Where Is Costa Rica Located?

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Costa Rica is a country located in Central America. It is situated between the bodies of water of the North Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and between the countries of Nicaragua and Panama.

Costa Rica covers a total area of about 19,600 square miles, making it a little smaller than the state of West Virginia and the 130th-largest country in the world. Costa Rica has a coastline stretching about 800 miles. The capital and largest city of Costa Rica is San Jose, located in the central part of the country. Costa Rica has a total population estimated around 4.8 million people, as of 2014, making it the 124th most populated country in the world.