• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

More U.S. tourists are taking vacations in Central America

April 29, 2014

Central America is growing as a popular tourist destination for U.S. travelers abroad, according to figures published by the U.S. Commerce Department in late February.

The isthmus saw a 4.2 percent increase in U.S. tourists in 2013 — up to almost 2.5 million compared to 2.39 million in 2012. Costa Rica certainly benefited from the rising number of visitors. The Costa Rican Tourism Board reported in January that the country welcomed a record-breaking 2.4 million tourists during 2013.

More than 61.5 million yanquis traveled abroad last year, up 1.4 percent from 2012.

Central America saw the third largest growth in globetrotting gringos, after the Middle East (5.3 percent) and Oceania (4.5 percent). The only region to see fewer U.S. sightseers was Africa, down 3.5 percent compared to 2012 with 351,948.

Mexico remains the most popular tourist destination for U.S. travelers with more than 20.5 million tourists in 2013. (Drug violence and Montezuma’s Revenge be damned)

See a graph of the latest tourist numbers:

https://infogr.am/are-us-tourists-becoming-more-adventurous?src=web

You may be interested

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend
Costa Rica
9 views
Costa Rica
9 views

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 27, 2020

Costa Ricans will enjoy a long weekend to end November as the country celebrates a national holiday in commemoration of…

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers
Latin America
1538 views
Latin America
1538 views

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers

AFP - November 27, 2020

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers, saying they give a "false…

Eta and Iota left 200 dead, millions in financial losses across Central America
Costa Rica
75 views
Costa Rica
75 views

Eta and Iota left 200 dead, millions in financial losses across Central America

AFP - November 27, 2020

Hurricanes Eta and Iota, which hit Central America this month, left at least 200 confirmed dead and as many missing,…