The latest figures from the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) indicate that a total of 76,173 visitors from the UK travelled to Costa Rica in 2017, representing an increase of 6.7% on the previous year.

This figure strengthens the position of the UK as Costa Rica’s largest source market in Europe. The UK was also the biggest source market of visitors to Costa Rica in 2016, one year after British Airways launched direct flights between Gatwick and San José.

Rob Wilson, UK representative of ICT, said: “We are extremely pleased to see the continued growth of visitors from the UK to Costa Rica, helped greatly by the BA route. The green Central American country is truly making a space for those interested in unique wildlife and stunning landscapes. With these natural assets, we expect this growth to continue in the future.”

The Irish market also saw a good increase last year, with a total of 4,321 Irish travellers visiting Costa Rica in 2017, up by 8.6% compared to 2016. In total, the destination welcomed 2,959,869 worldwide visitors last year, and a 1.2% increase compared to 2016.

Bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country offers adventure, relaxation, exploration and wellness escapes. From mountain ranges and rain forests to cloud forests and beaches, Costa Rica’s diversity of landscapes provides visitors with numerous experiences, including a number of wellness activities in pleasant natural surroundings.

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