Enjoy some interesting facts about Costa Rica! and when you are done, scroll to the bottom of the page to find our colouring flag and useful flag printables - including bookmarks, booklet, notebooking page and jigsaw!
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
A little geography:
- The Republic of Costa Rica is a small Central American country between Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south. The country is on an isthmus of land with two coastlines. The Caribbean Sea forms the eastern seaboard whilst the Paciific Ocean is on the west.
- Three volcanic mountain ranges run down the inland spine of the country.
- The capital is San Jose.
- Christopher Columbus named the area 'costa rica' meaning 'rich coast' on seeing native gold when he took refuge from a hurricane in 1502.
- Costa Rica has many active volcanoes including the majestic Arenal, which erupted in 1968 and 2010. Lava flows, ash and steam clouds often occur although it is deemed to safe to visit.
- Locals, called Ticos, are overwhelmingly Spanish speaking, Roman Catholic and of European or mestizo heritage. Just 1% of the 4.5 million people are Indians. There is a thriving Afro-Caribbean community around Puerto Viejo on the east coast.
- Costa Rica’s economy was originally based on coffee and banana exports. Eco-tourism is now booming with 2.4 million visitors in 2012, making Costa Rica the top destination in Central America.
Some interesting facts:
- The most expensive coffee sold by Starbucks in the US in 2012 came from Tarruzo in Costa Rica.
- The country is said to have the world's most habitats for a small country - from tropical rainforest and cloud forest to savannah and mangroves.
- Coast Rica has 4% of the earth's biodiversity, higher than the US and Europe combined, in less than 0.3% of the world's land.
- There are at least 890 species of birds, 230 mammals and 12,000 plants, including no less than 1,500 orchids! Amongst the notable residents are jaguars, sloths, tapirs, sea turtles, scarlet macaws, toucans and hundreds of exotic butterflies.
- Costa Rica has no regular army. It was abolished in 1948 and there has been no civil war since.
- Top surfing location, Witches Rock, featured in the famous surfing documentary Endless Summer II.
About the Costa Rica Flag
The flag of Costa Rica features five stripes - blue, white, red, white, blue, with the coat of arms of the Republic of Costa Rica on the central, wider, red stripe.
Our Costa Rica Resources
We have four variations of Costa Rica bookmarks here, to print and distribute, all featuring the Costa Rican flag.
Find out the answers to our fact-finding prompts and you will soon know a little something about Costa Rica!
There's a lot of detail on the Costa Rica coat of arms, which sits in the central red stripe of the Costa Rica flag. You will need to do some very careful colouring in on this flag colouring page!
You can print the Costa Rica flag out here in 5 different sizes with our download - from nearly full page to very tiny indeed! We think you will find lots of uses for the flags, from bunting through to cupcake toppers!
Where is Costa Rica? Put it into context on our outline map of North America with these location worksheets. Choose from guided and blank.
Choose from one of our notebooking pages featuring the Costa Rica flag. They are useful for storing what you've learn about the country. Page 1 gives you space to draw a map or picture too.
We've picked Costa Rica out in red on our outline map of North America. Children can see its size and its location, as well as its neighbours.