Where is Costa Rica?
Where is Costa Rica located? Costa Rica is set on the Central American isthmus that connects North America and South America. Geographically speaking, it is part of North America while its cultural heritage is Latin American.
The climate is tropical, with mild temperatures all twelve months, ranging from low 70°s to mid 90°s. Due to the change in topography throughout the country, from high mountains to beaches there can be large differences in humidity and temperature. There are two distinct seasons: dry & green, and both have their own advantages when visiting, making a Costa Rica vacation possible year-round.
Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south and east. The Pacific Ocean borders the western and southern parts of Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Sea borders Costa Rica on the east.
Costa Rica comprises a total of 19,700 square miles and has 277 square miles of territorial waters. The highest point in Costa Rica is Cerro Chirripó, at 12,530 feet, the highest volcano in the country is the Irazú Volcano 11,257 ft. The largest lake in Costa Rica is Lake Arenal, with the surface of 33 square miles and depth that reaches 200 feet. It was artificially enlarged to its current size with the construction if a hydroelectric dam in 1979.
In terms of latitude and longitude, it is located between 9 and 10 degrees north of the equator within the latitudinal belt known as the Tropics.