San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica.
Located in the center of the country, sprawling across the Central
Valley, the city is the seat of the government, the focal point
of political and economic activity, as well as the major transportation
hub of this Central American nation.
in 1738, San José is one of the youngest capitals of Latin
America by its year of foundation, though it was not named capital
until 1823.Nowadays it's a modern city with bustling commerce,
brisk expressions of art and architecture, and spurred by the
country's improved tourism industry, a significant destination
and stopover for foreign visitors.
Puntarenas, which means "Sandy Point" in Spanish, is
the capital and largest city in the province Puntarenas, Costa
Rica, at the Pacific coast. The eponymous and oddly shaped province
has its largest section in the South, far from the capital.
port, Caldera, is one of the main ports in the country. Some 100,000
live in the city and close towns. With beaches on the Pacific
Ocean, it also attracts many tourists, especially surfers. It
is also a possible stopover point for the touristy Monteverde,
was founded in the 1570s as Cubujuquí.It later changed
its name to Villavieja before adopting its current name in 1763.
is often referred to as the "Ciudad de las Flores,"
but not because of the city's flowers, as many private tourist
companies describe it. At the turn of the 19th centuary, the wealthy
"Flores" family dominated political and social life
in the city. Their home is now the city's municipal museum, located
directly north of the central church.For a brief period in the
1830s, Heredia served as the capital of Costa Rica.
is a province of Costa Rica. It is located in the eastern part of
the country at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It borders from
the south clockwise the country Panama, the provinces Puntarenas,
San José, Cartago and Heredia, and the country Nicaragua.
The capital is Limón. The province covers an area of 9,189
km², and has a population of 339,295 (2000). It is subdivided
into six cantons. About 50 percent of Limón's residents are
Afro-Caribbean (mostly Jamaican) ancestry. English creole and Spanish
are spoken in the province. The town of Puerto Viejo de Limón
is a popular surfing destination featuring the Salsa Brava and Cockle's
is located in the northwestern part of the country, along the
coast of the Pacific Ocean. To the north it borders Nicaragua.
To the east is the Alajuela Province, and to the southeast is
the Puntarenas Province. Guanacaste's capital is Liberia. The
province covers an area of 10,141 km², and, as of 2000, had
a population of 264,238. It is the most sparsely populated of
all the provinces of Costa Rica.
is a province of Costa Rica. It is located in the central part
of the country. Bordering provinces are Limón to the east
and San José to the west. The capital is Cartago and it
was formerly the capital city of Costa Rica. The province covers
an area of 3,124.61 km² and has a population of 461,163.
It is subdivided into 8 cantons. It is connected to San Jose via
a four lane highway.
is a province of Costa Rica. It is located in the north-central
part of the country, bordering Nicaragua to the north, and clockwise
the provinces Heredia, San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste.
The capital is Alajuela. The province covers an area of 9,757.53
km², and has a population of 767,143. It is subdivided into
is famous as the home of the Costa Rican national hero Juan Santamaría.
Santamaría (nicknamed El Erizo ("The Hedgehog")
was a peasant boy who became the national hero during the Campaign
of 1856-1857 when Costa Rica defeated the army of the North-American
filibusterer William Walker.
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