Kicking off Saturday, August 13th, the 21st Credomatic Music Festival will bring a wonderful variety of sights and sounds to the streets and theaters of San Jose, Costa Rica. The official opening of the 21 Credomatic Music Festival is this Saturday, beginning with a gala concert hosted at the National Theater by the Camerata Romeu and featuring Cuban string music.Â The National Theater will also be presenting the Municipal Orchestra of Carthage on Sunday, August 20th.Â Jessel Murray and Trinidad and Tobago will be featured as guests. The Municipal Orchestra will be playing selections of music by Bach, Vivaldi, Gershwin, and Paganini. If you are stopping in San Jose during your vacation in Costa Rica, this would be the perfect activity to please the music-lover in your life. (more…)
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If you live in the United States, it seems youâ€™ll have few excuses not to take a vacation to Costa Rica thanks to the growing list of airline companies offering fantastically priced flights to this top beach vacation destination.
Starting from January 2012, Delta Airlines will begin year round weekly flights to Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Operating every Saturday, a Delta 160 seat Boeing 737-800 will set out from the U.S.A airport, Costa Rica bound.
Fresh Prince and His Entourage Check Out Arenal Volcano
Itâ€™s not all play for Smithâ€”the speculation surrounding his Costa Rica trip claims the vacation is work related. Stopping off at the popular tourist destination of Arenal Volcano, it appears he is researching locations for forthcoming movie projects. Located in the north of Costa Rica, Arenal National Park is one of the most visited and picturesque regions of the country. (more…)
Thanks to last yearâ€™s successful musical event, the immensely popular Costa Rican International Jazz Festival has returned in 2011.Â San Jose will be filled with the sweet tunes of jazz from July 26th to August 9th.
San Jose and All That Jazz
Talented Jazz musicians from around the world have descended upon the bustling town of San Jose, which is the main setting for this Costa Rica music festival.
With expert musicians from the United States, Germany, Japan, France and, of course, Costa Rica, Â eager to make this yearâ€™s Jazz festival an even bigger sensation, this 14 day event is packed with promising jazz performances.
The Teatro Eugene Oâ€™Neill, at the Costa Rican Cultural Center, will host the majority of jazz concerts, with the National Theatre and Melico Salazar theatre also offering a select number of jazz performances. (more…)
Get ready for an action-packed weekend of Costa Rica sporting events in Playa Jacoâ€” the third leg of the Copa Triatlon 2011 is coming to town!
If you are heading to the popular surfing hotspot of Playa Jaco during your Costa Rica vacation, expect sporty crowds on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of July. Â Â The Copa Triathlon is a popular Costa Rica activity that has already entertained sports spectators at Playas del Coco, Guanacaste and the port of Puntarenas this year.
It looks like San Jose, Costa Rica is the place to be!Â The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam have announced their plans to rock out the recently inaugurated National Stadium in La Sabana in only a few months short months.
If youâ€™re planning a vacation to Costa Rica and will be passing through San Jose, check out the following Costa Rica music concert dates. Â This is just one example of the fantastic Costa Rica activities that await you!
Located within the Central Volcanic range of Costa Rica, Turrialba Volcano has a new addition to its topography. The Costa Rican Volcano and Seismic Observation Center (Ovsicori-UNA) confirmed that a new turquoise hued acid lake has appeared at the Turrialba volcano. There are now three active volcanoes that have acid lakes in Costa Rica, including the Rincon de la Vieja and Poas.
The volcano is located within the Turrialba Volcano National Park, and the new lake is located within the largest of the three craters, which measures 164 ft (70 meters) in diameter. With a temperature of between 17 Â°C and 23 Â°C, results have shown that the lake is not as acidic or as warm as the Poas Volcano.
The last significant eruption was in 1866, but Turrialba Volcano continues to be active with plenty of smoke and gas activity noticeable from its highest peak and the nearby fumaroles. Vulcanologists have explained that since the increase in activity, hydrothermal conditions have changed and this has accelerated the erosion of the crater walls. (more…)
Another week and another airline is adding its name to the rapidly expanding list of companies that offer flights to the Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. On the 7th of July, Jet Blue announced that it will begin offering permanent flights from New York, John F. Kennedy Airport to Costa Ricaâ€™s Liberia International Airport.
The Costa Rica-bound flight is scheduled to depart on the 17th of November at 9.40 a.m. arriving in Liberia at 2.05 pm local time. With a capacity for 150 passengers, the Jet Blue Airbus 320 will leave Costa Rica at 3 p.m. and arrive in the U.S.A at 9 p.m.Â Four weekly nonâ€“stop flights will then become routine, departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Â In addition to this new nonstop service to Liberia from New York, customers in Boston, Buffalo, Rochester, or Burlington, among other cities, can enjoy easy connecting service via JFK. (more…)
Da Vinci: The Genius Exhibition opened on the 8th of July at the Old Aduana in Costa Ricaâ€™s capital San Jose, to a crowd of expectant enthusiasts.
If you are planning a Costa Rica vacation and are stopping by San Jose in July and August, then this thought-inspiring exposition about the worldâ€™s most famous visionary comes highly recommended. Â This exhibit promises to be one of the most fascinating San Jose attractions to take place in 2011â€”an insight into the mind of a true genius.
Leonardo Da Vinci â€“ The Workings of a Beautiful Mind Come to San Jose, Costa Rica
Consisting of nine themed rooms, the fascinating exhibition showcases 64 replicas of machines combined with their meticulous sketches drawn by the masterfully-minded Da Vinci. These replicas were lovingly re-created by artisans from the renaissance capital of Florence, Italy. (more…)
Costa Ricaâ€™s income from direct foreign investment and tourism has increased in the first three months of 2011, according to a report released by Costa Ricaâ€™s Central Bank (Banco Central de Costa Rica).
In comparison to January, February and March of 2010, Costa Ricaâ€™s income via foreign investment reached a total of $468 million. According to the economic division of the Central Bank, the commercial and tourism sector have been key players in this investment increase. (more…)
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (I.C.T) has joined forces with the U.S internet-based travel site Expedia.Â In a deal that is expected to attract an additional 50,000 tourists to the country in the next two years, Costa Rica will frequently feature on the popular travel and tourism website as a top beach and eco tourist vacation destination.
Costa Rica tourism figures already breaking records
The Costa Rica Expedia campaign will run from July 2011 â€“July 2012 and principally focuses on attracting U.S tourists to Costa Rica. This is significant considering that of the 2 million tourists that visited Costa Rica in 2010, a total of 252,468, 54%, were from North America. (more…)
Itâ€™s only taken five years, but additional funding to maintain Costa Ricaâ€™s National Parks has been approved by members of the Asamblea Nacional, the Costa Rican Parliament, on the 27th June. The $19 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) will be spent on infrastructural improvements and the promotion of tourism projects in the protected areas of Costa Rica.
Approved Funding Will Help Maintain Costa Rica National Parks
Receiving more than 2 million tourists in 2010, it is clear that the Costa Rican rainforest is an important asset that the country must strive to protect through the application of sustainable tourism practices. The implementation of (more…)
If you are planning a vacation to Costa Rica, then look out for the shiny new banknotes. The colorful Â˘1.000 and Â˘2.000 bank notes were put into circulation by the Central Bank of Costa Rica on Monday, June 20th 2011. The introduction of the new banknotes coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Central Bank of Costa Rica.
Spend a Pretty Penny with New Costa Rica Currency
Costa Rica is not only well known for being a popular beach vacation destination; currency collectors have long held this paradise countryâ€™s bank note design in high esteem, and the latest editions are no exception. Notable for their bold and significant design, the new bank notes include images depicting the countryâ€™s biodiversity, with drawings representative of six ecosystems. The front of each note also features important historical figures that have contributed to Costa Ricaâ€™s democracy. (more…)
Shortly following the announcement that AirBerlin will begin transatlantic flights to Guanacaste Costa Rica in November, Sun Country Airlines has confirmed it has added non-stop flights to Costa Rica to its itinerary for the 2012 high season.
On Monday the 13th of June, Sun Country Airlines said it will operate a non-stop service from the Twin Cities in Minnesota to Liberia International Airport.
Liberia International airport Registers Record Tourist Arrivals
The Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is already having an excellent year when it comes to tourism arrivals. Registering a historical 26.9% growth in the first three months of 2011, it will be interesting to observe the year end arrival figures for Costa Rica while taking into account the recent itinerary additions of both Air Berlin and Sun Country Airlines.
Sun Country Airlines Offers Affordable Flights from U.S to Costa Rica
Sun Country Airlines is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The award-winning U.S airline flies to popular destinations in the
U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, and has earned a reputation for offering world-class service at an affordable price. Â Sun Country Airlines recently announced that it will be, â€śThe only non-stop flight from Minnesota to the Costa Rica city.â€ť
The Sun Country Airline flight to Costa Rica will depart on a weekly basis from Minneapolis â€“St Paul; flights will begin on the 13th January 2012 and run through to April 13th 2012 to coincide with the Costa Ricaâ€™s tourist high season. Offering both first class and coach seating on the Sun Countryâ€™s Boeing 737-800, with a total capacity of 162 passengers, the flight is expected to be popular with U.S vacationers.
Guanacaste Beaches are a Great Winter Destination for U.S Vacationers
â€śLiberia is a great winter destination and we are looking forward to providing Minnesota travelers with the only non-stop service,â€ť said Stan Gadek, Sun Country president and CEO. â€śWeâ€™re expanding our Hometown Airline this winter to give our customers a familiar, convenient and value-based choice to Costa Rica. Weâ€™re excited to operate this new route and we think our passengers will be thrilled as well by the savings, high level of attention and award winning service that Sun Country is known for.â€ť
Over the next few months, Costa Rica will be featured in several worldwide travel and tourism television programs. With more television documentaries about Costa Rica airing throughout June and July, many would agree that this Central American country continues to be a popular choice for worldwide vacationers.
Speaking on behalf of the Marketing Department of the Costa Rica Tourism Institute (I.C.T), Maria Amalia Revelo said this represents a great opportunity for national tourism, a window through which more than fifty countries around the world can learn more about Costa Rica.
- 5 Takes â€“ Latin America
Program will air throughout June 2011 on the Travel and Living Channel.
Originally aired in 2007 in the U.S, this program documents the week-long vacation experience of five travel journalists who come to Costa Rica. The popularity of this Central American tourist destination has inevitably encouraged television programmers to re-run this still-relevant travel and tourism program. Amongst the many activities enjoyed, travel journalists learnt how to surf and took a canopy tour. (more…)
Air Berlin has begun offering flights to Costa Rica. Â In light of the countryâ€™s growing popularity as a tropical vacation destination, the German airline announced that it will include Costa Rica in its flight itinerary for 2011-2012.
Fly from Dusseldorf to Liberia Airport in Guanacaste.
The first flight is scheduled for departure on the 12th of November 2011, leaving from Dusseldorf, Germany and arriving at Liberia International Airport in the province of Guanacaste. The Air Berlin flight will include a layover in Cancun, Mexico. An airbus 330-200 with a total capacity of 255 passengers will be used for this transatlantic flight to Costa Rica, which is programmed to fly every consecutive Saturday. This is the first time that Air Berlin has offered this flight to Liberia Costa Rica. Connecting flights are also available from the German cities of Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. (more…)
Jaco beach is not just famous for its world class surfing conditions. Â Known for being one of the busiest surfer towns in Costa Rica, with an action packed nightlife, Playa Jaco is getting ready for the inauguration of a brand new multipurpose Ocean Center and Movie Theater.
Scheduled to open in July 2011, the modern entertainment complex will be a welcome addition to the Playa Jaco nightlife scene, offering top theatre shows and the latest box office hits. Catering for the multicultural Jaco beach community, the entertainment events will be shown in both Spanish and English. (more…)
Welcome news for rock and roll enthusiasts in Costa Ricaâ€”the world famous Hard Rock CafĂ© has announced that it will be opening its first two restaurants in Costa Rica in 2012.
Looking to position itself amongst the best Costa Rican restaurants, Tom Perez, the Director of Franchise Operations for Hard Rock CafĂ© made the announcement on the 26th May after finalizing six months of negotiations.
Get ready for Rock and Roll Dining in Costa Rica!
Eager to cash in on Costa Ricaâ€™s rapidly growing tourism industry, the Hard Rock CafĂ© has identified two key areas of significant growth. Although Perez did not wish to specify the exact locations of the restaurants, he confirmed that the San Jose downtown center and the beautiful Guanacaste province are the regions where Hard Rock is expected to be located. Â So, if you love rock and roll, and are planning a Costa Rican vacation, the Hard Rock CafĂ© might be one of the best places to eat in Costa Rica. (more…)
The British television presenter Penny Smith travelled to Manuel Antonio and Quepos in the Central Pacific, Costa Rica as part of a beach vacation review for the best selling newspaper, The Daily Mail.
In an article published on the 29th of May, Penny Smith details her exciting eco tourist adventure to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where she stayed in a luxury villa in Quepos. Smith opens her review with a reference to the resident sloth, explaining that the Costa Rican pace of life is laid back and thatâ€™s not without reason. â€śDon’t get me wrong â€“ there are speedy animals here, including jaguars, apparently, but the sloths are the ones that do the place justice. It’s a country where it pays to take your time. Stand still and you suddenly spot all sorts of things.â€ť
Smith stayed in a luxury vacation rental close to Quepos which was nestled on one of the many verdant foothills that contour Costa Ricaâ€™s Central Pacific coast. The villa overlooked a deserted beach and included a 24 hour concierge service, â€śWhat a wonderful thing to have staff. It means that the mountain of washing-up that accrues with a large party does not become a source of acrimonious arguments.â€ť Smith explained. (more…)
Costa Ricaâ€™s growing popularity as a top beach wedding destination was mentioned recently in the Proa supplement of La Nacion, on Sunday the 15th of May. The two page article featured in Costa Ricaâ€™s top selling newspaper, titled, â€śHusband and Wife, Made in Costa Rica,â€ť focused on how the Costa Rica destination wedding industry has continued to grow despite the worldwide economic crisis.
Setting the Costa Rican Wedding Scene
Thanks to Costa Ricaâ€™s diverse landscape, Europeans, Americans and Canadians flock to this tropical paradise to get married in front of a volcano, under the palm trees that line a deserted beach, or in the heart of a Costa Rican rainforest, with monkeys, toucans, iguanas and frogs as their witnesses. (more…)