Costa Rica is the longest standing democracy in Central America.
Costa Ricans are called Ticos (males) and Ticas (females) locally.
Costa Rica is slightly smaller than New Jersey.
There are 800 miles of coastline, both on the Atlantic and Pacific.
Costa Rica has several points where you can see both the Atlantic (Caribbean) and the Pacific.
Costa Rica holds 4.6% of the world’s biodiversity.
The very rare and endangered spider-squirrel monkey can only be found in Costa Rican territory.
Got a bug phobia? There are about 750,000 species of insects that live in Costa Rica, including about 20,000 different types of spiders.
There are at least two venomous snakes for every hectare (2.47 acres).
Measured in terms of number of species per 10,000 sq km Costa Rica tops the list of countries at 615 species.
Just over 25% of Costa Rica is protected national parks and reserves.
Summer (the dry season) is from December to April and winter (rainy season) that runs May to mid November.
Costa Rica is number one on the Happy Planet Index 2 years running.
Costa Rica army was abolished in 1949, although they do have a highly trained special police force.
Costa Rica elected its first female president in 2010, Laura Chinchilla. She is the sixth woman to be elected president of a Latin American country
Costa Rica’s population of 4.4 million people enjoys a literacy rate of 96% and a life expectancy of 79.3 years.
Costa Rica is the most popular destination in Central America for North American expats.
“Pura vida” is the national saying, which means “pure life,” which is used in a multitude of ways such as hello, goodbye, thank you, your welcome and yes.
The average Tico earns ¢8,618 or $17.23 USD, per 8-hour work day, the highest in Central America.
Costa Rica is aiming to be the first country to be carbon neutral by 2021.
Costa Rican women do not take their husband’s last name on marriage although the children take their father’s name.
There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active and Arenal Volcano is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
Less than 1% of Costa Ricans are of indigenous ancestry. 94% are of European or mestizo (mixed) ethnicity.
Nearly all Catholic churches face west, nobody seems to know why.
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