Tourism in Costa Rica is one of the main economic sectors with the fastest growth in the country and contributing positively to the country’s domestic product. In the Competitive Index of Travel and Tourism of 2009, Costa Rica was ranked 42th, the highest classification for the countries in Latin America.
A green vision
Ecotourism is extremely popular among foreign tourists, visiting the vast number of national parks and protected areas throughout the country. Costa Rica is a pioneer in ecotourism and is recognized as one of the few destinations with real ecotourism options.
Introduced in 1996 and inspired by a similar program developed in Europe in 1985, the Ecological Blue Flag Program is the largest environmental program in the country and was created with the objective of promoting tourism development, while at the same time, limiting the negative aspects of this activity, through community organization whose goal was to avoid contamination and to protect the health of its visitors. Beaches, communities, schools, protected areas, micro watersheds and companies that develop concrete actions to address climate change are the categories awarded. In 2009, the Ecological Blue Flag program was awarded to 38 communities Parque Valle del Sol was awarded with 2 stars that year
In recent years, Costa Rica has been discovered as a great destination for golf. In the central valley, near the capital, there are 2 eighteen hole courses and 3 nine hole courses. On the Pacific coast there are 5 professional 18 hole courses.