Monday, March 22, 2010

Liberia airport arrivals climb 24 percent

By Alex Leff
Tico Times Staff

The number of tourists who landed in January and February at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, a short drive from popular beaches in Costa Rica's northern Pacific province of Guanacaste, was up more than 24 percent from the same span in 2009, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).

The Liberia airport saw 50,427 arrivals in the first two months of the year, up from 40,564 in the same period last year. This was the highest percentage increase in an overall upward trend for arrivals, which official said indicates Costa Rica's tourism is climbing back to the banner-year numbers of 2008, after taking a hit last year during the Great Recession.

The total number of tourist arrivals in Costa Rica increased by 4.3 percent in January and 16.5 percent in February over the same months in 2009. In the first two months of the year combined, Costa Rica welcomed 428,233 visitors, an increase of 37,405, or 9.57 percent, from the same period last year.

"These figures are similar to those registered in the beginning of 2008, when tourism in the country still hadn't suffered the impact of the international economic crisis," said Tourism Minister Allan Flores. "Although there are still regions and companies being affected by the drop in visitors reported in 2009, these numbers are a good sign of recovery."

The ICT said January-February 2010 tourist arrivals in Costa Rica's busiest airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport, in Alajuela, northwest of San José, rose less dramatically than those of the Liberia airport, but still came in nearly 9 percent above the total in the first two months of 2009.

Arrivals by land increased by just over 5 percent over last year, according to the numbers released Thursday by the ICT. The tourism board based all of these figures on an analysis of data collected by the Immigration Administration, the ICT said in a news release.

The new numbers come just as travel companies are gearing up for Semana Santa, or Easter holy week, which runs from March 28 through April 4. A recent survey by the National Tourism Chamber found that hotels, tour operators and car rental companies expect an 80.2 percent occupancy rate during these popular travel dates.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

See the stars from Costa Rica

(Chicago Tribune) - Costa Rica is a fantastic place to stargaze. During TravelQuest's annual Costa Rica Southern Sky Party tour, amateur astronomers can take in the vast southern sky during the new moon from a dark lookout with deep-sky experts. Other activities will include birding, cultural experiences and boating to Isla Chira.

The deal: $1,740 (double occupancy, single supplement $330), including seven nights in hotels, round-trip airport transfers, private motor coach transportation in Costa Rica, most meals, two boat excursions, a sunset tractor ride, evening sky shows with the guidance of astronomy author Gary Seronik, and nature walks led by Costa Rican guides.

The itinerary goes from San Jose to Costa Rica Star Lodge, Sarchi and back to San Jose. The price does not include international airfare, the Costa Rica departure tax ($32) or gratuities. Inquire about a $100-per-person discount when booking. Jan. 16 to 23. TravelQuest, Prescott, Ariz.; 800-830-1998,

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Virtual tour of Coco's Island in Second Life

Promotional video of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, in Second Life, for the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign. A project of the Costa Rica Tourist Board, developed by Advanced Virtual Solutions; with music, sound and video by Dizzy Banjo.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Arenal Volcano video

Nice tour video of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica made by Super Natural Adventures Kids. It was created a science report on how volcanoes work and interact with the rest of the planet. A Super Natural Adventure video that takes a close look at this active hot spot. For more info go to

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beautiful Rio Celeste video

Rio Celeste's intense turquoise water, the product of a whimsical combination of pure river water and volcanic minerals, offers one of natures most complete eccentricities.

Located in Tenorio National Park, Río Celeste is the main attraction as it winds around Tenorio Volcanos foothills. Natural hot springs; boiling pool; a lagoon so vividly blue that youll sense the areas absolute peace; dye pools, which are places where the rivers crystalline waters fuse with calcium carbonate and sulfur from the volcano; and of course the array of wildlife.

Video & photos: Andres Madrigal
Edition: Juan Mata

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Music video about Costa Rica

Nice video about Costa Rica with salsa versions of traditional Costa Rican songs. Enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2008

National Geographic Wild chronicles Costa Rica birds

Nat Geo Wild Chronicles episode on Cagan Sekercioglu's research on forest birds in Costa Rica forest, fragments and coffee plantations.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Video with photograph collection of Costa Rican birds

Here's are a collection of photographs of various hummingbirds and quetzals from the Los Santos Reserve in Costa Rica. Hope you enjoy the video!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Cocos Island National Park 30th Anniversary

Imaging Foundation creted a short presentation for the Costa Rica government to commemorate the 30th Anniversay of this World Heritage Site. This, the largest uninhabited island in the world is one of the last refuges for large pelagics.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Landscapes and views of Costa Rica

Landscapes and views of a beautiful country located in the middle of America: Costa Rica. Hope you enjoy the video!