Maps of Costa Rica show the country's position on Earth by showing it relative to the large bodies of water on either side, the Caribbean Sea to its north and the Pacific Ocean to its south. Additionally, maps show its borders with its two international neighbors, Nicaragua and Panama.
Within the land mass of the country itself, maps show that Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces, highlighted by the province of San José, home to the country's capital, which is also called San José. To the northwest of the capital province are the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela, which lie on the south side of the Nicaraguan border. Bordering Nicaragua immediately north of the capital are the provinces Heredia and Limón. Maps of the country also show that Limón forms Costa Rica's entire coastline on the Caribbean Sea, as well as a narrow portion of the country's border with Panama. Slightly inland from Limón lies the province of Cartago, and opposite San José, containing most of the coastline on the Pacific Ocean, is the province of Puntarenas.
Maps of Costa Rica highlight the country's largest cities, which, in addition to the capital, include Alajueta, Heredia, Cartago and Puntarenas (the largest cities in the provinces of the same names), as well as Liberia and Puerto Limón.