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“No One Checked Me Out”

Rico's TICO BULL - Several arrivals, foreigners, into Costa Rica's Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport the last week had a similar answer: no one checked me out. I had each one, how was the line inside (the immigration and customs line), what were you...

Minister of Tourism: ‘We know that there will be an extremely strong economic impact’

The Minister of Tourism, María Amalia Revelo, acknowledged that the entry restriction that will be applied at all airports, seaports and land borders, starting Wednesday, March 18 will severely hit the tourism sector. “It is a complex day for the sector, we know it. We...

Costa Rica Sees Upward Trend Of UK Visitors

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Tourist Board - reports that 78,562 visitors from the UK traveled to the country in 2019 – representing an increase of 5.7% over the previous year. The United Kingdom is Costa Rica's second-largest source market in Europe. Direct flights...

Lufthansa announced new direct Frankfurt – San José flight

Starting in October 2020, Lufthansa will increase from two to three direct weekly flights between Germany and Costa Rica, confirmed on Monday, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). The new direct flight between Frankfurt and San Jose will start on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, that...

Should I Cancel My Trip Because Of Coronavirus?

OPINION - It has been some years since I visited my birth country, Italy. And 2020 was to be the year that I and my wife would visit, get to know the country, in particular the north, from where most of my Italian friends...

4 Places You Must Explore on Your Next Visit to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in Central America- there are no two ways about it. After all, it’s replete with beautiful and relaxing beaches, awe-inspiring volcanoes, and massive rainforests. What’s more, the place has a number of interesting spots that...

San Jose Among the Top 10 ‘Ungraceful’ Destinations That Should be Avoided

Mastodonistic buildings, chaotic traffic, overpopulation, absence of historical heritage ... San Jose, Costa Rica, is among the ten destinations with little (or no) charm that will not trigger travelers' alarms in search of sublime places. More than 2 million visit Costa Rica every year, but...

5 Amazing Facts About Costa Rica

Costa Rica, situated in Central America, is a wonderfully natural with coastlines that touch both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Consisting of diverse flora and fauna along with landscapes that include rainforests and volcanoes, it is easy to fall in love with...

Documentation, visas and passports requirements to travel to Costa Rica

Traveling to Costa Rica can be painless if you take a few minutes to browse the requirements demanded by the country's immigration. By and large, a common requirement for every tourist (non-resident traveler) is a valid passport (only passports or machine-readable travel documents will be...

Costa Rica to captivate Scandinavians with its volcanoes, mountains and warm sea waters

From November 7 to 11, Costa Rican entrepreneurs from the tourism sector will visit Denmark, Sweden and Holland, where seminars will be held and seek to create connections with local tourism agents. The business tour is organized by Asociación Grupo Futuropa Costa Rica for a...

Lessons from the Thomas Cook bankruptcy for Costa Rica

The British travel group, Thomas Cook, is credited with the invention of modern tourism in 1841 when it organized the first prepaid trips in London. Its legacy collapsed 178 years later, with an abrupt bankruptcy whose scope is still being quantified. Thomas Cook was listed...

Vacationing in Costa Rica – What You Should Be Doing on Holiday

Costa Rica is a famous getaway spot due to its affordability, beauty, and number of accessible activities for tourists. The beautiful beaches may be what attracts some, but others come for the entertainment the destination offers. If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica...

Costa Rica Tourist Arrivals Grew 4% up to June 2019

During the first half of the year, 1.73 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica, a figure 3.9% higher than that reported in the same period in 2018, behavior that is explained by the rise in the arrival of tourists from North America.   Figures from the...

Moving to Costa Rica – How to Manage Your Trip Expenses

Costa Rica is a beautiful place to live and visit, especially if you're not operating on a shoestring budget. If you are limited on funds, however, you're obviously going to want to take some money management steps to make sure you're getting the most...

Air Transat Adds Costa Rica Destination Out of Vancouver

Starting in December, Canadian visitors will have more flight options to visit Costa Rica with a new "triangular" route that will connect Vancour with San jose and Liberia. The new route is offered by Air Transat, starting on December 18, 2019 and through April 25,...

Canada Issues Travel Warning For Costa Rica

Canada has issued "Safety and security" warning for travel to Costa Rica. The Advisory, issued on May 13, 2019, and still active today, is due to the increased potential for ‘crime'. "The rate of drug-related violent crimes, including homicides, is on the rise in Costa...

European airlines seek to expand operations in Costa Rica due to high demand

European airlines that connect Europe with Costa Rica are extremely pleased with the results obtained in recent months, as they told the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) during their meetings at the ITB in Berlin; leading fair in the world tourism industry. Given this situation,...

ICT launches first outdoor promotional campaign in Madrid

"Yo estoy Pura Vida. Y tú, ¿Cuándo vienes?” (I am Pura Vida. And you? When are you coming?) reads the billboard in front of the Plaza de Cuzco, in the cold weather of the central Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, Spain. The billboard invites...

Tourist deaths jeopardize Costa Rica’s ‘safe’ destination reputation

By Christian Gollayan | New York Post - For years, travelers have flocked to Costa Rica for its serene beaches, lush wildlife and vibrant cities. But the Central American country has been rocked with crime in the past year, and a spike in killings...

Juan Santamaría (San Jose) Airport expects 2.5 million tourists

Aeris, the operator of the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO) or San Jose airport - expects about 2.5 million passengers coming and going through the terminal between December 2018 and April 2019. The end of this year and beginning of the new year is one...

Things to Know Before Travelling to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for a lot of things including natural beauty and delicious food. Visited by more than 1.7 million tourists every year, the country’s economy is largely dependant on tourism. In fact, tourism alone generates more than $1.7 billion for the country. While...

Costa Rica’s new Minister of Tourism reveals plans to increase sustainable tourism to the country

Maria Amalia Revelo, Costa Rica's new minister of tourism, has revealed her plans to increase tourism to Costa Rica over the next four years. With over 40 years of experience in the airline, tourism and hospitality industry, Revelo has an ambitious agenda to continue placing...

Surf’s Up: Margot Robbie’s The Perfect Wave in Costa Rica

Actress Margot Robbie's no longer skating on ice, she's down in Costa Rica taking in some surf ... and pretty good at it. The "I, Tonya" star and her hubby, Tom Ackerley, caught a party wave during a late afternoon surfing session. She looked like...

Rural Tourism in Costa Rica Brings Meaning to Transformational Travel

Today's travelers want to bring home more than tan lines and souvenirs. They aspire to achieve personal enrichment through life-changing experiences that create a shift in perspectives--of the world and the self. Enter transformational travel, the key to meaningful interactions, immersive encounters and genuine...

Top 7 Places For Wildlife in Costa Rica National Parks

Costa Rica is one of those countries that has it all, everything from beaches and volcanoes, to jungles and national parks rich wildlife. Places like the coastal area of Tamarindo are packed full of beach bars and tour guides ready to take you zip-lining...

Costa Rica: Then and Now

(From Suitcase and Heels) I wasn’t planning on travelling this winter/spring. I really wasn’t. I told all my friends as much. I made plans for how I’d squirrel away money instead to pad up my savings account. I was a bit tired of always playing...

3 Reasons Not to Live in Costa Rica (and 3 Reasons You Should Move There Now!)

It took a while for my husband and I to pluck up the courage to sell our house and most of our belongings then move to Costa Rica, and a continent we’d never visited before with a language we didn’t speak. So we chose to move...

LATAM Airlines Launches New Lima – San Jose Connection

LATAM Airlines, formerly LAN Airlines, inaugurated its non-stop flight between Lima and San José, Costa Rica. At 3:55 pm Tuesday, January 2, for the first time ever a LAN flight touched down at the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO). The airline will operate three flights...

The Best Time to Go to Costa Rica

theblondeabroad.com - With a rich culture, lush rainforests, and incredible beaches, Costa Rica is one of Central America’s greatest escapes. Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, this little country has so much to offer in natural beauty and fabulous weather. Defined by its location between the...

Eco-tourism in Costa Rica

Nature reserves in rainforests, protection programs for threatened flora and fauna, organically farmed cacao for cocoa production - Costa Rica is known for all that, and has a reputation as an ecological role model. When I visited I tried to track down practical examples of...

Half Of Travel Destinations Preferred By Ticos Are In The United States

When Costa Ricans (Ticos) search the web for travel, half of the destinations they prefer are in the United States. That was the revelation by the fare aggregator and travel metasearch engine, Kayak, on Tuesday (Nov. 14) at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, in San...

QTIPS: About Travel Costa Rica

Bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island, Costa Rica is home to around 4.9 million people; over 300,000 live in the...

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