Facts About Costa Rica

Geography

  • Latitude & longitude: 10° 0´ 0´ N / 84° 0´ 0´ W
  • Land Boundaries: 397 miles (639 km)
    • Nicaragua: 192 miles (309 km)
    • Panama: 205 miles (330 km)
  • Coastline: 801.57 miles (1,290 km)
    • Caribbean Sea: 171.73 miles (212 km)
    • Pacific Ocean: 631.31 miles (1,016 km)
  • Total Area: 19,729.74 sq. miles (51,100 sq km)
    • Land: 19,559.86 sq. miles (50,660 sq km)
    • Water (includes Cocos Island): 169.88 sq. miles (440 sq km)
  • Highest Elevation: Mount Chirripo - 12,533 ft. (3,820 m)
  • Political Map: Costa Rica is comprised of 7 provinces (capitals): Alajuela (Alajuela), Cartago (Cartago), Guanacaste (Liberia), Heredia (Heredia), Limón (Puerto Limón), Puntarenas (Puntarenas) and San José (San José). The map below does not show Cocos Island, which is located some 330 miles (535 km) off the Pacific coast.