Costa Rica meaning "rich coast" in Spanish.
Capital: San Jose
Land Area: 50,660 sq km
Total Area: 51,100 sq km
Official language: Spanish
Demonym: Costa Rican - Tico
Currency: Costa Rican colón (CRC)
Independence from: Spain
Government: Presidential constitutional republic
Calling Code: +506
The richness of Costa Rica stems from the cultural diversity of its people. Throughout its history, waves of immigrants have added to the pre-Hispanic native populations, settling on this land and making it their home. Costa Ricans are proud to have had more than a century of democratic tradition and more than 50 years without a military. This was abolished in 1948, and the money that the country saves from not having armed forces is invested in improving the quality of life of its citizens. This contributes to the social peace that makes Costa Rica a welcoming place to visit. Costa Ricans, also known as “Ticos,” are famous for being very hospitable people and they would like to keep this reputation..