MORE TRAVELLERS HEAD TO COSTA RICA FOR SPORTS TOURISM
DMC Costa Rica Travel says the attractiveness of the country as a venue for sports tourism is on the rise.
The organisation says the country is now a preferred destination for sports travel for its tropical weather, the several settings in the mountains, beaches, its rivers and infrastructure. Some events are certified with the country’s “Essential Costa Rica” brand, which is used to promote events inside and outside its borders.
Guanacaste province is an important venue for sport competitions such as triathlons, golf and volleyball.
The Costa Rica Classic golf tournament is one of the licensed events with the “Essential Costa Rica” brand – seen as one of the best hooks for leisure visitors. Americans, Chileans, Argentines and Central Americans are the main golf tourists.
The fields in Papagayo Peninsula, Hacienda Pinilla and Reserva Conchal near Tamarindo are, says Costa Rica Travel, ideal for golfers.
The Half Marathon of San Jose, the cycling tour L’Étape Costa Rica by the Tour de France, the Ironman 70.3 in Coco Beach and the surf tournament Essential Costa Rica Pro Open, are other events licensed with the country’s brand.
Fishing tournaments on the Pacific Coast have become very popular, as well as kayak and rafting competitions, explains Costa Rica Travel.