Costa Rica creates digital guide for tourists


SAN JOSE – Costa Rica has created an Internet-based digital map for tourists, tourism authorities said on Tuesday.

The National Chamber of Tourism said the service would provide information on Costa Rica’s borders and roads, main tourism destinations and available services to a global audience of potential tourists.

The map shows localities, beaches and national parks in each province, as well as the most popular recreation activities in each area, including surfing, bird-watching and turtle sanctuaries.

Chamber president Gonzalo Vargas said the initiative sought to develop a product “more suitable to current tourists,” who use the Internet to get information about tourist destinations.

“The platform presents a new product with much more accessibility for people in all parts of the world. It will give tourists easy and fast ways to access Costa Rican tourist destinations,” Vargas said.

The map also shows public buildings such as hospitals, airports and gas stations, as well as distances between places and national and secondary highways.