So how much do you actually know about this Central American country, other that it is a paradise vacation spot? Before booking your ticket and making your trip to Costa Rica, read on to learn a little bit more about what this country has to offer!
Costa Rica is a very small country, roughly the same area of the US states of New Hampshire and Vermont combined. The capital city is San Jose, which contains a metropolitan population of 2.1 million inhabitants.
San Jose is the main city, but other centers of commerce and people include Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Puntarenas, Limon and Liberia. The two coasts are flat plains, while the central valley of the country is rugged and mountainous.
The total population of the country is 4.5 million in 2010. The Costa Rican people refer to themselves as "Ticos." Although Spanish is the official language, the people on the Caribbean coast speak Creole dialects of English.
Costa Rica boasts of one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 96%.
The currency is the Costa Rica colon, which runs approximately at 500 colones to $1.
Costa Rica is famous for its fruit and coffee production, and these are two things that every tourist must take advantage of. The freshest fruit and high-quality coffee will add nice elements to your vacation!
The name Costa Rica means "Rich Coast" in Spanish, as the area was optimistically called by the Spanish settlers.
The United States and Costa Rica have a close and friendly relationship, as Costa Rica supports the US internationally and the US also serves as Costa Rica’s primary trading partner, totaling almost half of Costa Rican exports. In the 1980s, the US provided more than $1.1 billion of assistance to Costa Rica in efforts to stabilize the economy and expand economic growth.
Over 50,000 Americans live in Costa Rica full-time and over 700,000 Americans visit Costa Rica each year.
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