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 biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
Capital: San José
Currency: Costa Rican colón (CRC)
Official languages: Spanish
Different ways to move around: Renting a car, by taxi or take the bus in popular tourist destinations