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Why Costa Rica?

Quality, innovation and productivity


are written in our DNA


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This is our true nature.
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A concentrated nation distinguished by the value of what we create

Costa Rica has proven to be a concentrated nation, distinguished by the value of what we create: innovation and competitiveness set us apart.

51,100 km2total area. Almost as big as the state of Louisiana in the USA.

4.8 millionpeople live here. 97.4% are literate, the highest in Latin America.

$15,482GDP per capita PPP. One of the highest in the region.

Englishis our second language but we also speak up to ten more.

Colón (¢)is the country’s oficial currency. The dollar is commonly used as well.

24 °Caverage temperature all year round. Lovely, don't you think?

DOWNLOAD ALL STATSSource: INEC, BCCR, IMF, 2016.
DNA

We are the best choice in the region Find out why

It's all about


location, location, location!

What does owning a truly ideal location mean? Being at the heart of where things happen. And Costa Rica is literally there. An ideal geographic location with enviable weather in the center of the Americas guarded by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and a short flight distance from North and South America.

Nowadays, we stand as the most popular nearshore location for companies from the U.S as well as a strategic offshore setting for European companies in the dollar zone.

We even have the same time zone as the U.S Central Standard Time (GMT – 6), providing great convenience for doing business

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Connected to the world

New York CityDaily flight

Los Angeles, CaliforniaDaily flight

Atlanta, GADaily flight

Charlotte, NCTwice a week

Chicago, ILOnce a week

Dallas, TXDaily flight

Houston, TXDaily flight

Orlando, FLDaily flight
Fort Lauderdale, FLDaily flight
Miami, FLDaily flight

Minneapolis, IAOnce a week

Newark, NJDaily flight

Denver, COOnce a week

Phoenix, AZOnce a week

Washington, D.C.Once a week

Montreal, CanadaOnce a week

Toronto, CanadaDaily flight

Frankfurt, GermanyTwice a week

Madrid, SpainDaily flight

Santiago, ChileDaily flight

Caracas, VenezuelaDaily flight

Bogota, Colombia Daily flight

Lima, PeruDaily flight

Panama, Panama Daily flight David, Panama Three times a week

Guatemala, GuatemalaDaily flight

Managua, NicaraguaDaily flight

San Pedro Sula, HondurasDaily flight
Tegucigalpa, HondurasDaily flight

San Salvador, El SalvadorDaily flight

Mexico DF, MexicoDaily flight
Cancun, MexicoFour times a week

Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicTwice a week

FLYING TO COSTA RICA

1,858,965yearly passengers traveling by air. That’s 5,093 a day!

+1000international flights, leaving and entering the country weekly.

2international airports, with the highest standards in the region

5 hoursflight time to New York City. That’s shorter than JFK - LAX!

Source: ICT and Civil Aviation General Directorate

Connected to the world

Caribbean Sea accessPort Limon & Moin

Pacific Ocean accessPort Caldera

CONVENIENT ACCESS

1,108,573port moves (TEU) on both Port Caldera and Port Limon/Moin

10thplace in ranking by volume in LATAM for Port Limon/Moin

1458ships handled annually on both coast lines

US$1 billioninvestment in new container terminal in the Atlantic coast

Source: CINDE

A solid utilities infrastructure

We’ve devoted resources to provide a solid utilities infrastructure that goes from having a powerful, redundant and reliable energy supply network (from renewable energies such as geothermal heat, biomass, eolic and hydroelectric), to promoting the creation of strategically located industrial parks and business centers.

We are boosting a major improvement for the country’s main seaports and airports, highways and telecom infrastructure.

Utilities infrastructure overview

JUAN SANTAMARIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Today, SJO is the second best international airport in Central America and the Caribbean (World Airport Awards, 2014)

DANIEL ODUBER AIRPORT

Daniel Oduber Quirós International airport is the country's second and Central America's ninth busiest airport.

Port Moin

One of the main ports of the country. Soon to be complemented by a new and modern facility.

Caldera Port

Caldera is one of the main ports in the country. Also, regularly scheduled ferries carry vehicles from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula.

Esterillos (PAN-AM)

PAN-AM (Pan-American) is a submarine telecommunications cable system connecting the west coast of South America and the Caribbean, crossing the continent through Panama. It has a bandwidth of 5 Gbit/s.

Puerto Limon (ARCOS)

The Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) is a fiber optic submarine communications cable of 8,400 kilometers that extends between the United States, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.

Puerto Limon (MAYA-1)

MAYA-1 is an optical submarine telephone cable. It began service in 2000, using SDH and EDFA technologies and has a capacity of 82.5 Gbit/s.

SOLARIUM

Solarium has 1.000.000 m2 of land and owns the necessary infrastructure for the development of companies, with industrial ships and offices for immediate occupation.


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Industrial parks in Puntarenas
  • Logística de Granos
  • Puntarenas Free Zone (Saret)
Industrial Parks in Limon
  • Caribe Industrial Park
  • Freehold Free Zone
  • Zona Franca del Atlántico
Industrial Parks in Alajuela
  • Coyol Free Zone
  • CR Green Valley
  • Green Park
  • Propark
  • Zeta Alajuela
  • BES Free Zone

Learn more in "Incentives"

Industrial Parks in Heredia
  • America Free Zone
  • El Cafetal
  • San Antonio Business Center
  • Ultra Park I
  • Ultra Park II

Learn more in "Incentives"

Industrial Parks in San José
  • Avenida Escazú
  • Centro Corporativo El Tobogán
  • Forum I
  • Forum II
  • Lindora Park
  • Zona Franca del Este

Learn more in "Incentives"

Industrial Parks in Cartago
  • Zeta Cartago
  • La Lima Industrial Park

Learn more in "Incentives"

Miravalles Dolar Plant

The solar park is equipped with 4,300 PV modules which will help generate an estimated annual output of 1.2GWh which will be fed into the grid.

Guayabo Plant

Onshore wind farm with a total nominal power of 27,000 kW

Montes de Oro Plant

Onshore wind farm with 8 turbines for a total nominal power of 20,000 kW

Chiripa Plant

Onshore wind farm with 33 turbines for a total nominal power of 49,500 kW

Western Lake Arenal

Onshore wind farm with 57 turbines for a total nominal power of 23,000 kW

Molinos Viento del Arenal

Onshore wind farm with 32 turbines for a total nominal power of 24,000 kW

Valle Central Plant

Onshore wind farm with 17 turbines for a total nominal power of 15,300 kW

Los Santos Plant

Onshore wind farm with 15 turbines for a total nominal power of 12,750 kW

Garita Hydroelectric Station

This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 97.4 MWe.

Cachí Hydroelectric Station

This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 102 MWe.

Arenal Hydroelectric Station

This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 157.5 MWe.

Toro I Hydroelectric Station

This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 23.2 MWe.

Toro II Hydroelectric Station

This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 65.2 MWe.

Angostura Hydroelectric Station

This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 210 MWe.

international airports

Seaports

renewable energy plants

Industrial Parks and business centers

fiber optic submarine cables

Almost 100%of electricity is generated from clean, renewable sources.

3redundant fiber optic submarine cable conections.

+77,000employees working in industrial parks and business centers

+20industrial parks and business centers around the territory

Source: CINDE
New seaports

New terminals in both the Pacific Coast and the Caribbean are scheduled to open in the next 3 years representing over a $1 billion investment.

Better airports

With over $155 million invested, the expansion and modernization of the two main international airports have greatly improved efficiency.

Leaders in Telecom

Telecommunication infrastructure provides 100% redundancy.
And we have one of the highest penetration of mobile devices in Latin America at 156%, higher than the US.

The perfect climate


for agrobusiness and more

In Costa Rica, we don't have extreme temperature changes. We just have two seasons: sunny and rainy. But we have over 8 different microclimates that combined with fertile grounds, provide the ideal conditions to grow, process, pack and export some of the best exotic fruits, vegetables and crops for the most demanding palates in the food industry.

Our weather does not stop regular business operations. We never stop working because of blizzards or heat waves. We're even rarely heavily affected by tropical storms in the Caribbean.

SUMMER SEASON

December - April

It is basically sunny all day long... but with a nice 75°F temperature.

Monthly average temperature

GREEN SEASON

May - November

”Green” since it rains in the afternoons, so everything gets even greener than it already is. We don’t call it winter since it’s not actually cold.

Costa Rica:
A treasure of biodiversity

Costa Rica encompasses only 0.03% of the world's surface, but is the home of 5% of Earth's biodiversity.

The country has many different kinds of forests, from the dry ones in the southern pacific to the famous rain forests of Monteverde, making it a breathing live lab.

5%

of Earth's biodiversity

In just 0.03% of the world´s surface!

A true living, breathing laboratory offering the right conditions for R&D.

Our thriving Life Sciences Sector is living proof of that.

26%

of our territory is protected land

Nature has been our heritage and even the batteries our country´s energy supply.

We want to make sure it continues that way for generations to come.

3

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The coolest places ever!

Coco’s Island National Park, Guanacaste Conservation Area, and Talamanca Range - La Amistad Reserves

Fewer rain

Tropical
dry

Tropical seco

Tropical Moist

subtropical húmedo

Tropical
Wet

Húmedo tropical

Premontane
(Moist/ Wet/ Rain)

Húmedo subtropical

Lower Montane (Wet / Rain)

Subtropical muy húmedo

Montane (Wet / Rain)

Muy húmedo montano bajo

Subalpine Rain Paramo

Pluvial montano bajo
Heavier rain

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