Tourism of whale watching tripled.
In three years, the number of foreign tourists coming to the country attracted by humpback whales, tripled. If there were 43,302 people in 2010, 131,373 visitors in 2013 were counted.
This was confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), to analyze the results of surveys to foreign visitors, coming through Juan Santamaria international airport in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber in Liberia.
Costa Rica is located in a unique area in the world where two populations of humpback whales get together (Megaptera novaeangliae). While the native group of Baja California (Mexico) visits Guanacaste between December and March, the animals from Antarctica migrate to the warm waters of Osa between July and October.
According to Frank Garita, biologist and representative of the Costa Rican Coalition for Whales, the country meets these special characteristics that conducive to large whales to breed and care for their calves.