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Pronounced Pron. ko-sta-REE-ka(Spanish) kaws-tə REE-kə(English) KAWS-TA REE-KA(French) KO-staw-ree-kaw(Hungarian) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsItalian variant spelling: Costarica
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Meaning & History
The name of the Country in Central America. Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested 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.