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Insurance policy for all visitors to the national parks of Costa Rica

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Starting Jan. 1, 2020, there will be an insurance policy for all visitors to many the National parks of Costa Rica in the case of injury and death.

Visiting and local travelers enjoying many of Costa Rica’s national parks will be included in an insurance policy in case of injury or death, the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) published last week.

Visitors who access the national parks through the official entrances and adhere to posted rules will be included in the event of injury or death. Transportations placed in official lots will also be covered for damage or theft.

The policy will apply in the following protected areas and national parks starting New Year’s Day:

  • Cahuita National Park
  • Santa Rosa National Park
  • Regional offices in Liberia and Santa Rosa
  • Bahía Junquillal National Wildlife Reserve
  • Guayabo National Monument
  • Braulio Carrillo National Park: Quebrada Gonzales and Barva Volcano Sectors
  • La Cangreja National Park
  • Los Quetzales National Park
  • Irazú Volcano National Park (Prussia Sector)
  • Poás Volcano National Park
  • Grecia Forest Reserve, Bosque del Niño
  • Tapantí National Park, Macizo de la Muerte
  • Chirripó National Park
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Marino Ballena National Park
  • Carara National Park
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Caño Island Biological Reserve
  • Punta Mala-Playa Hermosa National Wildlife Refuge

The insurance policy will be included in the ticket for all guests.

This is a unique policy in the country,” said Grettel Vega, Executive Director of SINAC. “This policy is intended to protect visitors who enter through official entrances from common risks that may arise during their stay in Protected Wildlife Areas.”

A SINAC statement added that the organization will improve signage throughout protected areas “in order to adequately inform our visitors of the areas they may or may not visit within the park, and if such rules are not adhered to, it will remain under the tourist’s responsibility.”

SINAC said it hopes to expand insurance coverage to all of Costa Rica’s 29 national parks in the near future.



Zúñiga, A., Stanley, K., Times, T., & Doughty, N. (2019). Starting in 2020, tourists who visit Costa Rica’s national parks will be covered by insurance policyThe Tico Times Costa Rica. Retrieved 27 December 2019, from
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Sun Country Airlines flights to Costa Rica increase from June 2020 on

Sun Country Flights to Costa Rica

Ultra-low-cost carrier Sun Country Airlines flights to Costa Rica increase from June 2020 on.

The Minnesota-based airline will manage a direct flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas to Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

The airline will start the once-weekly flights to Guanacaste in June 2020.

“We are excited to add this new route to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport and to serve Dallas-Fort Worth,” said Grant Whitney, head of revenue for Sun Country Airlines. “We are also committed to connecting guests in an affordable way with their favorite people, places, and memories, and we hope to bring that commitment to Costa Rica.

De Spikezz – Photograph from airplane whilst visiting the airport., CC BY-SA 4.0,

“We believe that guests will enjoy our low rates, excellent customer service, and comfortable onboard experience.”

“This flight from Sun Country Airlines will be operating during the months of June, July and August 2020, opening new opportunities for the promotion of Costa Rica in the Texas market,” said María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism.

The new Sun Country service will face directly with American Airlines, which flies the identical route year-round.

Sun Country, which concentrates on leisure travel and operates many routes seasonally, also offers direct flights to Liberia during the tourism high season from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minnesota.

The announcement marks yet more growth for Costa Rica’s second-busiest international airport.

Less than two decades after it served fewer than 100,000 passengers a year, the Costa Rican airport now welcomes more than 1 million people annually.


Zúñiga, A., Times, , Stanley, K., Times, T., & Doughty, N. (2019). JetBlue Mint provides lie-flat seats between Boston and Costa RicaThe Tico Times Costa Rica. Retrieved 27 December 2019, from
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Costa Rica is one of the best tourist destinations in the World

The best tourist destinations for 2020

The best tourist destinations for 2020 were issued by Lonely Planet on October 21, and the publication states that Costa Rica is one of the best countries to visit in 2020.

Of the ten best tourist destinations for 2020, Costa Rica ranks sixth in the list of the most attractive countries in the travel guide. Costa Rica is praised for its focus on sustainable tourism and its abundant biodiversity.

“Costa Rica flies the flag of sustainable tourism,” says Lonely Planet’s recommendation. “The vast biodiversity of this small country attracts visitors eager to see sleeping sloths in the trees, red-eyed frogs that paralyze their predators and whales in the Pacific.

“Costa Ricans understand the importance of preserving their tropical paradise and have found a way to invite others to live in harmony with their neighbors – from leaf-cutting ants to jaguars.

Lonely Planet brought out its list of the best travel destinations after polling its writers, editors, and social media community. The publication says it prioritizes places that offer “unique experiences and the ‘wow’ factor.

“We also take sustainable travel seriously, helping you make a positive impact wherever you choose to go,” says Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet praised Costa Rica’s green electricity grid and its aggressive decarbonization plan.

“Adventure lovers can hike volcanoes or ride zip lines, while those who crave ‘personal time’ can enjoy yoga retreats and spa experiences,” the recommendation says. “The “pure life” phrase is more than a saying; it’s a way of life.”


Lonely Planet names Costa Rica as one of top travel ….

Planet, L. (2019). Best of Travel – The 10 Best Countries to Visit in 2020 – Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet. Retrieved 24 October 2019, from


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Costa Rica’s new campaign: “Only the Essentials.”

only the essentials

Costa Rica expects to encourage more U.S. and Canadian travelers to the country with a new international marketing campaign titled “Only the Essentials.”

Over the next two years, Costa Rica’s Tourism Board (ICT) will stamp the country as “an opportunity to connect with the essence of life: nature, well-being, culture and adventure” in major markets in North America. 

ICT will lease billboards, pay for advertising on taxis, buses, and in subway stations, and sponsor content on platforms including TripAdvisor and The New York Times.

Costa Rica is targeting the following markets in the United States: New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Tampa, Orlando, Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. 

In Canada, the campaign will include Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary.

“The campaign proposes a personal connection with what is truly substantial in life, and that is what Costa Rica offers through countless experiences, with its different landscapes, nature, culture, and adventure,” said María Amalia Revelo, Tourism Minister. 

The tourism campaign is the initial step in President Carlos Alvarado’s plans to reinvigorate the Costa Rican economy, in part through public and private investments.

Tourism is “one of the main engines of the country’s economy,” ICT says, holding an estimated 8.2% of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product (GDP) and creating 9% of its jobs.

And much of that tourism comes from the U.S. and Canada. During the first half of 2019, 65% of all tourists arriving via air travel came from those two countries. 


Ranch, D., & Zúñiga, A. (2019). ‘Only the Essentials’: Costa Rica launches a new tourism campaign in U.S. and Canada. The Tico Times Costa Rica. Retrieved 3 September 2019, from
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Air Europa flights to Costa Rica will start in April, 2020

Air Europa flights to Costa Rica

Spanish airline Air Europa flights to Costa Rica will be added to its list of international trips, according to the news service Agencia EFE.


Air Europa flights to Costa Rica will connect Madrid with the Juan Santamaría International Airport according to Diego García, a director at Air Europa’s parent company Globalia, the report says the airline will start a flight connecting Madrid and Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela.

The service will reportedly begin in April, though the airline and Costa Rica’s Tourism Board (ICT) haven’t officially published the route.

The move would be part of significant expansion for Air Europa into the Americas.

The airline will also add a new route between Spain and Colombia in 2020, according to Agencia EFE. This year, it debuted flights from Europe to Panama City, Panama; Medellín, Colombia; Iguazú, Argentina; and Fortaleza, Brazil.

Spanish airline Iberia currently manages direct flights between Costa Rica and its heart in Madrid. The country’s largest airline currently utilizes Airbus A330 and A340-series aircraft on its routes to Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO), and it will debut the ultramodern A350 in December.

Costa Rica welcomed more than 480,000 tourists from Europe in 2018. More than 68,000 of them came from Spain, with July and August being the most substantial travel months.

Air Europa started operating scheduled domestic flights in 1993 and began flying internationally in 1995.


A., Zúñiga, A., & Times, A. (2019). Air Europa planning flights between Costa Rica and Spain, report saysThe Tico Times Costa Rica. Retrieved from

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Costa Rica was named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination”

Central America best destination

Costa Rica was named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination” at the 2019 World Travel Awards Latin America.

The most excellent travel brands in Latin America have been revealed at a star-studded gala ceremony in Bolivia. The cream of the travel industry gathered for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Latin America Ceremony in the official capital, La Paz, to discover out who amongst them would be honored as best of the best.

Winners at the red carpet soiree included Colombia, which fended off stiff competition to win ‘South America’s Leading Destination’, whilst Costa Rica, with its lush cloud forests and rich biodiversity, was voted ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination’.

The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru was named ‘South America’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ and the medieval charms of Quito, Ecuador helped it lift the title of ‘South America’s Leading City Destination’.

Bolivia’s engagement to sustainability was recognized with the title of ‘South America’s Leading Green Destination’, and the mesmerizing beauty of its Salar de Uyuni recognized with ‘South America’s Leading Natural Tourist Attraction’.

Hundreds of the leading travel industries figureheads from across South and Central America attended the ceremony at Real Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “It has been an honor to bring WTA to Bolivia for the first time in our 26-year history. La Paz has proven a gracious host of what has been a spectacular evening of travel triumph, and a highlight of our 26th Grand Tour. We have had the privilege of recognizing many of the leading hotels, airlines and hospitality providers from across Latin America and my congratulations to each of them.

Other Costa Rican locations also earned regional prizes, including:

  • Gaia Hotel & Reserve (Leading Boutique Hotel)
  • San José, Costa Rica (Leading City Break Destination)
  • Costa Rica Convention Center (Leading Meetings & Conference Center)
  • Hotel Nantipa (Leading New Hotel)
  • Costa Rica Tourism Board (Leading Tourist Board)

World Travel Awards was founded in 1993. Previous winners of Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination include Mazatlán, Mexico, Ambergris Caye in Belize, and Cancun.

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Luxury brand Six Senses in Costa Rica

Six Senses in Costa Rica

Luxury brand Six Senses in Costa Rica, planning to open a new resort in Guanacaste, its first in Central America.


Originally started by Indo-British entrepreneur Sonu Shivdasani, Six Senses was taken by InterContinental Hotels Group at the beginning of 2019.

IHG recently announced plans for two new resorts, one in Iceland and the other on Guanacaste’s Papagayo peninsula.

Like the brand’s other properties, Six Senses Papagayo will feature wellness and sustainability when it opens in 2021. Designed by London-based architect John Heah, it will be settled 40 minutes from Liberia International Airport, which gives daily flights to and from just about every major metropolitan hub in the United States, as well as Canada and Latin American countries.

According to the Six Senses announcement, “Six Senses Papagayo” ranges from the highest point and 360-degree view of the Guanacaste archipelago to a forested beachfront dotted with 41 secluded and generously-sized pool villas.

There are also 31 one-of-a-kind residences ready for sale to owners engaged in an interesting investment opportunity along with full access to a unique resort-life experience.”

You may also be interested in Hiring a tour guide in Costa Rica: Pros and Cons



Six Senses plans new resort in Guanacaste – Costa Rica Tourism News. (2019). Costa Rica Tourism News from



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New rules to enter in Costa Rica


When you enter in Costa Rica, for many years the airport time was frustratingly slow because (Among others) of the long lines that the declaration of goods used to take.

enter in Costa RicaNot anymore! Learn here about the change! 

Now it’s easier to enter Costa Rica by eliminating the paperwork of most travelers. Those who are coming with only standard baggage can do so without having to sign any declaration. 

Those who enter in Costa Rica carrying large amounts of cash, products of animal or vegetable source, and/or items to trade, and those who want to use an exemption must fill out the form. 

According to the plan behind this change, it would only be few people, and this will move the lines faster.

This change was established on June 28th, 2019. The obligation was changed through circular DGA-CIR-015-2019 issued by the Customs General Directorate. This change affects ports, airports, and land border posts.

Aside from facilitating the process and wait times of those  Costa Ricans and tourists that enter Costa Rica without anything to declare, it also concedes the authorities to concentrate on the inspections on those who must report.


Customs Office Eliminates Goods Declaration for Travelers | The Costa Rica News. (2019). The Costa Rica News. Retrieved 19 July 2019, from