• Plan Nacional de Desarrollo
  • Plan Nacional de Desarrollo Turístico

    2017 - 2021

    Plan Nac. Desarrollo Turístico


Costa Rica Tourism Board

To offer better customer service, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT in Spanish) is being renovated. As a part of this process, we put at your disposal a web site with a modern design that includes an array of information to help speed up institutional procedures, operations, and consultations.

We are the governing tourism institution in Costa Rica; our premise is constant innovation so that tourism activities become the engine for the economic growth of the country.

We are the governing tourism institution in Costa Rica; our premise is constant innovation so that tourism activities become the engine for the economic growth of the country.



Tourism Statistics

Every tourism indicator for Costa Rica in one place.



Tourism Sustainability

Our mission to protect the environment has made us stand out.



and Citizen Information

Quick access list to every kind of ICT procedure and consultation.

Esencial Costa Rica

Regional Offices

Where can you find us?

Our locations and what you can do in regional offices


Costa Rica reaches 99.35% of renewable electricity in the first half of 2017


According to the data from the National Energy Control Center (CENCE), Costa Rica generated 99.35% of its electricity with renewable resources during the first half of 2017. This percentage is higher than any annual average from the last 30 years.

Between January 1st and June 30th, the National Electricity System (SEN) produced 5,575.61 gigawatts per hour with the five renewable sources of the national matrix: water (74.85%), geothermal energy (11.10%), Wind (11.92%), biomass (1.47%) and sun (0.01%). The thermal backup represented 0.65%.

At the end of the first half of 2017, Costa Rica accumulated 160 days with 100% renewable electricity and in the same period the SEN exported 93.5 gigawatts per hour to the Regional Electricity Market (MER).

Historically, the first half of the year - which includes the dry season, from January to April – had the highest thermal generation. It is projected that between July and December this percentage will remain stable.


Tourism in Costa Rica

Viistantes por MOtivo de Viaje Placer

75% travel for vacation purposes.

75% of the people visiting Costa Rica travel for vacation, pleasure, and leisure; while only 13% do so for professional and business purposes.

Más de 2 Millones de visitas anuales

More than 2 million visits per year.

Costa Rica has a constant visit growth year after year; and, it remains as the main destination of the Region.

Satuisfacción del Turísta

68% enjoy the sun and beaches of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica offers idyllic beaches in both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, becoming a favorite destination for this activity

Notes Section



  • 4 Air France flights on the Paris-Charles de Gaulle – San José route
  • 3 KLM flights on the Amsterdam-Schiphol – San José route

Starting October 28, 2018, the Air France-KLM group will operate one daily flight between Costa Rica and Europe during the European 2018-2019 winter season.

This is the third time that Air France is increasing its offerings since November 2, 2016, when it opened the Paris-S


  • Ávoris will begin operations in April, connecting Lisbon, Portugal with San José, Costa Rica.  

Ávoris, a company in the Barceló Group, confirmed that beginning in April, it will fly to Costa Rica from Lisbon with an Airbus 330-300, with a capacity of 338 passengers and one flight per week. The flight will be operated by the Evelop airline, which belongs to the Barceló group.

The arrival of this flight



  • LATAM Airlines has chosen Costa Rica as its first Central American destination.
  • The air route will allow flights to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay.

LATAM Airlines has launched its first flight to Costa Rica, making the country the first Central American destination for the airline.

Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of the Republic of Costa Rica, noted that the arrival of this major airline

Enjoy the Museum Walk Pass

 With the new Museum Walk Pass, you can now visit the Jade Museum, the pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and the National Museum of Costa Rica, where you will be able to visit the stone, ceramic, jade a...

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ICT continues to attract new airlines

  The organization will participate in Routes America, an activity that brings together all of the airlines operating in the Americas. More than 32 meetings have been confirmed between ICT an...

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Instituto Costarricense de Turismo