Costa Rica holds so much to behold. A large Diversity in Nature, Climates, Culture, and Geography. But something that you don’t hear a lot about is the Costa Rica population. Believe it or not, Costa Rica doesn’t have a large number of people it peaks at just under five million inhabitants. Its population stats are just under […]
Although Costa Rica is a small country, it does hold a significant number of volcanoes; this is caused by the North East subduction of the Pacific tectonic plate under the Carribean plate. The Arenal Volcano has always been the most famous and most visited of Costa Rica Volcanoes. But here are some other active volcanos […]
Costa Rica is home to an increasing number of expats. All from countries such as the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe. With the great weather, beautiful landscapes and beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and stable political climate, it is not hard to see why. Whether you are a retiree, moving over for work, or are looking […]
Costa Rica Facts Costa Rica facts, the land of Pura Vida has many curiosities and interesting things inside of it. Learn the most interesting and important Costa Rica facts here: Firstly, the Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s national tree, and The national flower is the Guaria Morada, an orchid. The Costa Rica population is approximately five […]
Costa Rica Weather by Regions Although a small country in terms of land area, Costa Rica weather packs a lot of variety between its Pacific and Caribbean shores. Costa Rica has all but two of the Earth’s climates. It doesn’t have the two most inhospitable climates for humans and wildlife, namely snow and frozen tundra […]
Costa Rica geography is diverse featuring over 200 active and extinct volcanoes, steep mountain slopes, endless tropical beaches with sands ranging in colors from sparkling white and pale rose to black, acres of primary and secondary rain forests, dry forests, mangrove and cloud forests, swamps, wetlands, raging rivers, lakes and thunderous waterfalls.
Contrary to popular belief, Costa Rica discovered Columbus in 1502 – not the other way around – when he got lost on his last journey to the New World and mistakenly landed on an island by Limon on Caribbean. Limon became the sight of the first Spanish colonial settlement, and it was these settlers who gave Costa Rica its name, “The Rich Coast”, so named for the settler’s wishful but ultimately unfulfilled dreams of finding gold.
The Costa Rica currency, the Colon, was named after Christopher Columbus, or Cristobal Colon. New colorful waterproof bank notes were released between 2012 and 2014 and feature species of animals found in Costa Rica and are lovely works of art. The bills come in denominations of ¢1,000, ¢2,000, ¢5,000, ¢10,000, and ¢20,000, ¢50,000 with coins of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500 Colones. However, US dollars are excepted at most stores, but your change with be in colones.
The Democratic Republic of Costa Rica is the most stable and oldest democracy of Central America. It has no military but it keeps a domestic police and security forces, and a Coast Guard. It a pleasant and safe country to visit and to live in.
For over 60 years Costa Rica, sometimes deemed “the Switzerland of Central America,” has been existing in relative peace despite civil wars and other conflicts experienced by most of its neighbors. The military was abolished on Dec. 1, 1948 by President Figueres Ferrer after Costa Rica won their civil war.