Costa Rica Facts – 95 Loving Facts About Costa Rica

Fun facts about Costa Rica

To cut down pollution level in San Jose, Costa Rica, car owners are forbidden to drive one day out of the week. The forbidden day corresponds to the last number on their car’s license plate.

There is an annual race to the top of the highest mountain and back called the Carrera de Campo Traviesa Al Cerro Chirripo. The record time set is 3 hr, 15 min and 3 sec.

Less than 1% of Costa Ricans are of indigenous ancestry, 94% are of European or mestizo ethnicity.

Guaro, moonshine rum made from distilled sugar cane is the indigenous spirit of Costa Rica.

Orchid is the national flower of Costa Rica.

Oscar Arias Sanchez, Costa Rica president from 1986-1990 and from 2006-2010, won the Noble Peace Prize in 1987 for his work in trying to the end the crisis in Central America.

Lake Arenal, a manmade lake is the largest body of freshwater in Costa Rica.

Arenal Volcano is the most active volcano in Costa Rica, it last erupted in 2010.

Costa Ricans receive the news of independence by mail on October 13, 1821, a month after the Spanish Empire has declared independence.

Costa Rica has 801 miles of coastline.