PURA VIDA!!

Costa Rica, The happiest place on Earth*

*According to a survey developed by a non-governmental British group that devised an equation to measure people鈥檚 life expectancy and happiness against their environmental impact, Costa Rica is the happiest place on earth and one of the most environmentally friendly.

“Pura vida!” is a life style, an expression that conveys the state of happiness, greeting, appreciation, peace and freedom of the TICOS.

Costa Ricans are known as “TICOS”. We strive to be kind people; we love social values; family and friends the most important ties in our lives


A SEASONED DESTINATION

When choosing Costa Rica you can be sure it麓s a destination that offers expertise in not only the planning, organizing and marketing but also the successful operation of your event, be it a small incentive or a meeting of the most demanding top executives. The reason is that the DMC鈥檚, hotels and tour operators have almost two decades of experience in executing world-class events.

Quick Facts


CURRENCY: The colon, Costa Rica’s currency, devalues steadily compared the dollar.

LANGUAJE:Spanish, English widely spoken. French, Italian and German are also spoken by a growing number of people.

POPULATION: 4.5 million

SIZE: 51,100km2 (19,652 sq. miles)

TIME ZONE: U.S. Standard Time (Central America time –6 GMT)

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 78.1 years

LITERACY RATE: 96%

ACCESS TO PIPED WATER: 95%

ACCESS TO PHONE SERVICE: 94%

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES COVERAGE: 90.4% of population

Why Costa Rica?

Because it is a blessed country with beautiful beaches, active volcanoes and exuberant wildlife… or could it may be for its peaceful tradition and the genuine hospitality of its people? …Let´s find out…

Close and Preferred…

Whether arriving from the USA, Canada or Europe, flying to Costa Rica has never been easier! Merely 2 hours from Miami, and a direct flight from Toronto is only 5 hours. Costa Rica’s two international airports host 22 international carriers, representing 378 flights weekly into Juan Santamaría Int’l Airport (SJO) and 53 into Daniel Oduber Int’l Airport (LIR).

Outstanding value and selection …

Costa Rica boasts an excellent selection of services and infrastructure; from 5 star resorts to unique boutique hotels, creative and experienced DMC’s, the latest in deluxe transportation, multilingual tour guides, venues for theme events and fine dining.  All this is available in a tropical setting for an outstanding value, because the Costa Rican economy is not wholly dependent upon tourism. Costa Rica grows and produces its own vegetables, fruits and meats, avoiding expensive imports and helping to reduce the expenses of your program.

So many choices鈥

As your destination, Costa Rica presents a wide selection of optional activities to choose from: natural experience hiking one of the numerous national parks, volcanoes or rainforests; float down the river on a raft or canoe or soak up the therapeutic effects of thermal hot springs.

Should this sound like too much, then opt for the more leisurely and laid-back options of viewing the coffee making process; a visit to see the incredible variety of butterflies; teeing off at a world- class golf course; or simply basking in the energizing effects of the tropical sun. Top off a busy or relaxing day with a delicious tropical dinner under the bright stars to the sound of calypso music.

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In the northwestern area of Costa Rica鈥檚 Pacific coast, the province of Guanacaste is a splendid site of nature with a rich topography that offers a variety of places, from stunning beaches to mind-blowing volcanoes and savannas to life-full tropical dry forests.

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Guanacaste is a land of culture and folklore, cattle ranches, dark-skinned local cowboys, and picturesque towns. The Gulf of Papagayo, another well-known region, comprises the area between Ocotal Beach and the Papagayo Peninsula. Here you will find the Four Seasons Resort and the upbeat towns of Coco Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Panama Beach, as well as the Hilton Papagayo hotel.

The surroundings of Rinc贸n de la Vieja Volcano National Park combine tropical dry forest, waterfalls and volcanic activity. The area is well known by bubbling mud pots, little geysers, hot springs and a whole host of wildlife.

From November to April, the province gets almost no rain and the sun hits hard, however, cool winds from the north lower the temperatures pleasantly along the coast from December to February. Dry season in Guanacaste is longer than elsewhere in Costa Rica.

From May to October, the warm weather remains, but accompanied by occasional rain, usually in the afternoon.

The beaches of Conchal, Tamarindo and Avellanas extend southward from Potrero to Hacienda Pinilla, where the JW Marriott Resort is located and attractive golf courses are available. Conchal Beach is home to the Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa, and Tamarindo possesses the most famous beach town in the region, and where the Tamarindo Diri谩 Hotel is located.

Hot spots:
Arenal Volcano
Rincón de la Vieja &
Palo Verde National Park

Activities
Horseback Riding
Rio Celeste
Golf, Fishing
Scuba Diving
Zip-lining


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The Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers something for everyone.

The region comprises the area between T谩rcoles and Herradura Beach, where Villa Caletas and Los Sue帽os Marriott hotels are respectively located, as well as Jac贸 Beach and the well-known Manuel Antonio National Park to the south.

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The Doubletree Resort by Hilton Puntarenas, offers a myriad of amenities and services for guests of all ages.

Parador is another special property located adjacent to stunning Playa Biesanz, and at just minutes from the village of Quepos. This spot in the Mid Pacific has miles of white sand beaches, great restaurants, natural attractions and the local airport.

There are inviting swimming and surfing beaches, attractive small coastal towns, numerous outdoor activities, life-rich national parks, and interesting wildlife, among many other attractions.

The area marks the limit between the tropical dry zone to the North and the tropical rainy region to the South, and has distinct rainy and dry seasons: from May to November and from December to April, respectively. The temperatures average 30潞C (86潞F) during the dry season, and a little lower during the rainy months.

Known for its exotic birds, flocks of scarlet macaws will entertain you in this an ideal region for nature lovers鈥

Don't miss!
Bijagual Waterfalls
Carara and Manuel Antonio National Park

Activities
Horseback Riding
Rainforest Aerial Tram & Canopy (Zip Line)
Mangrove & Crocodile Adventure
Tortuga Island Tour
Sea Kayaking
Dolphin Watch
Surfing, Fishing and Golf

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Costa Rica's 鈥榁alle Central鈥 - Central Valley - and its surrounding highlands are the country鈥檚 cultural and geographical foundation.

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The area consists of a fertile upland basin inhabited by approximately two-thirds of the country's population, and it accommodates its four most important cities: San Jos茅 - the capital city -, and the cities of Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.

The average temperature in the valley is 24潞C (77潞F) and the altitude varies between 2000 and 5000 feet (600 to1500 m). The land is enclosed by mountains and volcanoes, which are some of its main attractions.

Due to its strategic location in the middle of the country, the Central Valley allows you to choose from a variety of activities:

  • Visit the National Theatre and the museums.

  • Go white-water rafting.

  • Go rain and cloud forest hiking

  • Take a canopy tour.

  • Visit butterfly farms, botanical gardens and coffee plantations

  • Visit picturesque towns.

"We are a peaceful people, environmental protectors, and respectful of our culture and values. Come and discover, and partake in a magical natural and cultural experience, within a relaxing and stable environment, and with people that are easy-going, warm, and friendly.鈥

                                                                       -Mr. Allan Flores, Tourism Minister of Costa Rica

Hot Spots:
Poás Volcano & Sarchí              Irazú Volcano               Atlantic Aerial Tram
Lankaster Gardens                   Arenal Volcano             White Water Rafting
La Paz Waterfall Gardens          Coffee Tours

 



Museums in San Jos茅

Pre Columbian Gold Museum
www.museosdelbancocentral.org
Ph: (506) 2243-4202

Natural Science La Salle Museum
http://lasalle.ed.cr/museo.php
Ph: (506) 2232-1306

Children Museum
www.museocr.org
Ph: (506) 2258-4929

Modern Art and Design Museum
www.madc.cr
Ph: (506) 2257-7202

National Museum
www.museocostarica.go.cr
Ph: (506) 2257-1433

Calderón Guardia Museum
http://www.mcj.go.cr/temas_artes/patrimonio/calderonguardia/
Ph: (506) 2221-1239

Jade Museum
http://portal.ins-cr.com/portal.ins-cr.com/Social/MuseoJade/
Ph: (506) 2287-6034

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Costa Rica Convention Bureau
San Jos茅, Costa Rica

Ph: (506) 2221-3753 / Fax: (506) 2221-3743
E-mail: info@costaricacvb.com
Website:www.costaricacvb.com

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