Tourism in Costa Rica
In the 1990s, tourism surpassed agriculture as the largest sector of the countryÂ´s economy. The tremendous natural beauty of Costa RicaÂ´s land, flora, and fauna, and its well-organized system of ecotourism attract more than a million visitors each year. According to the CÃ¡mara Nacional del Turismo (CANATURA), there were just under 1.5 million visitors in the first nine months of 2009. Volcanoes, beaches, rain forest, rivers, mountains, wildlife preserves, biological stations, and two oceans â€“ the varied wonders of Costa Rica all lie easily accessible within the 19,700 square miles of this tiny Central American country, which caters to both luxury and budget travelers.
Although Costa Rica is the worldÂ´s biggest destination for ecotourism and sustainable tourism, not all hotels, hostels, and tour operators adhere to ecologically responsible standards. To help you navigate the host of travel options in your search for truly eco-conscious accommodations, try consulting the following resources:
Responsible Travel (www.responsibletravel.com)