Costa Rica

Embassy of Costa Rica

2114 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica was originally part of the United Provinces of Central America, which had separated from Mexico in 1823. Although the United Provinces had separated into El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica by 1839, Costa Rica did not formally declare its independence until August 30, 1848. Costa Rica established diplomatic relations with the U.S. in March 24, 1851. The first U.S. Minister to present his credentials in Costa Rica did so in 1858.


Costa Rica is a rain forested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.