Costa Rica is a country in Central America known for its beautiful landscape, adventurous terrains, extremely rich culture and touristic sites.
Costa Rica, which means "Rich Coast", constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies. Costa Rica is cited by the United Nations as one of the countries that has attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels. The country is ranked 3rd in the world, and 1st among the Americas, in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index.
Known for ecotourism, Costa Rica has plenty of beaches, in both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, within short travel distances, and also several volcanoes that can be visited with safety such as the Poás Volcano crater. Or visit Cocos Island surrounded by deep waters with counter-currents, admired by scuba divers for its populations of Hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and other large marine species.
Capital: San José
Official Language: Spanish
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