Political Map of Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country in southern Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. It has coasts along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica gained independence from Spain, in 1821. Today, the country is known for having the highest standard of living in Central America as well as the highest literacy rate and longest lifespan.
Most of Costa Rica’s people live in the interior highlands rather than along the coasts. The country’s capital, San José, and other large cities are in the central highlands.