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Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Caribbean Coast is home to a wide range of natural, historical, gastronomic and cultural assets; all elements that are included as part of the "Caribbean Destination Plan" to increase tourism.
According to the Institute of Tourism, the plan includes a list of actions that must be carried out by public and private organizations such as municipalities, institutes, tourism chambers and the community among others.
The goal is to achieve a significant increase in tourism on the Limón Province beaches of Limón, Puerto Viejo, Tortuguero, Parismina and Cahuita.
The implementation of the project is estimated to last five years. During that time experts from the institute will provide advice to all the companies and organizations to ensure compliance with the plan.
"The goal of the project is to position the Caribbean as a sustainable, inclusive and innovative destination that offers unforgettable travel experiences to visitors," said William Rodríguez, Minister of Tourism.
The institute has plans for all five targeted beaches.
Tortuguero Beach is to be promoted as a sustainable, planned and safe destination. To achieve that, training will be given to people who work in tourism companies on topics of protection of natural resources, planned tourism development and improvements in security systems for tourists that include the placement of a closed circuit of surveillance and security cameras.
Parismina Beach will be developed as a tourist destination with a view of a rural sustainable community, to achieve that actions such as responsible fishing activities, as well as the protection of sea turtles, birds and wildlife in the region will be taken.
Limón Port will be promoted as a culturally Caribbean diverse tourist destination, in addition to providing training to the workers of hospitality businesses so that they offer high-quality services to tourists.
In Cahuita Beach, the plan includes improvements in infrastructure and security systems for tourists, as well as implementing a philosophy of good service for visitors.
In Puerto Viejo Beach, the project seeks to promote the area as a safe tourist destination. This is through improvements in private and public security services as well as infrastructure.
According to authorities, the plan will be under continuous analysis and review over the next five years to keep track of the goals established in the project. The institute wants to ensure a clear increase in tourism on the Caribbean coast.
That region is a diverse area known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests and vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture with influences from Jamaica, Belize, and other Caribbean countries.
The zone is home to some of Costa Rica's most beautiful and pristine beaches as well as several national parks and wildlife reserves, including Cahuita National Park, Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, and Tortuguero National Park. These parks offer a chance to see a wide variety of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, toucans and sea turtles.
This week, the Florida, U.S.A.-headquartered journal, Miami Herald recognized Limón as the ultimate tropical paradise destination.
Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Costa Rica. As of February, the Tourism Institute recorded more than 554,000 tourists visiting the country. That is over 216,000 more visitors than the 338,000 tourists who entered in the same period in 2022.
Last year, about 2.3 million tourists visited the country. That is one million more visitors than in 2021.