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Costa Rica

Costa Rica (literally Rich Coast), officially the Republic of Costa Rica to the south-southeast, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama & the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

Costa Rica was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army.

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Capital: San José
Currency: Colón (Costa Rican)
Religions: Buddhism, Roman Catholicism
Languages: Spanish

GOV.UK travel advice for Costa Rica

 

Approved providers operating in Costa Rica

Pod Volunteer
Gap Force
Oyster Worldwide
Projects Abroad
The Leap
Raleigh International
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Outreach International