Accessible Beaches in Costa Rica: Developing Tourism for All
Costa Rica’s goal, as a tourist destination, is to turn the greatest possible number of beaches into easily accessible sites for every person, no matter their physical capabilities. We share how our country has stood out as an inclusive destination for everyone’s enjoyment.
Costa Rica has sought to become an accessible destination for all since 2017, but it was not until 2019 that the Costa Rican Tourism Accessible Network (Red Costarricense de Turismo Accesible) began to receive support from private businesses to begin the project of installing ramps and accessible showers in beaches.
This type of initiative highlights the country’s efforts, as when it was named the “Best Accessible Destination” in November 2021 by Lonely Planet travel guides for the multiple efforts made in different areas of the country, and the program “Accessible Beach” now consolidates.
Which beaches are considered “Accessible Beaches”?
Currently, Costa Rica has 7 beaches adapted for people with disabilities:
Hermosa Beach, Guanacaste
Madrigales Beach, Jaco
Hermosa Beach, Dominical
Samara Beach, Guanacaste
Cangrejal Beach, Guanacaste
Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio
Cieneguita Beach, Limon
What are the requirements to certify a beach as accessible?
• Accessible urban environment, with sidewalks and ramps
• Reserved parking for people with disability
• Retractable walkways to facilitate mobility on the sand
• Amphibious chairs to facilitate entry into the sea
• Accessible restrooms
• Accessible showers to wash off the sand
Now that you know a little more about accessible beaches in Costa Rica, we invite you to visit and see these efforts for yourself. Remember that at Economy Rent a Car we have spacious and comfortable vehicles so no one will miss out on another adventure.