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Costa Rica

Information for those traveling to Costa Rica with PCC in 2024.

What is in this guide?

Use the resources in this guide as a starting point for learning about Costa Rica. There are too many aspects to cover here, but anytime that you need help finding more resources, ask a librarian

Costa Rica

Playa Minas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica; Modified photo by Juliana Barquero on Unsplash

Country Facts & Stats

Costa Rica - FlagDid you know . . .?

  • Costa Rica is home to 161 national parks and wildlife refuges.
  • The country has over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major active volcanoes
  • Costa Rican coffee beans are considered among the best in the world.
  • The local currency is the colon (C).
  • The size of Costa Rica is slightly smaller than West Virginia.

More Facts and Stats

On the web . . .

Internet Search Tip!

Internet Search Tip!

You can limit your Internet search results to websites from Costa Rica by adding their country code top-level domain (.cr) immediately following "site:" in your search phrase. 

Search examples:

  • tourism
  • national parks
  • crime

Use site: and secondary domains to restrict your search even more.

  • will limit your search to universities
  • - commercial
  • - education: colleges, high schools, etc.
  • - financial institutions such as banks, etc.
  • - government
  • - non-profit organizations
  • - health related institutions

Keep in mind that the pages you find will most likely be in Spanish! 

Online Access

Paw: Indicates that a password is needed to access the resource from off campus.The username and password to access databases is the same as what you use to log in to myPittCC and Moodle. The username is your entire myPittCC email address ( 

Community logins are available to Pitt County residents with PCC library cards and others who are enrolled in or are affiliated with PCC programs and continuing education courses. Scroll down and look for the "Community Login" section.