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Costa Rica on the world map


ContinentNorth America
Lat/long9.7489° N, 83.7534° W
Area51,100Km² / 19,730mi²
NeighborsNicaragua, Panama

Location of Costa Rica on the world map

Costa Rica, officially known as the Republic of Costa Rica is located on the world map at a precise coordinate of 9° North and 84° West. This means it is just above the equator giving it a tropical climate all year round.

Which continent is Costa Rica located in?

The country is located in the continent of North America, and more specifically, the sub-region of Central America.

Countries bordering the map of Costa Rica

Costa Rica map is bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast, with both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean coastlines The Caribbean Sea coastline is on the east side of the country, while the Pacific Ocean coastline is on the southwest side.

The area of Costa Rica

This Central American country covers an area of approximately 51,100 square km or 19,730 square miles making it the third smallest country in Central America. Costa Rican territory also includes several islands located off the coasts of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

Other interesting facts


Its population is estimated at around 4 million people as of 2019 and its capital is San José. Despite being such a small country, Costa Rica has a diverse landscape that includes volcanoes, mountains, beaches, rivers, rain forests, and cloud forests with unique.

Major cities

Costa Rica is home to many cities, the most important being its capital city of San Jose. San Jose is both the political and economic center of Costa Rica, and it boasts plenty of attractions for visitors to enjoy. Other major cities in Costa Rica include Alajuela, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, Cartago, and Guanacaste.

National parks

Costa Rica is home to some of the most stunning national parks in the world. Some of the most popular national parks include Corcovado , Manuel Antonio, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal Volcano, and Santa Rosa. Each park offers something unique and special to visitors with ample opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, kayaking, snorkeling, and more.


Some of Central America’s most breathtaking mountain ranges can be found in Costa Rica. One example is the Talamanca Range, located in the southern portion of the country, is the largest mountain range in Costa Rica and stretches all the way into Panama. The Cerro Chirripó peak is the country’s highest point and one of the tallest mountains in Central America rising 3,821 m above sea level. Other notable ranges include Cordillera de Guanacaste, Cordillera de Tilarán, and Cordillera Central.