About Costa Rica

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The happiest country in the world; a paradise for peace and biodiversity; a green beacon for environmental stewardship—Costa Rica is a country of many accolades. But Costa Rica’s history and culture extend far beyond the reach of international recognition. The small Central American nation is home to incredible biodiversity and rich cultures, a passion for freedom, and a history of democracy, equality, and education for all.

Here you’ll find interesting info about Costa Rica’s culture, facts and some fun trivia. Want to know more? Check out our Travel Guide for cuisine, history, travel tips, traditions, and more.


Costa Rican culture is a vibrant blend of indigenous heritage and Spanish colonial influence, with a dash of Jamaican, Chinese, and other immigrant cultures lending character and customs. The result is a nation of laid-back, friendly, and happy people. A nation whose official language is Spanish, but where large portions of the populations speak English, Bribri, creole Mekatelyu, and Mandarin Chinese as their first languages.

A nation proud to be without an army (Costa Ricans disbanded their armed forces in 1949). A nation with a long history of public services, including education and healthcare, available to all. A nation proud to share its cultural riches.

Facts About Costa Rica

Simple statistics cannot do justice to Costa Rica’s friendly people, stunning terrain, rich lands, and long history. But the facts do paint a colorful picture of this Central American nation, where democracy has prevailed for more than 60 years, Catholicism is the state religion, the government is stable, and the environment is of great importance.

Quick Facts

Before you book your Costa Rica vacation, why not brush up on this handy list of facts?



The People

Flora and Fauna


Costa Rica Trivia

There is plenty more to learn about Costa Rica—all it takes is a visit to find out!

  • Where is Costa Rica located?

    Where is Costa Rica located?

    Costa Rica is located in the Central American isthmus connecting North and South America. This Latin American country is a top visited vacation destination!

  • What Is the Weather in Costa Rica Like?

    What Is the Weather in Costa Rica Like?

    Costa Rica’s weather is defined primarily by its two seasons: dry and rainy. Read about when the best time to visit is for the places and activities you want to experience.

  • ¡Pura Vida! Costa Rica Lifestyle

    ¡Pura Vida! Costa Rica Lifestyle

    The motto of Costa Ricans. Simply translated, it means “simple life” or “pure life”, but here in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying—it is a way of life.

  • What Costa Rica Products Can You Buy?

    What Costa Rica Products Can You Buy?

    Costa Rica is famous for its colorful culture, which is well represented in souvenir shops, not to mention the top product-coffee. Find out which are the best for you to bring home from your trip.

  • Costa Rica Wiki Facts

    Costa Rica Wiki Facts

    Everything you need to know about Costa Rica including info about the provinces, San Jose, the holidays and the flora and fauna found here.

  • Restaurants & Food in Costa Rica

    Restaurants & Food in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica has many great restaurants to choose from. Offerings are plentiful with almost all types of international cuisine available in the country.

  • Ticos — The People of Costa Rica

    Ticos — The People of Costa Rica

    Ticos- or Costa Ricans- are a kind and non-confrontational people. Find out about their incredible contributions to society and which athletes you may have heard of.

  • Indigenous Art and Culture

    Indigenous Art and Culture

    Making local crafts is one of the few profitable economic activities Costa Rican indigenous tribes pursue. This ancestral heritage is more than just a manner to provide incomes.

  • The Arts – Culture in Costa Rica

    The Arts – Culture in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica isn’t particularly renowned for its art and has throughout history remained a viewer more than a creator. However as appreciators of the arts, Costa Rican government organizations usually put great care into the...

  • Pre-Columbian History & Colonization of Costa Rica

    Pre-Columbian History & Colonization of Costa Rica

    Costa Rica has been home to several indigenous tribes for thousands of years, but the arrival of the Spanish and the country's subsequent colonization were among the most defining events in the nation's history.