Information about Costa Rica

Costa Rica's leadership in combination with local business creativity have produced atractive travel packages in recent years. Hence, tourism has become an outstanding economic activity that contributes to diminish the social gap among citizens.

The country attracted 1.7 million visitors in 2006 and the first three months of 2007 showed an important increase. The growth in the number of direct flights to Costa Rica have compelled airlines to increase their operations resulting in thousands of new seats.

Costa Rica in Focus provides the reader with a journey through the country's impressive tourist destinations.

Visitors let themselves be enchanted by the beauty of Costa Rica's volcanoes and craters, high mountains like Chirripo with views of both oceans, canopy adventures, white water rapids, turtles nesting on beaches, national parks, monuments, forest reserves, wildlife refuges, waterfalls, caves and majestic beaches.

The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism has teamed up with the Ministry of Public Security in the creation of the Tourist Police Force. The performance of these officers during the first two months of 2007 resulted in the reduction of 15% of crimes committed against tourists.

In addition to the success in the reduction in crime, the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism and the Ministry of Transportation have placed 1,300 signs on routes leading to important locations and national parks. The Institute has also placed warning signs in beaches where the tides and marine currents demand precaution.

These joint efforts in between private businesses and the Costa Rican government boost an economical activity that benefits all citizens.