Costa Rica expands beach hours and enables entry of Central American citizens
As of October 15, measures are implemented in order to boost activity in coastal destinations
"Sun and beach tourism is the cornerstone of our industry, Costa Rica has 1,228 kilometers of coastline and some 600 beaches and the activities associated with them are preferred by national and international tourists. Extending the visiting hours allows the country continue reactivating employment ”, the Rector of Tourism Minister Gustavo J. Segura reported this Thursday at a press conference.
The opening hours will work the same as the vehicle restriction, that is, they can be visited from Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. Until 10 o'clock p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 5 a.m. at 8 p.m.
In addition, as of this date, the list of incoming flights from Central America and Panama is expanded.
The Minister of Tourism insisted on the importance of complying with health protocols. It was also reported that the municipalities of coastal areas are empowered to close or limit hours if they consider it necessary in specific cases.
He added that there are commitments made in writing from the living forces, development associations, non-profit organizations and tourism chambers such as those of Quepos, Guanacaste, the Federation of Caribbean Chambers and the Puntarenas Chamber of Tourism, committing to ensure the compliance with public order and the protocols established in coastal communities.
The strategic importance of Central America and Panama for Costa Rica is business tourism, which is the main travel reason for those who choose the airway to visit us from these countries.
In 2019, 144,330 international arrivals from Central America were counted, which in statistical terms for the ICT is made up of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
The stay of those who visit us for business and professional reasons is estimated to be 8 nights on average, according to the surveys carried out by the ICT in Juan Santamaría, and 7 nights on average for those who enter through the Daniel Oduber Quirós airport in Guanacaste.