Herradura became the second inclusive beach in the canton of Garabito and the thirteenth accessible beach in Costa Rica, which represents an opportunity for tourism in the area.
The Costa Rican Network of Accessible Tourism, within the framework of the International Social Tourism Week, inaugurated a 48-meter-long retractable walkway that allows people in wheelchairs to move around the beach.
Herradura now also has adapted surfing equipment, which can be used for training, tournaments and championships, with the goal of positioning this sport on the beaches of the national territory and placing Costa Rica as a world leader in this water sport.
The walkway was donated by the Boston Scientific company, which also gave the Adaptad Surf Sports Association two amphibious wheelchairs, made within the framework of the DONATAPA project.
The inauguration of Herradura as an accessible beach also represents a growth opportunity for the entire canton of Garabito, since it is expected that these new conditions will add to the tourist attraction for the economic reactivation of the country.
This initiative also represents a boost for the practice of adapted surfing in the town. The Costa Rican Network of Accessible Tourism and DONATAPA aim to open tourist spaces where people with disabilities can enjoy leisure, recreation and sports.
The first accessible beach in the canton of Garabito is Jacó. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), it recently made a donation of more than 100 kilos of plastic caps, for the generation of future walkways that will be placed on nearby accessible beaches.
Boston Scientific is a multinational company in the life sciences sector, which collected 600 of the 1,200 kilograms of plastics required to manufacture the 16 panels of the walkway placed in Herradura and the amphibious wheelchairs, in addition to donating the monetary resource for the project and make volunteers available for placement.
The inauguration of Herradura Beach is not only good news for people living with disabilities, but it is also an opportunity for growth for the surrounding community. These new conditions are expected to add to the tourist attraction of the area and become a vital component for the economic reactivation of the Costa Rican Pacific.