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Costa Rica received more than 2.4 million holidaymakers in 2013

Costa Rica received record number visitor arrivals last year after figures were released by the Costa Rica Tourism Board last month. The Central American country is a popular destination for eco-friendly getaways and in 2013, more than 2.4 million tourists visited the nation that is home to lush rainforests and jungles, pristine beaches, and soaring volcanoes.

Costa Rica received more than 2.4 million holidaymakers in 2013

More than 2.4 million tourists visited the Central American country, Costa Rica, last year, according to figures released by the Costa Rica Tourism Board last month.

Costa Rica has become an increasingly popular tourist destination due to its eco-friendly offerings and breathtaking natural landscapes. Last year's international visitor numbers reached 2,427,941, which was a 3.6 per cent increase compared to 2012.

The tourism board's report showed that 39 per cent of tourists in Costa Rica originated from the United States, while 12.4 per cent came from Europe, and the remaining visitors from other parts of Central America, South America and the rest of the world.

Despite the increase in holidaymakers, the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) said they were not happy with 3.6 per cent growth. Isabel Vargas, the President of CANATUR, stated:

"We always consider any increase in the number of visitors as positive, but we can't say we're satisfied – it's not enough. Costa Rica has the natural conditions and a tourist product to attract more travellers than those who are coming now."

Tourism in Costa Rica has increase by 15.6 per cent in the four years of President Laura Chinchilla's administration.

Costa Rica is home to some of the world's most breathtaking natural scenery made up of lush rainforests, volcanoes, soaring mountains, unspoilt beaches, and cascading waterfalls.

The nation has gained a reputation as destination for green holidays and fun eco adventures and tourists can enjoy an array of adrenalin-pumping activities such as adventurous activities such as trekking, surfing, scuba diving, climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding.

One of the most popular regions is Guanacaste which boasts an array of pristine white sand beaches and the thriving Rincon de la Vieja National Park which is home to beautiful cascading waterfalls and a variety of wildlife species such as monkeys, sloths, tapirs, wild cats and hundreds of colourful birds.

Costa Rica has also been ranked the happiest place in the world in the New Economics Foundation's Happy Planet Index for several years in a row.

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