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Parrita

Escudo of the Province Puntarenas Costa Rica Canton No. 9:  Parrita
Capital:  Parrita City
Size:  448.79 km2
Founded:  1971
Km from Parrita to San José:  116 km

Districts

Parrita, Canton of Puntarenas Province District 1:  Parrita City

History

Parrita, Canton of Puntarenas Province

Almost all of Costa Rican territory was inhabitied befote the arrival of the Spanish. The Huetars lived in this area. In 1924, a young German installed the first banana plantation near the Pirris River (also called the Parrita River) which encopuraged migration of people from San Jose and Guanacaste. The origin of the name , it is said, has to do with a woman named Rita who lived in one of the original settlements. Rita had a business and received packages. “Es pa´ Rita” (It´s for Rita) was often heard so the canton was called Parrita.

General Description

Parrita, Canton of Puntarenas Province

The canton is drained by the rivers Damas, Picaritos, Palo Seco, Chires, Jicote and the Parrita. There have been serious flooding problems near the mouth of these rivers. The economy is dedicated primarily to the production of African palm which substituted banana.

Interesting Sites

Parrita, Canton of Puntarenas Province

Parrita has an extensive coastal region, much of which is suitable for tourism.

Climate

Parrita, Canton of Puntarenas Province

The climate is very warm since elevation is only 15m above sea level.

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