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Top U.S. newspaper recognizes Costa Rica among the best vacation destination

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Published on Tuesday, August 15, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

One of the leading daily U.S. newspapers, The Washington Post, has recognized Costa Rica as one of the best vacation destinations.

The travel section of the newspaper recently reported that Costa Rica is one of the top nine summer vacation destinations that are less crowded.

"Cancún is Mexico’s top travel destination, attracting millions of nearby Americans for its beaches, cuisine and affordable prices. Instead of the Mexican tourism powerhouse, try a Central American destination with nearly 800 miles of coastline," reads the report.

According to the reporter, while Costa Rica topped lists for flight searches and bookings over the past few years, it’s conspicuously missing from this year’s data. "That should mean fewer people in Guanacaste, home to world-class surfing, or the Osa Peninsula, an off-the-beaten-path tropical fjord," she wrote.

Other destinations recommended in the report are Buenos Aires in Argentina, Montreal in Canada, Nevada in the United States, and the Albanian Riviera among others.

In a recent interview with Pilar Madrigal, director of the Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) for Investment Monitor Magazine, it is expected that by the end of this year, international visitors in Costa Rica will be back to 2019 records, topping three million.

As of June, more than 1.3 million tourists have visited the country.  The number marks a new record compared to the number of visitors registered in the country in the same period in 2019, the year before the covid-19 pandemic.

Last year, about 2.3 million tourists visited the country. That is one million more visitors than in 2021.

Which place do you recommend for first-time tourists to Costa Rica?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com