Support Costa Rica! How You Can Help The Costa Rican Tourism Community

Every visitor to Costa Rica will agree on one thing: It’s the people who make this country so special.

Costa Rica has the beauty, the beaches, the wildlife, and the national parks. But the special sauce is the people, and right now, they’re suffering.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit Costa Rica hard.

Not the medical emergency we’re seeing elsewhere, but the economic crisis caused by the collapse of tourism.

Tourism employs an estimated 25% of Costa Ricans directly and indirectly.

Global travel restrictions, while slowing the spread of COVID-19, have brought the travel industry to a halt.

For many parts of Costa Rica, tourism is often the main source of income. It’s the primary fuel for upward mobility. In fact, you could call tourism the foundation for many people. 

Tourism is the key difference between poverty and prosperity in communities like Tamarindo, Playas del Coco, La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and the Osa Peninsula.

Since tourism halted, these communities and others have seen their economies decimated. Hotels, tour companies, and restaurants are closed, their employees laid off. Surf instructors have nobody to teach. Nature guides nobody to walk the trails with. These people absolutely rely on tourists for their daily income. 

We have dear friends, people we’ve known for years, concerned about feeding their families for the first time in their lives.

We’ve launched this campaign to support Costa Rica and to help some of the most affected communities.

Our goal is to raise money for a hand-picked list of nonprofit organizations in Costa Rica. These are small, trusted teams here on the ground, working to provide basic food and shelter to those in need.

Below is the list we’ve selected. We encourage you to research them for yourselves, select and make a donation of any size:

Support Costa Rica: Hero Academy Tamarindo

 
Originally an organization providing mentorship and self-improvement programs to young people, Hero Academy is working in the beach town of Tamarindo, Guanacaste to feed families and itinerant workers left without income during this crisis. 
 
Monteverde Community Fund
Support Costa Rica / Monteverde Fund
 
Monteverde is the original home of eco-tourism in a country that invented eco-tourism. Not many communities in Costa Rica have been hit as hard by the shutdown of tourism than Monteverde. The Monteverde Community Fund is working with the local emergency commission to identify the neediest families, create COVID-19 education programs, and provide food. 
 
To thank you for your help, any donation of $250 or more will receive access to special discounts and perks through our sister travel agency.

All you need to do is email them your donation receipt. For donations of $500 or more, we’ll mention you as a sponsor of our related articles, videos, social media posts, and podcasts.

We thank you in advance for any help you can provide to support Costa Rica and its people.