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Facts on Costa Rica The Republic of Costa Rica a Spanish speaking country small mountainous country it is the second to last link in a chain of small nations that together comprise the isthmus of Central America1 The republic is bordered by Nicaragua to the north the Caribbean Sea and Panama on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the south and west2 Costa Rica is divided into two main climates tropical and subtropical There are only two seasons the dry season from December to April and rainy season that runs from May to November Costa Rica has a land area of 19730 square miles3 Costa Ricans have a reputation for friendliness hospitality and a commitment to conversing their countys natural beauty4 This commitment is so strong that Costa Rica protects 26 percent of its country in National Parks Reserves and Refuges including seven active volcanoes5 The Republic of Costa Rica has a population of approximately 4000000 inhabitants where Spanish is the main language and Catholic the official religion It is a democratic nation and citizens are proud of their democratic tradition Every four years Costa Ricans elect a new President - there is no re-election 6 A brief history of the republic when Mexico rebelled against Spain in 1821 Costa Rica and the rest of Central America followed suit Two years later a faction in Costa Rica opted to become part of Mexico sparking a civil war in the country After the republican cities of San Jose and Alajuela soundly defeated the pro-Mexican Heredia and Cartago sovereignty was established San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica as well as the republics largest city7 As a democratic republic Costa Rica adopted its constitution in 1949 Costa Rica has seven providences Alajuela Cartago Herdia Limon Puntarenas and San Jose The provinces are divided into 81 cantons Each province has a governor who is appointed by the president A council elected by the people all
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