Leap Into February with 29 Costa Rican Fun Facts
February is the shortest month of the year.
It has the fewest minutes, hours, days and so on. Twenty-eight days, to be exact. Except in a leap year, like 2020, when February carries 29.
In honor of this brief stop on our yearly calendar and the phenomenon that is leap year, here are 29 fun facts about Costa Rica which, by the way, is absolutely stunning each February. If you’re looking for a rental house on the beach in Costa Rica, this is a perfect month to set up shop directly on the sand. We have some amazing homes available and can save you a ton of money on your next big vacation getaway. Email [email protected] for more info.
Now, on with our list of the Great 28 (plus one)!
- Costa Rica’s national colors are red, white and blue.
- Nicaragua (north) and Panama (south) are border countries.
- The Costa Rican military was abolished in 1948.
- As of 2018, the nation’s life expectancy was 78.9 years.
- Men are “ticos” and women are “ticas.” Together, men and women are “ticos.”
- Tico voters elect a new president every four years.
- The nation’s literacy rate is higher than 96 percent.
- More than 90 percent of Costa Ricans have some European heritage.
- Colones, the national currency, are named after Christopher Columbus.
- Columbus first visited the region in 1502.
- There are 801 miles of coastline in Costa Rica.
- At 11,000 feet Irazú, or El Coloso, is the country’s highest volcano.
- Chirripo is the tallest peak in the land (12,536 feet).
- Drake Bay, on the southern Pacific coast, is named after English pioneer Sir Francis Drake.
- Isla del Coco, 350 miles from the coastline, was featured in “Jurassic Park.”
- There are at least 50 hummingbird species in the country.
- And 20 times as many species of butterflies (more than 1,000).
- More than 200 species of reptiles live in these jungles.
- As do approximately 34,000 species of insects.
- The Clay-Colored Thrush is the national bird.
- Soccer is the most popular sport nationwide.
- Costa Rica’s men qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Goalkeeper Keylor Navas is the country’s most famous athlete.
- Rawlings manufactured major league baseballs here for decades.
- Still, cycling out distances baseball when it comes to local popularity.
- Costa Rica is smaller than the state of West Virginia.
- The United States is approximately 180-times larger than this country.
- There are plenty of flights arriving each day from the USA, Canada and Europe.
- You deserve a Costa Rican vacation.