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Rule applies from August 1st. Different outdoor activities will be allowed. For example, water tours, hiking and kayaking.

Matapalito beach, at the Cuajiniquil area in Guanacaste. Photo: GOPlaya.cr

The Government, working together with the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, decided to extend the opening hours of the beaches to 2:30 p.m. from August 1st, a new measure with which it intends to start a gradual reactivation of local tourism.

This measure will apply only to those cantons that are on yellow alert by that date.

Although their circumstances may change in the coming weeks, these are the beach cantons that are currently on orange alert, i.e. they do not meet the requirement.

In Guanacaste:

Nicoya: This canton has beautiful beaches, like Guiones in Nosara and its nearby beaches, Rosada, Garza, Pelada and Ostional. Also Sámara beach.

In Puntarenas:

Golfito: In this place the most known destination is Pavones, special spot for surfing, although there are also other beaches like Cativo and Nicuesa.

In the Caribbean:

Talamanca (Puerto Viejo): Puerto Viejo belongs to the canton of Talamanca and is, perhaps, the most important tourist spot in the province of Limon. Near Puerto Viejo you can find Punta Uva, Cocles, Manzanillo and Grande beaches.

The other coastal cantons of Costa Rica, would be enabled to extend the hours of beach. It is important to insist that if in the next few days any of them goes from orange to yellow alert or vice versa, their current situation may change.

However, tourists who visit the beach should do so only with their social bubble and with the clarity that they must maintain distance from other social bubbles that are on the coast.

Manuel Antonio beach, Manuel Antonio National Park. Photo: GOPlaya.cr

What other restrictions were relaxed in the cantons with a yellow alert?

Now there is a guarantee for different outdoor activities. For example, water activities such as tours; also hiking, cable cars, kayaking and to national parks.

On our platform specialized in local experiences, GOPlaya Tours, you can find multiple tours to go out with your social bubbles (more information in the following video):

It is important that local tour operators comply with all the sanitary measures required in the protocols created by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

The ICT will maintain vigilance to ensure that all requirements are met.

Remember that hotels located in areas with a yellow alert are already authorized to receive 100% capacity, as long as the common areas are kept at 50%.

International flights. Another novelty for the tourism sector is that the Government has authorized the opening of international flights from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union; these flights will take place gradually, with only five flights a week.

Sanitary protocols are ready at Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber Airports.

(VIDEO) What are the protocols that must be complied with at the airports?

José Pablo Alfaro

José Pablo Alfaro

Journalist and nature lover. He likes boat trips, walking through trails and living natural experiences.