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 - Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas and San Jose.

Transportation

Airports

Domestic Airlines & Charters

International Airlines

Domestic Bus Service

Costa Rica's efficient and elaborate public bus system provides the most inexpensive and popular method of travel throughout the country. The vast road system makes virtually every region of Costa Rica accessible by bus. In addition, there are several private bus companies that offer shuttle service throughout the country, see below.

Bus Service - International

  • Expreso Panamá - Costa Rica & Panamá
  • Tica Bus - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua & Panamá.
  • Tracopa - Costa Rica & David, Panamá
  • TransNica - Costa Rica, Honduras & Nicaragua

Car Rental Companies

Ferry Services (Nicoya Peninsula)

Helicopter Rental & Tours

Motorcycle Rental & Tours

Newspapers & Online Media

English

Spanish

Museums & Exhibits

Alajuela

World of Snakes - Grecia

Dominical

Parque Reptilandia

Heredia

Joyas del Tropico Museum
  • Located in Santo Domingo de Heredia, 100 meters east of the cemetery, this natural history museum exhibits insects from tropical rainforests throughout the world. Open Tuesday - Sunday and requires a $5.00 fee for tourists/foreigners.

San José

  • Children's Museum
  • Located in downtown San José, this museum is unlike any other in Central America. At one time an old military prison, this complex was converted into an interactive and educational experience for its children. Costa Rica was sending the message that the future of this tiny country was not going to be that of bloodshed and strife. Instead, its future would be the education and care of its children.
  • Gold Museum
  • The Gold museum, in downtown San José, is easily the country's best with thousands of different examples of Pre-Colombian gold artifacts. The pieces in the collection date from 500 BE to 1600 AD, when the new world was discovered by Christopher Columbus an the artifacts range from simple round earrings to intricately worked representations of local animals. Tastefully exhibited with great lighting and clear concise descriptions, the museum opens a window into the past and into lives of those indigenous groups that lived in Costa Rica.
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art
  • Located on the eastern end of Sabana Park, this museum exhibits a permanent collection of Costa Rica's most highly recognized artistic achievements. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., there is a 400 colones fee, students enter for 200 colones.
  • National Museum
  • former fortress from the revolution of 1948, this renovated yellow building contains exhibits on pre-Columbian art, religious art, and the history of Costa Rica. In addition, the garden courtyard offers visitors a pleasant view of the city of San José. Located on Calle 17, between Avenidas Central and 2, this museum is open from Tuesday - Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There is a 200 colones entrance fee, children under 10 years of age receive free admission.
  • Serpentarium
  • Located in downtown San José, just across from the casino called Colonial (Avenida 1 between Calles 9 & 11). This exhibit contains an exotic collection of tropical reptiles and amphibians, including venomous snakes from Costa Rica, deadly Cobras from Asia and Africa, Giant Pythons, as well as the extraordinary colors of tropical lizards and poison dart frogs. Open everyday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) and 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday). The entrance fee is 500 colones for locals and 1000 colones for foreigners.

Language Schoools

Alajuela Province

Cartago Province

Guanacaste Province

Heredia Province

Puntarenas Province

San José Province

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Guanacaste Province

Puntarenas Province

Accommodations

Alajuela Province

Alajuela District

Alajuela
La Garita
Juan Santamaria International Airport

San Ramón District

Grecia District

Atenas District

Palmares District

Poás District

Orotina District

San Carlos District

Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna
Between La Fortuna and Lake Arenal
Boca Tapada

Alfaro Ruiz District(Zarcero)

Valverde Vega District(Sarchí)

Upala District

Los Chiles District (Caño Negro)

Guatuso District

Cartago Province

Turrialba District

Paraiso District

Cartago District

El Guarco District

Guanacaste Province

Liberia District

Liberia
Rincón de la Vieja

Nicoya District

Nicoya
Playa Nosara
Playa Pelada
Playa Guiones
Playa Garza
Playa Buena Vista
Playa Sámara
Playa Carrillo
Playa Punta Islita
Playa Bejuco
Playa San Miguel
Playa Javilla
Playa Coyote
Playa Caletas

Santa Cruz District

Playa Danta
Playa Pan de Azucar (Sugar Beach)
Playa Prieta
Playa Potrero
Playa Flamingo
Playa Brasilito
Playa Conchal
Playa Real
Playa Grande
Playa Tamarindo
Playa Langosta
Pinilla
Playa Mancita
Playa Avellanas
Playa Negra
Playa Junquillal
Marbella
Playa Azul
Playa San Juanillo
Playa Ostional

Bagaces District

Fortuna de Bagaces

Carrillo District

Golfo Papagayo
Playa Panamá
Playa Hermosa
Playas del Coco
Playa Ocotal
Playa Azul
Playa Matapalo

Cañas District

Abangares District

Tilarán District

Nuevo Arenal/Lake Arenal
Road to Tilarán from Nuevo Arenal
Road to La Fortuna from Nuevo Arenal
Tronadora
Tilarán

La Cruz District

Liberia District

Playa Papaturro
Playa Rajada
Jobo Bay
Sonzapote

Heredia Province

Heredia District

Barva District

Santo Domingo District

Santa Bárbara District

San Rafael District

San Isidro District

Belén District

Flores District

Sarapiquí District

Limon Province

The Limon province, which stretches from the border of Nicaragua to the border of Panama, resides along the Caribbean coast and is divided into six subdivisions, or cantons.

Pococi District

Barra Colorado
Tortuguero
Parismina

Guápiles District

Siquirres District

Limón District

Playa Westfalia

Talamanca District

Playa Cahuita
Hone Creek
Playa Negra
Puerto Viejo
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita
Punta Uva
Manzanillo
Playa Grande

Puntarenas Province

The Puntarenas province is comprised of 11 subdivisions, or cantons, and is divided into two distinct parts. Its upper most portion is split into two distinct parts, with one section residing on the Nicoya peninsula and the other running along the Pacific coast where it reaches the country of Panama.

Puntarenas District

Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen
Playa Mar Azul
Playa Mal Pais
Montezuma
Playa Cabuya
Playa Tambor
Paquera
Playa Naranja
Puntarenas
Monteverde
Santa Elena

Montes de Oro District

Miramar

Esparza District

Esparza
Puerto Caldera

Garabito District

Tarcoles
Playa Herradura
Playa Jacó
Playa Hermosa

Parrita District

Parrita
Playa Esterillos Oeste
Playa Esterillos Este
Playa Bejuco
Playa Palo Seco

Aguirre District

Quepos
Manuel Antonio
Matapalo
Savegre River

Osa District

Dominical
Playa Uvita
Playa Ojochal
Playa Tortuga
Palmar Norte
Sierpe
Drake Bay
Playa San Josecito
Río Claro

Golfito District

Carate
Cabo Matapalo
Playa Tamales
Playa Platanares
Puerto Jiménez
Golfo Dulce
Golfito
Playa Zancudo
Playa Pavones

Coto Brus District

Ciudad Neily
San Vito

Buenos Aires District

Corredores District

Paso Canoas

San Jose Province

Acosta District

Dota District

Copey de Dota
San Gerardo de Dota
Santa María de Dota

Escazú District

Bello Horizonte
San Rafael, Guachipelin
San Antonio

Mora District

Peréz Zeledón District

San Isidro
San Gerardo de Rivas (Chirripo)
La Hortensia

Puriscal District

Santa Ana District

Tarrazú District

San José District

San José
Barrio Tournon

Moravia District

Parque de la Paz
Pavas
Rohrmoser
Sabana
San Pedro

Tibas District

Uraca
Zurquí

Outdoor Activies

Biking Tours

Alajuela Province
Guanacaste Province

Botanical Gardens

Cartago Province
Puntareanas Province

Bungee Jumping

San José Province

Butterfly Gardens

Alajuela Province
Guanacaste Province
Puntarenas Province
San José Province

Canopy Tours

Alajuela Province
Guanacaste Province
Heredia Province
Puntarenas Province
San José Province

Cruises

Fishing

Limón Province
Puntarenas Province

Fly Fishing

Golf Courses & Resorts

Guanacaste Province
Puntarenas Province
San José Province

Horseback Ridiing

Hot Air Ballooning

Kiteboarding

Guanacaste Province

Parasailing & Hang Gliding

Cartago Province
Puntarenas Province

Rafting & Kayaking

Alajuela Province
Cartago Province
Guanacaste Province
Puntarenas Province
San José Province

Scuba Diving

Guanacaste Province
Limón Province
Puntarenas Province

Liveaboard Diving

Sky Diving

Surf Camps & Rental

Guancaste Province
Puntarenas Province

Windsurfing

Alajuela Province

Conservation Projects