Health and Wellness Tourism

The rich nature of Costa Rica provides a variety of resources for the development of wellness, including aromatic therapies and natural remedies tested with positive effects for health and life.

In Costa Rica, there is an abundance of special health and wellness services, since the country is blessed with several active volcanoes, tropical rainforest plants and lots of fruit. In recent years, excellent spas have been built, which utilize natural hot springs, sulphur lagoons, volcanic mineral clay, volcanic stones, plant extracts, and healthy fruit drinks. The culmination of a day of adventure in the midst of nature can be a relaxing massage with aromatic oils or hot volcanic stones, a soak in hot springs, or an aromatherapy treatment. In many places, yoga classes are offered in the jungle or on the beach; pristine nature is the perfect setting for this relaxing activity.

With respect to medical tourism, Costa Rica is at the level of major world destinations, thanks to its medical and tourism infrastructure from which you receive the best service and best experience possible. Costa Rica offers services of the highest quality hotels, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres, and tourism operators. Data provided by the Council for the International Promotion of Medicine in Costa Rica (Promed), estimates that in 2010 (the last available data), 40,000 persons came to Costa Rica for different medical services. The primary service sought was dental care, followed by bariatric surgery and orthopaedic care.