|• Total||226.19 km2 (87.33 sq mi)|
|Elevation||268 m (879 ft)|
|• Density||160/km2 (420/sq mi)|
The head is Guápiles, with category of city, one of the majors outside of the Central Valley (Costa Rica). It is 64 km to the northeast of the capital city of Costa Rica, on the route 32. The city of Limón is to 99 km to the east.
Origin of the name
The origin of the name of Guápiles seems to come from the two rivers that run to both sides of the population, since they are said that they are "Guapes" (Twins). Whereas Pococí, name of the canton, corresponds to the name of the native cacique that inhabited this place to the arrival of the Spaniards. Other caciques that inhabited the region were Camaquiri and Cocorí mentioned in historical primers and national Literature.
It has an area of 259.97 km ².
Guápiles is settled to an altitude of 268 msnm and is considered the main door of entrance to the Costa Rican Caribbean.
Guápiles has an estimated population of 36,469 inhabitants, being the second most populous district of the province, after the center of Limón (with 61,072 inhabitants).
The population centers of the district are:
- Guápiles (City)
- Palma Dorada
- San Miguel
- Toro Amarillo
- La Guaria
- Rancho Redondo
At present (as in the rest of the caribbean zone), the main economic activities are agricultural sector: banana and pineapple, sowing of basic grains and livestock activity.
There are regions of great tourist interest for the beauty of the landscape.
- Canton of Pococí
- District of Jiménez
- District of La Rita
- District of Roxana
- District of Cariari
- District of Colorado
- District of La Colonia
- List of districts of Costa Rica