what continent is costa rica on?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Costa Rica is located in Central America (which is a cultural region; as is Latin America) but technically all of Central America is the southernmost tip of North America.
Therefore, Costa Rica is located on the continent of North America (if you live in the U.S.) or the continent of America (if you live in Latin America).
This depends on where you live. Here in Nicaragua we are taught that there are only 6 continents: America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Antarctica and Africa. In the U.S. they're taught 7 continents: North America, South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Antarctica and Africa. However, no countries recognize Central America as a continent on its own. The definition of a continent differs with your place of residence.Source(s): Common knowledge.
- MikeLv 61 decade ago
Wow.... some of the posters above really need a map.
The land mass known as North America contains all of Costa Rica (and part of Panama).
Yes, it is in Central America, but North America includes EVERYTHING on the CONTINENTAL SHELF.
The Continental Shelf is how various continents are decided... North America actually includes Canada, The USA, Mexico, All Central American Countries, almost all Carribean Islands, including the lesser antillies.
So the simple answer: "Costa Rica is part of North America".
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- 3 years ago
Costa Rica is in a mental construct thus all definitions are correct. Decide for yourself which you would like to buy into.
- Anonymous6 years ago
You know that there are 7 continents(6 if you were taught geography in Europe) right now, but do you really know the definition of what is a continent? There are many different, and confusing definitions of what a continent is. The most widely accepted one says that a continent is defined as a large, continuous, discrete mass of land, ideally separated by an expanse of water. This definition somewhat confuses things. Many of the current continents are not discrete landmasses separated by water. The word large leads to arbitrary classification: Greenland, with a surface area of 2,166,086 km2 is considered the world’s largest island, but Australia with a land mass of 7,617,930 km2 is a continent. The qualification that each be a continuous landmass is disregarded because of the inclusion of the continental shelf and oceanic islands and is contradicted by classifying North and South America and Asia and Africa as continents, without a natural separation by water. This idea continues if the land mass of Europe and Asia is considered as two continents. Also, the Earth’s major landmasses are surrounded by one, continuous World ocean that has been divided into a number of principal ‘oceans’ by the land masses themselves and various other geographic criteria.
The people from south and central america are dumb. There are 7 continents not 5. Doesn't matter what is on the Olympic flag...the greeks thought that the earth was flat and that the sun was brought across the sky by a guy on a chariot. THEY ARE WRONG AS ARE YOU. United Stadians ( my new term to distinguish us that live in the us from other "Americans") invited machines that defy gravity, tele communication, and all sorts of other baller ****. you guys are poor and dumb, go eat some rice its all you can afford.
- 1 decade ago
Your question is in what continent is Costa Rica on, so Costa Rica is in America, that is the continent, which is divided in 3 parts: North America (Canada,USA and Mexico), Central America (including Costa Rica), and South America.
P.S. The problem is that us, latin american people, study geography differently from the north american people. As I explained above, we consider America one continent divided in 3 regions. And in the USA you study things in a different way, considering North America a continent and South America another, so we won't agree with your explanation. But for those who live in Costa Rica, and -I think- for all Central Americans, Costa Rica is in Central America, and part of the continent: America.
- Jonathan SLv 41 decade ago
Adyari is correct and the other answerers are not. Central America is not its own continent, but is considered part of North America geographically. Costa Rica, while being in Central America, is technically part of North America. The North American continent ends at either the Panama/Colombia border or the Panama Canal, depending on the convention you accept. So while the three main countries of North America are USA, Canada and Mexico, all of the Central American countries are also part of the same continent.
- 1 decade ago
I'M FROM CENTROAMERICA, WE CONSIDER AMERICA AS ONE CONTINENT, DIVIDED BY 3 REGIONS NORTH, CENTRAL, AND SOUTH IS VERY SIMPLE. BUT YES COSTA RICA IS IN CENTOAMERICA. IN THE US EVERYTHING IS COMPLICATED, METRIC SYSTEM FOR EXAMPLE . IF SOUTH AMERICA IS A CONTINENT MAYBE EASTERN EUROPE IS ONE TOO. REMEMBER THE OLYMPIC FLAG IT HAS A MEANING THOSE FIVE RINGS THAT YOU SEE IN THERE, IT MEANS FIVE CONTINENTS .
- conde_c_bLv 71 decade ago
Costa Rica is in Central America.