Meet Costa Rica

Interesting facts about Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica represents only about 0.03% of the Earth’s surface but features approximately 5% of the world’s biodiversity.

  • There are more butterfly species in Costa Rica than on the whole African Continent, that is to say, 12,000 different species.
  • A quarter of Costa Rica’s land area is protected.
  • The crater of Poás Volcano is one of the largest in the world.
  • Costa Rica’s national flower is the Guarianthe skinneri, a beautiful purple orchid.
  • Costa Rica was the first country in the world to abolish its army, which it did in 1948.
  • Costa Rica is a Republic and has been regarded as one of the oldest and most stable democracies since 1949.
  • Costa Rica is called the “Switzerland of Central America”, not only because of its mountainous landscape, but also because of its relative prosperity and the political neutrality which it declared in 1983 – similar to Switzerland (1815).
  • Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos for men or a mixed group, and Ticas for women.
  • Costa Rica’s currency, the colón, was named after Christopher Columbus, who arrived on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast in 1502 (his name in Spanish is Cristobal Colón).
  • Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy rates of Latin America.
  • The former prison in the centre of San José is now the Children’s Museum (Museo de los Niños).

Why choose Costa Rica for your Incentive & Luxury program?

Its nature, infrastructure and excellent services

“Natural paradise”, “Garden of Eden between the Pacific and the Atlantic”, “Tropical garden between two oceans” – this is how Costa Rica often is described in articles, travel guides, and travel reports. We are sure you will see that the authors of these descriptions did not exaggerate.

Costa Rica is full of colours, shapes, flora and fauna. The country’s rich ecosystems owe their diversity to the nation's tropical location, varying topography, climbing altitudes, and the two oceans. Nature spectacles include the nesting of different sea turtles on both coasts, while whales and dolphins raise their young ones in the warm, calm waters.

In addition, there is the fun-loving, open-minded, and hospitable population who will enrich your stay.

Costa Rica has an excellent tourism infrastructure and range of services, from five-star resorts to exclusive luxury boutique hotels, the ultimate in luxury transportation, multilingual guides, venues for themed events, and gourmet cuisine. Using our extensive experience, we create incentive and luxury travel programmes that are tailor-made according to your needs and will assure you breathtaking experiences you will never forget.

Its climate allows you to travel throughout the year

Costa Rica’s location in Central America allows you to enjoy a warm tropical climate all throughout the year in most parts of the country. On volcanoes and at higher altitudes, it can be a bit chillier, but with so many different microclimates, Costa Rica is a year-round destination. The mountain ranges, which cross the country from the northwest to southeast, act as a meteorological divide and are responsible for the distinct Pacific and Caribbean climates. Interestingly, the climate zones behave in exactly opposite ways. On the Pacific Coast, the months from December to March are the driest; whereas on the Caribbean Coast, you may encounter less rain during September and October. The rainier months, fittingly called green season, experience a lower occupancy rate which leads to lower prices on lodging.

All in all, Costa Rica offers spectacular nature all year-round!

Its excellent air connections

Being in the centre of the Americas, Costa Rica can be reached by many air connections from both north and south. Panama City and various U.S. hubs are the most used, but other countries could offer the best flight connection for your travel plans. Recently, several European airlines have included direct connections to their flight plans, offering an even more comfortable journey to Costa Rica.

How to get there

It is a peaceful country

Costa Rica has not had an army since 1948, nor has it been involved in any international military or political conflicts. That means that 8 out of 10 Costa Ricans have never seen a soldier in person in their lives. 

Instead of having a military, Costa Rica has focused on creating outstanding health care standards, exceptional educational opportunities, leading environmental policies, and excellent social programmes. The Global Peace Index reports Costa Rica as being one of the few countries in the world completely free of conflict.

Hence, the popular Costa Rican phrase of Pura Vida! – meaning literally “Pure Life!” or more succinctly, “We love life!” – has real meaning to Costa Ricans!

 

Direct Flights to Costa Rica

 

Airport in San José:
Juan Santamaría International Airlport

 

Country

City

Airline

Frequencies

1

Spain

Madrid

Iberia

1 daily flight

2

UK

London- Gatwick

British Airways

1 flight Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

3

 France

Paris (CDG)

Air France

From October 2017 until March 30th, available 3 flights Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays (high season). From 1 April 2018 flights will be permanet Wednesday and Sundays.

4

Germany

Frankfrurt

Condor

1 flight Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Frankfurt

Lufthansa

From March 2018, 2 flights Thursday and Saturday

Munich

Condor

1 flight Tuesday

5

Switzerland

Zurich

Edelweiss

2 flights Tuesday and Fridays. From September 30th, 2018 on Sundays too.

6

Holland

Amsterdam

KLM

From October 2017 until March 2018, 2 flights Tuesday and Friday

7

Portugal

Lisboa

Evelop

One flight per week, from April, 2018

Airport in Liberia:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport

  Country City Airline Flight Frequency
1 UK London (Gatwick) Thomson Airways 1 flight on Mondays.

South America Flights:
Juan Santamaría International Airlport

 

Country

City

Airline

Frequencies

1

Colombia

San Andrés

Bogotá

Avianca

Avianca

1 daily flight (T,W,S)

3 daily flight

2

Perú

Lima

Avianca

1 daily flight

3

Perú

Lima

Latam

3 weekly flights since january 2, 2018.

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