During the 2016-2017 season, 250 cruise ships (cruceros in Spanish) arrived at the country’s ports: Limon and Puntarenas, representing an increase of 34% over the previous season, and the number of tourists on board increased by 16%.
Cruise ships at Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Photo commons.wikimedia.org
According to official figures, between the seasons 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the number of tourists who arrived on board cruises grew by 16%, rising from 242,930 to 280,854.
From a statement issued by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – Costa Rican Tourism Board:
In two years, Costa Rica reported the arrival of 100 additional cruise passengers to the country, which represents growth of close to 70%.
Arrival of cruise passengers to Costa Rica (all ports)
Total Cruise Ships
Source: ICT with information from