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Tourists at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport
 - Photo via Tourism Institute -

Costa Rica tourism reaches over 1.3 million

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Published on Monday, July 17, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of June, the Tourism Institute recorded more than 1,338,000 tourists visiting the country.

That is over 114,000 more visitors than the 1.2 million tourists who entered in the same period in 2022.

The number marks a new record compared to the 1,336,000 visitors registered in the country in the same period in 2019, the year before the covid-19 pandemic.

Most of the tourists, about 1.1 million arrived by air, which is equivalent to 88% of the total number of tourists who arrived in the first semester of this year. 

Of these, more than 75% of tourists entered the country at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela Province. While over 20% entered the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Guanacaste Province.

The rest of the visitors entered via land ports of entry or by sea.

The United States continues to be the leading nationality visiting Costa Rica. Authorities documented about 793,000 tourists from the U.S., which is equivalent to 59% of the total number of visitors.

Also, about 149,000 Canadian tourists visited the country, while over 35,000 came from Mexico.

Authorities registered more than 225,000 European tourists. Of these, the majority came from France with more than 40,000 travelers, over 39,000 from Germany, the U.K. with over 37,000 tourists and more than 21,000 visitors from Spain, among other countries.

Statistics show that the average stay of tourists is 13 nights and on average they spend $1,600 during their vacation.

The institute has launched many international advertising campaigns encouraging tourism to Costa Rica. Recently, authorities participated in FIEXPO Latin America, the fair specializing in meetings, incentives, conventions and events.

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Costa Rica.  Last year, about 2.3 million tourists visited the country. That is one million more visitors than in 2021.

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