Republic of Costa Rica
Capital: San Jose HDI: 0.766 (96th)
GDP (PPP): $74.3 billion
Population: 4.6 million
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 immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
Costa Rica was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people before coming under Spanish rule in the 16th century. It remained a peripheral colony of the empire until independence as part of the short-lived First Mexican Empire, followed by membership in the United Provinces of Central America, from which it formally declared sovereignty in 1847. Since then, Costa Rica has remained among the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. Following a brief but bloody civil war, it permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of only a few sovereign nations without a standing army.
Costa Rica Overview – World Bank
An upper middle-income country, the country has experienced steady economic expansion over the past 25 years.
CIA World Factbook – Costa Rica
Economic overview and statistics from the CIA
Industry Trends & Business Climate
Business Climate in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a strategic destination for multinational companies operating in sectors such as services, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and light manufacturing.
Business in Costa Rica
Costa Rica remains one of the safest and most attractive country for foreign investment in Latin America.
Establishing a Presence
Business Types – Types of Corporations — Costa Rica
Currently, in Costa Rica there are only two main types of Corporations.
Business Types – Costa Rica.Net
See “Starting Business in Costa Rica” on this site
Costa Rica Incorporation
Business registration and license requirements
Setting Up a Corporation – Costa Rica
Business Registration Requirements – The 5 steps required to register a new corporation are described on this site
Corporate – COSTA RICA – Taxes in Costa Rica
See “Corporate Taxes” on this site
Personal – COSTA RICA – Taxes in Costa Rica
See “Individual Income Tax” on this site
Personal – Costa Rica Individual – Taxes on personal income
Income taxes on individuals in Costa Rica are levied on local income irrespective of nationality and resident status.
Corporate – Costarica-Corporate Tax
Costa Rica has a graduated tax structure, capping out at a 30 percent tax rate for corporate income levels at $100,000 or higher.
VAT – Costa Rica Sales Tax Rate | VAT | 2006-2016
The Sales Tax Rate in Costa Rica stands at 13 percent.
VAT – Costa Rica Taxes – A More Inclusive 13% Value Added Tax
The Government will keep the same 13%, excluding the professional services and rents which will be 6%
Passport & Visa Requirements – Costa Rica
Costa Rica Entry and Transit Requirements
Embassy of Costa Rica: Tourist Visa Requirements
Not all people who wish to travel to Costa Rica need a tourist visa; this will depend on your nationality, purpose of visit, country of residence and duration of stay.
Costa Rica: Transportation – TripAdvisor
Thuis site provides links to recommended public transportation
Costa Rica Transportation – Anywhere Costa Rica
There are a variey of public transportation options in Costa Rica
Telecommunications in Costa Rica
Telecommunications in Costa Rica include radio, television, fixed and mobile telephones, and the Internet.
Costa Rica – Telecoms
Since Costa Rica’s telecom sector was liberalised it has shown considerable growth in the number of subscribers for all services. – See more at: http://www.budde.com.au/Research/Costa-Rica-Telecoms-Mobile-Broadband-and-Digital-Media-Statistics-and-Analyses.html#sthash.86wzidex.dpuf
Labor Law and policy in Costa Rica
A summary of key employment regulations
Hiring Employees and Labor Laws
See “Firing, Quitting and Severance” on this site
Labor Laws – Costa Rica
An overview of Costa Rica’s labor laws regarding minimum wages, work hours, overtime, vacation, holidays, maternity leave, severance pay and social security.
Cost of Living in Costa Rica
Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.01% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 56.07% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Costa Rica: Climate & Weather Information
A guide to weather, seasonal temperatures and the best time to travel in Costa Rica
Safety and Security in Costa Rica
Petty crime is the most common threat to visitors in Costa Rica, especially in tourist areas and in downtown San José, which should be avoided at night.
Safety And Security | San Jose, Costa Rica
Travel and safety advice from the US Embassy in Costa Rica
Education – Costa Rica Education
Costa Rica boasts a literacy rate of 96 percent making it the most literate population in Central America.
Education – International Schools in Costa Rica
This lsite lists the most popular international and bilingual schools in Costa Rica
Holidays and observances in Costa Rica in 2016
National and seasonal holidays and observances
Holidays – Costa Rica Public Holidays 2016
Bank, national and public holidays for 2016-20
Cost of Living – The Real Cost of Living in Costa Rica
The cost of living in Costa Rica lures a large quantity of expatriates, but it’s important to become educated on effective spending habits
Business Etiquette – Customs & Etiquette – Costa Rica
Dos and Don’t of business etiquette in Costa Rica.
Business Etiquette – Etiquette in Costa Rica | Frommer’s
In general, Costa Ricans are easygoing, friendly, and informal.
Costa Rica Weather, Climate and Geography
In the Central Valley, where the main centres of population are located, the average temperature is 22°C (72°F) and the region enjoys a spring-like climate year round.
Demographics – CIA World Factbook – Costa Rica
Demographic facts and data from the CIA
Demographics – Costa Rica – Demographics
Costa Rica Customs Regulations
Costa Rica Customs regulations and procedures for importing and exporting goods at border.
Costa Rica | Export.gov
Information for US exporters to Costa Rica
WTO | Costa Rica – Member information
This site provides key information on Costa Rica’s participation in the WTO. Costa Rica has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995 and a member of GATT since 24 November 1990.
Housing and Rentals
Lodging Costa Rica
Accommodations in various regions of the country
Costa Rica Hotels and Accommodations
Costa Rica’s diverse accommodations enable visitors to experience the country any way they wish
Travel – Costa Rica
Get practical information and travel tips for planning your Costa Rica vacation. From bus schedules and packing suggestions to passport and visa info
Costa Rica Tourism: Best of Costa Rica
TripAdvisor has 693,410 reviews of Costa Rica Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Costa Rica resource.