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John F. Kennedy's viisit to Costa Rica in 1963
John F. Kennedy’s visit to Costa Rica in March 1963

According to Travels Abroad of the President, Office of the Historian, since 1928 only seven U.S. presidents have visited Costa Rica.

They are:

Herbert C. Hoover

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Good will trip. [Visit made as President-elect.] November 28, 1928

John F. Kennedy

Attended Conference of Presidents of the Central American Republics. March 18–20, 1963

Lyndon B. Johnson

Informal visit; met with President Trejos. July 8, 1968

Ronald Reagan

Official working visit; met with President Monge and President Magana of El Salvador.December 3–4, 1982

President Luis Alberto Monge receiving Ronald Reagan at the Teatro Nacional. **
President Luis Alberto Monge receiving Ronald Reagan at the Teatro Nacional. **

George Bush Sr.

Attended Hemispheric Summit Meeting. October 27–28, 1989

Bill Clinton

Attended a Summit Meeting of Presidents of the Central American Republics. May 7–9, 1997

Barack Obama

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Met with President Laura Chinchilla and leaders of the Central American Integration System. May 3–4, 2013

Barak Obama's visit in May 2013
Barack Obama’s visit in May 2013


** In researching this article I found a discrepancy: the U.S. State government website says Reagan visited December 1983, however, an article in La Nacion has Reagan visiting Costa Rica in December 1983.

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