December 10, 2009

Costa Rica Pineapple Plantations

Pineapples are grown in many parts of the world including Costa Rica, Brazil and the Philippines. Temperatures and other conditions necessary to produce pineapples limit their growth to tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Costa Rica Pineapple Industry

Costa Rica pineapple plantations have experienced tremendous growth in the past decade. In 2001 Costa Rica pineapple exports exceeded 300,000 tons and now this small Central American country leads the world in pineapple production and exports.

In 2007 and 2008, companies who grow and export Costa Rica pineapples began to take steps to address the issues associated with the rapid growth of the Costa Rica pineapple industry.

Over 23% of Costa Rica is now protected within wildlife nature refuges, National Parks and reserves. Thankfully, Costa Rica pineapple plantations do not encroach upon protected lands.

Pineapples & the Economy

The Costa Rica pineapple industry has had a positive effect on the local economy contributing more than $500 million dollars to the Costa Rican economy. The success of the pineapple industry in Costa Rica continues to attract international investors and farmers.

The industry has grown to such an extent that agents for commercial real estate companies currently offer many listings of pineapple plantations for sale.

These Costa Rica pineapple plantations range from 99 hectares to 2000 hectares in size (one acre equals about .4 hectare) with some in full production and others in the pre-production stage. Prices for these Costa Rica pineapple plantations seem to vary widely, depending on location and whether the site is producing or non-producing.

Largest Supplier to the US

Currently, about 75 percent of the pineapples sold in the United States are Costa Rica pineapples. As early as 1996 there was more land used for pineapple plantations in Costa Rica then for coffee or banana plantations. Pineapples are now Costa Rica’s premier export crop.

Pineapple Plantation Tours in Costa Rica

Pineapple plantations in Costa Rica have since become a fascinating tourist attraction, in addition to being a major factor in the commercial economy.

Costa Rica pineapple plantation tours allow tourists to witness firsthand the handling and packing of this fruit for the world markets. Some Costa Rica pineapple plantation tours offer fruit salads and milk shakes in addition to samples of freshly picked pineapple. Whole pineapples are also available for purchase in some locations.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is actively involved in pineapple production in Costa Rica, helping poor populations reap benefits from their native products.

All Inclusive Costa Rica Tours

Fully escorted tours of Costa Rica pineapple plantations are part of Caravan Tours’ 10-day Costa Rica All Inclusive Packages, which are incredibly priced, starting at just $995. Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica Tour Reviews page to read what others have said about Caravan’s Costa Rica all inclusive tours.

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