaway to this land of breathtaking view and adventure!