DOING BUSINESS IN COSTA RICA
Frequently Asked Questions General Facts - CINDE
Where is Costa Rica located?
The Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean to the east. The country has a total area of 51,100 km2.
How is Costa Rica geographically divided?
Costa Rica is composed of seven provinces: San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and Limon. These provinces are divided into 81 cantons. San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago comprise the Greater Metropolitan Area (GMA). Approximately 61.7 % of the countries’ total population and 65.6% of the national total labor force reside in the GMA.