Thursday, February 28, 2008

Costa Rica among USA Today's Top five bargain destinations for spring 2008

USA Today has listed Costa Rica among its top five deals presently available for spring trips. The list presents an appealing variety of destinations to the budget-conscious tourist. The other destinations on the list are Tahiti, Spain, Boston and Washington D.C.

Here's what USA Today wrote about Costa Rica:

Costa Rica
Beach, jungle, cities: Costa Rica's got a little bit of everything, including service from U.S. low-cost airlines. This spring, you can also find new air-and-hotel packages from a well-known provider.

Last spring, Spirit began daily service between Fort Lauderdale and San Jose, Costa Rica. And just recently, Frontier followed suit with five weekly non-stop flights between Denver and Costa Rica. American just ended a Central America sale with spring fares such as $408 from San Francisco to Costa Rica, so it's worth keeping an eye out for similar sales from both the legacy and the low-cost airlines in the coming months. Prices will most likely drop further as spring progresses.

If you've ever searched for an airfare-and-hotel package to Hawaii or Mexico, you may already be familiar with Pleasant Holidays. The company has just added Costa Rica to its roster of tropical destinations, and currently has offers such as airfare from Los Angeles and three nights at the all-inclusive Barcelo Tambor Beach for $551. Other providers, including Expedia, go-today.com, Orbitz, and Travelocity, offer air-and-hotel packages as well, so it's worth shopping around before you buy.

Note: With so many options it's easy to understand why USA Today chose Costa Rica among the best deals for bargain travelers this Spring.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Beautiful Costa Rican sunset

This beautiful picture of the mountains around San Jose, Costa Rica, was taken by Ricardo Carreon. According to the description on his flickr page as they "were coming out of the rain forest there was an area in which the weather changed quite rapidly from the rainy and foggy areas into drier lands. The result was a thinner mist that created an interesting environment together with the sunset sun. The sun size is exaggerated by the mist in the environment."

To see this picture in other sizes click here. For more of this man's amazing photos you can click here.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Gaudy leaf frog photo

This beautiful picture of a gaudy leaf frog was taken by Peggy Collins during a trip to Costa Rica. To see more of her beautiful pictures in flickr click here.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The town of Sabalito

The town of Sabalito* has spectacular views of Arenal Lake and two volcanoes. In the last few years it has attracted energetic sports-oriented early retirees from Europe and North America.

They are drawn to a variety of sports activities: Top-notch windsurfing and kiteboarding on Lake Arenal, mountain biking on adventurous trails, hiking and exploring the nearby rainforest. There is also horseback riding, tennis and more.

This friendly little town is very safe and welcoming to foreigners. This is a great little community of active, exciting, educated health-conscious people who love to explore and live life to its fullest.

See howler monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds and lots of other animals in your own backyard. It is a birdwatcher's paradise!

* = Sabalito is a fish: the little tarpon. The scientific name is Bramocharax Bransfordii

This information was priovided by The Sabalito Guide. Go to their site if you want to find out more about this cozy town, visit their photo galleries, watch some videos or just get information on how to get there. (Photo by by Augustinus Linssen).

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Find flights to and from Costa Rica

Here's Expedia little widget that allows you, among other things to find flights between any two destinations. Costa Rica's international airports codes are SJO for Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela, and LIR for Daniel Oduber Internationational Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

Just insert those codes in the widget and combine them with the codes or names of the city of your choice, choose the dates, the numbers of travellers and press search.

To help you find the desired airport code in case you don't know it you can go to Airport-Codes.com and search by country or city.