National symbols
Origin of the name


Alajuela (town)
Because it`s full of mango trees in the Central Park, Alajuela is called "the town of mango trees".

Alajuela (province)
The province of Alajuela is defined as a "province of sugar cane fields".

Cano (island)
It`s called "the island of thunders" because on every year it`s hit by the biggest number of thunders in Central America.

Cartago (town)
Because of frequent overflows of rivers that town was named "the mud`s town".
Because of the specific weather conditions it`s called "the town of fogs".
Because of the potatoes cultivations around and their vital influence on its economy, it`s called "the town of potatoes".

Cocos (island)
Cocos Island is called "the bunch of flowers in the middle of ocean" because of its diversity of flora.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica is defined as "The Switzerland of Latin America". It`s because of similar mountainous landscape, similar size and deep democratic traditions, stability and good economy. (The confirmation of Costa Rica`s prestige is the presence in that country a few international organizations entertaining with human rights).
Because of the moderate climate conditions in the interior of the country it`s called "the country of eternal springs".
Because of the freguent earthquakes Costa Rica is called "the craddle of America".

Crestones (hills)
They are called "the piece of Montana in Costa Rica" and it has to do with intensive red colour of their rocks.

Escazu (town)
Sometimes Escazu is defined as "the town of witches". It has probably something to do with medicines, amulets and herbs prepared by Indian woman that used to lived there.

Esquinas (national park)
It`s called National Park of Austrians because Austrians repurchased huge additional surface to extend its territory in 1999.

Grecia (village)
Thanks to spread pineapples plantations around, it`s called "the pineapple`s capital of Costa Rica".
Thanks to clean and ordered streets it`s called "the cleanest town in Costa Rica".

Guanacaste (province)
The Guanacaste province because of its smallest number of annual rainfalls in country is defined as a "piece of Africa in Costa Rica".
The Guanacaste province because of its dry climate, sandy landscapes and cowboys is called "Costa Rica`s Wild West" or "Texas of Costa Rica".
This province is also defined as a "terrain of cows". It`s because 3/4 of Costa Rica`s cows is raised there.

Irazu (volcano)
Due to its catastrophic eruption, it`s called "the deadly powder keg of nature".

Liberia (town)
Liberia is often called "the white town". It`s because of white volcanic polders, which constantly covered its streets during XIX and at the beginning of XX centuries.

Meseta Central (plateau)
Because of its fertile volcanic soil, ideal for coffee and other agriculture products, Meseta Central is called the "granary of Costa Rica".

Pajaros (island)
Its name means "the island of birds". In reality it composes of breeding place for many bird`s species.

Puntarenas (town)
Because of its very well developed tourist infrustructure it`s called "the Acapulco of Costa Rica".
Puntarenas because of its tourist attractions has been considered long time as a "capital of honeymoon trips".

Rincon de la Vieja (national park)
Because of the similarity to one of USA national parks, it`s called "the Costa Rica Yellowstone".

San Lucas (island)
Because that used to be a prison for men until 1991, it was called "the Island of the Lonely Men".

San Ramon (town)
It`s called "the city of poets and presidents" because several of them were born or lived there.

Tortuguero (national park)
It doesn`t have roads for cars. Instead it has a net of river`s canals. Because of that it`s called "the Amazon of Costa Rica".

Turrialba (village)
Because it`s a base for rafting lovers and due to the neighbouring proper rivers, it`s called "the capital of white water rafting".

Turrialba (volcano)
In colonial times, Spaniards called it "The white tower", because of often eruptions during which smoke and volcanic powder exploded upwards. That looked like a white tower.

Uvita (island)
It`s called "small grape" due to the fact that there grows a tree that is unique to the Caribbean and whose fruit resembles grapes.

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski