Tourism in Costa Rica


Tourism in Costa Rica is on the rise again. Although the number of tourists before the pandemic has not yet been reached, the numbers have been improving every year. It is expected that by the end of this year, he will fully recover. Above all, when we see the latest measures taken by the government to encourage the arrival of tourists to the country.

One of the measures is to increase the number of airplane seats in the airlines in the country. With this, it is expected to reach, and perhaps exceed, the figure of the 392 thousand seats that existed before the pandemic.

It is not necessary to deny that tourism is the main economic engine of Costa Rica. This was reflected in the economy, during 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

To prevent the pandemic from spreading further within the country, the Costa Rican government has adopted a series of measures regarding the entry of tourism into the country. Let’s see what these measures are also some of the most popular tourism options in Costa Rica.

Most popular tourism options in Costa Rica

Tourism in Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica

This is one of the beautiful beaches that shape up the Nicoya Peninsula. Year after year its beautiful sandy beaches, native vegetation, and fauna, attract more and more tourism to Costa Rica. Near its shores, you can find a wide variety of hotels, condominiums, and small tourist establishments so that you have the best possible stay.

Río Fortuna Waterfall Ecological Reserve

This is one of the most visited reserves by tourism in Costa Rica. Every year, there are more than 100,000 tourists come to admire the 70-meter-high waterfall. Of course, they not only come to look at the jump, but also at the wild nature that surrounds it. There are few landscapes in the world more beautiful and relaxing than this. In addition, it is only 4 kilometers from the city.

Manuel Antonio Beach (National Park)

The beach tourism that takes place in the Manuel Antonio National Park is unforgettable. Along its trails, you can see white-faced, squirrels, monkeys, sloths, raccoons, iguanas, and hundreds of other animal species.

In addition, it isn’t just a beach, but the beaches of each of the twelve islands that make up this incredible park. In addition to bathing in its crystal clear waters, you can sail on a catamaran between its islands, cliffs, and rock formations. You can also go kayaking and hiking.

Ponderosa Adventure Park

Much of what tourism in Costa Rica is looking for is its immense biodiversity. Hence, one of its most popular attractions is the Ponderosa Adventure Park. This is a unique amusement park of its kind in the country, where you and your family can enjoy multiple activities, among which rappelling, kayaking, canopy, horseback riding, guided tours, and a safari stand out.

Tico Pod Art House And Gifts

Of course, no one can go sightseeing in Costa Rica and leave without a souvenir or buying some of their local art. This is perhaps why the Tico Pod Art House and Gifts has become so popular with visitors to the country.

The store offers a wide variety of handicrafts and gift items, 100% national and handmade. All the articles are exquisite and with very accessible prices for any budget.

You can do much more tourism in Costa Rica

Of course yes. In Costa Rica, you can do city, gastronomic and cultural tourism. You can also take advantage of bus tours, day trips, among many other diverse offers that arise every day in the country. Which one is the best? It’s up to you and try them. For us: they all are.

Some requirements to enter Costa Rica for tourism after Covid-19

Complete the digital form known as HEALTH PASS

Every foreign tourist who wishes to visit or enter Costa Rica had to fill out this form. There were no exceptions to this. The Health Pass could only be completed from the moment, there are 72 hours left before entering the country. Access was through up-to-date browsers, except for Internet Explorer.

First, this measure was eliminated as of March 7, but only for nationals, and the random review for tourists is maintained. Then, as of April 1, the Health Pass to enter the country and the requirement to pay medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners are eliminated.

However, it is recommended that all tourists who enter the country acquire an insurance policy, broad enough, to cover medical expenses and extended stay due to quarantine, in the event of an eventual contagion of Covid-19.

International insurance policies

Insurance policies have always been recommended, even before the pandemic. To do tourism in Costa Rica you can request your policy, you can opt for any international insurance company that covers the following requirements:

  • Valid throughout the stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
  • $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 illness.
  • USD 2,000 for lodging expenses in case of quarantine by COVID-19.

Ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:

  • Name of the person traveling.
  • Validity of the effective policy during visiting Costa Rica.
  • Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000.00.
  • A minimum coverage of $2000.00 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.

Costa Rican policies

Anyone who is doing tourism in Costa Rica can also opt for any of the following local insurance companies, which sell products registered and authorized by the General Superintendence of Insurance of Costa Rica.

  • INS.
  • Sagic.
  • BlueCross BlueShield.

An important fact in this regard, the minimum coverage for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers is $20,000.00.

Entry into the country by sea and land

By land – By land, the country admits only tourists who do not require a visa (migratory groups one and two are included in the general guidelines for entry and permanence visas for non-residents).

By the sea – As of September 1, 2021, cruise ships are allowed to arrive in Costa Rica. As an essential requirement, it is established that the vessels must guarantee complete vaccination schemes against COVID-19 for 95% of the crew and 100% of the passengers of vaccination age.

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