Monday, April 30, 2007

Liberia airport's tourism to increase during low season

(Inside Costa Rica) - The tourism sector in Guanacaste is predicting that there will be an increase of between 10 and 15% more tourists coming into the Daniel Oduber international airport in Liberia, during this low season.

Tour operators in the region say they expect an increased number of flights into the airport.

During the period of April to November 2006, some 100.000 tourists arrived at the Liberia airport, increasing almost 20% during the month of December and last month (the high season) over the same period in 2005-2006.

The aiport registered 86.800 tourists in the period between December 2006 and March 2007, while the previous year the number of tourists was 71.900.

Mauricio Cespedes, director of the Guanacaste Tourism Board - said "there is optimism in the numbers increasing as the North American vacation season is getting underway".

Another reason for the increased number of tourists if the average number of weekly flights into th airport. During the 2006 low season the average was 26, this year there will be an average of 32 flights a week.

Analive Rosales, administrator of the Daniel Oduber airport, added that in addition to the scheduled airlines coming into the airport, two charter operators will begin operations next month.

Currently, American Airlines, Delta, Continental, US Airways and United Airlines all have daily flights directly into Liberia from all parts of the United States.

In the past, tourists had to land in San Jose and then bused to Guanacaste, adding hours to their final beach destination.

Beginning May 7, the British airline, First Choice Airways, will be making its first stop at Liberia. First Choice will be offering regular fliths every Monday direct from Gatwick, London, until October.

Rosales said they have their sights on 200.000 tourists for 2007, up from the 187.000 arriving in 2006.

To achieve that goal the airport is undegoing an expansion. Rosales said that the government is getting ready a bid for the start of construction of a new terminal by December, which will be ready one year later.


The Guanacaste Tourism Board estimates that each visitor spends an average of $2.200, while visitors to the Juan SantamarĂ­a International airport in San Jose leave behind $1.400. Last year 187.067 tourists left behind more than $411 million dollars.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Costa Rican quetzal in Cerro de la Muerte

Costa Rican quetzal picture taken by Chris Fagyall with a Nikon Coolpix 995 in Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica

Monday, April 16, 2007

Costa Rica among the most "up and coming" honeymoon destinations

According to travel experts Costa Rica and Belize are two of the most "up and coming" honeymoon destinations right now.

The Conde Nast Bridal Group's American Wedding Study points out that Costa Rica is a great spot for active couples. It's well known for its zip line (canopy) tours, which send visitors swinging through the forest's treetop canopy via a cable and a harness - not to mention the great surfing.

In Belize, honeymooners can also tour the jungle, swim under waterfalls and explore ancient Mayan ruins.

"Traditionally people go to the beach, now people are trying to do something a bit different," according to Theresa DiMasi, editor in chief of brides.com, "and eco-tourism is becoming more and more popular."

For the less adventuresome, the Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has plenty of other options, including two beaches, a fully equipped spa, and a championship golf course as well as four restaurants and a lounge all on the premises. (Rates start at $650 a night.)

In pursuit of the exceptional, honeymooners spend twice as much - over us$5,000 on average - and stay twice as long, than the average U.S. vacationer, according to the study.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Exploring the Braulio Carrillo National Park

Spanish tourist Vascillio Goded and his wife Monserrat Diviu explore Costa Rica's Braullio Carrillo National Park, east of the capital of San Jose, Wednesday, April 11, 2007. The park offers short trails that give a fascinating window into tropical nature. With at least 6,000 species of plants and over 3oo species of birds the Braulio Carillo National Park possesses a tropical splendor and magnificence that set it apart from the rest of the country. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Arenal Volcano eruption

Picture of Arenal Volcano in Alajuela, Costa Rica taken by Scott Harris with an Olympus E-10. This volcano is by far the most active volcano in Costa Rica as well one of the most active in the world with daily eruptions.