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American travelers are traveling like crazy this summer despite rising costs across the board. Hotels, flights and everything else seems to be going up.
But that hasn’t stopped travelers from taking to the skies for a summer getaway. Central America is home to some amazing destinations, so it’s no surprise why it’s so appealing.
Anywhere from Guatemala to Panama has places worth visiting, especially if you are a digital nomad or solo traveler.
One country in particular is seeing an influx of American travelers coming its way. Almost 800,000 American tourists have come to Costa Rica this year.
Are here 6 Reasons Why American Travelers Flock To This Central American Paradise:
An alternative to crowded beach resorts
While many travelers flock to the resort towns of the Dominican Republic or Mexico, some prefer more space.
Rather than be surrounded by other vacationers on a pristine beach, some of us like to have a little space to spread out.
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The good news is that Costa Rica has amazing beaches with fewer people. You may have to go off the grid a bit as there is no Cancun here, but the trip is worth it!
Some hidden gems are just waiting to be discovered and sometimes you may be the only one there to take it all in.
Costa Rica has all-inclusive beach resorts, but it doesn’t come close to the density of, say, Punta Cana or Cancun.
More and more airlines are adding Costa Rican airports to their network, making it easier for Americans to access.
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american airlines only additional flights announced this week. But even budget airlines like Spirit and Frontier fly here, plus all the major airlines, including Southwest. Travelers typically fly into the capital city of San Jose (SJO), but Liberia (LJO) is also gaining popularity.
No matter which one you choose, it’s relatively easy to use either airport as a gateway to explore paradise. In fact, recent data shows that 90% of visitors arrive by plane.
Clean security log
Costa Rica has maintained a respectable reputation in terms of security for years. You rarely hear of travelers getting harm on their trips to this amazing country.
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That’s not to say there’s no crime, as the US State Department issued a travel advisory last spring.
However, despite some reports of increased crime, travelers are rarely targeted unless they find themselves being targeted in a « wrong place, wrong time » scenario.
Most crime occurs in and around San José, but the quaint coastal towns and jungles are commonly considered safe destinations.
Who doesn’t want to be rich and famous? When we see celebrities living their best life, we want to try it too!
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With gossip sites taking control of our news feed algorithms, it’s hard to ignore what the rich and famous are up to.
When a celebrity couple vacations here, it can quickly grab headlines with travelers saying, « If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me! »
So when famous models and musicians like Gisele Bundchen and Shakira are reported to be living Pure Lifethat’s when travelers pull out their credit cards and book their next trip.
A perfect place to reset
There may be no better place in Central America than Costa Rica to immerse yourself in nature, whether you go alone or with loved ones.
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Those looking for a reboot might look for a luxury yoga retreat, a relaxing stay at an eco-lodge in the vast jungle, or a beachside stay in one of its many low-key, friendly beach towns.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of Costa Rica’s wilderness highlights, where you can unplug for a nature adventure.
Digital nomads love it
Last summer, Costa Rica officially launched a new digital nomad visa. It is a very simple process to obtain the visa.
Background checks, in-person interviews, or documentation of future income are not required. However, digital nomads have to earn a minimum of $3,000 per month, which must be generated outside of Costa Rica.
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- Must work remotely (can be self-employed)
- Demonstrate health insurance coverage for the entire duration of your stay.
Given these simple steps, Costa Rica has become very popular for digital nomads to work abroad. Also, the country has a lot of expats, so it’s easier to meet people, unlike other places.
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