Nicoya (canton)

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Coordinates: 10°08′40″N 85°27′22″W / 10.14444°N 85.45611°W / 10.14444; -85.45611 (Nicoya)

Nicoya
Cantón
Location of Nicoya Canton in Guanacaste Province
Location of Nicoya Canton in Guanacaste Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Guanacaste
Area
 • Total 1,333.68 km2 (514.94 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 52,606
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)

Nicoya is the second canton in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 1,333.68 km²,[1] and has a population of 52,606.[2] Its capital city is also called Nicoya.

The Río Tempisque establishes the northeast boundary of the canton, which cuts through the midsection of the Nicoya Peninsula, touching the Gulf of Nicoya on the east before curving southward to the Pacific Ocean.

Districts[edit]

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The canton of Nicoya is subdivided into seven districts (distritos):[3]

District Postal code Alt. (m) Area (km2) Pop. (2013) Coordinates
Nicoya 50201 123 311.08 24,946 10°08′40″N 85°27′22″W / 10.14444°N 85.45611°W / 10.14444; -85.45611 (Nicoya)
Barrios: Los Ángeles, Barro Negro, Cananga, Carmen, Chorotega, Guadalupe, Granja, San Martín, Santa Lucía, Virginia
Poblados: Cabeceras, Caimital, Carreta, Casitas, Cerro Negro, Cerro Redondo, Cola de Gallo, Cuesta, Cuesta Buenos Aires, Curime, Chivo, Dulce Nombre, Esperanza Norte, Estrella, Gamalotal, Garcimuñóz, Guaitil, Guastomatal, Guineas, Hondores, Jobo, Juan Díaz, Lajas, Loma Caucela, Miramar (northwest), Nambí, Oriente, Los Planes, Pedernal, Picudas, Pilahonda, Pilas, Pilas Blancas, Piragua, Ponedero, Quirimán, Quirimancito, Sabana Grande, Santa Ana, Sitio Botija, Tierra Blanca, Tres Quebradas, Varillas (Zapotillo), Virginia, Zompopa
Mansión 50202 87 211.67 5,674 10°06′10″N 85°22′24″W / 10.10278°N 85.37333°W / 10.10278; -85.37333 (Mansión)
Poblados: Acoyapa, Boquete, Camarones, Guastomatal, Iguanita, Lapas, Limonal, Matambuguito, Matina, Mercedes, Monte Alto, Morote Norte, Nacaome, Obispo, Pital, Polvazales, Pueblo Viejo, Puente Guillermina, Puerto Jesús, Río Vueltas, San Joaquín, San Juan (part), Uvita (part), Vigía, Yerbabuena (part), Zapandí
San Antonio 50203 68 338.17 6,778 10°12′00″N 85°25′57″W / 10.20000°N 85.43250°W / 10.20000; -85.43250 (San Antonio)
Barrios: Guayabal
Poblados: Biscoyol, Bolsa, Boquete, Buenos Aires, Cañal, Carao, Cerro Mesas, Conchal, Corral de Piedra, Corralillo, Coyolar, Cuba, Cuesta Madroño, Chira, Flor, Florida, Guayabo, Loma Ayote, Matamba, México, Montañita, Monte Galán, Moracia, Ojo de Agua, Palos Negros, Piave, Piedras Blancas, Pozas, Pozo de Agua, Pueblo Nuevo, Puerto Humo, Rosario, San Lázaro, San Vicente, Silencio, Talolinga, Tamarindo, Zapote
Quebrada Honda 50204 23 106.93 2,539 10°11′13″N 85°17′57″W / 10.18694°N 85.29917°W / 10.18694; -85.29917 (Quebrada Honda)
Barrios: Tortuguero
Poblados: Botija, Caballito, Embarcadero, Copal, Loma Bonita, Millal, Paraíso, Paso Guabo, Pochote, Puerto Moreno, Roblar, San Juan (part), Sombrero, Sonzapote, Tres Esquinas
Sámara 50205 3 109.51 4,105 09°52′56″N 85°31′47″W / 9.88222°N 85.52972°W / 9.88222; -85.52972 (Sámara)
Barrios: Matapalo, Mala Noche
Poblados: Bajo Escondido, Barco Quebrado, Buenavista, Buenos Aires, Cambutes, Cangrejal, Cantarrana, Chinampas, Esterones, Galilea, Palmar, Panamá, Pavones, Playa Buenavista, Primavera, Pueblo Nuevo, Samaria, San Fernando, Santo Domingo, Taranta, Terciopelo, Torito
Nosara 50206 6 134.92 5,791 09°58′58″N 85°39′12″W / 9.98278°N 85.65333°W / 9.98278; -85.65333 (Nosara)
Poblados: Ángeles de Garza, Bijagua, Cabeceras de Garza, Coyoles, Cuesta Winch, Delicias, Esperanza Sur, Flores, Garza, Guiones, Ligia, Nosara, Playa Nosara, Playa Pelada, Portal, Río Montaña, San Juan, Santa Marta, Santa Teresa
Belén de Nosarita 50207 153 121.4 2,773 10°01′50″N 85°30′20″W / 10.03056°N 85.50556°W / 10.03056; -85.50556 (Belén de Nosarita)
Poblados: Arcos, Balsal, Caimitalito, Cuajiniquil, Cuesta Grande, Chumburán, Juntas, Maquenco, Minas, Miramar Sureste, Naranjal, Naranjalito, Nosarita, Platanillo, Quebrada Bonita, Santa Elena (part), Zaragoza

History[edit]

Nicoya was first mentioned as a canton in a decree dated December 7, 1848.

On September 5, 2012, Nicoya was struck by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake, destroying houses in the canton.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. - INEC
  3. ^ "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "M7.6 - 12km ENE of Hojancha, Costa Rica". United States Geological Survey. September 5, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Mata Blanco, Alonso (September 6, 2012). "Sismo Destruyó Viviendas en Varios Cantones de Guanacaste y Alajuela" [Earthquake Destroyed Homes in Several Cantons of Guanacaste and Alajuela]. La Nación (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.