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Located in Central America, Costa Rica, meaning Rich Coast, has 800 miles of shoreline on the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. From north-to-south and east-to-west, Costa Rica never measures longer or wider than 200 miles. The tropical coastlines give rise to mountains, bubbling volcanoes, and a temperate central plateau where most people live among more than 800 species of ferns, 1,000 of orchids, 2,000 kinds of trees, and 200 species of mammals.

Continually demonstrating its commitment to preserving the environment, Costa Ricans have set aside one quarter of their land as protected areas and national parks. Costa Rica has at least 60 volcanoes, five of which are active including Poas Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano. Fourteen major river systems originate in Costa Rica’s mountains, each draining into the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean, the San Juan River or Lake Nicaragua. Two of these rivers, the Pacuare and Reventazon, produce world-famous whitewater rapids, while others, the Sixaola and San Juan Rivers, provide natural boundaries between Costa Rica and bordering nations.

Costa Rica covers an area of 19,563 square miles (50,900 sq. km), comparable in size to Denmark or West Virginia. It is the only country in Central America with no standing army and enjoys continuing stability after a century of democratic government.


Located in Alajuela West (Occidente), on the western rim of the great Central Valley, Naranjo Costa Rica is perfectly situated in the very heart of the country. Overlooking San Jose, Naranjo offers easy access to the bustling city, or the the pristine beaches of the Central Pacific.


There are several options for maps in Costa Rica depending on whether you will be traveling on the main roads or on the little more adventurous curvy, narrow mountain roads. Many of the roads are not marked so a GPS is recommended if you are not familiar with where you are traveling. For an assortment of Costa Rican maps CLICK HERE»