The Surfing Business in Costa Rica

It is estimated that foreigners visiting the country to practice this sport stay an average of 17 days and spend $122 a day.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ranking as the third best surfing destination in the world after Hawaii and Indonesia, Costa Rica attracts an average of 400,000 foreign surfers every year. The sporting conditions on offer at the beaches have been exploited by tourism companies, which together with the authorities carry out promotions internationally in order to promote this niche tourism market.

"Carlos Brenes, of the Surf Federation of Costa Rica, puts into perspective the impact of this activity for the country: the latest data in the hands of this organization states that every surfer who enters the country stays an average of 17 days and spends $122 a day, including lodging, food and transportation. This is without counting the fact that a lot of tourists prefer to buy their surf board here, and pay prices ranging from between 200,000 ($362) and 600,000 colones ($1.086). "

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Surf related tourism in Costa Rica currently represents 20% of tourist arrivals. According to information from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), almost 200,000 surfers visited the country in 2007.

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