All Thanks to Surfers & Biologist!

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Many people always ask us how tourism in Costa Rica originated and notice how it has developed differently. Even the most touristy areas of Costa Rica do not come close to Cancun or Miami’s craziness.


It all started with the first two types of travelers that discovered Costa Rica. The first was the surfers. The surfers came looking for the perfect wave as they do in most parts of the world, with nothing ever stopping them. The main surfing rush was back in the ’80s, and one can only imagine the bumpy bus, horse, and walks for days to find perfect waves.

Once the surfers told other surfers, the coast began to become known in the surfing community. Just like anything, word of mouth over the years made the coast of Costa Rica more and more popular.

Nicaraguan War

One particular incident that helped motivate people to travel to Costa Rica was when Nicaragua’s war ended. Costa Rica was not in this war, but it was close enough that it didn’t help with tourism at the time.


During the same time, the coast was being explored by surfers; there was a completely unforgotten world of Costa Rica that surfers were completely missing. This is where the biologist did their part to help the tourism industry of Costa Rica without even realizing it. The surfers were looking for the perfect waves, big and small, and the biologist was looking for new species in the canopy of the rainforest, big or small.

The amount of rainforest that was protected, the stable government, and the density of biodiversity made Costa Rica the perfect place for biologists to have long, extended stays to dive deep into the wonders of the rainforest.

Not only did they discover species that are probably accredited with many innovations we have in our modern world today, but they did it from up in the canopy most of the time. This act of hanging out in the canopy and transporting oneself from tree-top to tree-top without having to go down has since been transformed into one of the adventure industry’s most sought-after experiences. 

Not only did Costa Rica turn the canopy/zip line into an actual money-making experience for tourism, but they pioneered the idea, which is now used all over the world.

Surfer & Biologist Travel Style

If you come to Costa Rica, you will hear it is touristy, but once you get here, the first thing people say is that it’s much less touristy than they expected. The reason being is that a country is a place that attracted biologists and surfers. These are two types of people looking for a place to go far away from everyone else. Costa Rica has developed quite a bit in tourism. Still, their geography and attention to having local business owners have kept it much different than some of the other “touristy” areas you might have visited.

If you haven’t thanked your local surfer or biologist today, go ahead and do it because it was because Costa Rica has turned into a magical playground for adventure and fun!

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