- Photo via Institute of Tourism -
Published on Monday, May 8, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
An access ramp to the beach is now available at Piuta Beach in Limón Province.
The 30-meter path was built by the Red Costarricense de Turismo Accessible (Accessible Tourism Network in English), a non-governmental organization (NGO).
According to the Institute of Tourism, the project was developed with the Dona Tapa organization and the help of the employees of Limón Municipality and private companies in the collection of plastic lids.
The builders applied eco-friendly techniques like using 1,200 kilos of plastic lids and implementing retractable walkways.
The retractable walkway and amphibian chair were delivered to the local office of the Tourism Institute. They are the entity in charge of installing the portable walkway. Access for the new path is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Costa Rica enacted Law 7600, which enforces the tourism industry to include access to popular sites for people with disabilities. This includes places like hotels, theaters, museums, volcanoes and national parks among others.
There are still challenges to be met regarding access to beaches for people with physical disabilities, such as direct access to the water, user-friendly showers, parks or bathrooms, the institute said in its statement.
Piuta is the sixteenth beach with an access ramp to the water. Other accessible beaches are in Herradura, Jaco and Espadilla in Puntarenas Province, as well as in Tamarindo in Guanacaste and Cieneguita in Limón, among others.
Recently, the nonprofit organization developed a campaign to collect plastic lids to build an access ramp at Limón Beach, Limón Province, to make the beach accessible for people with physical disabilities.
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.