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Costa Rica Essential Information

Country: Costa Rica

Capital: San Jose

Location: Costa Rica lies as a narrow strip of land (isthmus) that connects the two American continents – North America and South America. Its coordinates are 9º55’N and 84º4’W. It is neighboured by Nicargua that lies in the north and Panama that lies to the southeast of Costa Rica. It is bordered by Caribbean Sea in the east and Pacific Ocean in the west.

Area: 51,100 square km (total area), 440 square km (water)

Population: 4.2 million (2009)

Attractions: Beaches, National Parks, Ecotourism, Landscapes, Volcanoes, Biodiversity

Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC). 1 CRC = 0.0019 USD = 0.0012 GBP

Time Zone: GMT-6 hr.

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