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 million.
Costa Rica divides into seven provinces: San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Limon.
Costa Rica contains one of the world’s 4 Blue Zones, regions where residents live active lives past 100 years of age.
From northwest to southwest, Costa Rica measures only 285 miles (460 km). Also, at its narrowest, it is only 74 miles (120 km) across.
While Costa Rica takes up only .03% of the world’s land space, it contains 6% of all known living species and has the densest bio-diversity on the planet.
1539, the first time in recorded history that the term Costa Rica, or Rich Coast, was used to describe the territory between Panama and Nicaragua.
Christopher Columbus was the first European recorded to have landed on Costa Rica’s shores on September 8, 1502. Between Uvita Island and the current port of Limón.
Costa Rica has a 96% literacy rate, one of the highest in the world.
Native Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas.
The official religion is Catholic, with 70% of its population counting among the faithful
Coffee was introduced to Costa Rica from Jamaica in 1779. It is one of the largest coffee exporters in the world.
Costa Rican women do not take their husbands’ last name when they get married.
The most deadly snake in Costa Rica is the fer-de-lance. A 9.8-foot pit viper that lives in the rain forest floor.
Costa Rica is the second largest exporter of bananas in the world, after Ecuador.
Costa Rica abolished its armed forces in 1949 and has no military.
Since 1994, revenues from tourism have surpassed revenues from any other industry in Costa Rica. Costa Rica welcomes more than two million visitors every year.
The Irazú Volcano is Costa Rica’s highest volcano with an elevation of 11,259 feet above sea level. In fact, the Chirripo Mountain is the highest peak in Costa Rica at 12,500 feet. The country’s lowest nadir is 790 feet below sea level in the caves of Barra Honda National Park.
Costa Rica has over 120 volcanic cones and 7 active volcanoes.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest, the main habitat of the storied quetzal. Considered also the most colorful and flamboyant tropical bird in Costa Rica.
Isla del Coco is the most remote region of Costa Rica, nearly 360 miles from the mainland into the Pacific Ocean. Also, it is the largest uninhabited island in the world with an area of about 24 square miles.
The sun rises and sets at 5:45 am and 5:45 pm every day of the year.
Costa Rica’s Diquís Delta stone spheres are one of Central America’s most quixotic and strange archaeological findings. Believed to be around 2,000 years old, thousands surprisingly uniform stone spheres, ranging in diameter from 4 inches (10 cm) to 8 feet (2.5 m, discovered in the 1940s. Many find stones placed close to gravesites, in various shapes. Also, thought the spheres were created by the ancestors of the Boruca, Térraba, and Guaymi indigenous tribes.
Lastly, Costa Rica declared itself a sovereign nation in 1823.