3.1 million tourists visited Costa Rica last year. Here’s where they came from

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Costa Rica received 3.1 million foreign visitors last year, 4.1% more than in 2018, according to figures released by the government earlier this month.

Of the 3,139,008 international visitors to Costa Rica in 2019, more than half (1,666,571) came from North America. Of those, the vast majority, (more than 1.3 million) originated in the United States – more than any other country by far. As for Europe, Germany (80,580) narrowly beat out the United Kingdom (78,562) in terms of visitors to Costa Rica.

The 1,334,777 arrivals from the United States marked a 5.5% increase over 2018. Canada’s 234,621 visitors in 2019 were an even more significant uptick over 2018 at an 8.1% jump.

Costa Rica remains one of the most popular tourism destinations in Latin America and was named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination” at the 2019 World Travel Awards Latin America.

Considered the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards celebrate excellence in the global travel and tourism industry. Costa Rica was recognized for “its lush cloud forests and rich biodiversity,” according to a news release from World Travel Awards.

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