Costa Rica

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  • Capital: San Jose
  • Largest City: San Jose
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC), 556:1 to the US Dollar


  • Costa Rica’s national motto is “Pura Vida” (“Pure Life”), and that sums up the little country pretty well. Protected from most Central American violence by the buffer zone of Nicaragua, Costa Rica is quite safe and relaxed.
  • Like a lot of Central America, the topography is diverse, ranging from beaches to rainforest to volcanic mountains.
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