There Are No Stupid Questions About Costa Rica

Is Costa Rica an island?

Costa Rica is not an island. It is part of the Central American isthmus located between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The similarly named Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean. Speaking of the Caribbean, Costa Rica has two coasts, the western, or Pacific coast where you will find a variety of beach towns and attractions such as Tamarindo, Nosara, Sámara, Manzanillo, Jaco, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, and more. The eastern coast of Costa Rica is on the Caribbean and offers lovely Afro-Caribbean culture, food, and music. The beaches at Puerto Viejo, Cuahita, and Punto Cocles are just as beautiful as those on Pacific coast.


Is Costa Rica Rich or Poor?

Costa Rica is one of the richest countries in Latin America. As of 2019, the per-capita gross domestic product (GDP), a wealth indicator, of Costa Rica is almost $13,000. The GDP of Costa Rica’s northern neighbor, Nicaragua is only $2,440. The largest nation in Latin America, Mexico, has a GDP of $9,711.

The GDP of the United States is approximately $65,000.


What Country is Costa Rica located in?

Costa Rica is its own sovereign nation. It isn’t a territory of any other country. It is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. The question that you may be meaning to ask is, what country is Puerto Rico located in. Puerto Rico is a US territory that in some circumstances is considered a part of the United States, and in others, stands independently.


What is the Best Time of Year to Visit Costa Rica?

Generally speaking, dry season (or summer as the locals call it) is most pleasant time of year to visit Costa Rica. That runs from December until mid-April. However, rainy season in Costa Rica isn’t a bad time to visit if you don’t mind some rain, usually in the afternoon.


Is Crime High in Costa Rica?

Most crimes committed in Costa Rica are opportunistic theft. Violent crime rates in Costa Rica are lower than those of similar vacation destination countries such as Mexico and the Bahamas.


Is Costa Rica a Third World Country?

According to the United Nation’s Human Development Index. Costa Rica is designated a High Human Development nation, falling in the second tier of four.

Another multinational organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has opened talks with Costa Rica for the purpose of joining the OECD’s 34 rich, developed nations.


Is it Safe In Costa Rica?

Yes, as long as you don’t act like a fool.


Are Costa Ricans US Citizens?

Not inherently, no. Puerto Ricans, on the other hand, are US citizens by virtue of being citizens of a US territory.

However, there are more than 100,000 US citizens that live in Costa Rica. There are immigration programs for retired people, people taking sabbaticals, and investors, that confer legal immigration status to foreigners, allowing them to live in the country legally.


Do They Speak English in Costa Rica?

While Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, many Costa Ricans speak English. You will find more English-speakers in touristic parts of the country.


What is Costa Rica Best Known For?

Costa Rica is known for:

  • Coffee

  • Ecotourism

  • Surfing

  • Volcanoes

  • Beaches

  • Rainforests

  • Wildlife


Is it Safe to Travel to Costa Rica Alone?

Yes. But solo travelers should take extra precautions.

ChifrijoJones

Chifrijo Jones is the nom de plume of author, adventurer, and businessman, J. Fisher.

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