Costa Rica Costa Rica is a magical country located in Central America, just north of Panama and south of Nicaragua. The country is part of the bridge the connects the North and South American continents. The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is home to many beautiful resort areas and world-class surfing beaches. The gateway to the northern region of the Pacific side of Costa Rica is Liberia, in Guanacaste Province, home to the international airport that is served by nonstop flights from many cities in the United States. The Caribbean side of Costa Rica offers typical Caribbean beaches and charm. The Capital, San Jose, is also well served by many airlines, offering nonstop flights from the US, Canada and Europe.