United Kingdom is the largest source market for Costa Rica

Wednesday, November 8, 2023



Costa Rica, a renowned eco-tourism destination, continues to attract visitors from all over the world, with a notable surge in United Kingdom tourists.

From January to September 2023, a remarkable 49,780 visitors from the United Kingdom explored the natural beauty and cultural wonders of Costa Rica, making the United Kingdom the third-largest source market in Europe, following Germany (53,469) and France (51,314). In total, Costa Rica welcomed 1,848,208 visitors during this period, with year-end projections aiming for 2.3 to 2.5 million visitors.

To enhance the visitor experience and promote sustainable tourism, Costa Rica is investing $4.5 million over the next three years in seven key national parks. These include Manuel Antonio, Tenorio Volcano, Guayabo National Monument, Carara, Arenal Volcano, Irazu in the Prusia sector, and Los Quetzales National Park.

This investment will be directed towards developing new trails, upgrading visitor centers, and implementing crucial conservation initiatives. These parks were selected based on their high visitor numbers, highlighting their importance as natural and cultural attractions.

In a move to make Costa Rica even more enticing for tourists, the government has extended the maximum stay period for foreign tourists on a tourist visa from 90 to 180 days, effective from September 2023.

This extension applies to passport holders from countries that are visa-exempt, which includes most European nations, the US, and Canada. Additionally, the 180-day stay period is designed to appeal to digital nomads seeking longer stays in the country, capitalizing on Costa Rica’s reputation for natural beauty and a stable environment for remote work.

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, renowned for its pristine beaches, national parks, and dry tropical climate, is set to welcome a host of new luxury hotels in 2024. These include the One&Only Papagayo, Peninsula Papagayo, Waldorf Astoria Residences Guanacaste, and Hampton by Hilton Guanacaste Airport, offering a range of high-end accommodations.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore this picturesque region’s beaches, vibrant festivals, and rich cultural heritage. Beyond Guanacaste, the eco-conscious luxury retreat, Our Habitas Santa Teresa, is scheduled to open in Puntarenas province on December 29, 2023.

Nestled on the border of dense forest and the renowned Santa Teresa Beach, known for its world-class surf breaks and abundant marine life, this 45-room hotel promises a low-impact, earth-inspired experience for those seeking to connect with nature.

With its commitment to improving tourist infrastructure, extending visa stays, and the introduction of luxurious accommodations, Costa Rica continues to position itself as a premier destination for travelers seeking a harmonious blend of nature, culture, and relaxation in a sustainable and eco-friendly setting.

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