Tourists in Costa Rica now can board cruise ships in Limón
The Caribbean port of Limón became a boarding port for cruise-ship tourists this week, after 20 years as a stopover on cruise routes.
On Wednesday a total of 1,189 tourists — 95 percent of them Ticos — boarded the Monarch cruise ship that tours Central American and Caribbean ports, the Atlantic Port Authority’s (JAPDEVA) said.
JAPDEVA President Ann McKinley said it was a breakthrough for the province, after being just a stopover destination for decades.
“Finally tourists here can board and return to Costa Rica,” she said. Previously, local tourists had to fly to ports in Panama, Mexico or Florida to board cruise ships.
The cruise ship will return to Costa Rica on Sunday and 1,200 more tourist will embark on a new tour, JAPDEVA confirmed.
“This means the creation of jobs for our province, and also represents a great improvement for Costa Rica as a home port,” McKinley said.
The port’s new status involved the construction of new facilities at the Limón dock to host offices for officials of the Immigration Administration, Health and Agriculture ministries, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, Child Welfare Office, Drug Control Police and Traffic Police.
You may be interested
Costa Rican diet contains too much salt, Health Ministry saysAlejandro Zúñiga - March 9, 2021
The average Costa Rican adult consumes twice the recommended value of salt each day, according to the Health Ministry. Ticos ingest…
Costa Rica creates commission to address gender unemployment gapAlejandro Zúñiga - March 9, 2021
In context of International Women's Day, Costa Rican leaders on Monday signed a decree to create a commission to address…
Vaccinated people don’t have to self-isolate after Covid contactAlejandro Zúñiga - March 8, 2021
People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 won’t have to isolate if they are a close contact to someone who…