Costa Rica Thrives on Tourism
Costa Rica, among all the countries in Central America, makes a significant amount of its GDP from tourism. The government spends baskets of taxpayer money promoting the touristic attractions of the country of which there are many. Just witness the three-quarters of a million dollars they spent to attract new tourists with advertising during the 2014 World Cup tournament.
Supplementing Retirement Income by Catering to Tourists
As a result, many Ticos and gringos alike make their living or supplemental income by providing hospitality services including hotels, resorts, B&Bs and running restaurants and other tourist-related establishments. The lower end of these may get by with bedding, towels, linens, furniture, and supplies for the kitchen, office, bar and restaurant purchased locally. High-quality goods, especially commercial and specialty equipment, are hard to come by and if you find them, they are jaw-dropping expensive.