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Tourism in Costa Rica

In the 1990s, tourism surpassed agriculture as the largest sector of the country´s economy. The tremendous natural beauty of Costa Rica´s land, flora, and fauna, and its well-organized system of ecotourism attract more than a million visitors each year. According to the Cámara 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 – 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 world´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:

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), through the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism Program (CST), provides a directory of certified companies, hotels and agencies that “comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management." The ICT, whose head office is located in San José, also manages a 24 hour toll-free information line (800-343-6332) in the US.

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The high season for tourists usually runs during the dry season from December through April, and during July and August as well. The most difficult times to secure flights and accommodations are during Christmas and Easter time, so be sure to plan at least 6 to 10 months in advance if you plan to travel during these holidays.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Costa Rica: Travel Insurance in Costa Rica, Volunteer, When to go, Eco-lodges, Safety, Embassies , When to go, PRETOMA Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Studying Spanish and Student.

13 Oct 2010

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