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Famous People From Costa Rica

Updated June 8, 2017 16.4k views449 items

List of famous people from Costa Rica, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Costa Rica, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Costa Rica you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Costa Rica, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Alfio Piva and David Diach.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Costa Rica?" or "Which celebrities were born in Costa Rica?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Humberto Brenes (Spanish pronunciation: [umˈbeɾto ˈβɾenes]; born May 8, 1951) is a Costa Rican professional poker player. Brenes currently resides in Miami Lakes, Florida with his wife (Patricia) and...  more
  • BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderFemale

    Bali Rodríguez (full name, Bárbara Laura Rodríguez Bonilla) was born on August 8, 1985 in San Jose Costa Rica. She is the daughter of ex-Miss Costa Rica Barbara Bonilla and Carlos Rodríguez, the...  more
  • BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Jens Hoffmann Mesén (born 1974 in San José, Costa Rica) is a writer, editor, educator, and exhibition maker. His work has attempted to expand the definition and context of exhibition making. From...  more
  • Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán

    Dec. at 74 (1801-1875)

    BirthplaceCartago, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán (1801 – c. 1875) was a politician and briefly acting President of El Salvador on three occasions: from 25 October 1844 to 16 February 1845, from 25 April 1845 to 1 February...  more
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  • Luis Chaves

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Luis Chaves (born in 1969), is a Costa Rican poet, considered one of the leading figures in contemporary Costa Rican poetry....  more
  • BirthplaceLimón, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

  • Miguel Gomez

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Miguel Gomez is a screenwriter, film producer, film director and film editor....
  • Alberto Oreamuno Flores

    Dec. at 75 (1905-1980)

    BirthplaceCartago, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Alberto Oreamuno Flores (1905–1980) was a Costa Rican physician and politician, first Vice President of Costa Rica of the Second Republic.He was born in the province of Cartago, son of Nicolás...  more
  • Alejandro Jenkins

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Alejandro Jenkins (born 17 October 1979, San José, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican theoretical physicist. He is currently a professor at the University of Costa Rica and a member of Costa Rica's...  more
  • Armando Foster

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceCosta Rica

    GenderMale

    Armando Foster is a Costa Rican cricket player....
  • Andrea Truque

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderFemale

    Andrea Truque is a film producer....
  • Gerónima Montealegre

    Dec. at 69 (1823-1892)

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderFemale

    Gerónima Montealegre Fernández de Carranza Ramírez (October 30, 1823 - September 16, 1892) was First Lady of Costa Rica and wife of Temporary Head of State Bruno Carranza. She was born in San José on...  more
  • Delmar Costello

    Dec. at 56 (1905-1961)

    BirthplaceCosta Rica

    GenderMale

    Delmar Costello was an actor....
  • BirthplaceQuesada, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo saβoˈɾi.o]; born 25 March 1982) is a Costa Rican footballer, who plays for San Carlos in the Primera División de Costa Rica. Saborío...  more
  • José Adrián Bonilla

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceParaíso, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    José Adrián Bonilla Bonilla (born April 28, 1978 in Paraíso, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican former professional road bicycle racer. He debuted professionally in 2004 with the team Comunidad...  more
  • BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Juan Antonio Marín (born 2 March 1975) is a former professional male tennis player from Costa Rica. He originally played on tour under the Spanish flag, as he had lived in Spain since he was 14, but...  more
  • Maribel Guardia

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderFemale

    Maribel Guardia (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾiˈβel ˈɣwaɾðja]; born Maribel Del Rocío Fernández García on May 29, 1959 in San José, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican and Mexican actress, model, singer and...  more
  • Giancarlo Guerrero

    Giancarlo Guerrero, a native of Costa Rica, became the seventh music director of the Nashville Symphony at the beginning of its 2009-2010 season. Since 2011, he also has been principal guest...  more
  • José Salvatierra

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceCosta Rica

    GenderMale

    José Andres Salvatierra López is a Costa Rican football player, currently playing for Alajuelense in the Costa Rican Primera División, and for the Costa Rica national football team. He plays as a...  more
  • Hernán Sáenz Jiménez

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Hernán Sáenz Jiménez (born 1944 in San Jose, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican economist and lawyer, who was the Minister of Finance for the administration of President Rodrigo Carazo Odio in Costa Rica...  more
  • BirthplaceLimón, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Andy F. Herron (born February 2, 1978 in Limón, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican footballer....  more
  • Guillermo Vargas

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Guillermo Vargas Jiménez, also known as Habacuc, (born September 18, 1975, in San José, Costa Rica) is an artist best known for the controversy caused when he exhibited an emaciated dog in a gallery...  more
  • Kurt Morsink

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    GenderMale

    Kurt Morsink Ramos (born June 27, 1984 in Orlando, Florida) is a retired American-Costa Rican soccer player....  more
  • José León Sánchez

    Age: 90

    BirthplaceCosta Rica

    GenderMale

    José León Sánchez Alvarado is a Costa Rican novelist born in 1929, best known for his works Isla de los hombres solos ("Island of Lonely Men") and Tenochtitlan. He was born in Cucaracho del Río...  more