Name: The name means “Rich Coast” in Spanish, although the origin of the epithet is disputed. Some claim it was bestowed by Christopher Columbus in 1502 as Costa del Oro (“Gold Coasto) or by the explorer Gil González Dávila.
Date of Membership in CCLEC: 1996 – EXCO Saint Lucia
Status: Independent — Recognized by Spain (May 10, 1850)
Area: 51,100 km2 (19,700 m2)
GDP: $74.324 billion (2015 estimate)
Capital City: San José
Official Language: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rican colón (CRC)