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Famous Costa Ricans

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B

  • Claudia Maria Poll Ahrens olympic medalist
    (born in Nicaragua)
  • Sylvia Poll Ahrens olympic medalist
    (born in Nicaragua)
  • Francisco Amighetti artist
  • Jorge Arroyo playwright
  • Dinorah Bolandi artist
  • Édgar Brenes architect, educator
C - F
  • Víctor Cañas architect, former diplomat
  • Nery Antonio Brenes Cárdenas athlete (sprinter)
  • Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz engineer, physicist, NASA astronaut
  • Aquileo J. Echeverría politician, author, journalist
  • Giannina Facio actress
  • Lorena Clare Facio former first lady, athlete
  • José María Hipólito Figueres Ferrer "father of peaceful modern democracy", former president
  • Walter Flores musician, director
  • Cristina Fournier artist
G
  • Rafael Ángel "Felo" García artist, architect
  • José Federico Tinoco Granados former president, army general
  • Maribel Guardia actress
  • Ricardo Fernández Guardia historian
  • Joaquín Gutiérrez author
  • General Tomás Miguel Guardia Gutiérrez enacted Costa Rica's 1871 Constitution, former president
L - O
  • Ronald Lanzoni athlete, runner
  • José María Castro Madriz lawyer, academic, diplomat, former president
  • Marfil music group
  • Federico Miranda musician
  • Laura Chinchilla Miranda first woman president
  • Joaquín García Monge author
  • Ibo Bonilla Oconitrillo architect, sculptor
  • Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno former president, creator National Insurance Bank, School of Agriculture, Ministry of Health
P - Z
  • Juan Bernal Ponce architect
  • Juan Rafael Mora Porras former president
  • Teodorico Quiros artist
  • Óscar Arias Sánchez nobel laureate
  • Juan Santamaría national hero of Costa Rica
  • Harry Shum, Jr. actor
  • Clodomiro Picado Twight researcher, developer anti-venom serums (born in Nicaragua)
  • Chavela Vargas singer
  • Isidro Con Wong artist
  • Francisco Zúñiga artist, sculptor

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.