Costa Rica - Is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the
Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like
the Pre- Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and
immense bio-diversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich
with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
It has a population of around 4.9 million, in a land area of 19,714 square miles; over
300,000 live in the capital and largest city, San Jose with a population of an estimated
333,980 in 2015.
Costa Rica has been known for its stable democracy in a region that has had some instability
and for its highly educated workforce, most of whom speak English.