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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.



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


Institutional Services

Institutional Services

Institutional Information

Institutional Information

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


  • The example of Eliecer Víquez, a guide, farmer, entrepreneur and tourism specialist, is a demonstration of the versatility of the over 2,700 ICT-certified guides this International Tourist Guide Day, showing how their knowledge can offer unique experiences for tourists.

February 20. Costa Rica’s first guided tour of a strawberry farm is now available in Poasito de Alajuela, with a traditional ox cart enhancing the experience.

The Cost


  • The short-term provisions include a gradual opening to the Chinese market, new tourism infrastructure, support to SMEs and transportation companies, credits for rural areas and cost-reduction measures for restaurants and hotels. 
  • Domestic tourism will be boosted through accumulated time off and teleworking policies, as well as proposed legislation to make Father's Day an official holiday in 2021. 
  • The announcement


  • Flights between Madrid and San José will start operating twice a week from June 2021.
  • Iberojet is the new name of the airlines belonging to Ávoris, the travel division of Barceló Group.

Friday, February 12, 2021 - Thanks to the efforts of the Costa Rican Tourism Board to attract airlines to the country, Iberojet will be flying two direct flights per week from Madrid, Spain to Juan Santamaría Internati


  • Residents of the United States and Canada participate in the “Who’s essential to you” contest from the ICT. 
  • Fifteen winners will get to go on a seven-day Costa Rican vacation with a travel companion between March 2021 and February 2022.

Wednesday, February 9, 2021 - In a two-month campaign, 5,800 residents of the United States and Canada participated in the “Who’s essential to yo


  • The region’s largest infinity swing offers adrenaline junkies the chance to jump “into the void”.

In the wake of the pandemic, travelers are increasingly motivated to spend time outdoors, breathe fresh air and be in contact with nature.

Throughout the country, business owners have responded to these new trends by strengthening their focus on a sustainable tourism model and the country’s well-known attributes as an outdoor d

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Última Modificación: 03/03/2021.
Instituto Costarricense de Turismo