• 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


  • Among the outcomes of the World Meeting of Blue Zones were the validation of factors that safeguard healthy, long lives, the creation of an information and research network, as well as the signing of a Framework Agreement between the institutions.

The path to healthy longevity is one that is under constant construction. Important strides were made along this path in Nicoya on November 16-18 at the World Meeting of Blue Zones, which are helping to determin


According to the data from The National Center of Enery Control, Costa Rica has now added 300 consecutive days of producing its energy from renewable sources for 2017.

To date, 99.62% of national electricity production comes from its five renewable sources (water, geothermal, wind, biomass and sun), the highest proportion since 1987.

Since May 1st 2017,, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has not resorted to thermal backup to generate power. This year,



  • The airline will offer two direct flights to our country.
  • With this connection between San José and Amsterdam-Schiphol, there will be access to 131 destinations around the world.

Today, Royal Dutch Airlines opened their direct flight to Costa Rica. The airline will fly directly to San José, Costa Rica (Amsterdam-San José-Amsterdam) twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) during the European winter (November to Mar


In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate, the Costa Rica government has announced two recovery effort priorities: restoring all national highways and continued monitoring of the affected areas.

President Luis Guillermo Solís, together with the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Care (CNE), which is part of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), and other first responders, have worked tirelessly to restore operations throughout the country in the s

In the wake of Tropical Storm Nate and as a follow-up to the response to the situation occurred, the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís, together with the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (National Risk Prevention and Emergency Response Commission, or CNE) of which the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and other first response institutions are members, have taken on the task of responding in a comprehensive fashion to the storm's impact a

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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Enjoy the Weekend with These Options

  If you do not have plans for this weekend, the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT, as per its acronym in Spanish) invites you to enjoy these free and low-cost options. The options range from spend...

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