Costa Rica #6 on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020

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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel - Playa Conchal, Costa Rica (Photo by Lindsay Loucel on Unsplash)
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica (Photo by Lindsay Loucel on Unsplash)

Lonely Planet, arguably the world’s leading travel authority, recently released its Best in Travel selection for 2020. Ranked #6 among the best destinations, journeys, and sustainable travel experiences for the year ahead is Costa Rica– hailed for its biodiversity, dedication to renewable energy, and peaceful politics.

In its 40-plus years, Lonely Planet has reached a $1.3B estimated annual revenue with millions of customers around the world. Its guides, apps, maps, coffee table books, cookbooks, and how-to books, among others, cover some 195 countries and are published in several languages.

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel - Monteverde, Costa Rica (Photo by Ben Ostrower on Unsplash)
Monteverde, Costa Rica (Photo by Ben Ostrower on Unsplash)

“Costa Rica,” the award states “… flies the flag of sustainable tourism.” Also listed among the world’s best, and in numerical order, are Bhutan, England, North Macedonia, Aruba, eSwatini (Swaziland), The Netherlands, Liberia, Morocco, and Uruguay.


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“Lonely Planet believes that responsible travel can be a force for good. As a company, the only thing we want to do more than explore the world is protect it for future generations of travelers,” the company states.

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel - Irazú Volcano, Cartago, Costa Rica (Photo by Juliana Barquero on Unsplash)
Irazú Volcano, Cartago, Costa Rica (Photo by Juliana Barquero on Unsplash)

Choosing Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list is a grueling endeavor that includes surveys, global brainstorming events, reviews by regional experts, and distinguished panel scrutiny sessions… Until finally, the winning selection is chosen by a “trusted handful of people” and shared with the world.

“Costa Ricans understand the importance of preserving their slice of tropical paradise and have found a way to invite others in while living in harmony with their neighbors – from leafcutter ants to jaguars.” 

“The catchphrase pura vida (pure life) is more than a saying, it’s a way of life.”