If you're thinking of moving to Costa Rica or just visiting, you may have a lot of questions. For instance, what's the main city? (San Jose.) When is the rainy season? (Around May to November)? What currency of money do they use in Costa Rica? (Colónes.) And how about plugs for electronics and appliances? (110-120 Volts and you probably will need an adapter.)
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Country profile: Costa Rica
Roman Catholicism, but freedom of religion is well respected
Costa Rican Colón (CRC)
Is drinking the water safe?
The water is potable in most of the country. Tourists are safe using the water to brush their teeth, take a shower, etc. However, I recommend using bottled water to consume, especially in rural or coastal areas
$29 USD Country borders: Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east
51,100 square kilometers or 19,653 square miles. To give you an idea, it’s slightly smaller than West Virginia and the 128th largest country in the world
Tropical and subtropical
Dry season is December to April; rainy season is May to November
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Capital: San José
Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada) or most other areas are 220-240 Volts)
Primary Socket Types:
North American Non-Grounded, North American Grounded
Please note that these may not be identical to U.S./Canadian sockets, and may require an adapter.
Carlos Alvarado Quesada
Tourist revenue: $2.6 billion, with an 8.3% yearly increase
Number of visitors:
2.66 million- a 9% increase from the previous year
Percentage of foreign arrivals:
Calling country code: 506
Driving: in the right lane
Common natural hazards:
Ethnic profile (by percentage):
White or Mestizo: 83.6
Mixed ethnic background: 6.7
Black or African descent: 1.1
Religious profile (by percentage):
Roman Catholic: 76.3
Jehovah’s Witness: 1.3
Other Protestant: 0.7
76.8% of total population concentrated in urban areas
97.8% of population over age 15 can read and write
The name Costa Rica means “rich coast” in Spanish and was first applied in the early colonial period of the 16th century.
Costa Rica’s seven provinces:
Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, San José
A non-military nation:
Costa Rica is the only country in the world without an army or military of any kind
Ranges from humid lowland jungles to arid, bare mountain
Length of the Pacific Coastline:
Length of the Caribbean Coastline:
Costa Rica’s national tree:
Guaria morada, orchid
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