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Costa Rica Tourism Board

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) invites you to explore this dynamic platform, in which you can learn in detail about the area of activity of Costa Rica's leading tourism institution, with up-to-date information for all of your inquiries.

While you browse the sections of this site, which has been designed for you, you will discover the reach of the Board: tourist figures, the departments and divisions that make its work possible, sustainability certifications and the services the Board provides. Information such as the requirements for the tourism declaration and the participation in international trade fairs are just some of the material of interest that you will find among this website's content.

It is a privilege for us to serve you and to work together to strengthen the tourism industry, which drives development, foreign exchange and employment in Costa Rica, and is an engine of growth in its economy. As ICT employees, we are all proud to set ourselves to this difficult task every day, in partnership with the private sector.



Tourism Statistics

Every tourism indicator for Costa Rica in one place.



Tourism Sustainability

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



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

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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

Did you know that you can go glamping in the southern Caribbean in a geodesic dome based on NASA designs?

  Faith Glamping Dome Costa Rica offers futuristic geodesic domes placed in the middle of the forest, just a few meters from the beach in Playa Grande, Manzanillo. Eco-glamping stays are avai...

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Nine can’t-miss attractions you have to see in Santa Cruz and Nicoya

  Did you know... That the crafts of Guaitil are made with iguana sand? That the church of San Blas is one of the country’s oldest? That Barra Honda has caverns that are 60 million years o...

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Manuel Antonio to open Mondays beginning April 1

The objective is to extend the weekend schedule in order to promote the reactivation of the local economy, which has been affected by the pandemic. The park will close on Tuesdays for maintenan...

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Did you know that you can see 30 species of birds in a one-hour tour of Bahía Ballena with a specialized tour guide?

  Bahía Ballena in Uvita might conjure up images of dolphins and whales (since ballena is the Spanish word for whale). Even so, the area offers a wealth of fauna to discover outside the w...

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Notes Section

  • Airline returns to the country after a pause of over one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, April 30, 2021. Southwest Airlines, a US-based carrier, will restart its flights to Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber Quirós international airports beginning June 6, with daily flights from Houston, Texas to San José and Liberia, as well as a weekly route from Baltimore, Maryland to Guanacaste.

“With the return of South


  • Costa Rican Minister of Tourism Gustavo J. Segura and Anasha Campbell, Minister of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, met with political and tourism industry leaders in the Guanacaste region.

Friday, April 23, 2021- The prospects of promoting La Cruz Canton and the surrounding tourism corridor as an attraction for domestic, cross-border and European tourism were among the topics discussed in a meeting attended by Tourism Minister Gustav


  • Gradual and responsible reopening to tourism are the main reasons to choose our country.
  • Vaccinated individuals, couples, families and digital nomads are the main profile of travelers who choose Costa Rica as their preferred destination.
  • Tourists show a preference for nature and open spaces.

April 20, 2021 According to 150 tourism professionals surveyed in Spain, Costa Rica is one of the top 5 global destinations with


  • A total of 89,263 tourists entered the country from all ports of entry, the largest number since borders were closed for a five-month period last year at the beginning of the pandemic.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021. With 89,263 international arrivals, March was the busiest month for tourist arrivals to Costa Rica since the gradual reopening of borders that began last August.

This is the first time that tourist arrivals from all ports of


  • Airline will restart its routes to San José and Guanacaste with three weekly flights.

Monday, April 19, 2021- With three weekly flights beginning June 29, KLM will restart its routes to Costa Rica on its usual Amsterdam-San José-Liberia-Amsterdam route, which it will fly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“We are delighted to celebrate KLM’s return,” said Gustavo J. Segura, Minister of Tourism. &ldq

Última Modificación: 06/05/2021.
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