Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the most visited destinations in Central America, thanks to its lush rainforest, beautiful beaches and culture. The span of the Costa Rican territory, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, is 200 miles.
Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.
Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces – San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limon. Each province is subdivided into regions and these are subdivided into districts.
While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country is surprisingly accessible – one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).
The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport fishing, snorkelling, and sun bathing. The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centres and its beaches are very popular for surfing.
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