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According to the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), over one million North Americans will have visited Costa Rica by the end of this year. On December 18, Costa Rica will welcome its one millionth U.S. visitor, a family of five from Washington who will be enjoying a family vacation.
Costa Rica offers families the opportunity to reconnect while exploring, learning and experiencing a close encounter with nature. Families can enjoy such fun activities as whale watching, zip lining, and parasailing.
“We are very excited about this accomplishment, and we hope to continue sharing with people from around the world Costa Rica’s pura vida lifestyle,” said Mauricio Ventura, minister of tourism, in a written release. “This achievement reflects the quality and authentic experience Costa Rica offers in such a competitive field.”
According to Ventura, Costa Rica has experienced a seven percent increase in U.S. arrivals by air in the past year. With more than one million visitors in 2015, the United States is the main source of tourists into the country including 21 cities that offer flights to Costa Rica and a total of 9,924 flights between Costa Rica’s two international airports, Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose and the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.