After several years of work, the Red Costarricense de Turismo Accesible (Costa Rican Network of Accessible Tourism) was able to implement its project of accessible beaches. This will allow people with disabilities to enjoy the sun, beach and sand.
According to the World Bank, around 15% of the world's population has some type of disability. Moreover, it is estimated that in Costa Rica 18.2% of its population belongs to this group. Undoubtedly, it represents a segment of the population that has needs that have yet to be met.
This is why the Asociación Red Costarricense de Turismo Accesible identified the need to provide the country's beaches with infrastructure that allows people with disabilities to enjoy the sun, sea and sand on equal terms with the rest of the population.
This idea was born in 2017 and it was in 2019 that it found funding when it was chosen among a select group of projects supported by Booking.com focused on non-profit initiatives that promoted sustainable tourism.
The Accessible Beaches project gradually took shape between 2019 and 2020, however Covid-19 impacted its implementation. In spite of this, in January 2021 the project became a reality thanks to the support of the Municipality of Carrillo, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo and the Costa Rican private sector.